A Window To Dyslexia

Hi everyone! Emily here, from The Reading Tutor/OG. Do you ever wonder what it's like to live with dyslexia? Do you wish you could get into the minds of your students or even your own children to know what they experience when they try to read? If so, this is the post for you. Today, I'm sharing resources that simulate what it is like to be dyslexic. If you've ever been fortunate to sit through one of these simulation sessions, I'm sure you'll agree it's valuable.

One of the gifts as educators and parents we can give our children with dyslexia is the gift of empathy. To walk a mile in their shoes, and to feel, if only for a short time, the struggles and frustration that come when they are faced with the written word help us to understand, and therefore become more empathetic educators and caregivers.

Since October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, sharing these videos is perfect timing. Each one is short and powerful. Please pin or share this post when you finish reading and watching it. You can also read my last post on dyslexia for more information.

1. This first video explains how dyslexia works in the brain. Thanks to the Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and The Dyslexia Training Institute for creating these powerful simulation videos.

2. Watch the first simulation video here. This one focuses on the challenges of reading.

3. Here's the second simulation. This one focuses on the writing challenges a dyslexic learner faces.

4. Read more about dyslexia here:
5. Download the pdf file here and distribute to educators, administrators and families. http://www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/All-About-Dyslexia.pdf
6. Click here for an additional simulation and more helpful tips for helping children with learning differences:
7. Learn more about the power of audiobooks and how you can use Learning Ally or Bookshare by clicking the links below:
8. A fabulous classroom reading list for building classroom community and a culture of empathy.
What did you come away with after watching these videos? I'd love to hear and read what you think. Please feel free to comment below. Thank you!


  1. Thank you so much for this enlightening and helpful post! I've pinned it so that others may benefit from it, and will share it with my colleagues at school!

  2. Thanks for all the great info. I cannot see the links for #s2&3.

    1. Hi Mary- They may not be visible on a mobile device. I've been able to open them both on my laptop. I hope that helps. Thank you for reading my post!