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DYSLEXIC readers helped by NOT sounding out??

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by mindthegap, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. mindthegap

    mindthegap New commenter

    I am teaching a group of year 2 children dyslexic traits. One is particularly laboured when trying to decode simple words. I was working with him yesterday and decided to focus more on the 'mouth shape' when we make certain speech sounds. I showed him some letters and digraphs (which I was sure he knew well) and asked him to make the mouth shape, rather than actually say the sound. We then tried this when decoding. We would sound out the word using the mouth shapes only, and then read the whole word at the end. It seemed that his accuracy was improved, perhaps because he was using his 'inner voice' rather than big confused by having to remember and sequence the sound heard out loud. Did cutting down on the amount of auditory information help him, somehow? Any thoughts?

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