Dyslexia Book Resources

The ICAM has added some Dyslexia book resources to the PATINS Lending Library, to help educators and parents gain insight and skill in working with dyslexic readers. This need not be a daunting task. The following books were selected to help teachers, parents and other advocates provide assistance from a position of knowledge and deliberation. If you have read other books that you feel would be useful to others, send us the titles. For now, please consider borrowing these titles.

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain 
by Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A. andFernette F. Eode, M.D.

The authors are neurolearning experts who reveal the hidden benefits of having a dyslexic brain.

Yes, dyslexia brings definite challenges, particularly when a student is surrounded by peers who do not experience their frustration in tasks like decoding, and phonetic spelling. However, often individuals with dyslexia have other areas of great success and special talents: reasoning, big-picture thinking, artistic skills, to name a few. This book provides a “complete portrait of dyslexia.”

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning
by Ben Foss

Ben Foss relates his personal experiences of moving through a school system that did not understand dyslexia, nor how to help struggling readers find paths to succeeding at school. He provides a three-step approach for helping dyslexic readers including 1) Identifying and devising a profile for the student, 2) Helping the student learn to be her/his own advocate in the educational setting, 3) Building a community in the school that works together to provide a system of supports for dyslexic students, which will help them turn discouragement to success.

Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia Within the Public Education System  
by Kelli Sandman-Hurley

This book is a great assistant for parents of and educators for students with dyslexia. Sandman-Hurley discusses the importance of raising awareness of this frequently identified (1 in 5) and frequently overlooked reading disability. How dyslexia is addressed in the IEP process and in the 504 Plan process is dissected in depth. Often these are the points where much opposition is met. Learn how to manage these meetings professionally and with sensitivity.

Overcoming Dyslexia-A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at any Level
by Sally Shaywitz, MD.

This important book is by no means a new release; published in 2005, Overcoming Dyslexia continues to be timely, informative and easy to navigate if one chooses to use this as a reference to specific topics. You can for instance quickly consult Dr. Shaywitz’s research on:

Identifying dyslexia in children from K to Grade 12, in young adults, and in mid - to older adults.

How to rate the “readability” of popular titles by level of difficulty, including a list of popular/classic titles with the reading level indicated. To encourage reading by struggling readers, it is important to make selections from each child’s skill level (rather than grade level), to reinforce new skills and to provide incentive for advancing skills.

Developing a model of instruction that is goal and research based.

Corrects myths concerning dyslexia.

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