One of the most useless questions you can ask of someone is “Do you understand”? They will probably say “yes” to please you. Instead you should check for understanding.
You can ask someone to:
- explain what you just said in their own words
- repeat the instructions to somebody else
- answer series of short questions such as “where do you go?” and “what do you do next”
People with dyslexia will struggle with complex instructions because of the time it takes them to process the information. They don’t have trouble understanding. Asking them to repeat will give them more time.
People with a learning disability may struggle to understand complicated language. This strategy will help them to understand the content of your instructions.