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Recommended Books

Reading & Dyslexia

The following are recommended books for parents and educators.

Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching
Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching
By: Michael Pressley

This revised and updated second edition incorporates findings from reports by the National Reading Panel and the National Research Council, as well as ongoing research by the author and others. Topics covered include the various components of both whole language and skills instruction, how the balanced approach is applied in real classrooms, and motivational issues. The second edition has been augmented with new material on phonemic awareness, comprehension problems, decoding and comprehension, vocabulary instruction, development of word knowledge, and "flooding" the classroom with motivation. It also features a new discussion of the place of Reading Recovery within balanced instruction, including an in-depth case study.

Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years
Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years
By: Susan Hall , Louisa Moats

Today's parents are increasingly concerned about the reading and spelling skills taught in schools and are taking charge of their children's education. Full of ideas and suggestions — from innovative preschool exercises to techniques that older children can use to increase reading speed and comprehension — Straight Talk About Reading will instantly help any parent lay a solid foundation for their child's formative educational years.

Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners
Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners
By: Esther Minskoff

Approaching literacy development as a complex process that unfolds over time, this book gives educators the guidance they need to help students continuously advance and deepen their reading skills — not just in the early grades, but into the upper grades as well. All the suggested ideas and approaches are evidence-based or identified as best practices in reading, so educators can use them with confidence in their classrooms. Equally effective as a text for preservice educators, a manual for in-service teachers, and a resource for administrators wrestling with different approaches to reading instruction, this in-depth, accessible book will lead to sharper skills and better outcomes for a wide range of struggling learners.

Teaching Students With Language and Communication Disabilities
Teaching Students With Language and Communication Disabilities
By: S. Jay Kuder

This book provides teachers and other education professionals with essential information on language development and disorders that will enable them to identify and effectively teach children with language difficulties. The first section of this book presents updated research on language and language development with a focus on application to school-age students. The second section analyzes the language difficulties associated with specific disability types, including a new chapter on the language difficulties of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. The third section of the text focuses on contemporary assessment and instructional strategies. Several newer approaches, including FastForWord are discussed. The emphasis throughout is on instructional techniques that are firmly grounded in research. For anyone involved in the education of children with communication disabilities, speech therapist, school teachers.

*This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

That's Like Me!
That's Like Me!
By: Jill Lauren

What do a trapeze artist, an Arctic explorer, and a soccer player have in common? Meet the fifteen kids and adults profiled in That s Like Me!, a collection of first-person accounts of successful people who learn differently. Whether it was reading, math, writing, or speech problems, each person shares his or her inspiring story of facing the challenge of school, while pursuing important goals. An invaluable resource list for adults and students included, as well as a place for kids to write their own success stories.

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 Human Side of Dyslexia
The Human Side of Dyslexia
By: Shirley Kurnoff

This book is about people, about the challenges and rewards, living with dyslexia. The author's goal is to give the reader encouragement, and to de-emphasize the negativity that comes with a learning difference. The 142 interviews are packed with practical coping strategies that will help you get through your journey with dyslexia.

The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning
The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning
By: Barbara P. Guyer, Ed.D.

This book tells the stories of eight people who never stopped trying. From humiliation in school and the anxiety of coping with everyday life unable to read street signs and menus, to shopping, driving, and working, these people lived in a world of dashed hopes and dreams — regardless of outward appearances — until they discovered their learning disability and unlocked their true gifts. Anyone who has ever endured a failure in school will appreciate the heartache of people who knew nothing but failure, yet held great potential.

Called "retarded," "lazy," "immature," "delinquent," and more, they managed to get by, all the while thinking that deep down they were worthless people—that everything anyone ever said about them was true. Except, as they would discover later in life, it wasn't. Proceeds from the sale of The Pretenders will be used to further the work of the H.E.L.P. Program.

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.

Unlocking Literacy
Unlocking Literacy
By: Marcia K. Henry

This innovative book provides general and special educators with teaching strategies to help students from pre-kindergarten to middle school learn to read and spell accurately by integrating two important, interlocking skills: decoding and spelling. The book is filled with classroom activities, lesson plans, samples of students' work, and extensive word lists organized by students' age and ability levels. Unlock literacy by expanding literacy skills and knowledge, boosting early literacy and language development, beginning formal reading and writing instruction, and deepening students' proficiency with language! The decoding model has been found to be effective for students with or without learning disabilities and English language learners.

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