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Dyslexia Tool Kit for Tutors and Parents: What to do when phonics isn't enough Paperback – November 10, 2012
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"A cheerful, easy-to-use volume that offers practical help to those who teach dyslexic children." --KIRKUS REVIEWS--
Dyslexia tools that anyone can use.
Gathered from the latest research on dyslexia along with early practices which have been overlooked in the test-intensive school environment, a team of successful dyslexia tutors share the tools of their trade because they believe that it's a crime to let bright children grow up illiterate!
RESEARCH BASED DYSLEXIA TOOLS:
Do you wish you could read ahundred research dissertations on dyslexia, develop techniques for using that information with real children, and then test it over years ofpractice to see what actually works?
The author team of Yvonna and Alta Graham did that for you.
Dyslexia Tool Kit is the result: simple, easy-to-use techniques that movedyslexic students from frustrated non-readers to enthusiastic happyreaders.
The book costs less than one session with a readingtherapist. You can teach your own dyslexic child to read and you canboth have fun doing it!
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
This book is for parents or tutors who are working with a struggling reader. The student may have a diagnosis of dyslexia or dysgraphia, or may just not like to read. It doesn't really matter -- the goal is to take the student from non-reader to reader-for-life.
Use this book AFTER trying to teach the student to read using phonics (sounding out words). Phonics is the easiest way to teach most children to read, but if it doesn't seem to make sense to the student it's time to try other things. It's not fair to just tell the student to "try harder!" Orton-Gillingham based programs teach phonics intensively, but this may just frustrate a student who has no phonemic awareness.
There are other ways to teach reading, and it only makes sense to teach to the student's strength instead of his or her weakness. Dyslexic students have many strengths. This book shows you how to make the most of them.
READING SHOULD BE HAPPY!
Does your child avoid reading? Do you wonder how he or she can possibly not know this word after seeing it a dozen times in the last 10 minutes? Does the teacher keep saying he or she "doesn't work up to potential?"
Dyslexia Tool Kit for Tutors and Parents: What to do when phonics isn't enough gives you the tools to teach your own child whether you are homeschooling or not. A few minutes a day, every day for 6 months, will put your child on the road to a lifetime of reading for fun.
The tools are simple and easy to put into practice, but do require one-on-one time with the child. If you can't do that yourself, hire a college student, give him or her the book to follow, and send him or her off to the library with your child.
From the Author
Easy-to-use tools for teaching a dyslexic child to read. Dyslexia Tool Kit for Tutors and Parents is designed to make it easy and enjoyable for a parent or tutor to teach a dyslexic student to read.The 24 tools can be used together or separately. Each chapter describes one tool, and is only 2 -5 pages long. The parent is encouraged to use what works and excites the student, and skip what doesn't. The tools are drawn from ancient practices which have been dropped in schools because they are time consuming and require one-on-one attention, aswell as new tools added from the recent research using fMRI to analyze how dyslexic brains process text. Research behind these tools is accessible via the annotated references at the end of the book.Although there is a strong assumption in the US educational milieu that only Orton-Gillingham intensive multi-sensory phonics techniques should be used with dyslexics, this is not correct. Many dyslexics do not respond well to O/G and learn to hate reading. These "failures" are exactly the children Yvonna and Alta Graham teach to read successfully,using techniques aimed at exploiting the dyslexic strengths of pattern recognition, contextual comprehension, and creativity. The purpose of Dyslexia Tool Kit is to provide a handy, easy to use resource for parents, so that no child is left out of the wonderful world of reading. Reading should be joyful! The authors have witnessed a great deal of frustration and pain associated with dyslexia reading programs and they hope to change that. The authors also note that expensive time-consuming programs are often forced on desperate parents who don't know what to do for their dyslexic child. This enriches the program provider without resulting in a happy lifetime of reading. If this is your experience, please try these easy, fun tools to teach your dyslexic child to have fun reading! Yvonna and Alta Graham consider their work a success when when a parent calls to say the child has stashed a flashlight under the pillow so they can keep reading after lights out.
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Top customer reviews
Anyway, after trying brain training--getting the right and left sides of the brain to interact more, doubling down on phonics basics, and finally going into the local school in Nebraska to get an official diagnosis (they don't use the term dyslexia anymore) of learning disabilities in reading, writing, and language, I stumbled upon this sweet and very practical little book.
BEST practical ideas, EASY to read and implement whether you homeschool or are just coming alongside your kid in their school.
Thank you, Thank you DRs Grahams!