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Many learners struggle to discriminate between similar letters and words. They may demonstrate reversals or inversions while reading. Observe which letters and words with which your learner struggles and create the following activity to help improve visual discrimination:
Ask the learner to circle the words that are the same. Note: the word choices may be "nonsense" words.
Examples: herb herp herd herb nerb pig big pid pip pin was maw saw was mas
If your learner consistently struggles to discriminate between similar letters such as b and d or p and b, use color to differentiate. Explain that you have highlighted all the d's in yellow and all the b's in pink. This provides an additional visual cue to the learner. It also gives the learner an opportunity to self correct, rather than relying solely on the tutor.
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