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As we mentioned in the last video, many non-dyslexic children will learn to read better if they are taught using the dyslexia-friendly approach of phonics instruction. But dyslexia-friendly instruction techniques can benefit most non-dyslexic children not just in the area of reading, but in other areas as well; like learning by doing or experiencing rather than just reading or listening, or learning through examples and stories rather than just memorizing formulas and definitions.

Students with dyslexia should not be thought of as totally different from most other learners, but as lying further out on a learning spectrum most people are on. Those who don’t learn well using techniques that are effective for dyslexic people are in fact a relative minority, but the fact that so many of our learning and work environments are structured as if they were the true “norm” is a source of many of our problems.

So when thinking about dyslexia, think about how dyslexic learners resemble other learners, rather than just how they differ.

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