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Dyslexia and Literacy Learning for Parents
- Your local Decoding Dyslexia chapter is a valuable source of information for parents and professionals alike. Because they have state chapters, you can get often get the inside scoop on resources in your area.
- Reading Rockets is a website with a ton of information for parents and professionals about how reading develops and how we should teach and support learners.
- If you have specific questions about reading instruction, or want to participate in ongoing discussion, try the Science of Reading – What I Should Have Learned in College Facebook group.
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a great book for parents who want to give their kids a strong start in phonics. It’s not intensive enough for kids who really struggle, but it is great for kids who need a boost to get started as readers.
Decodable Books for Kids
- Sue Marasciulo’s decodable graphic novels. Middle grades kids love graphic novels, and this one is filled with words they can sound out independently. The first is Hot Chips, Mad Fish and Other Tales.
- Bob Books by Lynn Kertell Maslen, Bobby Lynn Maslen and John R. Maslen. These are a great starting point for kids just learning to sound out words. This is appropriate for primary grades readers, but the tiny pages and cute pictures make them less useful for older beginners.
- Core Knowledge Language Arts “Skills Units”. These FREE printable story collections are carefully controlled for phonics concepts and I like having a book with many short “chapters.” Note: the text in the regular CKLA lessons is not decodable for young readers, but the “Kindergarten [or other grade level] Skills” units for each grade include great decodable text!
- Flyleaf Publishing – Flyleaf offers lots of decodable stories online. These are beautiful picture books, with engaging stories, and they are currently offered as ebooks for free.
- Epic Books – ebook and audiobook subscription service with a growing catalogue of titles – Best for elementary age students.
- Libby – use your public library’s ebook and audiobook catalogue on your iOS or Android device.
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Dyslexia Tutoring / Orton-Gillingham Tutoring Resources
Children’s Dyslexia Center provides Orton-Gillingham tutoring at no cost to families, for students who qualify.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center also lists tutors who have graduated from their program and are available for private tutoring.
Your local Decoding Dyslexia branch will have parents who can recommend effective tutors near you.
Use the International Dyslexia Association directory to find tutors.
Email the Orton-Gillingham Academy for a list of their local tutors.
Other OG and Literacy Tutors
If you are looking for an Orton-Gillingham tutor or an instructor that can support a child with reading difficulties, including dyslexia, these resources may help. Please note, these are listed for informational purposes, and are not meant as an referral or endorsement of any individual or organization listed.
Please contact them directly for more information.