Resources to Support Students With Dyslexia
What Is Dyslexia?
Who Is Affected by Dyslexia?
How Do Schools Address Dyslexia?
- Start by drawing an image in the center of a horizontal sheet of blank paper.
- Draw lines or “branches” radiating out from the central image, and label each with a few key words related to that idea or concept.
- Underneath those branches, add more branches labeled with subcategories of the main ideas.
- Work in a clockwise direction as you draw branches and sub-branches. It helps other people read your mind map.
- Order the branches by level of importance, using thick branches toward the center for concepts and thinner branches around the edges for details.
- Label each branch with one or two key words to distill main ideas, facts and connections. Rank the key words in order of importance, just like the branches.
Resources to Support Students
Dyslexia Articles and Fact Sheets for Parents and Teachers
- What is Dyslexia? DyslexiaHelp
- What is dyslexia? An interview with neuroscientist Guinevere Eden, APM Reports
- Understanding Dyslexia, Child Mind Institute
- Classroom accommodations for dyslexia, Understood
- Handbook: Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know (PDF, 706 KB), International Dyslexia Association
- Effective Reading Instruction (includes downloadable PDF in English and Spanish), International Dyslexia Association
- Fact Sheets on dyslexia for use in IEP meetings, school board discussions, and advocacy initiatives (in English and Spanish), International Dyslexia Association
- Dyslexia in the Classroom, DyslexiaHelp
- Top Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia, The Dyslexia Resource
- 15 Ways to Build Bridges with School Staff, DyslexiaHelp
- Hard to Read: How American schools fail kids with dyslexia, APM Reports
Resources for Students With Dyslexia
- Blast Off to Reading!: 50 Orton-Gillingham Based Lessons for Struggling Readers and Those with Dyslexia, by Cheryl Orlassino
- Orton Gillingham Workbook For Kids With Dyslexia, by BrainChild
- Writing Workbook for Kids with Dyslexia, by BrainChild
- Dyslexia Tools Workbook for Teens: 125 Exercises to Improve Reading Skills, by Jenn Clark and Gavin Reid
- Studying with Dyslexia, by Janet Godwin
Books About Dyslexia
- Dyslexia Advocate!: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System, by Kelli Sandman-Hurley
- Overcoming Dyslexia, Second Edition, by Sally Shaywitz, MD, and Jonathan Shaywitz, MD
- The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning, by Ben Foss
- The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain, by Brock L. Eide, MD, and Fernette F. Eide, MD
- The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read…and How They Can Learn, by Ronald D. Davis and Eldon M. Braun
Videos About Dyslexia
- CBS Sunday Morning: Dyslexia: Cracking the code
- Understood: Signs of Dyslexia at Different Ages
- Made By Dyslexia: Dyslexia awareness interviews and training videos featuring celebrities including Sir Richard Branson, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom joined by leading dyslexia experts.
- Dean Jackson: The 50-Minute Focus Finder, a technique recommended by DyslexiaHelp Featured Success Story: Ben Worthington.
- BulletMap Studios: Dear John (A Day in the Life of A Dyslexic Teenager), created by a father with dyslexia who founded BulletMap Academy, a company offering coaching courses and support as well as free resources and videos for parents.
Organizations for Parents and Teachers
- Dyslexic Advantage: One of the world’s largest online communities for dyslexia and a 501c3 charitable organization. Offers tools and courses for teachers and parents, a newsletter, paid membership option for premium access.
- The Dyslexia Center at Scottish Rite for Children: This hospital in Texas offers resources, workshops and training for therapists and educators working with children with dyslexia.
- Dyslexia Help at the University of Michigan: This website offers online resources for students, parents and teachers, including professional development resources on dyslexia for educators.
- Our Dyslexic Children: This nonprofit formed by parents in Ohio offers numerous resources including a free PDF workbook: A Strategic Roadmap for Dyslexia Parent Groups and the 2020 film, Our Dyslexic Children.
- Understood: A nonprofit founded 30 years ago to provide resources, expertise and community to families of kids who learn and think differently.