I was quite dyslexic as a child and struggled through elementary school where reading was concerned. However my math was pretty good so I had no trouble grasping rhythms and identifying scales as patterns on a piano which I learned to play by ear. Now as an adult I have been taking cello lessons and am really struggling with reading sheet music. Has anyone here had a student with similar issues or gone through this themselves? How did you manage to overcome this? Any other advice you would like to give?
One suggestion. I have no idea if this actually works, but if ever there were an occasion to try it, this is it: colored gel overlays for dyslexia. That article also suggests that highlighting (with a highlighter marker) can be helpful; I don't have dyslexia, but when I need to read a score where I'm reading an inner part of many, if I'm being all responsible and grown-up, I'll highlight or otherwise mark up my score so I can find my line reliably. I sometimes make photocopies of music I don't want to scribble all over (next time I might be on a different part, e.g.), so I have a copy I can write on.
Another suggestion to try:
Notation programs like Finale can color the note heads to any specified color. Perhaps the colors would help to keep the note heads in proper order.