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General Reading

About Dyslexia, Priscilla L. Vail, Modern Learning Press/Programs for Education "At last a clear, concise book that demystifies dyslexia -- a must for all teachers and parents!"

Can't Read, Can't Write, Can't Talk Too Good Either, Louise Clarke, Penguin Books. This is the story of Louise Clarke's son and of his long struggle with dyslexia. In her dramatic account of Mike's puzzling childhood, Mrs. Clark recalls her own mistakes and successes as well as her own belief in her son's eventual adjustment. She shows how his symptoms could have been recognized at an early stage, gives parents and teachers many valuable clues, and summarizes the various therapies that have proved successful.

Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia, Caroline Janover, Waterfront Books. "Josh struggles to live down the stigma of his learning disability, dyslexia, and receive both respect and friendship from his peers. This book includes information on the characteristics of dyslexia and a list of organizations that deal with learning disabilities."

The Many Faces of Dyslexia, Margaret Rawson, International Dyslexia Association. "The papers collected in this volume are scientific, educational, humorous, and above all human." Written by one of the founders of the International Dyslexia Association, this volume traces the history of work with dyslexia as well as clinical observations and examples of successful practices.

My Name is Brain Brian, Jeanne Betancourt, Scholastic, Inc. "Although he is helped by his new sixth grade teacher after being diagnosed as dyslexic, Brian still has some problems with school and with people he thought were his friends."  This is a novel researched at The Kildonan School, a school for students with dyslexia in New York State.

Overcoming Dyslexia, Sally Shaywitz, Knopf. "From one of the world's leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help us understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels -- and for their parents, teachers, and tutors -- this book can make a difference..." (from the inside flap of the book)

Reversals, Eileen Simpson, Washington Square Press. Eileen Simpson was one of 18 million Americans of normal or high intelligence suffering from dyslexia. This is the story of her battle to become literate, of her early years facing her disability, of her own self-doubt, and of her ultimate successes. It is the story of courage, will, and of love.

Smart Kids with School Problems -- Things to Know and Ways to Help, Priscilla L. Vail, E.P. Dutton Press. This book offers specific ways to find the roots of an academic problem, suggests practical programs for circumventing or surmounting it, and offers case studies, informally presented, of students who have been helped to succeed.

Susan's Story, Susan Hampshire, St. Martin's Press. Susan Hampshire is known to American audiences through her roles in several successful BBC series and has won Emmy awards for three. She is also dyslexic. Her mother, the founder of the famous Hampshire School in London, was a woman of rare perception who nursed her daughter with patience and understanding through the early years when the sight of words on a page produced nothing but complete confusion for her. This book tells of the results of her endeavor to learn. It will be an inspiration not only to her fellow dyslexics, but to all puzzled by this much-misunderstood handicap.

Your Child's Growing Mind, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., Doubleday Books. This text is a reliable, clearly written guide to learning skills for children. Dr. Healy begins by translating scientific theories on nervous system development into practical information for parents. She then explains in detail how children develop language and memory and addresses academic learning -- reading, writing, spelling, mathematics. In due course she furnishes an indictment of early pressures to teach children to read and provides the first scientifically documented refutation of the "superbaby" myth.