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Posted 1st May, 2011 by Melanie Knight

Mind’s Eye Spelling

Mind’s Eye spelling is a visual spelling strategy.  I first used Mind’s Eye Spelling with a mature dyslexic learner with auditory processing difficulties. For years he had tried to spell words, unsuccessfully, by sounding them out. Using Mind’s Eye Spelling he was able to learn how to spell specific words and more importantly could remember how to spell the words.

Step 1

Write the word the learner wants to spell.

dyslexia

Step 2

Ask the learner to split the word into chunks. Do not worry about syllables.

dyslexia                                   dy   sle  xia

Step 3

With the learner looking at the word, get the learner to say the whole word and then say the letters in each chunk. Ask the learner to do this several times, getting them to say the chunks in different orders, for example:

  • say the letters in the last chunk (x,i,a)
  • say the letters in the first chunk (d,y)
  • say the letters in the middle chunk (s,l,e)

Step 4

With the learner still looking at the word ask the learner questions about the letters in the different chunks, for example:

  • What is the first letter of the middle chunk?
  • What is the last letter of the first chunk?
  • What letter comes after x?

Step 5

Ask the learner if they can see the word in their head. If they can’t, continue with steps 3 and 4 until they can. When they can, ask them to close their eyes and visualise the word. Ask them to say the letters in the different chunks and ask them the same type of questions in step 4.

Step 6

With their eyes still closed ask the learner to spell the word out loud. If they get it correct, ask them to spell the word backwards. When the learner can do this ask them to open their eyes and write the word down.

Useful Tips

  • It is important to allow the learner time to absorb each chunk.
  • Provide prompts where necessary.
  • Do not try and get the learner to learn too many words at once. For some learners one word per week may be enough.
  • Roswright

    Have you compared the success of this approach with the more traditional Look, Say, Cover ,Write ,Check method used  on the ADDS course? It might be interesting to do a short research project using the 2 methods to try to compare?

    • Melaneknight

      Do you mean just using the LCWC method on its own? I would not recommend using the LCWC method in isolatiion with a dyslexic learner. I would always use an accompanying strategy with the LCWC.  I used the LCWC method with Mind’s Eye Spelling combined with colours and letter strings because my learner had auditory processing difficulties and was a very visual learner.

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