Please note: Being listed here is not per se an endorsement of
any particular site or email list. I have included annotations for those sites
or lists that I am familiar with and strongly recommend.
Dyslexia is a catch-all phrase for reading problems. Different kids
have different causes for their dyslexia, so there is no "one-size fits all"
solution. If your child has reading problems, it is important to check for
vision difficulties with a developmental optometrist who will check for how well
the eyes work together rather than only acuity (see Vision
Problems) and also for auditory processing problems with an audiologist who
will check for processing issues such as ability to processing verbal
information, especially with background noise rather than just acuity (see
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)).
International Dyslexia Association. If you enter the Parent's section,
and go to the Dyslexia FAQ, there's a link on the right of the page for Common
Signs of Dyslexia (there's no direct link to this list).
Dyslexia Adults Link (DAL) is a site for adults with dyslexia, includes
information for parents and teachers, and is the host for
Dyslexia Online Magazine
Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center
Early detection and intervention are crucial for children with dyslexia.
Noted dyslexia researcher Sally Shaywitz, M.D., recommends the DIBELS (Dynamic
Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), which is available for free at
Books on Dyslexia
The Gillingham Manual: Remedial Training for Students With Specific Disability in Reading, Spelling, and Penmanship
by Anna Gillingham and Bessie W. Stillman.
A manual for teaching the Orton-Gillingham method of dyslexia remediation.
My Thirteenth Winter : A Memoir by Samantha Abeel is an amazing account by a gifted young woman
with dyslexia and severe dyscalculia. A beautifully written look from the inside, by a talented
writer, this is a must-read for parents, teachers, and kids with LDs. Ms. Abeel also wrote
and published a poetry book,
Reach for the Moon, when she was 13 years old.
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading
Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz. Alfred A. Knopf. Dr. Shaywitz
is a noted dyslexia researcher. This book emphasizes the importance of early
detection and intervention.
Reading Rescue 1-2-3 : Raise Your Child's Reading Level 2 Grades with This Easy 3-Step Program
by Peggy M. Wilber. Some families have had good success with this program,
based on research and using a combination of auditory training, phonics, and
Straight Talk About Reading : How Parents Can Make a Difference During the
Early Years by Susan L. Hall & Louisa C. Moats. Contemporary
Books. Has a good chapter on reading difficulties and disabilities.
To Read or Not to Read: Answers to All Your Questions About Dyslexia by
Daphne M. Hurford. Touchstone.
Overwhelmed by all the terminology and abbreviations? In addition to the
acronyms page at this site, there's an excellent
Dictionary for Parents of Children with Disabilities (in PDF format, you need
to read it) at
http://www.usd.edu/cd/dictionary/. It is also available as a website
(but may take a long time to load) at
There's a shorter "Glossary and Guide to Acronyms" (also in PDF) by Leslie
Packer, Ph.D., at
Another dictionary can be found at
http://www.feat.org/legal/speddict.htm and another list of acronyms at
Friday October 06, 2006