Children have a strong sense of curiosity and would ordinarily want to learn. But it becomes difficult when you are trying to teach them something and it’s like pouring water into a basket.
Most people, in their moment of frustration use damaging words like, “coconut head” to address these children. This has a way of reducing their self confidence further, which will not help in nurturing these young minds. Do you know why? Read on and I’ll make it clear.
Children in this category have a condition called dyslexia. The Oxford dictionary defines it as a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence. The last phrase of the definition is quite interesting.
Children with dyslexic abilities should not be doomed to a lifetime of name-calling like ’empty head’ or ‘academic failure’ as they can be very intelligent; they only need special attention. The disorder do not affect their general intelligence, some teachers and parents really misconstrue this.
On one of my sessions with some special children, I noticed that not all could learn at the same pace as others. One characteristic of a good teacher is patience, to make sure all the students are on the same page; so it is imperative that we pay attention to those who cannot easily understand what is being taught. In this case, you have to do a lot of research in order to be familiar with various ways of interesting teaching.
Research shows that dyslexia is characterized by difficulty in reading. It occurs in children with normal vision and intelligence. This difficulty is due to problems associated with identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Most children with it can succeed in school with tutoring or specialized education program. Emotional support also plays a major role.
TIPS FOR TEACHING DYSLEXIC CHILDREN
1. Use encouraging words
Before the children can be receptive to learning, you have to break the walls of low self esteem which makes them think they are not brilliant, with uplifting words. Consciously put a stop to using downgrading words and learn to boost their confidence tank.
2. Be patient with them
These category of children have difficulty staying focused and need more time and effort to get results so you need to give them extra attention.
3. Break procedures into easy steps
Use simple steps whenever you’re teaching, you can also use more of pictures because they struggle to put ideas into writing.
4. Discuss an activity to make sure it is understood.
To discuss an activity, use anecdotes: stories that are significant to the topic. This way, you make learning interesting for them.
5. Give them opportunities to answer questions orally. Ask questions to ensure they are following.
One principle I believe everyone should imbibe is that learning never ends. It opens you up to an endless flow of knowledge which makes you do more research. In this case, on the subject matter.
If you know more tips on how to teach these special children, kindly show us in the comment section…