An assessment report should indicate appropriate intervention for a student diagnosed with dyslexia.
However, not all students with dyslexia will need individual learning support outside the classroom. Some student’s needs can be met by the class teacher who may, for example, use differential questioning, multi-sensory approaches and alternatives to pencil and paper activities.
Other students can be expected to catch up as a result of additional guided reading or writing sessions in small groups with the class teacher or teaching assistant.
There are some students, however, who will need individual learning support in the form of a structured programme with a specialist teacher.
For these students, the usual methods of teaching reading and writing will not work. Students with dyslexia do not pick things up incidentally. The teacher cannot assume the student knows something unless it has been specifically taught. Typical readers may be able to infer the rules for reading and spelling through exposure to the written word, but the individual with dyslexia has to be taught them explicitly. A programme for teaching an individual with dyslexia should be structured, sequential, cumulative and thorough.
Speech and Language Therapy
Because Dyslexia is widely considered to be a language based difficulty, many people find it useful to work with a Speech and Language Therapist in addition to implementing accommodations at home school, and in addition to offering remedial support at home and at school. You can find more information on Speech and Language Therapists under the Local Resources page.
Computer technology is making it easier and easier to assist children and teenagers with their academic development. Not only are these programs and equipment often well designed, they are interactive, engaging, motivating, and best of all, often fun.
More information on Assistive Technology can be found in our Resources pages and at www.iansyst.co.uk. This website provides suggestions for technology solutions to help people cope with their learning differences.
Reading Programs and Tutoring
There are many learning centres in Hong Kong that vary in degree of quality. Ideally the student with dyslexia would receive support from a qualified teacher or educator with specific qualifications or experience working with individuals with dyslexia.
When choosing a tutor, it is important to consider their experience, their qualifications, their areas of interest, and their ability to connect and get the best out of your child – individuals with dyslexia find it hard to read and so need a very competent professional to be able to get the best out of them and to push them at the right level.
Aside from individual or small group tutoring, there are a few structured reading programs that are available for parents and teachers to buy online, or attend in HK or abroad.