November Dyslexia Toolbox

November Toolbox

This month, we’ve pulled out a great tool for learning the alphabet and two books that can give insight to those who think they have dyslexia or those who are trying to understand how their dyslexic friends and family think.

Do you have a child with dyslexia who is starting to learn letters? You and your student will benefit from the Sandpaper Letters from Adena Montessori. These cards use colors and a sandpaper surface for their letters so students can trace the letter while learning. This tactile tool aids students in learning how each shape looks and is supposed to be written.

The ADENA brand has more than ten years of development and progress. Each set comes with both uppercase and lowercase letters made with non-toxic high-quality paint.

As for this month’s books, we’d like to bring your attention to Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz and I Have Dyslexia. What Does That Mean? By Delaney Dannenberg and Shelley Ball-Dannenberg

Overcoming Dyslexia

Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

Overcoming Dyslexia contains material regarding dyslexic individuals of all ages. Not only does it cover the challenges faced by these individuals but also how digital technology plays a part in helping these individuals help themselves. This book contains advice for all stages of life such as choosing a school or college or how dyslexia presents itself in post-menopausal women. Shaywitz also explains how dyslexia may interact with other mental differences such as anxiety or ADHD. Most importantly for our Dyslexia School of Houston community, Overcoming Dyslexia contains evidence-based arguments of why people should be screened for dyslexia as early as kindergarten and first grade.

Sally Shaywitz, M.D. is a professor of learning Development at Yale University and co-founder and co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Overcoming Dyslexia won the Margot Marek Book Award and the NAMI Book Award.

I Have Dyslexia. What Does That Mean?

Delaney Dannenberg and Shelley Ball-Dannenberg

This book follows Delaney, an eight-year-old girl who was just diagnosed with Dyslexia. She has many questions regarding her newly found difference. What does this mean? What does she tell her friends? How will this affect her learning? Can she still be successful? These are among the many questions newly diagnosed people with dyslexia have. This book can help with explaining dyslexia to school-aged children because they are introduced to dyslexia through the eyes of a fellow child.

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