In this video, Speech-language pathologist Carrie Clark discusses ways to make literacy therapy more relevant and helpful for a teen who has dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Use Classwork:

  • Find opportunities to work on reading practice within the student’s homework or assignments: Look for and practice specific spelling patterns or structures in the vocabulary words that he needs to know for tests or is using on assignments.
  • Go over reading assignments together and work on decoding and sound rules.
  • The student should be more interested because you are reducing the amount of time he’ll have to study or do homework later.

Find Magazines about Things that Interest the Student:

  • Have the student go to the school library with you and pick out a few magazines or magazine articles that interest him.
  • Read over the articles ahead of time and pick out some key words that highlight the spelling rules or structures that you are targeting in speech.
  • Practice those words at the beginning of the session and then have the student read through the article of interest while practicing good decoding strategies.
  • Do activities with those words after reading the article.

Find Reading Materials from Websites that the Teen Enjoys:

  • Find out if the student enjoys browsing certain websites.
  • Choose reading materials from those websites and pick out words ahead of time that contain the target reading skills you’re working on.
  • Practice those skills and then have the student read the story while working on decoding.
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