I am trained in and use the Dyslexia Institute Literacy Programme (DILP). This differs from school/college literacy teaching in the following ways:
- The learner has more time, more space, and no distractions. This will enable him/her to focus fully on learning to recognise, memorise, process, sequence and write sounds into syllables, words and then sentences.
- Each learning step (e.g. a new sound or concept, for example rules for adding suffixes) is broken down into tiny increments. This builds the learner’s confidence as they do not feel overwhelmed.
- Every sound and its corresponding sequence of letters is isolated and practised using each one of the senses so that a weaker link (e.g. verbal recognition) can be supported by a stronger one (e.g. handwriting).
- The DILP is progressive and builds on previous learning with an emphasis on over-learning to the point where sounds and letter sequences become automatic and become firmly fixed in long term memory. At every stage the work set for a learner will contain only known sounds or concepts. This quickly builds confidence.
- One-to-one tuition addresses the needs of the individual and is tailor made to ensure continued progress.
- Lessons are fun, activities stimulating, and the environment supportive and therefore relaxed. A variety of media are used to produce tailor-made activities to suit each learner.
- Grammar, punctuation and the rules of English are incorporated in the DILP so that learners are taught how to apply each of these to any given word or sentence.