The Reading Room

 Useful Videos on reading and dyslexia

What is Dyslexia? – Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Thank you to Kelli Sandman-Hurley for this excellent visual explanation of Dyslexia from a neurological perspective


These three YouTube clips give a brief description of paired reading, reading difficulties and  reading with a beginner reader. Go to YouTube and search for: SmartKidsPearson.

The full DVD has demonstrations of how to read with children of different abilities. These are availalbe for viewing at The Reading Language Gym.

Interviews with dyslexic adults

These are availalbe for viewing at The Reading Language Gym.


Books on Dyslexia for parents:
This is a useful website to increase your knowledge base.

Books on AD(H)D:
There are many books on this topic as well as websites.  The following are some guidelines

Jane Jarvis and Debbie De Jong. The Manual that never came with your child. ISBN: 978-1-77007-663-1

Edward M Hallowell.  Driven to Distraction. Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood.  Simon and Schuster publishers

Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. Delivered from Distraction.  Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder. Ballantine Books

Books for children:

High Interest level, Low Reading Level
It is often difficult to find appropriate books for children whose reading age is lower than their chronological age. Barrington Stoke is a good resource because they publish books with a high interest level but low reading level.  The British Dyslexia Association in association with Micro link, run an online store where many of the products are available for purchase The BDAstore Catalogue   Follow this link and select: “Fiction for dyslexics”

Graded Books for Children:
The following list is a very rough leveling of books from grade 1 to grade7. It was generated by speaking to librarians, borrowing lists, searching the internet and interviewing children.  Thanks to the children of The Grove Primary School in Claremont Cape Town for their valuable advice.  When choosing books, try to find an author that your child enjoys.  Don’t give up! It may be necessary to choose books from lower grades for children with barriers to reading.  However, Parents can still read age appropriate books to their children with reading barriers.  Audio books are also a very valuable way to stimulate language skills for children who cannot yet read at their age level.