Needs of the Dyslexic: Academic Goal Suggestions

Present with Pride, 2 wonderful gifted people from the United States of America,
Literacy Directors' of the National Dyslexia Research Foundation
Stoney & Gloria DeMent

A quick formula for remembering the type of help needed by dyslexic's
For learning success:

W Dyslexic's need to identify and WORK with their WEAKNESSES. Building and strengthening skills in a multi-sensory way: Visual, Auditory, Tactile Kinaesthetic using activities of Sight, Sound and Touch, for the acquisition of Language Skills.

H Dyslexic's often need to find HEALING and HURTS received from well-intentioned people in their lives, who feel the necessity to try to pound a Beautiful Square Peg into a Round Hole. Instead, offering HOPE, HELP and HEART that will help in turning a life around.

A Dyslexic's need to have their ABILITIES ASSESSED in a mode that measures knowledge and learning in a fair way, even though it may depart from the traditional style of testing. Example: Oral responses, rather than written responses in a classroom or at the workplace.

T Dyslexic's need to be taught through their TALENTS and STRENGTHS, that are often over-looked. Self-esteem usually plummets when there are no opportunities for success experiences. Giftedness often becomes buried.


We need to focus on SUCCESS as being of great merit and FAILURE as a challenge to do better, NOT as defect.

Structure in the form of daily and weekly routine is immensely essential.
Dyslexic's process, store and retrieve information differently - therefore, they need to be taught differently and appreciated for their unique brains and abilities.