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    Websites you might find helpful

The NZ Ministry of Education:

a)      Inclusive Education- Guides for Schools: Dyslexia and learning

b)      Literacy and students with special education needs: Dyslexia

c)       How you can help your child who is dyslexic

d)      About Dyslexia (Teacher Resource)

Other Websites: Learning Disabilities Online (very comprehensive) International Dyslexia Association  Dyspraxia Support Group of NZ NZ website on attention deficits Learning & Behaviour Charitable Trust The Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand British Dyslexia Association Judy Hornigold - dyslexia and dyscalculia expert Dr Anna Wilson - dyscalculia advice & resources
http://dyslexia.yale.eduThe Yale Centre for Dyslexia & Creativity - resources for parents & educators


Davis, Ron, 1997
The Gift of Dyslexia
A powerful analysis of dyslexia, with especial emphasis on visual thinking skills, and startling solutions to learning problems. Davis also argues that using all the senses is quicker than verbal thinking, and that many dyslexics have an advantage - a gift.

Dowrick, Peter, 2005
Specific Learning Disabilities Information and Advice for Parents
SPELD NZ, available from D.Grant, Chamberlain Road, Rd 8, Masterton 5888
Easy introduction

Green, Christopher & Chee, Kit 1994
Understanding ADD and Understanding ADHD
Sydney, Doubleday
Both books are easy to follow and well illustrated

Hampshire, Susan 1981
Susan's Story
Sedgewick & Jackson
A charming autobiography

Hornsby, Dr. Bevé, 1987
Overcoming Dyslexia
Methuen Symptoms, practical advice for teacher and caregivers, tips for coping, case studies, Optimistic and helpful

Hultquist Alan. M. 2006
An Introduction to Dyslexia for Parents and Professionals
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London Up to date and crystal clear explanation with plenty of advice.

Levine, Mel, 1992
All Kinds of Minds, Keeping A Head in School
Cambridge USA, Educators Publishing Service
A novel approach, for young readers: vivid fictional anecdotes of five characters with different learning disorders. Children learn about how to cope. The last chapter gives a non-fiction summary.

McGuinness, Diane, 1999
Why Children Can't Read and What We can Do about It
USA, Touchstone
McGuinness argues that dyslexia and ADD are not neurological but stem from inappropriate reading instruction. She advocates a return to phonics based teaching

Nicholson, Tom, 1997
Solving Reading Problems across the Curriculum
Wellington, NZCER
Practical remedies for helping intermediate and secondary students in reading

Pheloung, Barbara (3 books)
Helping Your Child to Learn
Help Your Class to Learn
Overcoming Learning Disabilities

Tortoiseshell Press
Lively treatment of the subject with a strong accent on improving co-ordination.

Pollock, Joy and Walker, Elizabeth, 1994
Day to Day Dyslexia in the Classroom

Reid, Gavin, 2003
Dyslexia: A Practitioner's Handbook
USA, John Wiley & Son
Describes changes in definition and assessment of dyslexia and in recent educational policy. It covers learning styles, secondary school aspects, dyslexia throughout the lifespan, advice on teaching.

Nicholson, Tom, 2005
Phonics Handbook
U.K., Whurr Publishers
A gold-mine of instant-use lesson plans to assist reading in ESOL, special needs, motivational and ADD students. It covers basic alphabet sounds to blends, digraphs, syllable breaking, and decoding Latin and Greek words. Each lesson is followed by a worksheet for students. Suggestions for diagnosis and remedy are given, and for reporting to parents.

Serfontein, Gordon, 1998
The Hidden Handicap: How to Help Children Who Suffer from Dyslexia, Hyperactivity and Learning Difficulties
Australia, Simon Schuster
Popular wide-ranging well written and illustrated introduction with good summaries.

Shaywitz, Sally E, 2005
Overcoming Dyslexia,
A New and Complete Science Based Programme for Reading Problems at any Level

USA, Vintage Books
Thorough, practical, science-based information and advice, given in clear language.

Silverman, Linda Kreger, 2002
Upside Down Brilliance The Visual Spatial Learner
USA, Deleon
Most people learn, by spoken explanation, idea by idea, in the right order, before they see the big picture. "Visual spatial learner" see the big picture immediately and don't need the details first. They think in pictures - layouts, maps, networks, diagrams - rather than in sequences, and they learn not by listening but by looking.

Wells, Lois, 2004
I'm Not Stupid, Lazy or Dumb: Aspects of Specific Learning Disabilities
NZ Frazer Books, available from D.Grant, Chamberlain Road, Rd 8, Masterton 5888. A wide-ranging review of dyslexia, including refernce to the work of SPELD NZ.

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