Get Outside and Learn to READ!

Many dyslexic learners are wonderful three-dimensional thinkers, able to imagine objects in different orientations in their mind as they work. This is why we see so many adult dyslexics who excel in areas of building, design, mechanics, surgery, inventing, and engineering to name just a few. Like the IMSLEC (International Multi-sensory Structured Language Education Council) tutoring we provide at the Children's Dyslexia Center, when these dyslexic children are learning outside; running, building, creating etc. they are engaging many of their senses to take in information. Observing visual patterns. strengthening their kinesthetic movements, and listening to many natural rhythms found in nature. Vision, hearing, and movement are all direct learning pathways to our brain.

So how does this relate to learning to read you might be thinking? Well with a little planning and creativity, for example, you can have your child practice making large letters by moving their entire arm to reinforce the kinesthetic pathway, sing a silly song using the most common sound the letter makes reinforces the auditory pathway, and using something like chalk to make it big and colorful will most definitely reinforce the visual pathway.

What I have often done is let the child lead, if they were playing in the sandbox, we would dig a hole and talk about the sound /h/ , write the letter in the sand and maybe identify another word with this beginning sound, "I see something that sounds like /h/ 'house' and continue playing. When children get older, maybe ask them to provide a detail drawing of the fort they are about to build, have them label different parts of the fort on their sketch, and give a detailed list of the supplies they need and so on, I have heard so many wonderful activities over the years, just reach out if you want some inspiration!

Make sure your activities are interesting to your child, age appropriate, and promote excitement. This is a great place for them to "Be The EXPERT!" The language skills (reading, writing, talking) are developed through practice just like any other skill we wish to improve upon. In a very tech-heavy time we can't forget to instill a great capacity for these dyslexic learners to write a wonderful idea down, explain and show how it will work, and be fueled with self confidence enough to let others see their amazing mind.


The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement | Michael Kuczala | TEDxAshburn