Since Josh was diagnosed with dyslexia, I’ve had many opportunities to talk with other parents of kids who have or may have dyslexia. I love being able to share helpful resources for dyslexic students in hopes of preventing the years of struggle and frustration that we went through.
I’ve compiled a list of the resources that we found most effective. Now, I can just point people here instead of bombarding them with information in the corner of the grocery store.
Hands down, the online dyslexia treatment from Lexercise has been the best thing we ever did for Josh. I can’t say it enough: If you think your child might have dyslexia, have them complete the free online dyslexia screening. It costs nothing and based on the results of the screener, you can either set your mind at ease or consider investing in the full evaluation.
I’ve reviewed the full evaluation and shared our experience with at-home dyslexia treatment, our progress, and our follow-up. I recently told Josh that we should write a thank-you note to Tori, his clinician, because her work with him has helped him so much.
All About Spelling
All About Spelling is a comprehensive, step-by-step spelling program based on the Orton-Gillingham methods commonly used to teach dyslexic students. While it is a wonderful program for all types of learners, it was written with dyslexic students in mind.
The spelling concepts are taught in a specific, logical order that coincided well with Josh’s Lexercise treatment. I always thought All About Spelling was written much like a quality phonics program. So, I wasn’t surprised to see the folks at All About Learning develop an accompanying reading instruction program, All About Reading.
It came out a little too late for my kids, but if I had another student who needed to learn to read I’d choose All About Reading.
Lexercise and All About Spelling have provided the best results for us, but I was also really impressed with Reading Horizons. It wasn’t the best fit for Josh, who needed one-on-one instruction, but it would have been good for Brianna if we’d known about it when she was younger.
Reading Horizons would be good for a child, struggling reader or not, who does well with computer-based learning. I really appreciated the library of high interest reading topics. They are continually adapted based on the reading level of the student.
You can find out more in my review of Reading Horizons.
Learning Ally is on my list of potential resources, particularly as we go into high school. The site comes highly recommended from my friends at Lexercise. Learning Ally offers a library of 75,000 audio books read by people, not computers. This makes a huge difference according to Brianna, who has undiagnosed dyslexia. Members can listen to books on their PC, iPad, or iPod.
Membership with Learning Ally also offers access to a huge library of audio textbooks. I’m not sure how extensive their homeschool library is, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it includes the curriculum that I’m strongly leaning toward for high school science (Apologia).
The following books are those that I found helpful or that were highly recommended by the clinicians Josh worked with (and are sitting on my shelf waiting to be read):
- Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World by Jeffrey Freed
- Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz
- The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock and Fernette Eide
- Dyslexia 101 by Marianne Sunderland
I hope that you find these resources helpful if you’re navigating the waters of dyslexia. Now, if I could just find that poor mom I bombarded Monday night and send her here.
If you have a child with dyslexia, what resources have you found helpful?
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