Because most standardized test questions are designed to determine misinterpretations of word problems such as this, dyslexics may be tripped up by questions if they aren’t given enough time to re-read questions and catch their errors.
From Eileen Simpson’s Reversals, “At the top of the first page was a long, dense paragraph of instructions.
Instructions had always caused me particular trouble.
One of my friends introduced me to Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Language Therapist Program.
Being a mother with dyslexia, and having a son identified with dyslexia, I knew SMU’s program was exactly what I needed.
It levels the playing field between her and her peers.
The following is a list of possible accommodations and suggestions that may be beneficial in order to decrease a student’s frustration and increase her academic success.
So much was said in so few words that what was intended was rarely clear…I recognized most of the words, but what did they say to do?
” Because test instructions are non-contextual and many dyslexics fill-in meaning by context, instructions or test questions in general may be the most difficult reading that students will have on an exam.
They aren’t sure about what to do, and a lot of times they believe retention is the answer.
The condition is often referred to as a “learning difficulty” because dyslexia makes it harder for them to reach their full potential in a traditional school environment.
How it helps students with dyslexia: Because students with dyslexia have a dominant right brain, their brain isn’t naturally wired to engage the left side of the brain—the reason for their difficulty with reading.