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Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia: A Multi-Sensory Approach Paperback – 14 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd (14 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085702535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857025357
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,587 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

About the Author

Dr Kathleen Kelly PhD, MA (SEN), Dip TESL, AMBDA, is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Centre for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs. She is Programme Leader for the MA in Specific Learning Difficulties and has presented papers at a number of international conferences in this area. For several years she has taught courses on specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) to undergraduates as part of the initial teacher training programme in addition to postgraduate awards. She has considerable experience in delivering courses to meet the criteria set out by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and is Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).

Kathleen has taught a wide range of learners with dyslexia, from children as young as four years to those at Key Stage 5. She has worked in both mainstream and special schools, for language support and learning support services, as a SENCO in a primary school, and as Head of Sixth Form in a special school. She has many years’ experience of supporting multilingual children with special educational needs (including specific learning difficulties). Multilingualism and dyslexia is a particular area of interest and her doctorate was also in this area.



Sylvia Phillips, BA, DASE, MEd (SEN), AMBDA, began her career as a teacher of English in secondary schools where she first became interested in why some learners had severe literacy difficulties. She later joined Manchester Metropolitan University where she was a Principal Lecturer, Head of SEN, and then Head of Continuing Professional Development. At MMU she developed the first courses for specialist dyslexia teachers at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. During her time there, she also continued to work in primary, secondary and special schools both with teachers and directly with pupils. She developed and taught on SEN courses for teachers in the UK and was the UK partner (with Italy, Belgium and Spain) developing and teaching EU courses on ‘Inclusion and SEN’ for European educationalists. She has served on the Accreditation Board of the British Dyslexia Association and has also been involved in several dyslexia research projects. She is currently course leader of the specialist dyslexia teachers’ course at Glyndwr University, Wales.

She has co-authored Putting the Code to Work (Primary and Secondary editions, 1998, MMU – MET Publications), Inspection and Beyond (1997, Pearson), Management Skills for SEN co-ordinators (1999, Falmer Press), and A Multi-sensory Teaching System for Reading (1998, MMU Publishing), a fully scripted set of materials for teaching small groups of pupils with dyslexia.

Sylvia’s other main areas of interest lie in ‘learner voice’, pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and supporting teachers undertaking enquires into their practice.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, especially in the earlier stages. As an advisory teacher, I have been able to hand this book to a TA who has now successfully set up groups for dyslexic learners in a secondary school. Her level of success and growing confidence as a tutor would not have been possible without this book. The pupils are making good progress.
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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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