PBIDA offers a variety of resources specifically for parents such as Annual Conference sessions, Fact Sheets, articles in the Focus Newsletter and Dyslexia Simulation programs.  

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know



Helpful Websites:

LiteracyHow: Empowering Teaching Excellence

NPR SPECIAL SERIES – Unlocking Dyslexia

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

Reading Rockets

Understood- For Learning and Attention Issues

Council for Exceptional Children

Education Law Center

National Center for Learning Disabilities

International Dyslexia Association

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

Wrightslaw Special Education and Law Advocacy

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Decoding Dyslexia PA

Decoding Dyslexia DE


Bright Solutions for Dyslexia 

LD IQ Resources 

Contact your School District for a list of resources


What is Dyslexia? By Margie Gillis

Dyslexia and the Brain by Guinevere Eden

Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews, by Dr. Ken Pugh

The True Gift of a Dyslexic Mind by Dean Bragonier

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology, (AT) is available to students with dyslexia who need accessible instructional materials, (AIM) in order to fully participate and achieve in the general education curriculum. Examples of AT include but are not limited to: Text-to-Speech, Word Prediction, Speech-to-Text.

Assistive Technology Resources:

Learning Ally

Don Johnston


Dragon Naturally Speaking


College Resources:

College Options for Students with LD – By Hallie Ciarlone *article*

Act Disability Testing Services

College Board Accommodated Testing (SAT and AP testing)

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)

University of Michigan’s Website on Dyslexia and College

Acknowledging a Learning Disability on Your College Application

Dyslexia in College

The Rise Scholarship Foundation

Affordable Colleges.com

Books for Parents:

Overcoming Dyslexia, A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz, (Good resource for both Teachers and Parents)

About Dyslexia by Priscilla Vail

The Between the Lions Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read by Linda K. Rath & Louise Kennedy (Ages PreK-3)

Dysgraphia: Why Johnny Can’t Write: A Handbook for Parents and Teachers by Diane W. Cavey

No Stupid Not Lazy – Understanding Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities by Linda Siegel

Parenting a Struggling Reader: A Guide to Disgnosing and Finding Help for Your Child’s Reading Difficulties by Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.

Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years by Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.

Why Johnny Can’t Read: And What You Can Do About It by Rudolph Flesch

Why Johnny Still Can’t Read: A New Look at the Scandal of our Schools by Rudolph Flesch

Books for Teachers:

A Language Yardstick by Priscilla Vail

Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print – A Summary by Marilyn Adams

Developing Language and Literacy: Effective Intervention in the Early Years by Charles Hulme et.al

Developing Reading Comprehension by Charles Hulme et. Al

Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, OWL LD, and Dyscalculia by Virginia W. Berninger and Beverly J. Wolf

Equipped for Reading Success by David Kilpatrick

Essentials of Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties by David Kilpatrick.

Language at the Speed of Sight by Mark Seidenberg

Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, 4th Edition by Judith Birsh

Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum by Marilyn Adams, Barbara R. Foorman, Ingvar Lundberg and Terri Beeler

Preventing Reading Failure in Young Children by Catherine Snow

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

Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century by Maryanne Wolf

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf

Reading Development and Teaching by Morag Stuart and Rhona Stainthorp

Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read by Stanislas Dehaene

Sounds and Letters for Readers and Spellers by Jane Fell Greene

Speech to Print by Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.

The Reading Glitch by Lee Sherman and Betsy Ramsey

The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads by Daniel T. Willingham

Unlocking Literacy, Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction by Marcia K. Henry

Understanding and Teaching Reading Comprehension: A Handbook by Carsten Elbro, Jane Oakhill and Kate Cain

How to Teach to Spellingby Laura Toby Rudginsky and Elizabeth Haskell. Note: accompanying workbooks called How to Spell are also available in 4 versions for different grades.


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