Useful Resources

There is an overabundance of information on the internet relating to dyslexia/reading and spelling difficulties. This includes much misinformation. Below is a list of helpful websites, apps, Youtube clips, technology and other references:

Websites
International Dyslexia Association – https://dyslexiaida.org/
Learning Difficulties Australia – https://www.ldaustralia.org/
Five from Five Literacy Project – a NSW Govt website with information for parents and teachers about reading and writing  www.fivefromfive.org.au

YouTube
Prof Stanislas Dehaene ‘’How the brain learns to read’’  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25GI3-kiLdo
Prof Stanislas Dehaene – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSy685vNgYk  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
RALLI or DLD 1-2-3 – short YouTube clips for children and adults explaining language based learning difficulties  – https://www.youtube.com/user/RALLIcampaign  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
How children learn to acquire visual orthographic images of words for fluent reading http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfRHcUeGohc  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Facebook
Dyslexia Support Australia Group – facebook/Australian-Dyslexia-Association

Apps
Dictionary.com

Technology
* C-Pen digital highlighter
* Learning tools for OneNote (not available on Apple products) – text-to-speech functionality for Microsoft Word

Books
‘Proust and the Squid – the Story and Science of the Reading Brain’ by Dr Maryanne Wolfe – this is quite technical but fascinating reading HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
‘Language at the Speed of Sight’ by Mark Seidenberg
How the Brain Learns to Read’
by Prof Stanislas Dehaene
‘Looking for Heroes – One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters’ by Aiden Colvin
‘My Dyslexia’ by Nobel Prize winning poet, Philip Schultz

Programmes
There are many programmes available that purport to cure/fix or help with dyslexia. Many of these are supported by little more than glowing testimonials (really, who would put a bad testimonial on their website!)

‘MUSEC Briefings’ provide a summary of the scientific evidence related to many of these programmes to allow parents to make informed decisions before committing time and money towards programmes with often dubious evidence to support their effectiveness.