Strategies for 8 - 12 years

Dyslexia can affect different areas of your life.

There are plenty of things you can do to make things a little easier.  Here are some ideas…

Tips for 8 – 12 year olds

1. Take breaks from your homework when it’s getting hard

Getting away from your work and getting outside for a while can help. If that’s not an option, try colouring, listening to music or talking to a friend. But make sure you get back to your task before too long! Or ask someone for some help to complete the task.

2. Use games and technology to help you learn new things

There are plenty of apps and software on computers, tablets and phones that can help with your studies. CALL Scotland has lots of great apps on their website. They have a ‘Wheel of Apps’ for ipads and one for androids.  Ask someone to help you download some of these and show you how to use them.

3. Speak up

Let friends, family and teachers know if you’re finding stuff hard. Talk with them about what would help you and anything you might need.

4. Focus on the positives

Remember all the things that you’re good at – and tell people about them!

5. Get inspired

Quotes, role models and success stories can help you to open your mind to new ways of thinking and stay excited about things like school. Here is one of our favourite quotes here at Dyslexia Scotland:

The quote means that you shouldn’t be afraid to be “different”. Different does not mean bad!


The most important thing you can do is to believe and have faith in yourself. Dyslexia does not mean that you are not smart. It has nothing to do with intelligence and IQ and it comes with many strengths as well as the challenges.