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Tips For Teachers - Dyslexia

Classroom documents can be a nightmare for dyslexic students, but there are many things you can do to make things clearer and easier to understand. Here are some simple tips to think about when creating  handouts

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  • Use rounded, san serif fonts. Good fonts to use are Arial, Verdana, Helvetica and Tahoma.
  • Use a font size of at least 12pt, but preferably 14pt for printed materials. If you're making a presentation on an OHP, use 30pt.
  • Make sure that text is left aligned and un-justified.
  • If using a word document make sure that words at the end of lines don't hyphenate to fill the space.
  • If you want to highlight a word as important, avoid italics and underlining, use boxes instead.
  • Double space the document.
  • Use a cream or off white paper to print on.
  • Avoid using glossy paper or laminated instruction sheets.
  • If you can, use bulletpoints rather than a piece of continuous prose.
  • Give instructions clearly, avoid long sentences.
  • Use headings and subheadings to identify keys areas.
  • Print on one side of the page only, this avoids text showing through from the other side.
  • Have any graphics clearly seperated from text, and any labels on the graphic should be short and clear beside the relevant part.