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Catalog of Dyslexia Books

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Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

Author: Sally Shaywitz M.D.
ISBN:0679781595
Publication Date:2005-01-04
List Price:$18.00
Lowest New Price:$8.39
Rank:2610
Description:
FOR EVERYONE WHO STRUGGLES TO READ!
Clear, practical, science-based information and advice for successful results

One in five American children has trouble reading. But they are not stupid or lazy. In Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, codirector 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 the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step.

--What dyslexia is and why some intelligent, gifted people read slowly and painfully
--How to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, schoolchildren, young adults, and adults
--How to find the best school and how to work productively with your child’s teacher
--Exercises to help children use the parts of the brain that control reading
--A 20-minute nightly home program to enhance reading
--The 150 most common problem words–a list that can give your child a head start
--Ways to raise and preserve a child’s self-esteem aqnd reveal his strengths
--Stories of successful men and women who are dyslexic

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning

Author: Ben Foss
ISBN:0345541251
Publication Date:2016-05-17
List Price:$18.00
Lowest New Price:$6.64
Rank:19290
Description:
Finally, a groundbreaking book that reveals what your dyslexic child is experiencing—and what you can do so that he or she will thrive

More than thirty million people in the United States are dyslexic—a brain-based genetic trait, often labeled as a “learning disability” or “learning difference,” that makes interpreting text and reading difficult. Yet even though children with dyslexia may have trouble reading, they don’t have any problems learning; dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intellect.

While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics’ innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. Figuring out where their individual strengths lie, and then harnessing these skills, offers an entrée into learning and excelling. And by keeping the focus on learning, not on standard reading the same way everyone else does, a child with dyslexia can and will develop the self-confidence to flourish in the classroom and beyond.

After years of battling with a school system that did not understand his dyslexia and the shame that accompanied it, renowned activist and entrepreneur Ben Foss is not only open about his dyslexia, he is proud of it. In The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan he shares his personal triumphs and failures so that you can learn from his experiences, and provides a three-step approach for success:

• Identify your child’s profile: By mapping your child’s strengths and weaknesses and assisting her to better understand who she is, you can help your child move away from shame and feelings of inadequacy and move toward creating a powerful program for learning.
• Help your child help himself: Coach your child to become his own best advocate by developing resiliency, confidence, and self-awareness, and focusing on achievable goals in areas that matter most to him.
• Create community: Dyslexic children are not broken, but too often the system designed to educate them is. Dare to change your school so that your child has the resources to thrive. Understanding your rights and finding allies will make you and your child feel connected and no longer alone.

Packed with practical ideas and strategies dyslexic children need for excelling in school and in life, this empowering guide provides the framework for charting a future for your child that is bright with hope and unlimited potential.

Praise for The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

“A passionate and well-articulated guide . . . This extremely practical and motivational book will be welcomed by parents of dyslexic children.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Accessible and reassuring.”Library Journal

“This step-by-step guide will become a go-to resource for parents.”—James H. Wendorf, executive director, National Center for Learning Disabilities

“I study dyslexia in the lab and am a parent of a wonderful daughter who fits this profile. Ben Foss’s book should be considered essential to any collection on the subject. It was extremely useful, especially for a mom.”—Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology, UCSF, Memory and Aging Center

“As someone with a learning profile that made school tough, and as a parent, I know kids need the right support. Ben Foss knows how to get access to education because he’s been through it. I was thrilled to read this book. It offers a wise collection of insights that are both practical and touching.”—James Gandolfini, actor, The Sopranos


From the Hardcover edition.

The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read...and How They Can Learn, Revised and Expanded Edition

Author: Ronald D. Davis
ISBN:0399535667
Publication Date:2010-02-23
List Price:$16.95
Lowest New Price:$8.05
Rank:8947
Description:
The revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic in the category.

This book outlines a unique and revolutionary program with a phenomenally high success rate in helping dyslexics learn to read and to overcome other difficulties associated with it. This new edition is expanded to include new teaching techniques and revised throughout with up-to-date information on research, studies, and contacts.

Dyslexia Tool Kit for Tutors and Parents: What to do when phonics isn't enough

Author: Yvonna Graham M.Ed.
ISBN:1477649220
Publication Date:2012-11-10
List Price:$24.99
Lowest New Price:$20.97
Rank:82602
Description:
Gathered from the latest research on dyslexia along with early practices which have been overlooked in the test-intensive school environment, a successful mother-daughter team of dyslexia tutors shares the tools of their trade because they want every child to have access to the joy of reading!

Dyslexia Advocate!: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System

Author: Kelli Sandman-Hurley
ISBN:1849057370
Publication Date:2016-03-21
List Price:$22.95
Lowest New Price:$15.14
Rank:86512
Description:

This straightforward guide provides the essential information for parents and advocates to understand US law and get the right educational entitlements for a child with dyslexia.

Using case studies and examples, this book demonstrates clearly how to apply the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to the unique requirements of a dyslexic child. It offers simple, intelligible help for parents on how to coordinate successfully with their child's school and achieve the right services and support for their dyslexic child; up to and beyond getting an effective Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Dyslexia Advocate! is an invaluable tool for parents trying to negotiate a complex legal system in order to get the best outcome for their child. It is an essential guide for anyone who is considering acting as an advocate for a child with dyslexia.


Blast Off to Reading!: 50 Orton-Gillingham Based Lessons for Struggling Readers and Those with Dyslexia

Author: Cheryl Orlassino
ISBN:0983199639
Publication Date:2012-10-23
List Price:$26.50
Lowest New Price:$26.31
Rank:8941
Description:
Blast Off to Reading! is a complete reading program for those students who have dyslexia or for those who simply struggle to read. This Orton-Gillingham based program will systematically take your student from the most basic units of sounds to multi-syllable, complex words in 50 lessons.

Each lesson is created to include a new sound or rule and a reading task followed by several exercises, which review concepts taught in that lesson as well as those taught previously. This provides the perfect blend of reading and writing, with review, while the student learns to become aware of sounds and how they are put together to form words. After every ten lessons is a review section to further go over concepts just learned.

This book is colorful, with large text and a layout that is created to be visually appealing to children.

This Program Includes:

1. (Free) On-line spelling drills, for the dictation portion of the lessons.
2. (Free) Flash Cards (PDF format).
3. (Free) On-line phonics games for fun reinforcement.

All of the above can be found at the author's website.

Not sure? Try the first five lessons for FREE (see "More About the Author" forthe author's website, then navigate to the book's product page and click on "tryit").

This reading program is for children ages 7 to 13. For younger students, use I Can Read (books A & B), for students ages 14 to adult, use A Workbook for Dyslexics, 3rd Edition.             

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Author: Brock L. Eide M.D. M.A.
ISBN:0452297923
Publication Date:2012-07-31
List Price:$16.00
Lowest New Price:$7.95
Rank:12941
Description:
"A must read for parents, educators, and people with dyslexia." -Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D., Past-President International Dyslexia Association

Did you know that many successful architects, lawyers, engineers—even bestselling novelists—had difficulties learning to read and write as children? In this groundbreaking book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20% of people—individuals with dyslexia—share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home. Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors show how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity. Blending personal stories with hard science, The Dyslexic Advantage provides invaluable advice on how parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can recognize and use the strengths of the dyslexic learning style in: material reasoning (used by architects and engineers); interconnected reasoning (scientists and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (economists and entrepreneurs.)

With prescriptive advice and inspiring testimonials, this paradigm-shifting book proves that dyslexia doesn’t have to be a detriment, but can often become an asset for success.

Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention

Author: Nancy Mather
ISBN:0470927607
Publication Date:2011-11-01
List Price:$50.00
Lowest New Price:$32.50
Rank:29223
Description:
Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to effectively understand, assess, and treat individuals struggling with dyslexia

Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention provides practical, step-by-step information on accurately identifying, assessing, and using evidence-based interventions with individuals with dyslexia. Addressing the components that need to be considered in the assessment of dyslexia—both cognitive and academic—this book includes descriptions of the various tests used in a comprehensive dyslexia assessment along with detailed, evidence-based interventions that professionals and parents can use to help individuals struggling with dyslexia.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Providing an in-depth look at dyslexia, this straightforward book presents information that will prepare school psychologists, neuropsychologists, educational diagnosticians, special education teachers, as well as general education teachers, to recognize, assess, and provide effective treatment programs for dyslexia. The book is also a good resource for parents who are helping a child with dyslexia.

  • A practical guide to understanding, assessing, and helping individuals who have dyslexia
  • Expert advice and tips throughout
  • Conveniently formatted for rapid reference

Other titles in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series:
Essentials of Assessment Report Writing
Essentials of School Neuropsychological Assessment
Essentials of Evidence-Based Academic Interventions
Essentials of Response to Intervention
Essentials of Processing Assessment
Essentials of Conners Behavior Assessments
Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Second Edition
Essentials of WISC-IV Assessment, Second Edition


It's Called Dyslexia (Live and Learn Series)

Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
ISBN:0764137948
Publication Date:2007-09-01
List Price:$7.99
Lowest New Price:$4.01
Rank:28117
Description:
This is one of several titles in Barron’s Live and Learn series for younger children. They are books that take a child’s point of view, especially if the child suffers from some physical challenge or lack self-confidence in going about everyday activities. These attractively illustrated picture storybooks encourage kids never to be afraid of a challenge. Following each story are four pages of suggested activities that relate to the book’s theme. A final two-page section offers advice to parents. The child in this story knows the alphabet, but she sometimes has trouble putting all the letters together to read words. No matter how hard she tries, she often mixes up the letters or writes them backwards. She’s unhappy until her teacher explains that she has dyslexia, and that she can be helped to read and write correctly.

Dyslexia 101: Truths, Myths and What Really Works

Author: Marianne Sunderland
ISBN:1518749917
Publication Date:2015-10-30
List Price:$13.99
Lowest New Price:$13.99
Rank:891070
Description:
Do you have a child who is bright yet still struggles with reading? He or she may have dyslexia. It is estimated that 20% of the populationhas dyslexia. Dyslexia is characterized by:
  • slow, inaccurate reading
  • terrible spelling
  • difficulty with penmanship
  • difficulty expressing self
  • inattentiveness, distractibility
  • dreads going to school
Interestingly, dyslexics make up about 35% of the world's entrepreneurs. Some are well-known such as Richard Branson of the Virgin Empire, Charles Schwab, the founder of the discount brokerage that bears his name, John Chambers, chief executive of Cisco, Craig McGraw, the cellular phone pioneer, and Paul Orfalea, founder of the Kinko’s copy chain to name just a few. On the other hand, researchers have discovered that dyslexics make up 48% of prison inmates! How dyslexia is handled in the early years has the potential of having a huge impact on the future of the dyslexic individual. Dyslexia is not outgrown - a dyslexic child will grow into a dyslexic adult. Most importantly, dyslexia is treatable. The Message is Clear With the correct information and the right methods, dyslexic children can not only learn to read and spell and write, but to understand the inherent strengths of the dyslexic mind, embrace them and find success. From from research to real life, prevention to remediation, from preschool to college and from the practical to the spiritual, Dyslexia 101 will walk you through figuring out your child’s reading struggles and give you the tools to help them to succeed. Dyslexia 101: Defines dyslexia: myths and facts, including the latest research How to know if you or your child has dyslexia How to navigate the public school system of special education Everything you need to know to successfully homeschool your dyslexic child When, where and how to get testing and tutoring Dyslexia in high school & college Exhaustive list of resources including:
  • books
  • web sites
  • blogs
  • apps
  • technology
  • reliable national and international dyslexia organizations
Marianne Sunderland writes from the unique perspective of a homeschooling mother of 8 children, 7 of whom are dyslexic. She says, "Writing about dyslexia is a passion of mine because of our own experience raising and teaching our kids with dyslexia. I know how it feels to be utterly confused by an otherwise bright child who just doesn’t ‘get’ reading. I know how overwhelming it was to search through web site after web site, book after book, searching for the answers. I know how many false starts and disappointments we went through before we found what really works. I saw how being unable to read and write well affected my kids as they grew up. How I wish I could go back, knowing what I know now and do things differently. "  - Marianne Sunderland Marianne writes in terms parents can really understand. Dyslexia 101 will guide parents as they seek to provide the very best education alternatives for their children; finding effective help and cultivating the many little-known strengths of the dyslexic learner. Marianne Sunderland is a frequent speaker at homeschool conventions, women's groups and schools. For more information, please visit www.HomeschoolingWithDyslexia.com

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