There are so many fantastic books out there that discuss what dyslexia is and provide awareness of this learning disability. But, the one that sticks out the most for me is Sally Shaywtiz’s book Overcoming Dyslexia because it doesn’t only identify what dyslexia is, it provides solutions to how to overcome it.
As an online tutor that is constantly helping struggling readers I have read this book, listened to it on audiobook, and have read it again. Not many books get my attention for me to do this, so that is a clear indicator that this book is special.
Sally Shaywitz has spent her entire career learning about Dyslexia and teaching people with this disability. (I just want to quickly mention, that just because someone has this disability does not mean he/she is not capable in many other areas of life). In her book Overcoming Dyslexia she discusses cutting edge teaching practices that make an impact on learning. These same teaching practices I found out were the same exact principles that I spent 5 years learning about while I was part of the Reading First Grant program at the Milwaukee Academy of Science.
The Reading First Grant focused their attention on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Sally discusses ways to teach children with dyslexia in each of these areas. It seems to come down to best teaching practices. This is why the Reading First Grant focused on educating teachers in these best teaching practices.
If you are a parent or educator who has a need to know more dyslexia, then I highly recommend this book. There is a lot of information to soak up and some very deep theoretical language, but if you are persistent and allow the information to soak up by taking it in you will be able to learn what to do for dyslexics. In my own online tutoring program for struggling readers I incorporate the strategies she talks about and use the information to enhance my students learning engagement. Thank you Sally Shaywitz for adding so much to the awareness of dyslexia.