Training tips

Not all dyslexic people will feel comfortable disclosing their difficulties in the workplace, some may not have had a formal diagnosis and therefore may be unaware that the challenges they face are due to dyslexia.

Any changes that are put in place to support dyslexic employees will also benefit other staff members. By being aware of different learning styles, and being flexible in your approach your organisation can be much more successful in training situations. Some simple changes can make all the difference.

Introducing a sensitive and thoughtful approach to how you deliver training within your organisation will benefit all your employees.

  • Things to consider

    Take time to consider:

    • If an individual has disclosed dyslexic difficulties, discuss the format of the training and the accommodations the individual would find helpful in advance.

    • Individual dyslexic learners will have different needs. These should be organised at the outset of training if effective learning is to be achieved.

    • Dyslexic people tend to be visual and kinaesthetic learners (practical, hands-on) rather than auditory learners and learn more efficiently if they are using all sensory pathways. Training should take a visual and hands-on approach rather than just listening whenever possible.

  • Examples

    Some examples of adjustments to employee training are:

    • Dyslexic people are often ‘big picture’ learners, so it can be helpful to them to give an overview of the topic first.

    • Ensure training points are split into topics (rather like paragraphs) and summarise each key point before moving on to the next.

    • Dyslexic learners can experience information overload, so teach one thing at a time in bite size chunks.

    • Colour code materials relating to different aspects of the training.

    • Provide written notes and handouts in advance to allow for time to digest the information.

    • Allow the learner to use a digital recorder.

    • Do not invite the dyslexic learner to read out loud or make notes for the group as this can cause extreme embarrassment.