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Dyslexia and Coping with Sequencing and Structure Challenges

May 13, 2024 Keir Williams Comments Off

Sequencing and structure play pivotal roles in organizing information, activities, and ideas. Dyslexic individuals often encounter difficulties in these areas, impacting their proficiency in language, particularly written language. This article delves into the struggles faced by people with dyslexia in terms of sequencing and structure, addressing common challenges and providing effective strategies to manage them.

Common Struggles for People with Dyslexia

General Difficulties:

  • Writing and Copying: Difficulty in writing and copying words and numbers.
  • Task Execution: Struggles in following instructions or carrying out tasks in the correct order.
  • Pressure Handling: Difficulty working under pressure.
  • Workspace Organisation: Inability to maintain a tidy workspace.
  • Daily Life Organisation: Difficulty organizing daily life.

Study Difficulties:

  • Essay Structure: Struggling to structure essays.
  • Note-Taking: Difficulty taking succinct notes.
  • Organising Work: Inability to organize work and revision schedules.
  • Seminar Presentation: Difficulty presenting an argument logically in a seminar or class.
  • Library Navigation: Difficulty using library catalogues or finding books.

Workplace Difficulties:

  • Document Management: Inefficiency in filing documents and retrieving files.
  • Protocol Adherence: Difficulty following work protocols.
  • Written Communication: Struggling to write letters and memos.
  • Report Structure: Inability to structure reports.
  • Oral Presentation: Difficulty presenting ideas clearly in oral interactions or presentations.
  • Task Execution at Work: Struggling to carry out tasks in a logical and efficient manner.
  • Workload Management: Difficulty managing a varied workload.
  • Meeting and Appointment Handling: Forgetting the times and places of meetings, struggling to keep appointments.
  • Deadline Management: Difficulty prioritizing work and meeting deadlines.
  • Paper Organization: Inability to have the right papers on hand when needed.

Managing Struggles with Sequencing and Structure

To overcome these challenges, dyslexic individuals can employ various strategies:

  • Reading Approach: Read words and sentences bit by bit.
  • Text Skimming: Skim text to get an overview before reading in detail.
  • Alphabetic Support: Use alphabetic cards or a pocket-sized alphabet arc.
  • Colour Coding: Implement color-coding for columns, rows, instructions, protocols, files, and filing trays.
  • Labelling and Tidiness: Clearly label files and filing trays; keep the workspace tidy.
  • Planning and Action Lists: Plan daily, weekly, and monthly action lists.
  • Time Allocation: Allocate time each day to deal with emergencies or unexpected tasks.
  • Action Plan Review: Review the action plan at the beginning and end of each day.
  • Pre-Planning: Plan letters, reports, oral interactions, presentations, and tasks in advance.
  • Step-by-Step Approach: Take one step at a time.

Dyslexia presents challenges in sequencing and structure, impacting various aspects of life. However, proactive strategies such as color-coding, pre-planning, and breaking down tasks can empower individuals to navigate these difficulties successfully. By incorporating these strategies, dyslexic individuals can enhance their control over daily life, academic pursuits, and work performance, fostering personal growth and achieving their goals.

For further support and information on dyslexia assessments, contact Dyslexia UK.