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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
After untold hours spent searching for and trying methods to help my son learn to spell, and TRYING for 3 years to convince the school to understand that spelling is important, I finally gave up and hired a private tutor. (The school stopped teaching my son spelling, basically saying he would learn to use spell checks, and other technology.) After a year using a method with the tutor, based on the types of methods talked about in this book, my son is beginning to understand spelling -- that there are rules and order, not chaos. For the last two years I have been trying to tell the school that my son also has a writing disabilty, even though he is a fantastic reader.
But rather than having to give up, I recently learned about the existence of Virginia Beringer and her work, so ordered this book. All I've got to say is: Wow! It is tremendously helpful to me to learn about the ways spelling and writing need to be taught to a student with a language disability like dyslexia. I have bought 3 more of these books: one for the tutor, so she can begin using some of the ideas to help not just my son, but other kids; one for my son's next-year teacher; and one for my son's previous teacher who will surely love to gain this knowledge and find these methods.
I also ordered the companion workbook, which I plan on implementing at home, so I can save on tutoring costs and work with my own son, instead of someone else doing it. Plus I know that this method is research based and has been shown to cause actual brain changes that show up in life as increased ability to read, write, and spell.
This book should be on every bookshelf of every English teacher in every school. It should be dogeared in every office of every SLP in the country; it should be in the hands of every parent of every child with a language disability, and assigned as required reading for all education majors.
THANK YOU Dr. Beringer and Beverly Wolf, for this book!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2010
I came across this resource at a conference and it's been highly recommended by many colleagues (school psychologist). I bought it for my own resource library, and loaned it to a 2nd grade teacher who LOVES it. No matter what I think about a book, when teachers find it worth their time to read something from my shelf, I know it's a good book!

Also, for those familiar with Virginia Berringer work- its unlike some of her other books- it's easy to read (doesn't require a PhD to understand). HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2009
With some disorders, a slightly different approach to teaching is necessary. "Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science" is a guide for educators of these students with impaired speaking and writing skills. Dyslexia and dysgraphia are challenges, but not insurmountable ones. Literacy is the primary focus, and authors Virginia Berninger & Beverly Wolf use their experience to create a very useful manual for educators, making "Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia" a top pick.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2012
I have used these materials very successfully in practice and in schools. I highly recommend investing in the lesson plans too.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2011
I have enjoyed reading this book in my spare time. Working with students with dyslexia and dysgraphia has been quite a challenge. In the beginning I could find very little about dysgraphia so this book has been very good to read. I am not finished with it yet but look forward to reading more. I am doing a lot of what it talks about already but always willing to try new techniques. Using different techniques with different students really helps fit their learning and goals. The book is great for both new teachers, seasoned teachers, and parents. I highly recommend the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2014
I read Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia cover to cover, including all the footnotes. To my disappointment, I did not gain a single significant insight with direct applicability to working with my child. I am the mother of a bright sixth-grader who is mildly dyslexic (she plowed through the Percy Jackson series, but read "solstice" as "socialist") and severely dysgraphic (writing a four-paragraph letter to her new teachers took over two hours). The focus of this book was significantly more on dyslexia and handwriting, than on coaxing production from a verbally articulate, but reluctant writer. The authors' writing quality was very uneven: those sections written by the educator were clear, and made sense; those sections written by the PhD were so cluttered by acronyms and citations as to be impenetrable. Pairing perspectives from a teacher and researcher seemed a great premise; however, despite all the fine-print text, this book didn't change anything in my understanding of my child's challenges, or offer any significant suggestions we could apply to making her writing assignments easier. I did not recommend this book to her teachers, for these reasons. That said - if you're looking for a book to share with a teacher not well-experienced with dysgraphia, my daughter found two books that capture exactly her feelings in dealing with the challenge: Stacey Coolidge's Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting, by Barbara Esham, Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon; and Eli, The Boy Who Hated to Write, 2nd edition by Regina G. Richards, Eli I Richards, Lynn Craven and Judy Love. She has shared both those books with multiple teachers over the years.
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on November 28, 2014
My kid hates to write, and I am trying to help. A couple of good tips in here, but nothing life-changing.
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on December 29, 2014
An amazing teacher's resource based on research .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
You need a PhD. to read this. It is not helpful tips for easy use. Someone needs to do a user friendly book on this topic.
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on August 19, 2014
Interesting
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