05 Dec

My daughter has CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder) and dyslexia. Both make learning a challenge for her, even though she is bright. She is a visual learner, so I try to make sure her learning leans toward her learning style.

Spelling curriculum, even beginning spelling curriculum, is difficult at best. Phonics just don’t mean much to her. She can’t really process the sounds. She can tell you basic phonics rules, but they don’t carry over into practical use. When she was in elementary school, I had her write a spelling word on one side of a blank 3X5 index card. The vowels were in one color and consonants in another color. On the back side of the index card, she would draw a picture of what the word meant to her. Because she is right-brained learner, this helped immensely.


She still has trouble spelling to this day. I remind her to use spell check when she writes on the computer. Sometimes spell check doesn’t work if her spelling is way off. We also have a program geared for dyslexics called Ginger Software. It recognizes many words a dyslexic person might spell.

What things do you do to help your learning challenged child, if you have one?



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2 responses to “Spelling

  1. quaintscribbles

    December 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    So very glad to hear your son is making such great progress. It sure feels good, doesn’t it? My DD is very much a right brained learner, so having her draw a picture of what she sees as the word on the back of the 3X5 card really helped cement it for her.

  2. thesefiveofmine

    December 11, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    My second oldest son is dyslexic. He has made huge progress in the last year and half in reading fluency but spelling is still a challenge. We still keep at spelling lists by memorization and lots and lots of word exposure. I love your idea of having vowels and consonants in different colors. I wish I would have thought of that!!!


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