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September 11, 2009

Dyslexia in Children ~ Free Resources, eBooks and Activities


Dyslexia is a common disorder that causes people to have difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and hinders the development of reading skills. The brain-based learning disability specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. These affected individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. “Unfortunately, people assume that if you read poorly that correlates with having a low IQ. This study confirms that dyslexic children can be typically smart and can have strong IQs. The reading disability is not a global effect on entire brain function,” says Dr. Gruen, Associate Professor of Paediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Clinical studies have shown that up to 50 percent of children of dyslexic parents have dyslexia themselves.

Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia include difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds) and/or rapid visual-verbal responding.  Researchers estimate that 10 -17 percent of the population in the U.S. has dyslexia.  Dyslexia is also equally prevalent in non-English-speaking countries.  It is a common misconception that dyslexia is simply a person who sees words backwards.  Only 30 percent of dyslexics have trouble with reversing letters and numbers.

“Traditionally, many people are under the impression that dyslexia is an issue with visualizing letters differently. However, we now know that dyslexics just learn to read differently – most learn to read by sight memorization not phonetically,” says Dr. Gruen..  Anatomically, dyslexics have normal brains; however, the brain areas activated in reading may be different.  Several studies using fMRI, an imaging technique that studies activity in the brain, have shown that dyslexics display different patterns of brain activity than other people when they read.
Extracted from The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Strokes

Download Nessy Tales Reading Activities

Animated reading books to help improve children’s reading, vocabulary and listening skills at home. The careful choice of graded words provides vital reading practice at the beginning stages of reading but the story content is suitable for a slightly older age group who may have fallen behind. These interactive books can act as a vital bridge between listening and reading. Reading ability 5-7 years, age appropriate content up to 12.

Speed Reading, Assessment and Online Reader Software. Improve your reading skills by training with Drills and Games. Track your progress by taking Comprehension Tests (for grades 1-12+). Read efficiently online with the Online Reader. Utilizes Tachistoscope Technology. Very customizable with many options and display modes. Includes Startup Wizard Screen. For all ages (professionals to children).

Free eBooks

This book was written for concerned parents and teachers. It describes all the basics needed for an insight into dyslexia and covers description, assessment, diagnosis, parental rights, legalization and the statutory “statementing” process. Click Image to Download

As many as one in four children experiences problems with reading. Dyslexia, the most common learning disability leads to well-documented negative effects on school and, ultimately, adult success. Therefore, it is critical that school professionals provide early and effective assessment and intervention.

Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Dyslexia at School equips practitioners with in-depth understanding of the disorder and a wealth of practical information for meeting student needs.  Click Image to Download

Discover how to
* Recognize the symptoms of dyslexia
* Understand diagnostic test results
* Set up an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
* Work effectively with teachers
* Improve your child’s reading skills

Includes tips and strategies for kids, teens, and adults with dyslexia Understand what dyslexia is, assess schools and programs, and help your child succeed.  Does your child mix up d’s and b’s? Does he or she have trouble reading? If so, the cause may be dyslexia. But don’t worry — these days, there are many ways to overcome dyslexia. This hands-on guide leads you step by step through your options — and explains how anyone with dyslexia can achieve success in school and life.
Download Overcoming Dyslexia For Dummies.rar from

Music and dyslexia is of particular interest for two reasons. Firstly, research suggests that music education can benefit young dyslexics as it helps them focus on auditory and motor timing skills and highlights the rhythms of language. Secondly, dyslexic musicians at a more advanced level face particular challenges such as sight-reading, written requirements of music examinations and extreme performance nerves.

This is a sequel to the highly successful Music and Dyslexia: Opening New Doors, published in 2001.   The field of dyslexia has developed rapidly, particularly in the area of neuropsychology. Therefore this book focuses on these research advances, and draws out the aspects of music education that benefit young dyslexics. The contributors also discuss the problems that dyslexic musicians face, and several chapters are devoted to sight-reading and specific strategies that dyslexics can use to help them sight-read.

The book offers practical techniques and strategies, to teachers and parents to help them work with young dyslexics and dyslexic musicians.
Music and Dyslexia: A Positive Approach


Please include on the hand-outs, so that parents can refer to the website at home.

International Dyslexia AssociationInternational Dyslexia Association Fact Sheets


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