I’m often asked, “What’s the best dyslexia book?” Here is the ONE essential read as a parent of a child with dyslexia.
When we begin our journey with dyslexia, it can be OVERWHELMING to say the least. You become inundated with research, book lists, and different opinions on where to turn and what to do. As a parent, I know that feeling of desperately wanting to make an educated decision but feeling paralyzed by the sheer wall of information you feel like you need to digest.
Let me shine a beacon towards the one, most pivotal piece on information that you could digest. Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz is the one stop shop of anything you ever needed to know about dyslexia. Sally Shaywitz, M.Ed is literally the dyslexia WIZ. The pinnacle of all dyslexia researchers and the considered the godmother of dyslexia by therapists and neuropsychologists, alike. Basically, you can’t find another source published by a more knowing being. To give you an idea, EVERY individual completing their credentialing towards becoming a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) has to read this book. My copy is full of copious notes and coffee stains. It is tattered and torn from frequent reference and re-reads. I can promise you all 27 of my therapists on staff here at Dyslexia On Demand have read this book and consider it the most important book in their professional collection.
Although assigned as an integral piece of our dyslexia therapist education, this book is written for parents, teachers, and dyslexia practitioners, alike. It covers topics from the Nature of Reading and Dyslexia, diagnosis, how to help your child, all the way to overcoming dyslexia and turning your struggling reader into a proficient reader through the use of a therapeutic intervention process.
This is the dyslexia Bible. Take my word on it.