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    First steps to learn about Dyslexia


I refer to this book as my Dyslexia Bible.

by Dr. Sally Shaywitz

One in five American children has trouble reading. But they are not stupid or lazy. In Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention and a leader in the new research into how the brain works, offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them. Here are the tools that parents and teachers need to help dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step.

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Free videos and in-depth information about Dyslexia

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This 7-minute video provides an overview of John Corcoran's struggles in school and how learning to read changed his life.

Although he completed his college education, taught high school for nearly two decades, raised a family, and successfully developed millions of dollars in real estate, John did not learn to read until the age of 48.

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This is a FREE 50-minute documentary that is a must-see!

Embracing Dyslexia is a thoughtful and moving exploration of Dyslexia from an insider's perspective, weaving together interviews with parents, adult dyslexics, researchers, educators, and experts to provide an accurate portrayal of a learning difference that affects between 15-20% of the population.

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The pure, unchanged, original method. Taught by Eileen Faggiano, Orton Gillingham Associates, in Massachusetts.
(781) 934-5548

Barton Reading & Spelling System
Designed for one-on-one tutoring of children, teenagers, and adults by parents, volunteer tutors, reading or resource specialists or their aides, and professional tutors. The Barton System is the easiest one to learn because all tutor training comes on DVD, along with fully scripted lesson plans. Published by Bright Solutions for Dyslexia in California.
(408) 559-3652

Evidence Literacy Instruction (EBLI)
Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) is an effective, efficient, revolutionary method of instruction to teach reading. It is a system of research-based literacy skills, concepts, and strategies that teach learners of any age or ability level to read, spell, and write to their highest potential. Michigan-based at the Ounce Of Prevention Center.
(810) 732-4810

Designed for classroom settings of young children in the first, second, and third grades. The Slingerland Institute is in Washington.
(425) 453-1190

Take Flight
(Formally known as Alphabet Phonics) Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Texas.
(214) 559-7815
Wilson Reading System
Wilson Language Training Corporation in Massachusetts.
(800) 899-8454

Sopris West, which was acquired by Cambium Learning Group.
(800) 547-6747

By Enfield and Greene. Published by The Language Circle in Minnesota.
(800) 450-0343
Recipe for Reading
Published by Educators Publishing Service (EPS)
(800) 225-5750

Dyslexia Themed Books

The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia
By Diane Burton Robb, Gail Piazza (Illustrator)
When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But "p" looked like "q," and "b" looked like "d." In first grade, he had to put the letters into words, so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War. (Ages 4-10)

It's Called Dyslexia
Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, Illustrated by Marta Fábrega
The child in this story knows the alphabet, but he sometimes has trouble putting all the letters together to read words. No matter how hard he tries, he often mixes up the letters or writes them backward. He's unhappy until his teacher explains that he has Dyslexia and that with special help, he will overcome his reading problem. (Ages 4–7)

Here's Hank Series
By Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver
Here's Hank is a fun chapter book series starring the same Hank as in the bestselling Hank Zipzer novels, only now he's in 2nd grade. With undiagnosed learning challenges, Hank is bad at learning stuff, and spelling is his worst subject! (But so are math and reading.) Printed in a font that was designed with students with Dyslexia in mind (and easy for all kids) to read. Students enjoy these stories and can relate to many of the things that happen to Hank. (7-12)

Hank Zipzer Series
By Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
The Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever is a series of American children's books(2003-2010) by actor Henry Winkler and writer Lin Oliver, tells the story of a dyslexic child, Hank Zipzer. They are based on Winkler's difficulties with the school as a child and are set in his childhood home.

After they completed the main books, Winkler and Oliver created a prequel series, Here's Hank that explores Hank's life as a second-grader (2014 to 2019). _ Hank Zipzer_is a British children's television series that ran from January 2014 to December 2016 on the CBBC channel. (Ages 9-Adult)

The Lucky Few: Growing Up With A Learning Disability
By Samuel Frei
I read somewhere that up to 10% of all school-age children have a learning disability. I consider these kids to be the lucky few—and I am one of them. I didn't always think I was lucky. As a matter of fact, there were lots of days when I didn't want to go to school. I just wanted to stay home and play outside, explore, ride my bike—anything but try to read and write. But with the help of some fabulous teachers, I was able to see what a gift I had been given. This is my story. (10-Adult)

Fish In A Tree
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, sees the bright, creative kid underneath the troublemaker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself, and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself, and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there's a lot more to her -- and to everyone -- than a label and that great minds don't always think alike. (Ages 9-Adult)