3 Dyslexia Literacy Tools to Check Out

by Jamie Martin, from Noodle.com

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 One of the most overused and tiresome phrases in recent history originated in an iPhone ad. Looking for an easy, technological way to get something done? “There’s an app for that.

Of course, Apple’s catchphrase is indicative of the popularity of mobile devices as legitimate computing platforms. Because of the massive productivity of app developers, desktop software has been somewhat neglected during the last seven years or so. That is particularly true regarding assistive technology (AT) for students with learning disabilities and differences, such as dyslexia.

Currently, dyslexic students can use their smartphones and tablets for a variety of academic work that involves reading and writing. There are apps for text-to-speech, dictation, word-prediction, optical character recognition, and advanced spell checking, to name just a few. However, more robust desktop software can still play a key role in the education of students that have difficulty with various language skills.

The following desktop programs have unique features that make them stand out from the many AT choices that are available today. They may not be as well known as other tools, but each can certainly contribute to the growing independence of students with dyslexia.

AssistiveWare’s Wrise is a Mac-only program that helps students with school activities involving reading and writing.

Like other AT that assists with reading, Wrise has integrated text-to-speech with synchronized highlighting. Text can be typed, pasted, or dragged into a native document window in order to be read aloud. Students can also import documents from other programs, including Word, RTF, and PDF files. In addition, they can use a special extension to read text directly in other applications. For listening on the go, Wrise has the ability to convert text to audio files, which can quickly be added to a user’s iTunes library.

What makes Wrise stand out from other programs is that it gives users the ability to customize how they read. First, it has a unique EasyReading Mode, which lets students quickly change the way text is displayed while keeping the original formatting in the background. In other words, by clicking the EasyReading button, the text can be changed to a different font, size, and color, and a second click will return it to its original appearance. Second, if the text-to-speech does not pronounce a word correctly, it can be changed using the Custom Pronunciations tool. Finally, Wrise has a remarkable system to customize the text-to-speech for particular readings. Users can add markup elements, called “tags,” to change the way specific words or groups of words are read aloud by the computer. For example, tags can be inserted into a dialogue between male and female characters so that male and female voices read the appropriate lines. Tags can also be added to change the speech rate and volume for certain portions of the text. The result is that synthesized speech can be made to sound more natural, leading to better reading comprehension.

In addition to providing reading tools, Wrise also acts as an accessible word processor. Along with basic formatting options, the program offers a word prediction tool that can learn a user’s vocabulary over time. It also provides auditory feedback while typing. Words, sentences, and paragraphs can be read aloud for on-the-go proofreading.

Ghotit Real Writer & Reader

Available for Windows and Mac computers, Ghotit Real Writer & Reader, from Ghotit Ltd., is literacy software designed particularly for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia.

The software primarily functions as a writing tool. It acts as a basic word processor with standard formatting tools, and like other AT programs, it has built-in word prediction that can learn users’ vocabulary over time. A unique feature of Ghotit’s word prediction is that the word choices have definitions attached that can be read allowed with text-to-speech. Students also receive auditory feedback while writing; each word is read aloud after it is typed for proofreading on the go.

At its core, Ghotit is an excellent contextual spell and grammar checker. It uses context to look for spelling and grammar errors, along with confusable words like homonyms. That makes it a more useful editing tool than the standard spell and grammar checkers of most word processors. Ghotit’s spell and grammar check can be done within the software’s native word processor, or it can be applied directly to text in other applications, such as Word, Pages, and various email clients. When errors are identified, several suggestions are given to correct them. Each suggestion contains a definition and the option to read it aloud with text-to-speech.

Ghotit also provides reading support for students. It has standard text-to-speech with dual color highlighting, and the voice and speaking rate can be changed to meet the needs of particular users. The program also has a built-in talking dictionary to aid with reading comprehension. Text can be pasted into Ghotit’s word processing window to be read aloud, or the software’s Reader Screen can be activated to easily import and read text from other applications like web browsers and word processors.

Clicker 6

From Crick Software, Clicker 6 is a robust word processing program designed for elementary students. It is available for both Windows and Mac computers.

The program provides numerous supports, such as built-in word prediction, for beginning writers and writers with various language difficulties. However, the most impressive thing about the application is how completely it turns the writing process into a multisensory experience for students.

Auditory reinforcement is a key element of the software. Like other AT, words and sentences are read aloud with text-to-speech while students are typing, and the word predictor can read its suggestions aloud to help students make correct choices.

What makes Clicker 6 stand out is how it engages the visual sense during the writing process. While working on a document, students can use the Picture tool to illustrate their words with drawings or photos. In addition, the program has an exceptional feature called Instant Pictures, which automatically inserts small illustrations above matching words in the text (think Highlights magazine) for visual reinforcement. Those illustrations can also be added to the spellchecking tool for multisensory editing, and they can be activated in the word prediction tool to help students choose the correct suggestion.

Another unique feature of Clicker 6 is a word bank tool called Clicker Sets, which can be helpful for students who have difficulty with word recall and difficulty generating ideas. Clicker Sets show topic-specific words that can be previewed with text-to-speech and inserted into the text with a simple click. Existing word sets can be edited, or teachers and parents can create new ones easily.


source: https://www.noodle.com/articles/3-desktop-literacy-tools-for-dyslexia-students-should-know?&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=newsfeed&utm_campaign=lm_dailyfb_092415

Jamie Martin has been an educator for over 20 years, and he has worked with dyslexic students for the majority of that time, both as an Orton-Gillingham language tutor and an assistive technology instructor.

He is currently an AT consultant and trainer. He is an experienced speaker, having presented at several educational conferences, including ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), AOGPE (Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators), and IDA (International Dyslexia Association). He is also on the advisory board for the children’s website, Dyslexiaville. You can follow him on Twitter @ATDyslexia. You can find more information about assistive technology at his website: www.atdyslexia.com.

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com  

Shakespeare for Kids: Activities!

by Adrienne Edwards

[O-G tutoring in Columbus OH: see below]

Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times, by Colleen Aagsen and Margie Blumberg (Chicago Review Press) arrived in the mail this month.  This slick, colorful, oversized and lavishly illustrated book offers — in addition to a deep look into the Elizabethan world — a glimpse of the habitats and habits of the Bard himself.  There are, in addition, twenty-one activities for a young student of Shakespeare to do.

If you’re a teacher who is bringing drama into the classroom, if you offer theater classes, or if you’re the parent of a kid who is participating in a “Shakespeare in the Park” experience (or thinking about it), you can find in this book a wealth of information and fun projects to build the kind of background information he or she will be grateful to have in Middle and High School.

The book is organized into five “Acts,” each of which contains historical and biographical material, as well as projects typical of life in these times.

In “Act 1, Early Years: A  World Full of Wonders” your student can make a pomander ball, decorate a pair of gloves, learn how to juggle, create a habitat for birds, make a hornbook, whip up some Apple Moye , and create new words (and then even focus in on Oxymorons).

“Act 2, Days of Love: Leaving Marriage and Family,” you’ll learn two Elizabethan games to play: Teetotum and Nine Men’s Morris.

“Act 3, A Life and Career in London: The Nature of Success,” explains how to make a quill pen, compose a sonnet, create sound effects, design a coat of arms, use a goblet for a prop, create a shushed-shirt costume, or make a sword.

“Act 4, Home Again: Naturally Shakespeare Returns,” will allow your student to paint a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, bind your own folio, and start a scrapbook.

And finally, in “Act 5, Your Place in This World of Wonders,” your student will have access to a Glossary; she or he will find a List of Shakespeare’s Plays, as well as web sites and a bibliography for more exploring.

Charts, illustrations, maps and photographs show (among many other pleasures) Shakespeare’s family tree (you can make one of your family!), the various Shakespearean homes and their layouts, Shakespeare’s baptismal record, the interior of the King Edward VI New School, a map of London showing the playhouses erected before 1840, a contemporary “View of London from the Thames,”and a photo of Shakespeare’s monument in Stratford.

“This book provides a welcoming and expansive gateway for young people to enter the powerfully imaginative world of Shakespeare’s plays,” writes Edward Gero, an actor at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC.

“Chock-full of information, insight, and entertaining hands-on projects, Shakespeare for Kids brings the stories and characters to life in clear, accessible ways. And it’s fun!”

Check it out!

ISBN 1-55652-347-5

And here they are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareForKids?fref=ts

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com 

What’s the Difference? Tutor and Coach

by Peg Rosen, Understood.org

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Does your child need academic help outside the classroom? Tutoring might be a good option. But you may also hear about academic “coaches” who help teach kids learning strategies.

What’s the difference? Which is best suited for your child?

There’s no official distinction between what makes one person a tutor and someone else a coach. Sometimes it’s just a matter of marketing.

Instructors may call themselves “coaches” because some students may not like the idea of being “tutored.” That’s because some students may associate being tutored with having some kind of weakness. But they may be open to being “coached,” like an athlete, to become “even better.” This is especially true for middle-schoolers and high-schoolers.

There tend to be some basic differences between the two groups, though. This […] can give you an idea of what they are.

Basic Approach

Tutors tend to focus on building concrete skills and helping students with what they immediately need to keep up with schoolwork.


Similar to a sports coach, an academic coach tends to work on strategies to help kids succeed. They can help kids develop a more organized approach to learning and schoolwork. They may also focus on strategies to help kids with motivation.

What a Typical Session May Look Like

A tutor may zero in on specific skills that are giving a student trouble. A math tutor, for instance, may focus on long division. He might go over assigned homework and help the student get ready for upcoming tests.

Tutors can help kids work on specific skills during the summer, too. They may do practice drills so a student can keep up on skills and is ready for the new school year.


A coach working with a younger student may help her organize her backpack. He might also show her how to create color-coded systems for her notebook and folders.

Middle- and high-schoolers may learn to create schedules that will help them tackle long-term projects. The coach may share tips and strategies about how to stay focused and take tests more effectively.

Who Offers It
Anyone can call himself a tutor. That includes high school students. Many tutors are current or retired teachers who work independently or as part of a commercial tutoring program.

Some tutors are certified to help kids with learning issues like dyslexia. They may be certified through programs like Wilson or Orton–Gillingham. Online tutoring and tutoring software are options, too.


Anyone can call himself a learning or academic coach. There’s no official credential. Many are current or retired teachers, or they may have some background in education or psychology.

Some commercial tutoring centers are starting to offer more “coaching-style” programs. But they still tend to refer to these programs as tutoring services.

Type of Student Who Could Benefit

Tutoring could be a good option for students struggling to stay at grade level. It could also benefit students who need help reaching academic goals in one or more specific areas like reading, writing, science or math. However, some students with learning issues may need to see someone more specialized, like an educational therapist.


Coaching could be helpful for students who have certain skills but lack the motivation, organization or strategies they need to apply those skills. Coaching could also benefit students who need help with staying focused, such as kids with ADHD. And athletes with positive sports experiences often respond well to a coaching model.

Grade-schoolers who need to learn good study habits could benefit from an organizational coach. Older students who need help with prioritizing, staying on task or even prepping for the ACT or SAT could also benefit from an academic coach.

Duration of Services

Tutoring is sometimes used on a “spot” basis. This could be to help a student through a rough patch or with a specific skill, like solving quadratic equations. But tutoring often continues throughout the length of a particular course, such as algebra or chemistry.


Some coaches sell “packages” that are designed to lay the basic groundwork students need to succeed within a limited window of time. This can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, or beyond.


Tutoring rates vary by area but are comparable to those for academic coaches.


Coaching rates vary by area but are comparable to those for tutors.

In real life, the line between coaching and tutoring can be blurry. Some tutors, like coaches, may focus on learning strategies. Some coaches, like tutors, will help students tackle homework. And some coaches may not even call themselves “coaches.”


Once you know what kind of help your child needs, a good way to find the right person is to seek referrals from her school or other parents. Then interview each candidate carefully about his basic approach. Having a list of key questions to ask can be helpful.

And be sure to let the coach or tutor you hire know about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The more your child’s tutor or coach knows, the better he’ll be able to help your child.

Peg Rosen has written for numerous digital and print outlets, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping, More, Fitness and Martha Stewart.

Source: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/tutors/types-of-tutoring/the-difference-between-tutoring-and-academic-coaching?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg

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CHECKLIST: Last-minute Prep for ACT and SAT

By Kate Kelly at Understood.org

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The SAT and ACT can be particularly stressful for kids with learning and attention issues. Feeling prepared on testing day can help build confidence. Follow these tips to make sure your teen is ready.

Up to a Week Before the Test

  • Make sure you know how to get to the test site and which entrance will be accessible on the morning of the test.
  • If your teen tends to get disoriented, have him take a practice walk to the testing room or do it together. (If the test is held at a different school, call ahead to arrange this.)
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or visualization. Tell your child to use them if his heart starts pounding or if he feels nervous.
  • Go over any accommodations your teen is receiving. If he gets extra time, explain that he’ll be in a different room and can’t leave until the extended time period is up.

The Night Before

  • Have your child gather everything he’ll need: admission ticket, acceptable photo ID, approved calculator (and backup batteries), and at least two No. 2 pencils.
  • Pack a snack, like a bottle of water and a granola bar. Remind your teen he can eat only during the break.
  • Tell your teen to leave his cell phone at home. If he brings it into the testing center, he may not be allowed to finish his test.
  • Encourage your child to go to bed early.
  • Skip last-minute cramming. At this point, your teen is better off relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep.

Test Day Morning

  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast that includes protein.
  • Plan to arrive to the test site early. If your teen is late, he won’t be admitted.
  • Advise your teen not to second-guess his answers unless he’s concerned he made a careless error. He’s better off sticking with his first answer.
  • Put things in perspective. Tell your child you think he’s going to do great, but not to worry about the score. It’s just one test, and he can always take it again.

Kate Kelly has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, with a focus on parenting.

source: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/partnering-with-childs-school/tests-standards/checklist-last-minute-sat-and-act-prep?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg

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+ Using Poetry as a Springboard for Learning

by Jessica Burnquist

[Tutoring in Columbus OH: see below]

As a high school English teacher, I would be remiss in assuming that every student entering my classroom has mastered reading fluency. Those who haven’t are guaranteed to struggle with comprehension across academic disciplines. And, as their English teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to try and fill these gaps as quickly and painlessly as possible.

That said, teaching fluency can be difficult in a class of students with varying skill levels. How do I help develop basic reading skills without shining a light on students who struggle? Or without slowing the pace and reducing the challenge to a possibly boring degree for those who read well?

Using Poetry to Foster Reading Fluency

I believe that poetry offers the perfect platform to increase reading fluency and to challenge and strengthen comprehension. Better still, this area of English studies can and should be fun! As teachers and parents know well, engaged students are more likely to demonstrate measurable growth — not only on a report card, but also as individuals.

Poetry and Lyrics

When I work with high school students, I guide them into the landscape of poetry from a familiar and engaging vantage point — namely, music. I begin a poetry unit by asking students to work in small groups, writing and sharing the lyrics to their favorite (school-appropriate!) songs. We then explore the question “What makes these lyrics poetic?” Students are typically quick to identify elements such as image, rhyme, meter, and metaphor.

The practice of examining a piece of writing line by line naturally slows the pace of reading, permitting students to read for basic comprehension at a more comfortable level. Understanding a text’s top layers of meaning typically involves beginning with the surface — the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the poem. For example, students identify whom the piece is about, what its main idea is, where it takes place, and so on. Those students who are already adept in fluency assume that we are using the line-by-line approach to search for deeper meaning, and they stretch these questions to ask, for example, who is the audience for this poem? And what evidence supports this? Without realizing it, they model ways of searching for more complex meaning for peers who may struggle with these skills.

Following our close reading of song lyrics, I then ask students to write a poem that mimics the structure of one of these musical pieces. This effort, coupled with sharing these creations in writing workshop, provides them with further opportunities to exercise their reading and comprehension skills.

Poetry and History

Once we’ve explored lyrics from their playlists, I dive into the period of literature that we’re studying by examining poems that are thematically aligned with the era’s history. For example, before beginning “All Quiet on the Western Front,” we read World War I poetry by writers like Rupert Brooke and Amy Lowell. Likewise, if we will soon read “The Red Badge of Courage,” we might begin with related poems by Walt Whitman.

If you’re a parent or teacher seeking to support your student’s overall reading fluency or appreciation for a given subject, try exploring the Academy of American Poets or the Poetry Foundation, both of which have “poems of the day,” thematic browsing options, interviews, children’s poetry, and other resources.

Applying Poetry Skills Broadly

The connection between reading fluency and poetry must be modeled for students so that they realize their poetry-reading skills can be applied to all kinds of texts. Many learners aren’t aware that they can — and in fact should — transfer these practices to other areas of their lives. I’m always mindful to tell students that I read directions for how to make a meal or solve a math problem in the same way I read lines of poetry.

At home, a good practice for parents is to print out a poem of the day and read it with their child around meal or nap time. Reading and discussing poetry can also become part of your routine on the way to school or afterschool activities. When my children were in the early grades, I used to have them practice their reading skills (without saying so!) by asking them to read Shel Silverstein poems aloud in the car. (Luckily, my kids don’t get carsick.) This practice doesn’t have to be a chore; in fact, between the reading and discussing, we spent 10 minutes, tops, on poetry.

Often, children become intimidated by poetry once adults begin formally naming techniques. It’s important to not, as former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins used to say, “beat the poem to death.” When kids tell me that poetry is hard, I remind them that poems consist of sentences that attend to the senses — but that they are sentences all the same.

You can ask a child of any age “What did you notice about the poem?” This question is open-ended enough to permit her to both interpret the meaning and identify literary elements, such as rhyme or imagery. Moreover, supporting your child’s reading skills can begin with poetry, but it doesn’t have to end there. Once she has developed a poetry-reading routine, try to extend the approach with her to other academic areas. Read other texts in their entirety, break them down into smaller components, and work with her to identify the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the author’s intent.

And just as with playing an instrument or sport, reading is a skill that improves with practice. When students begin to apply these abilities to any subject, their improvement will be measurable and their increased confidence will seem, well … poetic.

Jess Burnquist was raised in Tempe, Arizona. She received her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, NPR and Time.com. She is a recipient of the Joan Frazier Memorial Award for the Arts at ASU. Jess currently teaches English and Creative Writing in San Tan Valley, AZ and has been honored with a Sylvan Silver Apple Award for teaching.

source: https://www.noodle.com/articles/how-poetry-helps-students-of-all-reading-levels

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

+ Research: Childhood Music Lessons Benefit Through a Lifetime

by Josh Jones

[Tutoring in Columbus OH: see below]

As a sometime musician, it’s only natural that I want my four-year-old daughter to take an interest in music. Sure, it’s a fun bonding activity, and sure, there may be a bit of a stage dad lurking inside me at times. But I’m also convinced of the tangible benefits playing a musical instrument can have on one’s personal development. New science, it seems, backs up this intuition. The Washington Post reported last year on a recent study from Northwestern University which found that “Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well.”

This may not come as a surprise. And yet, the details of the study provide insights our intuitions about the power of musical education may lack. For one thing… the benefits of learning to play music as a child can last for decades, even if someone hasn’t picked up an instrument since those early lessons. As Dr. Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, explains, good musical timing is strongly correlated with reading skills and general mental acuity. According to a co-author of the study, James Hudziak, professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont, early musical training was shown to have “accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control.” These brain changes can accompany us well into old age.

Another, Canadian study, published in February in the The Journal of Neuroscience, found that childhood music lessons boost the ability of older adults to hear speech, a skill that begins to weaken later in life. The study found “robust” evidence that “starting formal lessons on a musical instrument prior to age 14 and continuing intense training for up to a decade appears to enhance key areas in the brain that support speech recognition.” Even music lessons taken later life can help rehabilitate the brains of older adults. “The findings,” writes Science Daily, “underscore the importance of music instruction in schools and in rehabilitative programs for older adults.”

Music teachers certainly need this kind of evidence to bolster support for ailing programs in schools, and musically-inclined parents will cheer these findings as well. But before the stage parent in you begins enrolling your kid in every music lesson you can fit into the schedule, take heed. As Dr. Kraus discovered in the Northwestern study, forcing kids to show up and participate under duress won’t exercise their brains. Real, active engagement is key. “We like to say that ‘making music matters,’” says Kraus, “because it is only through the active generation and manipulation of sound that music can rewire the brain.” While musical training may be one particularly enjoyable way to strengthen cognition, it isn’t the only way. But even if they don’t stick with it, the kids willing to put in the hours (and yes, the longer the better) will experience positive change that lasts a lifetime.

Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness


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+ 15 Best Dyslexia Sites For 2015

 by Douglas Curtiss

(Note: this is a list compiled by Dyslexia and Unstoppable; I’m not sure what their criteria were in establishing “best,”  but this collected information is definitely useful and we thank them for it — Adrienne Edwards)

for more about them http://www.dyslexicandunstoppable.com

There are many sites available to help dyslexic children and children who are struggling with reading. Below are the top 15 sites for dyslexia for 2015. Of course we believe that www.DyslexicAndUnstoppable.com should be at the head of the list. However, in order to keep the list as objective as possible, we have decided to exclude it from the list. So without further ado…The Best Dyslexia Sites For 2015 are:

1] Understood.org – Understood.org is a website that addresses learning and attention issues. The section on dyslexia helps you understand:

  • What dyslexia is
  • What some signs and symptoms of dyslexia are
  • What skills might be affected by dyslexia
    What each profession in your child’s life can do to help your child
  • What you can do at home

In addition you are able to create a free account to personalize your experience and connect with other parents as well as experts.

Find out more https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/understanding-dyslexia

2] Yale Center For Dyslexia And Creativity

A comprehensive site from internationally known Dyslexia researchers and Yale professors, Drs. Sally and Ben Shaywitz, the YCDC offers:

  • Resources if you have dyslexia
  • Stories from other dyslexics
  • Advice on what a child can do
  • Efforts for reform in Washington, D.C.

Find out more ...http://dyslexia.yale.edu/index.html

3] Davis Dyslexia Association International

Based on the teachings of Dr. Ronald Davis, as explained in the book, The Gift of Dyslexia, this site offers:

  • Information about the Davis Dyslexia Correction
  • Where to find Davis-trained professionals
  • Links to scholarly articles about dyslexia
  • A forum connecting with other parents and experts in dyslexia

Find out more here http://www.dyslexia.com

4] Bright Solutions

This is the site started by international dyslexia expert, Susan Barton. It features:

  • A section explaining what dyslexia is
  • Explanation of classroom accommodations for dyslexic children
  • Videos and seminars given by Ms. Barton
  • An introduction to the Barton System

Find out more here http://www.dys-add.com

 5Dyslexic Advantage

Created by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, authors of the excellent book, The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain, this site offers:

  • Stories of successful dyslexic people explaining why dyslexia has helped them
  • Links to conferences and webinars for parents
  • A community forum for support from like-minded parents

Find out more here http://www.dyslexicadvantage.org

 6] International Dyslexia Association

Another extremely comprehensive site offering

  • Explanations of dyslexia
  • Help for teachers
  • Upcoming conferences about dyslexia
  • Opportunities to join the IDA

Find out more here http://eida.org

7] Headstrong Nation

Started by Ben Foss, dyslexia advocate and author of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, this site offers:

  • Resources for adults dealing with dyslexia, including tools, assessments, and even workplace accommodations.
  • Assessments for parents to determine their child’s strengths and attitude
  • A link to find out more about Dyslexia Empowerment groups near you

Find out more here http://headstrongnation.org

 8] KidsHealth.org

This site, started by the children’s health foundation, Nemours, has great information about all aspects of children’s health. The dyslexia section includes:

  • How reading develops
  • What it is like to have dyslexia
  • Ways to make reading easier for dyslexic children

Find out more here http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/learning_problem/dyslexia.html

9] Decoding Dyslexia

This is the main site for Decoding Dyslexia, a parent-led organization, with chapters in all 50 states. Their main mission is advocacy, working to have laws changed to help with dyslexia teaching and accommodations. From this main page, you can find the chapter in your state.

Find out more here http://www.decodingdyslexia.net

10] DianneCraft.org

Started by learning and nutrition expert, Diane Craft, this site offers practical tools for struggling readers, including:

  • Free videos and audios, many from workshops Ms. Craft has led
  • Lesson plans for the struggling reader and struggling speller
  • An opportunity to have a consultation with Ms. Craft

Find out more here http://www.diannecraft.org

11] Lindamood-Bell

Started by Nanci Bell and Patricia Lindamood, this site explains

  • The Lindamood-Bell approach to instruction
  • Links to learning centers in your area
  • A blog with some of the latest research into reading and dyslexia

Find out more here http://lindamoodbell.com

12] Dyslexia Action

This site contains excellent resources for parents, teachers, and even employers. The section for parents includes:

  • An opportunity for a 30 minute free consult
  • Information about assessment and screening of dyslexia
  • Links to useful learning tools and accommodations

Find out more here http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

13] The Dyslexia Foundation

This site includes

  • Videos about dyslexia
  • A blog about dyslexia developments
  • A chance to become a member

Find out more here http://dyslexiafoundation.org

14] Learning Ally

The Learning Ally organization helps children with dyslexia as well as the visually impaired. Resources on their site include:

  • Help with reading
  • Advice about a multi-sensory approach
  • The use of audiobooks
  • The opportunity to sign up to be able to listen to hundreds of audiobooks

Find out more here https://www.learningally.org

15] Orton-Gillingham

This site is run by the Institute for Multisensory Education. The site:

  • Explains the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching dyslexic children to read
  • Offers the chance to be trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach
  • Contains a comprehensive list of educational apps for reading and dyslexia

Find out more here https://www.orton-gillingham.com


source of this article by Douglas Curtiss : http://www.dyslexicandunstoppable.com/2015/09/01/15-best-dyslexia-sites-for-2015/


Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com