The high ability and dyslexia of some children – who may also be bilingual – is not recognised because they are able to achieve at an age appropriate level.
Do you think that when teachers/parents insist these learners spend extra time trying to improve skills like writing - an impossibility because of the impact of dyslexia – that they will become disaffected and never achieve at a level commensurate with their ability?
I like your approach to teaching the apostrophe using concrete materials - in true multi-sensory manner. Well done.
I agree that it would not be fair to take time away from other areas of the curriculum to concentrate on areas which need to be developed. However, short focused sessions throughout the week(home school partnership) can be beneficial if the student 'buys' into this approach. I have recently had success with a pupil who was struggling with spelling using 'Word Wasp' as an intervention. The child was determined to improve his skills in this area and therefore prepared to put some effort in. On the other hand, I have experienced a pupil who's complete frustration with spelling meant that the use of this resource was like torture to him as any mistake increased his frustration even more. Probably a lot depends on the child.