Coping strategies and aids

Alongside the Dore Programme, the following coping strategies and aids for dyslexia can be used to make the learning process that much easier.

Handouts and materials

  • Use of coloured ink or coloured paper (black ink on white paper can be difficult to read)
  • Use text in lowercase (block capitals are difficult to read)
  • Use ‘plain English’
  • Use of plain, clear fonts
  • Use of graphs, pictures or charts to break up reading material
  • Make information available in a variety of ways: reading, audio, visual

Visual aids

  • Hand held magnifiers for reading/writing
  • Highlighter pens for reading small areas of text
  • Card/ruler, to keep to the line while reading
  • Intuitive (coloured) overlays
  • Coloured rulers
  • Coloured screens, used on computers
  • Computer default settings to plain type
  • Set computer icons to larger size
  • Use of computer magnifying tool

Assistive technology

  • Computers
  • Spellcheckers and Autocorrect (on computers)
  • Screen reading software
  • Voice recognition software
  • Word prediction software
  • Calculators
  • Spellmasters
  • Dictaphones
  • Audio tapes/CDs
  • Special keyboards or mouse
  • Audio books are useful for engaging dyslexics with literature

Additional learning support

Good schooling, specialist one-to-one tutors and other learning schemes can be very beneficial to assist those who have fallen behind academically. Remember, all schools have a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who is responsible for supporting children with educational needs. Speak to your school if you want more information.

The following organisations have been used been used to complement the Dore Programme:

Phonological interventions

Phonics is a widely used method of teaching to read and decode words, it involves teaching how to connect the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters

For more information on teaching phonics you could speak to a local literacy tutor, alternatively go to the following website


An individualised after-school study programme designed to help children of all ages and abilities to fulfil their potential in maths and English.

Toe by Toe

A highly structured multi-sensory reading manual for teachers.

Kip McGrath Education Centres

A tutoring franchise for younger children in mathematics, English, reading and spelling.

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