By Shawna Audet
Much of my work is focused on helping students to overcome reading and writing problems. To do this effectively, I frequently read books and articles about current best teaching practices and research. There are many terrific resources available to help deepen my understanding of how the brain learns to read and how to effectively teach reading. If I could only recommend one of them to you, it would have to be Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, by Sally Shaywitz.
Overcoming Dyslexia is a trusted source because it is built on a mountain of scientific research conducted by its author, Dr. Shaywitz. The work of Dr. Shaywitz spans four decades and has contributed greatly to our understanding of dyslexia, effective practices for teaching literacy, and the qualities of effective remediation programs. In Overcoming Dyslexia Shaywitz transforms her extensive research finding into a toolbox for literacy teachers and parent of struggling readers.
Overcoming Dyslexia is a “must have” book for parents/teachers of dyslexic students. However it is also useful teachers of non-dyslexics since “…teaching a dyslexic child to read is based on the same principles used to teach any child to read (Shaywitz, 256).
Shaywitz, S. E. (2004). Overcoming dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level. New York: A.A. Knopf.