Teaching strategies for children with learning disabilities – Reading Skills

Children with learning disabilities show greater learning when techniques like task analysis, peer teaching, cooperative learning, learning corners and multisensory approach are used. The following strategies would be helpful to both the parents and teachers when trying to teach such children

Strategies for reading skills

  • Prepare the student by presenting new concepts and vocabulary
  • Guide the student in to reading a story by asking questions wahich bring up the purpose or goal of the reading
  • Develop or stregthen skills relating to the material through drills or worksheet activities
  • Assign work in order to apply the skills acquired during a lesson
  • Read aloud to students regularly
  • Devote a few minutes every day to sustained silent reading
  • Use writing activities that provide opportunities for the teacher to model writing strategies and skills.
  • Include journal writing as part of the student’s individualised educational programme
  • Provide meaningful printed materials in the instructional setting (e.g. dictionaries, catergorised lists of words)
  • Establish a network of communication with other teachers, and thus using holistic techniques in working with such students
  • Let the child read aloud (oral reading). If the child makes mistakes they can be easily identified by the teacher and corrected
  • Reading can be done with peers or with parents (paired reading). This will enhance the confidence of the child
  • Reading in a group (choral reading). Here they get both auditory and visual stimulus to correct themselves
  • Use color-coded textbooks (e.g., green equals start, red equals stop)
  • Have a small group of class read aloud simultaneously


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