Does Timberdoodle Work for Students with Dyslexia?
It’s a common question around here, and the simple answer is yes! Many children with dyslexia have great success with Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits. Read the transcript or scroll to the bottom to watch the video to find out what customizations we suggest, and why it seems to work so well.
Hope: So, Pearl, the question for today is, does our curriculum work with children who have dyslexia?
Pearl: This is a question I’ve gotten a lot via email and I always say yes, because even though it’s not been specifically designed in all aspects for children with dyslexia, it has many components that will be appealing and helpful for children with dyslexia.
One aspect is that there are so many hands-on components in our curriculum. The child with dyslexia is likely to be frustrated if all of their education is book work. So it’s really helpful to have some hands-on components to break that up.
Another aspect is how many of our components have been designed for children with dyslexia. Not all components, but some. All About Reading, in particular, in grades pre-k through 2nd grade. You can also put in All About Spelling which is not typically part of our curriculum kit, but can be customized in. It’s also great for children with dyslexia.
From there I usually encourage the parents to customize. If they let me know what grade their child is or what types of topics are covering I can help them find audio book versions of Science or History. Sometimes both, depending on the grade.
One last resource I always recommend to parents of children with dyslexia is called TTRS which stands for Touch-Type, Read and Spell. I love this program. It’s really a mash-up of multiple things. It teaches typing. It works on phonics and spelling, although it doesn’t really teach it comprehensively. So if you’re looking for a phonics and spelling program that stands alone, that’s probably not it. But it would be immensely helpful for students with dyslexia because it’s so phonics-based. It’s based on the Orton-Gillingham approach just like All About Learning Press’ materials are.
Hope: All right. Well, thank you, Pearl.