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As many of you know, I have a background in education and homeschool my own children. I love finding books that can genuinely help struggling kids. The Dyslexia Tool Kit for Tutors & Parents is a must read if you are an educator or parent of a dyslexic child.
I was instantly drawn to this book because it is co-authored by a mother and daughter pair. The daughter is dyslexic, and was supported through her education by her mom. Like many dyslexic kids, her school wasn’t giving her the support she needed, so her parents had to be more creative in their approach to her education. She was able to be successful largely due to her mother’s techniques and went on to get a doctorate.
What is Dyslexia?
If you’re not familiar with dyslexia, here’s a brief intro. Dyslexia is a learning difference that can make reading more difficult when taught using traditional methods. It is very common, affecting about 1 in every 10 people. I love how the author mentions that dyslexic people “see forests, not trees”. That is a really great description. People who have dyslexia have trouble breaking down the content and focusing just on the words they’re reading. I’ve seen a lot of students struggle with dyslexia even into adulthood, if they didn’t receive the proper instruction at a younger age. I learned a lot about dyslexia that I wasn’t even aware of from this book.
But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Take a look at one of the many glowing reviews on Amazon.
What to Do When Phonics Isn’t Enough
The author emphasizes that this book should be used when traditional methods of teaching reading using phonics are not working. This book contains strategies that could also be beneficial for other struggling readers who are not dyslexic. Not every child can learn to read using phonics, and this can help guide you through the process of trying new methods.
Dyslexia Tool Kit for Tutors & Parents has 24 different tools that can help a struggling reader. The tools can be modified for use with different age groups (even adults) and some can be used for classroom instruction.
I have seen a few of these methods used before, but many were new to me. And, the suggestions are fun. Students will want to try these tools instead of being drilled on phonics instruction that is just not working for them.
Parents, you can help your dyslexic child without tears and without spending a small fortune. I highly encourage you to give this book a try!
You can purchase the Dyslexia Tool Kit for Tutors & Parents on Amazon.
I’m also hosting a giveaway where 3 lucky winners will get a free signed copy of this book. The giveaway is sponsored by Healthy Happy Thrifty Family and will be fulfilled by the author. It is open to residents of the US and Canada! (Closes 1/25/16!) Enter below: