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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dyslexia Resources

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Thanks to a referral from a librarian (thanks Joleen at Menomonie!), I had a great conversation yesterday with Tonya Klem, a school psychologist who has a specific interest in dyslexia.  She sees many students and families who are falling through the cracks at school and are desperately seeking information and resources to help.  

I am sure that some of you are seeing this in your libraries, as well.  Families come in looking for books that their children can read, looking for resources and suggestions and ideas.  Kids who maybe don't like to participate in the Summer Library Program the way it is set up because reading is such a struggle for them (look for another blog post later this week about that topic).  

Tonya shared a list of online and book resources that are helpful for parents/caregivers who are trying to navigate this challenging world of learning disabilities.  Here's the list of websites, look for books later this week.

Websites:

Dyslexia Handbook from the International Dyslexia Association, this handbook describes characteristics of dyslexia as well as information on assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas, and more.


Reading Rockets, a multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources about how kids read, and why so many struggle.  This is a page of FAQs about dyslexia

Learning Ally: Provides digital audio books to people with dyslexia and other print disablities

Understood is a project of 15 nonprofit organizations to provide resources and support to students affected by learning and attention differences.

University of Michigan-Dyslexia Help offers a wealth of resources, information support, success stories, and other information about dyslexia.  

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity  research and science, resources, success stories, and more.


LD OnLine is "an educator's guide to learning disabilities and ADHD."

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities includes information, support and practical advice, and a community of support with other parents of kids with learning disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) a nonprofit organization with information and resources about a variety of learning disabilities.

Bright Young Dyslexics is an organization founded by two Green Bay students with dyslexia to support Wisconsin K-12 students who have dyslexia.

Centers/Tutoring:
Children’s Dyslexia Centers: http://childrensdyslexiacenters.org/


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