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5 Spelling strategies for dyslexia

5 Spelling strategies for dyslexia

English is a particularly difficult language when it comes to spelling. There are so many exceptions to the rules of spelling and grammar. I before E except after C is a case in point.

We received (okay, there’s the rule in practice) but what we received was a weird and feisty heist. Also common sense dictates that, for example, if you are wearing a ruff, you might not want to get involved in rough play.

Spelling can even change depending on the context of the word. Teaching English spelling to children and adults is hard enough, but give a sympathetic thought then to the student who struggles with dyslexia.

Hardest words to spell in English

What are the hardest words to spell?

If someone asked you to spell appoggiatura, ursprache or xanthosis out loud, how do you think you’d do? If you’ve ever studied Italian, German, Latin or Greek you might have an easier time of it. But for the rest of us, the task would be a considerable challenge.

That’s because all three of these words have roots in other languages and contain infrequent consonant clusters, not to mention sounds that are not typically represented by their corresponding English letters. For this reason, they are considered very hard to spell.

dyslexia and spelling- what's the connections

Dyslexia and spelling - what's the connection?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which often (but not always) impacts on reading and writing ability, spelling and the sounding out of words.

Children and adults with dyslexia may have highly developed interactive and oral skills and excel at design, problem solving and creative thinking, but they often experience frustration at school given the central role of reading and writing in classroom learning and teaching.

As reading is a receptive skill, the most visible signs can sometimes be related to productive language activities, particularly when it comes to dyslexia and spelling.