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Helpful Websites for Students with Dyslexia

 

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Interactive Reading & Learning Websites

Recommended Book Lists for Parents

Parent Information Websites

INTERACTIVE READING & LEARNING WEBSITES:

Tumble Books• (www.tumblebooklibrary.com• animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love• provides enrichment to students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material• also provides support to students who require skill building with a variety of exercises that can be matched with other areas of the curriculum• TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

 

Starfall• (http://www.starfall.com) Designed for first grade, useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and struggling second gradersA free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice is perfect for dyslexic students of all ages and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).

 

Poetry 4 Kids• (www.poetry4kids.com/index.php)• Poet Ken Nesbitt has put together this free web site to share some of his poems and his love of poetry with kids around the world. The website offers variouspoems to read, poetry lessons, an online rhyming dictionary, and poetry andword games.

 

Fun Brain• www.funbrain.com)• This site consists of many different types of learning games. Grammar gorilla teaches parts of speech. There is easy (nouns & verbs) and challenging (allparts of speech), Mad Libs, Sudoku, samples of books. A great site to bookmark!

 

Reader’s Theater• (www.readingresource.net/readingfluencyactivities.html)• This is a great way to practice fluency. The kids love it! Teachers use it in the classroom but it can also be adapted at home. Reading fluency strategies andactivities to help children read words accurately and effortlessly and to helpchildren read with appropriate rates of reading fluency

 

Spelling City• (http://www.spellingcity.com) • free spelling website that makes teaching spelling exciting. SpellingCity provides students a simple online way to take a practice spelling test.• online spelling games, spelling list creator, meaning and writing skills practice• easy and fun to use.

 

Book Adventure (www.bookadventure.org) - a free reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7.000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read, and earn points for prizes for their literary success.

 

Reading A-Z (www.readinga-z.com) - offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach guided reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, alphabet and vocabulary.

FLASH CARDS

Quizlet• (http://quizlet.com• The largest flash cards and study games website with over 2.5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It's one of the best places to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online.

 

Fry’s SIGHT WORD Flash Cards• (http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/Fry-1000-Instant-Words.html)• Download and print ready made flash cards on cardstock paper and cut out to use for regular reinforcement at home.• Interactive site for using Fry’s words and vocabulary building/spelling:http://www.candohelperpage.com/sightvocab_1.html

 

SIGHT WORDS

• 12 fully customizable Games such as Bingo and Snakes & Ladders (http://www.sightwords.com/sight-words/games/)

• Printable Flash Cards in a variety of sizes (http://www.sightwords.com/sight-words/flash-cards/)

• The latest Teaching Techniques, complete with “how-to” videos (http://www.sightwords.com/sight-words/lessons/)

READING ASSISTANCE:

Texas Talking Books• (http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/tbp/application)• Available to Texans with visual impairments, physical or reading (learning) disabilities that prevent them from using standard print• Application must be certified by an accepted professional (cannot be submitted online).

 

Learning Ally (Formerly RFB&D)•(http://www.rfbd.org/Membership/20/)• Novels and Textbooks – hundreds of thousands of titles – if they don’t have it, they can record it for you if given advanced notice – most likely have the title available already.

 

Bookshare.org• (http://www.bookshare.org/_/membership/overview)

• Free service -To read accessible books from the Bookshare® library you will need some kind of access technology, such as a hardware device or software reading tool• You can read books in your web browser.

 

Lexile Reading (www.lexile.com) – free on-line help to match students reading ability with books at their level.

Text-to-Speech Technology

Word Talk for PC• (http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/)WordTalk is a free text-to-speech plugin developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards). It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate.

 

Natural Reader• (www.naturalreaders.com) NaturalReader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage,PDF files, and Emails into spoken words• Can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.

RESEARCH & STUDY ASSISTANCE:

Research and Study (www.school.eb.com• Britannica online is another encyclopedia website divided into 3 categories: Elementary, Middle and High school. Each level has different search tools, whichlet you explore and learn a specific topic in many ways. The elementary leveli ncludes a text-to-speech feature.

 

Wikipedia• (www.wikipedia.org• “Simple English” feature will shorten the content and summarize the main points• Great to help a struggling reader research!• **Wikipedia should be used carefully. Since anyone can contribute, it may not always be accurate.

Recommended Book List for Parents:

 

Overcoming Dyslexia

Sally Shaywitz, M.D

 

The Source for Dyslexia and DysgraphiaRegina Richards

 

The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child: How He Thinks, How She Feels and How They Can Succeed

Robert Frank PhD, Kathryn E. Livingston

 

Beginning to Read

Marilyn Adams

 

Parenting A Struggling Reader

Susan Hall & Louisa Moats

 

Straight Talk About Reading

Susan Hall & Louisa Moats

 

The Misunderstood Child

:arry Silver, M.D.

 

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (Revised Edition) Russell A. Barkley Phd

 

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents

Sue Spence, Ann Wignall, and Ronald Rappee

 

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend, Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities find Social Success

Richard Lavoie

 

The Motivation Break Through: 6 Secrets for Tuning in the Tuned Out Child

Richard D. Lavoie

 

A Mind at a Time

Mel Levine, M.D.

 

The Myth of Laziness

Mel Levine, M.D.

 

All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student’s Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders

Mel Levine, M.D.

 

Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program that Allows you to See and Heal the Six Types of ADD

Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

 

Driven to Distraction

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D and John J. Ratey, M.D

 

Learning Outside the Lines

Jonathan Mooney and David Cole (designed for the college-bound adolescent)

 

Overcoing Dyslexia in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Dale Jordan

 

The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child

Thom Hartmann

 

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Ross W. Greene

 

Dyslexia and Stress

Miles & Varma

 

The Dyslexic Scholar

Kathleen Nosek

 

Learning Disabilities: A to Z A Parent’s Guide to Learning Disabilities from Preschool to Adulthood

Corinne Smith, PH. D and Lisa Strick

 

Spelling: Development, Disabilities, and Instruction

Louisa Cook Moats

 

The Out-Of-Sync Child

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

 

The Out-Of-Sync Child has Fun

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

 

Progress in Understanding Reading

Keith Stanovich

 

IDA Website Recommended Reading (PDF)