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I'm a bit stuck to be honest, for ideas or material or how to keep encouraging her.
Hoping someone can help.
Don't refer to right and left hands, but say this hand or that hand, pointing clearly.
Don't say up or down, but point up or down the keyboard.
Don't be afraid to repeat things over and over again.
Develop the ear and the memory, rather than relying too much on notation.
Do a lot of praising!
I'll try to think of some other suggestions; summer holidays are not a good time to get my mind in focus.
You could try getting all these suggested books from the library first and make your decision after you've seen them all - might save some money!
I have another student who I discovered is also dyslexic but doesn't seem to be struggling quite so much, but he would probably make better progress with a colour book as well.
Should I be slightly annoyed that neither of these kids' parents told me when they first started lessons that they are dyslexic?
Not too annoyed! It's better not to be told than to have dyslexia constantly thrown up as an excuse for slow progress. I have one pupil in particular (actually he's about to move to a very prestigious establishment in Manchester!) who gives the excuse after every wrong note. "Of course, I can't do this because I'm dyslexic" became very familiar and increasingly irritating!speccyboo wrote: Should I be slightly annoyed that neither of these kids' parents told me when they first started lessons that they are dyslexic?
But to never mention it at all, only as a passing comment, seems a bit odd to me. I can't help thinking that if I had been told at the beginning, I could have found the right material straight away and both kids would be happier and making better progress.
Ah well. You can't get everything right.
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