An Introduction to Dyslexia for Parents and Professionals

An Introduction to Dyslexia for Parents and Professionals

An Introduction to Dyslexia for Parents and Professionals

An Introduction to Dyslexia for Parents and Professionals


This practical guide provides basic need-to-know information for parents and professionals and answers frequently asked questions about dyslexia and related learning disabilities. Alan M. Hultquist addresses many of the issues surrounding dyslexia, including possible causes and subtypes, means of testing, remediation and the controversial question of "staying back" to repeat a grade. Example case studies illustrate these issues in context. The author identifies possible classroom accommodations for dyslexic students in a range of subject areas. The book also includes a list of useful resources that will help parents explain dyslexia to children, as well as a glossary of technical terms. This complete introductory guide to dyslexia is a must-read for parents, especially parents with children who are newly diagnosed, and for all those who work with dyslexic children and their families.


dys = difficulty

lexia = words

A quick search on produced over 470 publications with the word dyslexia in the title. Undoubtedly, some of these are out of print, but the quantity of books still raises the question, “Why do we need another book about reading disabilities?” Perhaps the best way to answer this is to state what my goals were in writing this book. In short, I wanted to write an accessible, practical, and up-to-date introductory book for parents. I wanted a book that parents could sit down with after a day of work, chores, errands, and children and read a chapter or two of without having to devote a lot of time to it and without needing a college degree in reading psychology. Unfortunately, regardless of how easy to read I tried to make this book, it was impossible to avoid using professional terms. Therefore, some words that parents may not be familiar with are printed in italics the first time they appear in the book. These words are defined in the glossary.

My experience has been that parents are initially looking for understandable answers to the most basic questions. Once the basics are there, a foundation is present for them to build on with further readings. Surprisingly, it is not only parents who often need this information. Educators (even special educators) do not always know much about dyslexia, although it is the most common type of learning disability.

In addition to being understandable, this book is also intended to be practical. For example, I wanted to offer parents an introduction to the types of things either they can do to help their children with dyslexia or they can expect . . .

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