Resources

Online Resources

Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia

This website includes countless links of credible resources for dyslexia.  You can find general resources, resources to understand dyslexia, resources for students, resources for teachers, and games.

Understood

“Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues,” says Understood. Understood.org is achieving this by providing countless articles that explain learning and attention issues, how to empower your child in the classroom, the law and much more.   They even have live experts for you to chat with.

Here are a few of the useful articles from Understood:
Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexia
Classroom Accommodations for ADHD
FAQs about Standard- Based IEP

Parenting Pod

This website has a great section called, “Truth about Dyslexia.”  It also covers, other learning disabilities, thoughts on nutrition and exercise, and has many articles available by experts on these subjects.

BVKID

“The mission of our parent group Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia (BV-KID) is to create a culture of innovation and to promote awareness of dyslexia among parents, teachers and administration in Boulder Valley (BV) and to serve students with dyslexia and related learning disorders to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.” BV-KID.org

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a fun website that provides resources for parents, teachers and apps and books for children.

Classroom Management Support

Even though this is a website based in Ireland it has helped parents in the US find general information about dyslexia, warning signs, ways to support a dyslexic, helpful technology, recommended accommodations and more.

Must Have Apps for Dyslexics

Suggestions and descriptions for assistive technology in the classroom and at home.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

On top of providing information about reading disabilities and recommended readings they provide information about policy and advocacy.

International Dyslexia Association

Describes the facts of dyslexia and offers conferences and training about dyslexia.

PEAK Parent Center

PEAK has maintained a steadfast commitment to ensuring that people with all types of disabilities can be fully included in their neighborhood schools, their communities, and in all walks of life.

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)

PEP is run by the Colorado Department of Special Education. Their website provides information on conferences, IEP’s and accommodations.

The ARC of Larimer County

The ARC is an advocacy group who protects the civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through advocacy and education.

New Guidelines for Schools

This is an article that includes documentation explaining a learning disabled students rights in the school. An additional site to further explain the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the government’s IDEA site.

Hillside School

Hillside is located in Boulder and is a school for learning disabled children.  Their website includes fabulous resources for learning about learning disabilities.

Helpful videos on Youtube

The Big Picture – Rethinking Dyslexia

Success stories of individuals with dyslexia

Nancy Blair – On Language Based Learning Challenges

An overview of reading disabilities, including what they looks like and how to teach students have them.

Books

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz M.D.

It provides a clear explanation of Dyslexia and what a person with dyslexia needs to do to learn to read.

Proust and the Squid: The Story and the Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf

Dr. Wolf explains the historical development of the brain and how it relates to reading.  She explains what happens to the brain when you can’t read.

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock L. Eide M.D. M.A. and Fernette F. Eide M.D.

This book reveals of the strengths and advantages to being dyslexic.

Fish in a Tree

This story is appropriate for all ages.  You will gain insight to how it feels to be a child in a classroom with an unidentified learning disability. Mullaly does a wonderful job to make it a humorous and easy read even through the struggles of “Ally,” the main character.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” – Fish in a Tree

Wrightslaw Books

Wrightslaw books provide information on special education and advocacy laws.

Other Resources for Finding Service Providers

IDA-RMB Service Provider Referral List

This is an excellent service provider referral list published by the Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

A Guide For What to Look For in a Tutor

If you don’t know what to look for or expect from a tutor use this basic guide.