Let Dyslexics Draw Their Ideas

A good moment in school today…

When you give your dyslexic GCSE English pupil a pen and ask them to draw their ideas out in the whiteboard. You do this because the words aren’t coming out and they are gesticulating with their hands almost drawing out what is in their head anyway.

They wanted to make the excellent point that Christopher, in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is close to Siobhan (his teacher) because of the different relationship structure he has. He doesn’t have the usual familiar relationships due to his learning difficulties and drawing this out helped my pupil show what they were trying to articulate. I scribed what they wanted to say.

I LOVE a whiteboard session.

If you don’t have a whiteboard at home, ask them to draw on a piece of paper. Stick people are fine, they don’t have to be an artist. Once they can see their ideas some dyslexics find it easier to find the words that they want to use.

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