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The following are recommended books for parents and educators.

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
By: Carol Ann Tomlinson

Drawing on nearly three decades of experience, author Carol Ann Tomlinson describes a way of thinking about teaching and learning that will change all aspects of how you approach students and your classroom. She looks to the latest research on learning, education, and change for the theoretical basis of differentiated instruction and why it's so important to today's children. Yet she offers much more than theory, filling the pages with real-life examples of teachers and students using-and benefitting from-differentiated instruction.

The Gift of Dyslexia
The Gift of Dyslexia
By: Ronald Davis, Eldon M. Braun

Levinson's use of patient testimonials and case studies to describe his breakthroughs in the treatment of dyslexia makes for a medical text that reads like a novel. He traces both his research on the connection between dyslexia and the inner ear and cerebellum and also the scientific community's skepticism regarding his claims. Formerly a professor at New York University Medical School and currently director of the Medical Dyslexic Treatment Center, Levinson acknowledges criticism and errors and, overall, offers a balanced view of his methods. In the process, he reveals the unfortunate increase in the politics of scientific research. Levinson's book is recommended as a source for the most current research, an account of the patients' plight, and an expose of the scientific debate.

Davis, on the other hand, emphasizes child development, psychology, and education rather than medical treatment. As a dyslexic individual and a teacher, he offers a unique perspective on the subject of learning disabilities. Through his own real-life experiences he shares what everyone needs to know about dyslexia, what the dyslexic student encounters in a typical school, and what is needed to teach such students effectively. To support his conclusion that dyslexics have special talents of perception, imagination, and intuition, Davis cites talented and brilliant figures from Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci to Churchill and Walt Disney.
— Library Journal

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (6-12)
The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (6-12)
By: Molly Lyle Brown

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion Grades 6-12 is designed to help you translate the impact of IDEA into how you work with the students, their parents, regular educators, and the general curriculum itself. This book provides materials that correspond to the major IEP changes resulting from the reauthorization of IDEA.

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5)
The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5)
By: Molly Lyle Brown

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5) has page after page of goals and strategies to help your students succeed in the general curriculum. You'll have recent content standards, benchmarks, and instructional modifications in four core academic areas: language arts, math, social studies, science.

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process: A Guide for Educators and Parents
Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process: A Guide for Educators and Parents
By: Marion Sanders

This book provides an understanding not only of dyslexia but also of the broader population of weaker readers and presents information on how to help them. Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process presents dyslexia against a background of normal reading development, and in the context of child development, taking into account multiple factors that affect how well a child overcomes or compensates for dyslexia. Case examples are presented throughout to illustrate specific skill weaknesses. Dyslexia research provides considerable knowledge about how to help all children who do not learn to read on schedule. The final two chapters of the book deal with the history and nature of reading instruction, and how we can improve the teaching of reading in our schools. For anyone interested in reading development.

Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning
By: Council for Exceptional Children

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers education professionals a conceptual framework to create flexible, equitable, and accessible instructional techniques that accommodate individual learning differences in a classroom setting.

What About Me?: Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners
What About Me?: Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners
By: Christopher Lee, Rosemary Jackson

With Faking It, Christopher Lee and Rosemary Jackson offered a moving account of Lee's struggle and ultimate triumph over dyslexia. Now, Lee combines his special insight with Jackson's expertise as a special education trainer to offer specific help to teachers and parents of other misunderstood learners.

Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education
Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education
By: Phyllis Blaunstein (Editor), G. Reid Lyon (Editor)
Rowman & Littlefield Education
(2006)

This book takes the reader step-by-step through an understanding of the research on reading and ways in which parents and educators can make a difference in the learning ability of every student in our nation's schools.

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