This book is meant to help parents select the right treatment programs for their child, choose an appropriate school to fit their child’s needs, secure an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in their child’s school, reduce homework struggles, develop their child’s skills with the use of assistive technology, maintain open communication, and offer support.
The Gift of Dyslexia (1997) by Ronald Davis and Eldon Braun
In this book the authors use testimonials and case studies to describe advances in the remediation of dyslexia. They also describe the role that child development, psychology, and education play in the treatment of dyslexia. Additionally, the authors provide basic information about what students with dyslexia typically encounter in a school and what is needed to teach such students effectively.
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level (2003) by Dr. Sally Shaywitz
Dr. Shaywitz’s Book explains how to help those with reading problems become better readers. She explains the biological basis of dyslexia through highlighting differences in the brains of typical readers and dyslexic readers. She then explains how the use of effective training programs can rewire the brain of dyslexic readers so these individuals can learn to read better. She also walks parents through ways to help children develop phonemic awareness, exercise the areas of the brain essential for reading success, and become more fluent readers.
Parenting a Struggling Reader (2002) by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats
This book is designed to be a roadmap for parents with struggling readers. Hall and Moats cover multiple topics including discussions on how parents are their child’s best advocate, how to identify a child’s reading problem, assessments used to identify children at-risk of reading problems at a young age, information on testing and seeking a diagnosis, how to recognize effective instruction, and an overview of the most common structured language approaches to teaching reading. The book also includes a chapter addressing dyslexia in older students as well as how to traverse the special education system when trying to acquire accommodations for your child.
The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child: How She Thinks. How He Feels. How They Can Succeed (2004) by Robert Frank and Kathryn Livingston
Robert Frank is an educational psychologist who is himself dyslexic. His book provides many approaches that parents may employ to help them understand their dyslexic child. He includes information on improving self-esteem in children with dyslexia to help them deal with the stressors of school and home. Also included are many ideas on how to work with your child’s teachers to form a dyslexia-friendly learning environment at school and at home.