Connecting parents and teachers to information and resources on dyslexia.
If you, your child or student are struggling to read, it just may be dyslexia, the cause of 80% of all severe reading
difficulties. Yet remarkably, most teachers are not trained to even identify the signs of reading problems, much
less deliver effective interventions.
The good news is that there are now very effective reading programs, teaching techniques and assistive technology to help kids and adults read much more effectively. As an educator and parent, I want this website to help you understand dyslexia and connect with helpful resources as soon as possible, because the earlier reading problems are identified, the easier it is to raise reading ability, confidence and hope.
Our first edition U.S. Parent Guide is packed with all the information a parent with a struggling reader needs to know:
People: Helping someone read is an important goal, but we
believe that it is more important to help someone learn and more
important still to help them grow as a person, developing self
confidence and a sense of self worth.
The tragedy of the dyslexic who never finds support is not unread books, but shattered confidence and a misguided belief that they are stupid. Also, we don't want to help you beat dyslexia or overcome it. That isn't possible. We want to help you learn, live and thrive just the way you are.
Science: The information we share and advice we provide is based on current, evidence based research from leading scientists and researchers.
Assistive Technology: An explosion of assistive technology hardware and
software is dramatically changing the education landscape, for both
dyslexics and efficient readers. But for dyslexics, the benefits are
Any school, teacher or tutor not versed in at
least the basics of assistive technology has simply fallen behind in
their professional development.
Assistive technology is now a must
Whether you live in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom, this site
is designed to help you understand dyslexia and connect with
resources in your community. We believe that reading and learning know no borders and that we are all one big community of readers and learners. Ultimately we hope to include Australia, New Zealand and even India (200 million English speakers), as we reach out further into the Anglosphere.
My stepson is a great kid with a big heart, and he is a quick study for playing hockey or video games, but reading just doesn't come easy. Our local school in Ottawa Canada is a caring place and provided extra reading help in the classroom and an individualized education plan, but it didn't help improve his reading—at least not much.
paid for a private 'psycho-educational assessment', but the report did not mention anything about being
dyslexic or even 'a specific reading disability', a term sometimes used synonymously with dyslexia.
Next we turned to the local Kumon private school, but it didn't help, neither did a private summer school. We literally spent years and thousands of dollars before a eureka moment while watching a video on You Tube about dyslexia changed our lives. In an instant we realized that we had been on the wrong path all along. More on our story...
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