Over the next few pages we have listed resources found both locally in Hong Kong and internationally. We do not necessarily endorse these resources, but some members of the committee and various educators and parents have found them useful. It is up to you, as parents or as an individual to decide whether or not to access and apply these resources.
If you have any other resources that you know of either locally or internationally, please do let us know.
On this page are a number of websites and books that we think are useful for parents and educators.
FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
Apperley Education www.apperleyeducation.com
Advice and tutoring for parents to help find UK boarding schools with excellent dyslexia provision.
British Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
The British Dyslexia Association provides a rich source of information for and teachers and parents.
International Dyslexia Association www.interdys.org
An organisation dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity http://www.dyslexia.yale.edu/
Provides information for parents and educators on various matters relating to dyslexia and creativity. Run by Sally Shaywitz, a very well known authority on dyslexia – especially interesting as Sally uses fMRI’s to actually ‘see’ dyslexia in the brain.
Dyslexia Action www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk
A UK provider of training services for practitioners working in the field of dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.
A site aimed at helping parents whose children are struggling with learning and attention issues.
Learning Ally https://learningally.org/ provides support for struggling readers and build a strong foundation for independent, engaged learners who are empowered to achieve socially, emotionally and academically, regardless of their learning difference.
Dyslexia Help www.dyslexiahelp.co.uk
Provides tips and teaching ideas. The service site for Crossbow Education teaching materials.
This Reading Mama https://thisreadingmama.com/
Hands-on learning activities and helpful tips and resources.
The Measured Mom https://www.themeasuredmom.com/
Support for parents and teachers with hands-on lessons, free printables and other teaching resources.
The Literacy Nest https://www.theliteracynest.com
Resources to assist children with dyslexia by an Orton-Gillingham instructor.
Singapore Dyslexia Association https://www.das.org.sg
The Singapore DA is a large organisation that runs courses for parents and teachers and provides services to schools in Singapore. It also organises a couple of conferences a year on Dyslexia related matters.
Bristol Dyslexia Centre www.dyslexiacentre.co.uk
Produces software for individuals with dyslexia, including the Nessy Learning Programme. This website also has a basic test and assessment area on the website.
An international Facebook group for parents of children with dyslexia.
College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/
With more adaptive technologies and progressive legislature, prospective college students with disabilities have countless resources available to make the transition to higher education less stressful. This guide was created to help students and their families better understand the resources available to them.
Beating Dyslexia https://www.beatingdyslexia.com/adult-dyslexia.html Offers advice for adults on assessment, higher education and the workplace.
The British Dyslexia Association webpages for adults.
Provides suggestions for technology solutions to help people cope with their learning differences.
Online shop for hardware, software, gadgets and other technologies for people with dyslexia.
Dyslexia Font dyslexicfonts.com
A font that can be installed, for free, to help those with dyslexia read text and produce text on various computer programs. Many secondary school students find it useful to produce typed work in this font, and then change it to a more typical font before submitting the work at school.
A fun, multisensory approach to learning, using games, videos and worksheets to help build confidence and teach valuable reading, writing and spelling skills.
Boom Cards https://wow.boomlearning.com/
Interactive task cards that are self-checking.
An extensive online tool for vocabulary development and building morphological awareness. For secondary school students and adults.
Lively Letters - Phonics
Practice for letter recognition and phonemic awareness
Digital letter tiles for spelling activities.
Orton-Gillingham electronic card deck of over 80 common grapheme-phoneme correspondences.
A learning, review, and application tool for K-12+ students who want to improve their reading, spelling, vocabulary, and oral language skills.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 1
A phonics approach to improving spelling skills.
Plees Help: Help for Children with Dyslexia
This is a 12 page guide on how a child may explain how it feels to be dyslexic and gives teachers an insight on how a dyslexic child finds certain tasks difficult.
eg: “I wish I had a printer I could plug straight into my brain and then I would show you I’m not stupid”.
“When I read this booklet to my son (8 yrs) it was like a curtain being lifted for him ‘Yes that’s just how I feel mum’ “.
My Name is Brian Brain
This is a story about a boy named Brian who has dyslexia but doesn’t know it. He thinks he’s dumb, his parents think he’s lazy and a caring teacher recognizes that he is neither. The other kids at school make fun of him because he makes a lot of mistakes when reading aloud and writing on the board. The teacher recognizes the symptoms of dyslexia and sets about getting Brian the help he needs. Brian is embarrassed that he needs extra help in school. He wants to do well in school and he wants to be cool. The story offers hope. Brian is really smart; he just learns differently.
Dyslexia: A Teenager’s Guide
The only book on dyslexia written especially for teenagers (14-18 years) with their specific needs in mind. Dyslexia, involving problems with reading, writing, spelling, memory, organization and time management, can affect people of all backgrounds and abilities. But diagnosis and self-help books are geared to the very young – little is done to help the older child who faces unique problems and requires different strategies to solve them. At a time when unaffected children have problems with self-esteem; are challenged at school and have to cope with extensive revision for exams, the dyslexic child can be totally at sea. “Dyslexia: A Teenager’s Guide” helps young adults tackle these problems with practical strategies uniquely suited to them. Clearly and simply written by a leading expert in the field, the book helps with reading, writing, spelling, memory and provides tips on how to take notes and organize study; how to deal with exams and use IT. It also shows how to improve confidence and assertiveness, and how to build on the creative talent that many dyslexics have.
Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College
“Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College” is a practical and easy-to-read guide for dyslexic and dyspraxic students. Clearly and simply written, in a dyslexia-friendly format, it addresses not just study skills, but also more general aspects of coping with student life. Each chapter includes step-by-step strategies which can be put into practice from the very first day at college. You will learn how to develop effective study skills such as: reading strategies to improve your accuracy and comprehension skills; how to make your note-taking efficient and useful for essay writing; feeling confident in contributing to seminars; memory strategies for study and everyday life; and, how to organise your time and plan your work. Sylvia Moody recognises that adapting to student life generally is as important as developing study skills. Guidance is given to assist you in finding your way around campus, building relationships with tutors, managing emotional development and preparing for the world of work. Full of invaluable self-help strategies, this book will empower you to improve your skills in all areas.
Dyslexia: How to Survive and Succeed at Work
Dyslexic people face many problems in the workplace: difficulties with reading and writing, memory, organisation and time management, and a recent TUC report on dyslexia in the workplace estimates that 3 million people are affected. “Dyslexia: A Workplace Guide” is written by a leading expert in the field for people of all backgrounds and abilities and will help readers to master complex organisational skills, deal with a large workload and cope with the demands of deadlines. It also shows how to improve confidence, deal with stress, and build on the creative talent that many dyslexics possess. “Dyslexia: A Workplace Guide”: explains what dyslexic and dyspraxic difficulties are; describes how they affect workplace efficiency; offers strategies to manage dyslexic difficulties and reduce their adverse effect on work efficiency; and, provides information about ways in which employers can help dyslexic employees.
Making Dyslexia Work for you
Vicki Goodwin and Bonita Thomson
Written for dyslexic adults or anyone who thinks they might be dyslexic, this bold and imaginative book is deliberately concise and easy to dip into. It contains: toolboxes of ideas for reading, writing, organisation, etc. ; strategies developed with dyslexic people ; a guide to the nature of dyslexia Includes with the book is a CD-ROM that; provides the complete text as pdf files ; extends topics in the book ; provides printable documents ; gives links to relevant websites ; can be used with appropriate readback software. All you need to help you get to grips with your dyslexia!
Dyslexia: A parents’ Survival Guide
A practical and down-to-earth ‘survival’ guide, which gives advice and suggestions for parents who find bringing up a dyslexic child both frustrating and worrying. Strategies are suggested for coping in a positive way with the problems of the dyslexic at home and at school.
Overcoming Dyslexia ~ A straight-forward guide for families and teachers
Dr. Beve Hornsby
Dr Hornsby combines her experience as a psychologist, teacher and speech therapist to specialise in helping children with dyslexia. She has written an excellent book for them, their families and schools in order that the problems of dyslexia can be understood and tackled effectively.
The book contains the following chapters: What is dyslexia? Understanding Dyslexia, How can you tell that a child could be dyslexic, How can parents help? Professional diagnosis, How successful is specialist teaching, Coping with dyslexia, Dyslexia and the education law, Dyslexia and the brain.
“This easy-to-read book is optimistic and full of practical advice…no teacher or parent or dyslexic child should be without it.” Susan Hampshire
Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents
Parents with a dyslexic child have only had professional references to turn to for much-needed advice – until now. The first guide written expressly for parents, “Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents” provides the unique insights of a noted educational psychologist on what sort of supportive role parents can play in the life of their dyslexic child. The book includes a description of dyslexia, how it’s identified and assessed, examples of different approaches parents can adopt, and a range of useful resources.
Overcoming Dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level
Dr. Sally Shaywitz offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them. Here are the tools that parents and teachers need to help the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step.
Teaching Children with Dyslexia
Written by one of the most well-regarded practitioners in the field, who has over 25 years experience, this book is packed full of photocopiable exercises, activities and recommendations for resources, tests, teaching methods, advice and suggestions for strategies and techniques that are instantly transferable to classroom environments. This essential teaching companion includes chapters on: * How to spot dyslexia * Screening and assessment tests * Why it does not have to be hell to learn to spell * Strategies for success for reluctant writers * Meeting the challenge of dyslexia in adolescence.
How to Manage Spelling Successfully
Readers will find this practical and comprehensive guide to spelling invaluable. Day-to-day advice on how to help those with difficulties is underpinned by information on the development of the English language and its spelling rules with explanations of common language problems. Chapters cover: spelling processes; teaching and learning phonics; individual cognitive and learning styles; assessing and monitoring spelling progress; and teaching strategies and techniques. This is an essential companion for teachers, SENCos, and dyslexia specialists alike, as well as anyone interested in spelling and language difficulties.
100 ideas for Supporting Pupils with Dyslexia
Provides those working with dyslexic children one hundred ideas of how to support their learning development. This guide includes lists that range from identifying the needs of individual pupils and their learning styles to developing pupils reading, writing, numeric and communication skills.
How to Detect and Manage Dyslexia
A reference book aimed at learning support co-ordinators, specialist and non-specialist teachers, and all others involved in helping students with dyslexia. The book includes: step-by-step explanation of the Special Needs Code of Practice legislation; help with teaching spelling and writing to dyslexic students; advice on study skills and preparation for GCSE examinations; information on the provision made by examination boards for dyslexic students; guidance on how technology can help the dyslexic learner; and help with identifying the early warning signs of dyslexia.
Dyslexia, Speech and Language
Margaret Snowling (Ed.)
This authoritative handbook presents current ideas on the relationship between spoken and written language difficulties. It provides clinical and educational perspectives on the assessment and management of children’s reading and spelling problems. The book begins with a theoretical overview. The second edition continues the theme of linking theory and practice. It is aimed at practitioners in the fields of education, speech and language therapy, and psychology. All original chapters have been updated and new chapters are added to reflect current developments.
Although the problem of dyslexia is widely recognized, its definition continues to be debated. This new edition of a classic book provides a synthesis of research on the cognitive deficits of dyslexia and reviews evidence concerning its biological bases. The author not only considers the causes of reading and spelling problems, but also how in spite of their difficulties, dyslexic children accomplish levels of literacy that initially seem beyond them. The first edition of the book has been substantially rewritten, updated and extended to cover the biology of dyslexia, recent research on auditory and visual processing in dyslexia, and studies that evaluate teaching interventions for dyslexic children. Dyslexia will prove to be an invaluable resource for professionals and general readers alike.
Dyslexia and Maths
Julie Kay and Dorian Yeo
This concise text helps the reader to understand why dyslexics can find maths difficult and offers practical ideas for supporting them most effectively. It explains which areas of maths dyslexics tend to have particular difficulty with, assesses current teaching philosophies and methods, describes a framework of general learning principles that allow dyslexics to make progress in maths and outlines a number of specific and effective teaching recommendations. The book helps teachers at primary and secondary levels to better understand the maths performance of dyslexics and gives them an overview of the ways in which dyslexics can best be supported in all aspects of maths learning.
How to Develop Numeracy in Children with Dyslexia
Pauline Clayton and Rebecca Barnes
Written by the Principal Maths Tutor at the Dyslexia Institute in London, this book will be a significant step towards the successful understanding, teaching and support of pupils with dyslexia in the mathematics environment. The interest in this area has grown rapidly over recent years, as more teachers, SENCOs and parents have become aware of children’s difficulties.
Multilingualism, Literacy and Dyslexia
Lindsay Peer and Gavin Reid (Eds.)
This work provides informative guidance for practitioners involved in areas of literacy, multilingualism and dyslexia. It offers advice on assessment and support for bilingual learners and those needing to acquire a modern foreign language.
Dyslexia in Different Languages
This book presents current research on dyslexia in languages other than English. The aim of this book is to explore a variety of languages and to identify both the language specific characteristics of reading and spelling problems in each language and the core deficits that are common to all dyslexics regardless of the language of instruction. Includes a chapter on reading acquisition and developmental dyslexia in Chinese.