Dyslexia Awareness Month
by Alex Lambright, Head of Youth Services
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. These resources and information can be useful year-round for people with dyslexia or parents of children with dyslexia or who think their children may be dyslexic.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. People with dyslexia often have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing. They may also have trouble in other areas, such as in math operations. Dyslexia does not mean that someone isn’t smart. They tend to be great at comprehension and context and can be very creative. About 15-20% of people have dyslexia.
For more information, check out these organizations:
- International Dyslexia Association
- Decoding Dyslexia MA
- Dyslexia Foundation
- Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Tips and Early Signs
∙ Early signs of dyslexia include late talking, difficulty remembering letter names and colors, reversals in letters, and difficulty reading.
∙ Children with dyslexia may struggle with riding a bike, tying their shoes, and may have an unusual pencil grip.
∙ People with dyslexia often find it easier to read books with large fonts where the letters are widely spaced. Books written with loose spacing or with few words per section, such as in graphic novels, may be preferable to children with dyslexia.
These books are available at the Lynnfield Public Library. Give us a call, check out our catalog, or drop in if you’re interested in these titles.
∙Brilliant Bea by Shaina Ruduloph and Mary Vukadinovich; illustrated by Barbara Esham
“With help from Ms. Bloom and some new friends, Beatrice discovers that learning differently is not something to be afraid of, and that dyslexia does not define who she is.”
∙ If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? by Barbara Esham
“Katie always thought her dad was smart–he is one of the busiest attorneys in town. People are always asking him for advice. She has been a bit confused ever since asking him for help with her weekly spelling list. How can her very smart dad struggle with one of her spelling words? This definitely didn’t make sense. The word Mississippi has changed everything … This frank and thoughtful approach to dyslexia is an important exploration of the various ways people learn and that some difficulties do not have to be restrictions on what a person can achieve.”
∙Understanding Dyslexia by Jessica Rusick
“In this title, readers learn common symptoms and behaviors of dyslexia and how it affects kids at school and in relationships. Text includes suggestions on how to be a kind and respectful friend to someone who has dyslexia and appropriate activities kids can enjoy together. A famous person who has overcome the challenges of dyslexia is highlighted.”
Finally, a groundbreaking book that reveals what your dyslexic child is experiencing–and what you can do so that he or she can thrive More than thirty million people in the United States are dyslexic–a brain-based genetic trait, often labeled as a “learning disability” or “learning difference,” that makes interpreting text and reading difficult. Yet even though children with dyslexia may have trouble reading, they don’t have any problems learning; dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intellect. While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do
∙ Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties by David A. Kilpatrick
“Practical, effective, evidence-based reading interventions that change students’ lives Essentials of Understanding and Assessing Reading Difficulties is a practical, accessible, in-depth guide to reading assessment and intervention.”
Looking for more books about dyslexia or about children who have dyslexia? Ask a children’s or reference librarian and we can suggest more options! Would you prefer to read using the dyslexia font? It is available in both Libby/Overdrive and hoopla to make books more accessible!
∙ Learning Ally: This app reads books aloud while highlighting the words on the screen. Children who have been diagnosed with dyslexia may be able to gain access to this through their school.
∙ Bookshare: This app reads books aloud while highlighting the words on the screen. Anyone with dyslexia, as well as other reading barriers such as blindness, cerebral palsy, and more, can request books.