Learning Disability Information Center
Reading and Learning Disorders
View the useful information below to learn more about dyslexia, dysgraphia, and
other common language/learning disabilities. Also, find out what the research is
saying, and how to find help.
What is Dyslexia?
- Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting nearly 10 percent of
the population. Click to learn about dyslexia and its causes and to view a diagram
of the dyslexic brain.
Top Five Myths About Dyslexia
- Busted or Not? The Top Five Myths About Dyslexia and the truth behind them.
If you are wondering, "Do I have dyslexia?,"
take this comprehensive assessment that tests dyslexia symptoms, phonemic awareness,
Signs and Symptoms of
Dyslexia - This article contains tips for parents and educators
to identify dyslexia symptoms in their children and students. Clues are broken down
into what to look for in reading behavior at every grade level.
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Helpful Books on Dyslexia
Dyslexia Related Books List
What Is Dysgraphia?
- Dysgraphia is another learning disorder involved with language-processing. Click
to learn more about Dysgraphia, what signs to look for, and what you can do to overcome
What Is Specific Language Impairment?
Impairment and Reading Disabilities- Read about specific language impairment,
learning disabilities and what you as a parent can do to help.
What is Auditory Processing Disorder?
Auditory Processing Disorder
in Children and Adults
- APD is a language processing disorder where individuals have trouble processing
sounds, particularly with the sounds associated with speech.
What is Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia - Math Dyslexia
- Dyscalculia is a language and visual processing disorder that affects a person's
ability to understand the meaning of numbers and apply math principles to solve
The Orton-Gillingham Approach-
What it is, how it helps, and who can benefit from it. A language-based, multi-sensory
and structured method for helping struggling readers.
History of the Orton-Gillingham
Method - This brief history of the Orton-Gillingham method explains
how the teaching methods of Dr. Samuel Orton and Dr. Anna Gillingham came together.
It also talks about why the Orton-Gillingham method works so well for struggling
readers and those with dyslexia and other learning disorders.
- Struggling readers flourish when exposed to structured, multi-sensory phonics
the Classroom - Video - This short video shows how Reading Horizons,
an Orton-Gillingham based program, is taught in a classroom setting.
and Dyslexia - Research has shown a strong correlation between
Dyslexia and deficits in short-term memory and executive functioning in the brain.
- There are science-based solutions for overcoming dyslexia at every age.
Different Brain Patterns Seen in Those
With Dyslexia - People with dyslexia show an abnormal pattern of
brain function when reading.
Explanation of Dyslexia
and Summary of Research - Research has proven that explicit, systematic
phonics can actually help "rewire" the brain and can help dyslexic students learn
The Most Effective Way to Teach Reading
- Researchers have concluded that the most effective way to teach reading is through
a synthetic phonics-based program that teaches the skills necessary to break down
and manipulate the sounds that make up words.
- Dyslexia programs that teach phonics sytematically and explicitly are the most
Ron Davis and The Gift of
Dyslexia - Ron
Davis, author of The Gift of Dyslexia, offers extensive insight into overcoming
the learning disability of dyslexia, but there's still something missing...Discover
Intensive Phonics provides the interactive, visual and explicit teaching
methods that help to overcome dyslexia and other learning disorders.
Teaching Children with Dyslexia
- What Accomodations Should My Child Have at School? - This article discusses what accommodations are
available at schools for children who struggle with reading.
Find articles and tools specific to Homeschooling and how to make teaching reading
Homeschool and Lesson Plans
- A key to successful homeschooling is a well-structured lesson plan.
Learn why they are important and what to look for when choosing one for your student.
Fall Back into Homeschool
- 'Fall' back into the routine of learning with Reading Horizons at Home, and give
your children all the tools and reading strategies necessary to get the most out
of the school year.
Scope and Sequence, Student Reading
Skills Guide - A general overview of how the lessons and skills in
the Reading Horizons curriculum are organized and what is taught in each section.
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Helpful Tools and Reading Information
View practice tools, reading tips and research articles that are proven to help
Adult's Knowledge of Phoneme-Letter Relationships - This is an
insightful article about how adults can have surprisingly low phonemic awareness.
Read the research studies and see adult literacy in a different light.
Teaching Reading to Students with Autism
- Temple Grandin shares insightful information in teaching children and adults with
Directional Tracking in Reading
- Learn about the importance of directional tracking in reading and how Discover
Intensive Phonics can help increase visual processing.
Intensive Phonics Work for Good Readers? -
Discover Intensive Phonics is designed and extremely effective for helping
struggling readers, but what about good readers?
Fluency and Phonics
- In education, 'fluency' is a buzz-word that gets thrown around with a lot of weight.
This article explains what fluency is, how a reader becomes fluent, and ways to
help foster fluency in reading with readers of all ages.
Reading Horizons is a
Proven Job Performance Skill Booster - Has the uncertain
economy and job market made you feel like you need to improve your job skill
set? Do you need to improve basic skills, such as reading and writing, just to
find employment? Reading Horizons is the perfect solution for professional
How is Reading Horizons Different
from Hooked on Phonics? - A list of reasons why we are different
and what sets us apart from most phonics programs out there.
Summer Reading Programs
- Reading Horizons software is an ideal solution to keep kids from falling
behind in reading during the summer months.
Six Ways to Refuel This
Summer - Six fun ideas to help you and your kids enjoy this summer
without getting burned out.
to Children with Down Syndrome - Find out the best strategies for
teaching reading and writing to children with Down syndrome.
Reasons to Improve Your
Adult Literacy Skills - Every part of finding and keeping
a job requires basic reading and writing skills. Increase your chances of
landing employment in this tight job market and suffering economy with improved
Three Steps to
Improving Your Reading Skills and Yourself - Learn about three effective
steps to improving yourself and your reading skills. Being able to read, and read
well, is one great way to improve yourself.
Whole Language vs. Phonics
- Ever wonder about the history of teaching reading using whole language vs. phonics?
Read for yourself about both and how we can find a balance.
42 Sounds Card Set - To be used
with the Word Builder tool in providing practice with letter identification and
Word Builder Practice Tool
- To be used with the 42 Sound Card Set in providing practice with
letter identification and sounds.
Empowering Readers by Helping Them
to Apply Decoding and Comprehension Skills - One question teachers
and parents ask is how to help students transition the phonetic skills they are
learning to their reading skills. Learn how to ensure their success.
How to Help a Struggling Reader:
101 - Interesting and effective ways to help your child overcome
reading difficulties and show them that reading can be fun.
"A Dozen Tips on Raising
a Reader" - 12 ways parents can help their children learn to love
Making Connections - Reading Strategies - What are your
hobbies? What are your interests? Reading books about things that you or your child
has an interest in will help you both enjoy reading.
The Struggling Reader and Stress
- Having difficulty reading can put added stress on your child at school and at
home. Here are some tips to helping them cope with these feelings.
10 Tips for Choosing Books for Children of All Ages