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Strategies for supporting dyslexic deaf pupils

One of the core deficits found in many dyslexics is the inability to process sounds efficiently. Their impaired phonological processing skills make the segmentation and blending of sounds very difficult and consquently implications for their acquisition of literacy skills. Deaf pupils may have similar difficulties learning to read and, in both cases, the visual route to reading might be preferable. With a deaf dyslexic, the challenge is to find material which is both helpful and stimulating - this article is packed with tips for ToDs.

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