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A Parent’s Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI) from The National Center for Learning Disabilities
RTI is not a special kind of program or book. It is a way to help all students succeed, including struggling learners. Ultimately, the goal of RTI is to prevent failure and make all students successful learners. The RTI process might also be called Responsiveness to Intervention or Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) depending on the state or school district. Whatever the name, parents play a critical role in RTI, just like any other successful school initiative.

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know
This handbook not only contains invaluable information like the characteristics of dyslexia, what it is and what it isn’t, but also provides information on valid assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas and a vast array of resources. Further, the handbook contains information that will be useful throughout a child’s life, from elementary school through college.

Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know
The purpose for this vital resource is to open the door to a better understanding of dyslexia, address the myths and misconceptions and provide educators key information. We encourage you to share the kit with administrators, educators, parents, the medical profession and other interested parties.

DYSLEXIA: Fact and Fiction by Meg Porch, M.A., CCC-SP, CALT
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability. This article addresses specific details related to dyslexia.

Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews, by Dr. Ken Pugh
With a focus on cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging, Dr. Pugh researches the development of language and reading and how it effects children who experience difficulties. Dr. Ken Pugh is President, Director of Research and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the Director of the Yale Reading Center.

On Winning a Nobel Prize in Science by Claudia Dreifus
Dr. Carol W. Greider, 2009 Nobel laureate for medicine who has dyslexia discusses her problems in school and how she overcame them.

Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia by Brent Bowers
A study concluded that dyslexics were more likely than non-dyslexics to excel in oral communication and problem solving and to own two or more businesses.


Movie and Video Library

The Big Picture – Rethinking Dyslexia: HBO documentary that shows the dyslexic experience through the eyes of children, experts and iconic leaders at the top of their field. Understand how dyslexia can be a gift as well as a challenge. To schedule a showing, see our Lending Sponsorship Agreement hereClick here to preview the film.

Demystifying Dyslexia: Documentary with Bruce Jenner about the challenges of living and learning with dyslexia. Click here to preview the film.

Journey into Dyslexia: HBO documentary featuring profiles of dyslexic students and adults who share their experiences of struggling in school and then succeeding in life. Click here to preview the film

“One by One. The Teachings of Diana King.”   Hubbell, Harvey, Captured Time Productions. 2016.  Click here to preview the film

The Reading League YouTube Series, Advancing Evidence into Practice.



  • Louisa Moats, IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards: How They Can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students
  • Patricia Mathes, Overcoming Dyslexia: What Does It Take?
  • The Reading League YouTube Series, Advancing Evidence into Practice.

Web Sites

The International Dyslexia Association – Provides resources for professionals and families dealing with individuals with reading disabilities.

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators – Established and authorized expressly to set and maintain professional and ethical standards for the practice of the Orton-Gillingham Approach and to certify teachers and to accredit instructional programs that meet these standards.

Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) – A national professional member organization dedicated to the remediation of written language skills and certification of individuals trained in the remediation of written language skills.

Learning Ally – Provides recorded copies of reading materials including books and textbooks and have an extensive library in several convenient formats.

Learning Disabilities Association – Provides information, resources and support for individuals with learning disabilities.

LD OnLine – Provides resources for parents and teachers on attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.

National Center for Learning Disabilities – Provides information about learning disabilities, such as checklists, guides, videos, podcasts, Ask the Experts and FAQs.

Reading Rockets – Provides monthly newsletters with reading resources in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do (Moats, L. C.,1999. Washington, DC: American Federation of Teachers.)
This foundational report reviews the reading research and describes the knowledge base that is essential for teacher candidates and practicing teachers to master if they are to be successful in teaching all children to read well. Developed by the American Federation of Teachers(AFT).

Wrightslaw – Provides parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys with accurate, reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity – Provides information and resources on the topic of Dyslexia.
Understood – A collaboration of 15 nonprofit organizations providing online resources, and practical tips for parents and community members.

Recommended Reading

The following titles are recommended for further information regarding Dyslexia and other learning disabilities. In many cases, these items are available for purchase via by clicking the BUY IT NOW! link. Please remember to review our disclaimers regarding information and resources displayed on our web site.


  • Flesch, Rudolf Franz and Rudolph Flesch. Why Johnny Can’t Read: And What You Can Do About It.HarperCollins, January 1986. BUY IT NOW!
  • Flesch, Rudolf Franz and Rudolph Flesch. Why Johnny Still Can’t Read: A New Look at the Scandal of our Schools. HarperCollins, December 1985. BUY IT NOW!

Early Childhood

  • Adams, Marilyn Jager. Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print. MIT Press, February 3, 1994. BUY IT NOW!
  • Burns, M. Susan, Catherine Snow and Peg Griffin. Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children’s Reading Success. National Academy Press, January 1999. BUY IT NOW!
  • Chall, Jeanne. Learning to Read: The Great Debate. Wadsworth Pub Co, September 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children. Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children. National Academy Press, June 1998. BUY IT NOW!
  • Hall, Susan L., and Louisa Cook Moats. Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years. McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, October 1, 1998. BUY IT NOW!
  • Hart, Betty M., and Todd R. Risley. Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children.Paul H Brookes Pub Co, July 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Healy, Jane M. Your Child’s Growing Mind: A Guide to Learning and Brain Development from Birth to Adolescence. Main Street Books, August 1994. BUY IT NOW!
  • The America Reads Challenge. Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader. US Department of Education.

Reading Curricula

  • Adams, Marilyn Jager et al. Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., October 1997. BUY IT NOW!
  • Learning First Alliance. Every Child Reading: An Action Plan.
  • Moats, Louisa Cook. Speech to Print. Paul H Brookes Pub Co, December 2002. BUY IT NOW!
  • Moats, Louisa Cook. Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers.Paul H Brookes Pub Co, July 2000. BUY IT NOW!
  • Moats, Louisa Cook. Speech to Print: Language Exercises for Teachers. Paul H Brookes Pub Co, September 2002. BUY IT NOW!
  • Moats, Louisa Cook. Teaching Reading is Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do. 
  • Texas Reading Initiative. Beginning Reading Instruction: Components and Features of a Research-Based Reading Program. Texas Education Agency.

Spelling Curricula

  • Moats, Louisa Cook. Spelling: Development, Disabilities, and Instruction. York Press, November 1995. BUY IT NOW!


  • Clark, Diana B. Dyslexia: Theory and Practice of Remedial Instruction.York Press, September 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Cronin, Eileen M. Helping Your Dyslexic Child: A Step-by-Step Program for Helping Your Child Improve Reading, Writing. Prima Publishing, March 1997. BUY IT NOW!
  • Nosek, Kathleen. The Dyslexic Scholar: Helping Your Child Succeed in the School System.Taylor Pub, April 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Selikowitz, Mark. Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties: The Facts. Oxford University Press, November 1998. BUY IT NOW!
  • Simpson, Eileen M. Reversals: A Personal Account of Victory over Dyslexia.Noonday Press, August 1998. BUY IT NOW!
  • West, Thomas G. In The Mind’s Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People with Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties. Prometheus Books, September 1997. BUY IT NOW!

Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Alexander-Roberts, Colleen and Paul T. Elliott. ADHD and Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Making it Through the Tough Years.Taylor Pub, January 2002. BUY IT NOW!
  • Barkley, Russell A. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Guilford Press, July 3, 1998. BUY IT NOW!
  • Barkley, Russell A., Ph.D. Taking Charge of ADHD.Guilford Press, September 1, 2000. BUY IT NOW!
  • Fowler, Rick, Dr., and Jerilyn Fowler. Honey, Are You Listening?. Thomas Nelson, February 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Hallowell, Edward M., and John J. Ratey. Answers to Distraction. Bantam Books, April 1996. BUY IT NOW!
  • Hallowell, Edward M., and John J. Ratey. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood.Touchstone Books, March 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Hartmann, Thom. Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception.Underwood Books, October 1997. BUY IT NOW!
  • McEwan, Elaine K. Attention Deficit Disorder: Helpful, Practical Information: A Guide for Parents & Educators.Harold Shaw Pub, July 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • McEwan, Elaine K. The Principal’s Guide to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.Corwin Press, February 1998. BUY IT NOW!
  • Moss, Deborah M., and Carol Schwartz. Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle.Woodbine House, November 1989. BUY IT NOW!
  • Murphy, Kevin R., and Suzanne Levert. Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Coping Strategies for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. Hyperion, May 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Quinn, Patricia O., and Judith M. Stern. Putting on the Brakes: Young People’s Guide to Understanding ADHD. Magination, July 2001. BUY IT NOW!
  • Quinn, Patricia O., Neil Russell and Judith Stern. Putting on the Brakes: Activity Book for Young People with ADHD.Magination, October 1993. BUY IT NOW!
  • Selikowitz, Mark. All About A.D.D.: Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder.Oxford University Press, July 1997. BUY IT NOW!
  • Solden, Sari. Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embracing Disorganization at Home and in the Workplace. Underwood Books, October 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Weiss, Lynn. The Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults Workbook.Taylor Pub, March 1994. BUY IT NOW!
  • Weiss, Lynn, Ph.D. Give Your ADD Teen a Chance: A Guide for Parents of Teenagers with Attention Deficit Disorder.Pinon Press, September 1996. BUY IT NOW!
  • Ziegler Dendy, Chris A. Teenagers with ADD: A Parent’s Guide.Woodbine House, October 1995. BUY IT NOW!

Learning Disabilities

  • Abeel, Samantha. Reach for the Moon.Pfeifer-Hamilton Pub, May 1994. BUY IT NOW!
  • Armstrong, Thomas, Ph.D. In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child’s Personal Learning Style.J. P. Tarcher, September 1988. BUY IT NOW!
  • Fisher, Gary, Ph.D., and Rhoda Cummings, Ed.D. Survival Guide for Kids with LD: Learning Differences. Free Spirit Publishing, November 2002. BUY IT NOW!
  • Healy, Jane M. Endangered Minds.Touchstone Books, September 1, 1999. BUY IT NOW!
  • Osman, Betty B. No One to Play With.Academic Therapy Pubns, February 1996. BUY IT NOW!
  • Osman, Betty B., and Henriette Blinder. No One to Play With: The Social Side of Learning Disabilities. Warner Books, January 1986. BUY IT NOW!
  • Smith, Sally. Succeeding Against the Odds: How the Learning Disabled Can Realize Their Promise. J. P. Tarcher, January 1993. BUY IT NOW!
  • Smith, Sally L. No Easy Answers: The Learning Disabled Child at Home and at School. Bantam Books, March 1995. BUY IT NOW!
  • Vail, Priscilla L., and Patricia Vail. Smart Kids with School Problems: Things to Know and Ways to Help. New American Library Trade, August 1989. BUY IT NOW!

Advanced Reading

  • Delpit, Lisa D. Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. New Press, February 1996. BUY IT NOW!
  • Pinker, Steven. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language. Harper Perennial, November 7, 2000. BUY IT NOW!


  • Hall, Susan L., and Louisa Cook Moats. Parenting a Struggling Reader.Broadway Books, April 16, 2002. BUY IT NOW!
  • Texas Reading Initiative. Beginning Reading Instruction: Practical Ideas for Parents. Texas Education Agency.

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