Students Coping with Dyslexia in General Education Classrooms

By Michelle Norman

This issue of NASET’s LD Report was written by Michelle Norman. Coping with dyslexia can be frustrating for a student in general education classes. The mainstream model which is typically used for most students with dyslexia, can be successful if the teacher has the knowledge or background to provide the appropriate interventions so that a student with dyslexia can learn to cope. In an inclusive class, a student with dyslexia typically will avoid reading aloud or answering questions and this behavior can be interpreted as an uninterested or unmotivated student when in reality the student is struggling to cope. In conclusion, a multisensory approach in a regular education classroom setting will give a student with dyslexia the tools to be able to cope. Therefore, the implication is to educate and train teachers to understand the effects that dyslexia has on student learning and the accommodations a student needs to succeed in a general classroom setting. 

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