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Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia: A Multi-sensory Approach [Hardcover]

Kathleen S. Kelly , Sylvia Phillips
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22 Sep 2011 0857025341 978-0857025340
Providing a structured programme for teaching literacy to children and young people with dyslexia and specific literacy difficulties, this book makes explicit links between theory, research and practice. It offers a structured, cumulative, multi-sensory teaching programme for learners with dyslexia, and draws attention to some of the wider aspects of the learning styles and differences of learners with dyslexia such as memory, information processing and automaticity.

The book discusses:

- the rationale for a structured multi-sensory approach

- the development of phonological, reading, writing and spelling skills

- working with learners who have English as an additional language (EAL)

- lesson structure and lesson-planning

- alphabet and dictionary skills

- memory work and study skills

- teaching the programme to groups

- ideas for working with young children.

Designed to help support any learner, from ages five to 18, with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties, the authors encourage the use of the programme as part of everyday teaching to not only develop literacy but to put dyslexic learners in control of their own learning.

There are tried and tested strategies and activities provided, which the reader can use to support their literacy work. Particularly useful for teachers working with learners who have special educational needs and specifically those with dyslexia, this book contains everything you need to help improve and develop the literacy skills of the learners in your setting.

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (22 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857025341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857025340
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,245,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia' has it all - a feast of practice offering a prescription for success. All teachers will be eager to get their hands on this book! Grounded in solid and up to date research, it combines best practice in teaching literacy with insights into the cognitive and practical skills essential for literacy learning. Part II on 'conquering literacy' is a complete multisensory teaching programme and one that echoes the spirit of recent government initiatives that purport to effectively deal with dyslexia and their desire to boost the training of teachers in this area. This book shows exactly how to achieve this! Steeped in the long established tradition of the most appropriate and successful approaches for teaching children with dyslexia Kathleen Kelly and Sylvia Phillips, using their vast knowledge base and unquestionable experience, have utilised, what is considered by most, to be best practice in teaching literacy and incorporated this into a 'user-friendly' teaching manual. By providing a clear rationale and practical explanations of literacy concepts and conventions they will simplify the task of dealing with the literacy challenges for many teachers. Every school needs to have access to this book' -
Dr. Gavin Reid, Educational Psychologist, International Consultant and author

'This book provides a very thorough description of the different arguments surrounding issues discussed in each chapter. It is clear and to the point, and is backed up with very helpful examples to support teachers' -
Sue Goff, Dyslexia Advisor, Student Support, University of Chichester

'Dr Gavin Reid's enthusiastic endorsement of this book promises 'a feast of practice offering a prescription for success' and certainly gives the reader high expectations of what follows. The authors are very experienced Programme Leaders in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties and together they have produced a very detailed and comprehensive and structured programme for teaching literacy which does not disappoint' -
SEN Magazine

'This has proven to be one of the single most valuable and useful publications I have purchased to support my work as a specialist teacher...Since purchasing this, I use it as the sole programme for teaching individuals with dyslexia or dyslexia-type difficulties in my role of a specialist teacher due to the ease of use and clarity it has'
-World of Dyslexia Newsletter

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This has proven to be one of the single most valuable and useful publications I have purchased to support my work as a specialist teacher. There are several reasons for this.

First of all, there is an accessible, yet detailed outline of theories of causation associated with dyslexia and how these may influence cognitive processes that lead to certain characteristics being shown by individuals in their reading and writing. By drawing together this information and the research evidence, the book is ideal in providing an overview of dyslexia useful to specialist teachers as well as those who may be supporting learners and are looking to develop their own understanding.

Secondly, lesson planning is clearly explained and routines described in a way that is very easy to understand and consequently use in lessons. The book also provides advice on how to modify lessons according to time constraints. It is very clear in terms of assessing current knowledge and how to adapt the teaching programme to suit the needs of individuals via a placement test. This is incredibly useful in making sure learners are kept motivated while their learning needs are met. A bonus is having the placement tests and associated recording sheets available to download. Similarly, other resources found in the book, such as literacy concept cards, can be downloaded for use with the programme outlined in the book. This is a great time saver!

Thirdly, each teaching point is clearly explained and gives practical ideas for introducing new concepts or material during a lesson with an emphasis on the use of discovery learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent! 21 Oct 2011
This book is excellent and I have found it indispensable. It combines fact with lots of practical advice for teaching literacy to learners with dyslexia of all ages - it contains information for one to one teaching and very usefully, also advice for teaching groups.
It is constructed logically in a step by step user friendly manner, giving not only background knowledge and understanding about dyslexia, but also a structured, best practice, tried and tested teaching programme - the result of many years expertise and experience.
For the knowledge that can be gained from this book, it is extremely good value for money and if a choice has to be made, this should be it.
I would highly recommend it for teachers, students or for anyone wishing to demystify dyslexia and employ practical help and solutions.
V. M. (Student)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 5 Jan 2012
A must for any specialist teacher as this book provides interesting and current theoretical background to multi-sensory learning linked with the causal theories of dyslexia. Lots of practical activities and links with implications for practice. Even a teacher familiar with other dyslexia intervention programmes should find this book an invaluable addition to their repetoire. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative and well laid out 16 Dec 2011
By Nikki
I am still working my way through the book, but part one has been very impressive. It is easy to read and gives practical insights into the difficulties associated with dyslexia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia 1 Nov 2011
By Val
As a tutor working in FE with many dyslexic learners this is an invaluable toolkit. Whilst I have my own ideas of working with groups, the information in this practical handbook means you are never stuck for ideas. Fab.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is teacher friendly 24 Sep 2012
By Dorota
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I did level 5 Dyslexia/SpLD two years ago and now I am doing level 7. I believe the book will be helpful to people new to dyslexia/SpLd. I find it useful to revisit what I learnt on the level 5 programme. The language is user friendly. Complex ideas are explained in an effective way. Money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ok for starters 20 Aug 2013
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This book gives you some good back ground knowledge and a good structured course to follow. very good for Dyslexia Action's training course for teaching reading to dyslexic learners, which is the reason I purchased it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great resourse 30 Aug 2012
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I bought this book to use with severly dyslexic KS3 students and I am not dissapointed! It is not at all baby-ish and my students like the pace of the activities. You do need to create your own resources but the book has plenty of great downloadable resources to get you going and many great suggestions about how to modify the lessons. It can be as structured or flexible as you like. A great multi-sensory approach for students with literacy difficulties!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I now use this as my teaching bible
Kelly and Phillips have added fresh ideas to a standard cumulative, multi-sensory teaching programme, and have included a good level of detail for less experienced practitioners,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Helen G
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This has to be the best book on Dyslexia. If you are a teacher and want to know more about the subject then this is the one-stop book I would recommend.
Published 12 months ago by L. Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and accessible
A thorough approach to understanding and supporting those with dyslexia or dyslexic tendencies. Some of the strategies could be utilized immediately, with success.
Published 13 months ago by Kym Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Dyslexia
This book gives some practical examples of how to introduce phonics for children who are dyslexic or struggling. Not used it fully yet. Will use more next term
Published 13 months ago by K. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with lots of good ideas.
Excellence lesson ideas for dyslexic learners. Some are a little repetitive but easy to follow. begins with early phonics and leads up to harder strategies.
Published 13 months ago by P
5.0 out of 5 stars Dyslexia
I ordered this book as I thought it would help me support dyslexic learners with spelling problems. On receipt I found the book to be little too technical for my requirements. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Carol A Sloan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Brilliant, lots of teaching ideas and tips. Easy to read and follow the programme, it is a very reasonable price compared to other sources.
Published 16 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Have bought many books covering this topic. This is by far the most accessible teaching programme I have used with children in KS2
Published 18 months ago by Ms N poulton
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