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Dyslexia Articles and Books

  • Brown, Susan Dale. (2006). Adult perspectives on dyslexia. Perspectives, Winter, 2006. Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association.
    • Adults with Dyslexia and other disabilities handle emergencies and other stress related traumas.
  • Davis, Ronald. (1994, 1997). The gift of dyslexia. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group.
    • Personal accounts and reflections of dyslexia with strategies for overcoming dyslexia.
  • Frank, Robert & Livingston, Kathryn E. (2002). The secret life of the dyslexic child. USD: Rodale Press.
    • Written by a dyslexic, the author talks about his fears as an adult.
  • Mercer, Cecil. (2007). Accommodating students with dyslexia in all classroom settings. International Dyslexia Association, July 2007.
    • Both general education and special education teachers seek accommodations that foster the learning and management of a class of heterogeneous learners.
  • Plitt, Todd. (2003). Charles Schwab didn't let dyslexia stop him. USA Today, November 18, 2003.
    • Autobiographical account of the author's discovery of his dyslexia diagnosis after his own son was diagnosed. He explains the difficulty experienced growing up.
  • Ryan, Michael. (2004). Social and emotional problems related to dyslexia. Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association.
    • This article discusses a variety of social and emotional problems that can develop in a person with dyslexia. These include frustration, anxiety, negative self-image, family problems, and sometimes even depression.
  • Shaywitz, Sally, Morris, Robin, & Shaywitz, Bennett. (2008). The education of dyslexic children from childhood to young adulthood. Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 59.
    • This article presents the latest research and information in the area of dyslexia.
  • Uhry, Joanna K. & Clark, Diana B. (2004). Dyslexia theory and practice of instruction, 3rd edition. Austin: Pro-Ed.
    • The book is divided into three parts: 1)What reading involves, dyslexia and how to assess it; 2) Principles and techniques of instruction, phonemic awareness, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, fluency, comprehension, spelling, handwriting, and composition; 3) Description of specific reading programs and a case study of how to choose the best program for the student.
  • Wood, Tracey. (2006). Overcoming dyslexia for dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing Company.
    • This book provides help for parents, discusses a new reading font in Britain, recognizes signs of dyslexia in adults, and summarizes assessments used in diagnosing dyslexia.
  • Oelke, Jane. (2005). Natural choices for attention deficit disorder. Stevensville, MI.
    • This book focuses on the symptoms of ADD or ADHD. The author talks about ways to control the condition by changing lifestyle, diet, and exercise.
Children and Adolescents
  • Betancourt, Jeanne. (1993). My name is Brain/Brian. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
    • Brian's classmates think he is the class clown, but his teacher recognizes signs of dyslexia and recommends testing.
  • Gehret, Jeanne. (1998). The don't-give-up-kid. Fairport, NY: Verbal Images Press.
    • School is where everything goes wrong; words jump around, he reads everything wrong, kids make fun of him, and his mother tells him he has to find his special way to learn.
  • Griffith, Joe and Schulz, Jerry. (1998). How dyslexic Benny became a star: A story of hope for dyslexic children and their parents. Yorktown Press.
    • A fifth grader experiences frustration and humiliation because he cannot read, but finds support who recognizes his strengths and helps him overcome his difficulties.
  • Janover, Caroline. (1988). Josh, a boy with dyslexia. Burlington, VT: Waterfront Books.
    • A boy's dyslexic traits are illustrated, especially how frustrating life can be.
  • Janover, Caroline. (2000). How many days until tomorrow? Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, Inc.
    • The story is about two boys who go and stay a month in the summer with their grandparents.
  • Levinson, Harold N. (1991). The upside-down kidz. New York: M. Evans and Company, Inc.
    • This book helps dyslexic children understand themselves and their disorder.
  • Polacco, Patricia. (1998). Thank you, Mr. Falker. New York: Philomel Books.
    • Autobiographical account about the author's struggles with learning to read presented in a storybook, fictional format.
  • Robb, Diane Burton. (2004). The alphabet war: A story about dyslexia. Illinois: Morton Grove.
    • Children's story that shows a child's perspective on his struggles with reading and spelling. It ends with positive results and a love of new reading skills.
  • Winkler, Henry & Oliver, Lin. (2003-2004). Hank Zipser series. New York; Grosset & Dunlap.
    • A series of chapter books about a boy named Hank who is "learning-challenged." Titles include I got a D in salami; Niagra falls, or does it?; The Zippity Zinger; Holy enchilada; Day of the iguana; The night I flunked my field trip; Help! Somebody get me out of fourth grade.
Learning Disabilities
  • Currie, Paula S. (2000). The source for learning disabilities. East Moline, Il: LinguiSystems, Inc.
    • A good resource for the identification of learning disabilities, especially dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.
  • Calkins, Lucy McCormick.(2001). The art of teaching reading. New York: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers.
    • The "bible" for balanced literacy, setting up classrooms, strategies for mini-lessons, teaching guided reading, different assessments, increasing fluency, word meaning, phonics, and reading response.
  • Cooper, J. David, Chard, David J., & Kiger, Nancy D. (2006). The struggling reader: Interventions that work. New York: Scholastic.
    • Struggling readers need more than effective whole-class instruction. They need personalized, focused, assessment-driven instructions, too.
  • Fry, Edward. (2000). The reading teacher's book of lists. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    • Lists for language, literature, writing, and study skills are provided.
  • Hall, Susan L. and Moats, Louisa C. (2002). Parenting a struggling reader: A guide to diagnosing and finding help for your child's reading difficulties.
    • These authors discuss a variety of methodologies designed to aid struggling readers.
  • Johnston, Peter H. (2004). Choice words. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers.
    • Discusses the role of teacher language in shaping children's internal dialogue about themselves as learners.
Research and the Brain
  • Hudson, Roxanne, High, Leslie, & Al Otaiba, Stephanie. (2007). Dyslexia and the brain: What does current research tell us? The Reading Teacher, March, 2007.
    • Defines dyslexia and explains parts of the brain used for language/reading skills; explains structural and functional differences in the brain between dyslexics and non-dylexics.
  • Jensen, Eric. (2004). Brain compatible strategies. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    • Optimize learning by organizing classrooms and activities to match how the brain responds.
  • Jensen, Eric. (2006). Enriching the brain. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    • Provides some scientific evidence of ways to maximize one's learning potential.
  • Shaywitz, Sally. (2004). Overcoming dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
    • An accurate and comprehensive look at dyslexia from all angles. it serves as a guide for parents, teachers, and specialists in an easy-to-read format.
  • Sousa, David. (2001). How the special needs brain learns. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc.
    • The book begins with brain research, diagrams of the brain, descriptions of various disabilities and how the brain reacts to instruction.
Response to Intervention
  • Brown-Chidsey, Rachel & Steege, Mark W. (2005). Response to intervention: Principles and strategies for effective practice. New York: The Guilford Press.
    • Background and purpose of the Response to Intervention model, case studies, progress monitoring are discussed.
  • Fletcher, Jack, Denton, Carolyn, & Tilly, W. David. (2006). Responsiveness to intervention as an indication of learning disability. Perspectives, Winter, 2006.
    • The entire issue discusses response to intervention, three tier intervention studies and learning disabled students.
  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education. (2006). Response to intervention. Alexandria: NASDE.
    • Discussion of three-tier model implementation.
Special Education
  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock. (1998). The out-of-sync child. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group.
    • Recognizing and coping with sensory integration dysfunction and the "clumsy child" syndrome.
  • National Education Association, editors. (2007). The special education dilemma, taking a stand, delta blues.
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