Strengths And Weaknesses Of Dyslexic Learners

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Register to read the introduction… Turner(2001) believes that good dyslexic teaching practice is good teaching practice. This would support the inclusion of dyslexic learners in the classroom, particularly as the multisensory teaching strategies championed by organisations such as BDA and TDA will allow access to the curriculum for those non dyslexic learners who are not simply visual or auditory learners.
Research shows that a multisensory approach particularly in the teaching of reading promotes independent learning and improves self-esteem (Johnson, Philips and Peers 1999).Indeed it was observed in practice that a multisensory approach to lessons created a marked improvement in productivity and quality in the majority of students (PLL, 12 /11/11], Appendix 1,pg3).
Turner and Pughe (2003) argue that inclusion is an entitlement and for dyslexic learners is something that can be achieved by using a variety of strategies to support their learning. Although this argument is supported, it is important to note that every dyslexic learner will have a different profile with different strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, it should not be accepted that what has worked in the past for a dyslexic learner will work for the learner in question.
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