Dyslexia Resources


Dyslexic Advantage
The mission of Dyslexic Advantage is to promote the positive identity, community, and achievement of dyslexic people by focusing on their strengths. Our vision is a world where dyslexic people are known for their strengths.

Dyslexia Dash
Annual 5k Run/Walk to support the Georgia Branch of the IDA.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
An international organization dedicated to dyslexics. IDA membership consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with dyslexics and their families.

International Dyslexia Association - Georgia Branch
The Georgia Branch of the IDA is a non-profit organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia.The organization is a resource and support system for parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia.

LD Online
Informational site on learning disabilities. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, a comprehensive resource guide, discussion forums, and a referral directory of professionals, schools and products.

Reading Rockets
A national multimedia project that offers research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better

An innovative digital resource where parents can come to understand and feel understood about their child's learning and attention differences.

Information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Concise site full of information for parents, educators and policy-makers.


Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel Ph.D.
The beloved bestseller that offers a practical, inspiring roadmap for raising self-reliant, ethical, and compassionate children. Mogel shows parents how to teach children to honor their parents and to respect others, escape the danger of overvaluing children's need for self-expression so that their kids don't become "little attorneys," accept that their children are both ordinary and unique, and treasure the power and holiness of the present moment.

Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error?

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, suffer from a disability, lose a parent, attend a mediocre school, or endure any number of other apparent setbacks.

Dyslexia 101: Truths, Myths and What Really Works by Marianne Sunderland
Dyslexia is not outgrown - a dyslexic child will grow into a dyslexic adult. Most importantly, dyslexia is treatable. With the correct information and the right methods, dyslexic children can not only learn to read and spell and write, but to understand the inherent strengths of the dyslexic mind, embrace them and find success.

Dyslexic Advantage by Brock & Fernette Eide
In this ground-breaking book from 2012, the authors use new brain science and their expertise in neurology and learning disorders to explain how individuals with dyslexia not only perceive the written word differently, but also conceive space more intuitively, see connections between unrelated objects, and are able to make great leaps creatively that others simply miss. Putting emphasis on the advantages of the dyslexic brain rather than the well-trod challenges with reading and writing, the authors blend advice from successful individuals who learned to excel at "being dyslexic" with findings from their research that parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can use to help maximize their dyslexic advantage.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

A Mind at a Time, by Mel Levine
"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known learning experts and pediatricians in America today.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional.

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown
Backed by the latest research, Play explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child's life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts.

Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz
Yale neuroscientist Shaywitz demystifies the roots of dyslexia in this breakout book from 2003.

The Myth of Homework by Alfie Kohn
Kohn’s incisive analysis reveals how a set of misconceptions about learning and a misguided focus on competitiveness has left our kids with less free time, and our families with more conflict.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Children's Books

Hank Zipzer book series by Henry Winkler
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

It's called Dyslexia by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
These attractively illustrated picture storybooks encourage kids never to be afraid of a challenge. The child in this story knows the alphabet, but she sometimes has trouble putting all the letters together to read words. No matter how hard she tries, she often mixes up the letters or writes them backwards. She's unhappy until her teacher explains that she has dyslexia, and that she can be helped to read and write correctly.

Knees: The Mixed Up World of a Boy With Dyslexia by Vanita Oeschlager
Knees shows the ups and downs of life with dyslexia. It covers dyslexia’s symptoms and the reasons school can be hard for dyslexics. It also talks about some famous people who had or have dyslexia.

My Name is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt
This book for children is the sensitive portrayal of a boy who struggles to hide his dyslexia from his friends. Based on the author's personal experience as a dyslexic, this novel is drawn from real insight.

The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb
When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But "p" looked like "q," and "b" looked like "d." In first grade, he had to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War.

Tom's Special Talent - Dyslexia by Kate Gaynor
Tom's Special Talent will help younger children to understand dyslexia. It balances the reading and writing difficulties caused by dyslexia with recognition of the many other strengths and talents which people with dyslexia have.


The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
Director James Redford reveals the myths, stigmas and truths about dyslexia in this must see documentary. Redford describes his story.

"My son, Dylan, is dyslexic. Like many dyslexics, Dylan is intelligent, thoughtful and intellectually curious – a 'big picture' thinker. But at the age of ten, he was barely able to read and write. To say that school was difficult for him is beyond understatement.

Now that he is grown and thriving, there are many things that I wish I had known about dyslexia at that time – things that would have helped me understand that his struggle in lower and middle school was not the final verdict on his academic or intellectual ability or ambition. When I was given the extraordinary opportunity to make a film about understanding dyslexia, the mission was simple: make the movie I wish my family could have seen when Dylan was functionally illiterate in 4th grade. This film reveals that dyslexia is a neurological issue, not a character flaw. It explains that the struggle with the written word is not an indication of one’s ability to think, to create, or to solve problems – all valuable skills in the world outside the classroom. This film also reveals that some of our greatest leaders in Business, Law, Politics and Medicine are dyslexics who succeeded in spite of their learning challenges."


How to Help Dyslexic Kids with Math with Chris Woodin
In this episode of the The Dyslexia Quest podcast, host Elisheva Schwartz talks to Christopher Woodin, create of WoodinMath, about how to make math accessible to dyslexic children.


Dragon Dictation
Text to speech app that recognizes and transcribes your words at lightning speed, and gives you the flexibility to dictate for any situation.

Dyslexie font
Free font designed to easy and improve reading for dyslexics.

Learning Ally
Offers access to audio books for dyslexics. Learning Ally is a national not-for-profit dedicated to bringing parents, teachers and the community together to empower dyslexic, blind or visually impaired students to succeed.

Swift Students enjoy the benefit of this assistive technology tool when logged in to their Chrome accounts.

You can watch an instructional video on Read and Write for Google Chrome here:


Interpreting the IOWA
Learn more about the IOWA Assessments—norm-referenced tests, which compare a student’s performance with a nationally representative sample of students in the same grade. These tests are used to measure achievement in fundamental academic areas.
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Lexiles and Audio Book Sources
Lexile scores measure text difficulty. Learn how to use Lexile scores to select books appropriate to a student’s current reading level.
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MAP Growth Parent Guide
MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test used in 140 countries and by over 9 million students in the US, including the students at Swift School. Explore this introduction to MAP Growth.
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MAP Growth for Parents—video
Swift School’s Director of Technology and Assessment Donna Cherry narrates this video about MAP Growth, one component of the assessment plan at Swift.
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Understanding Percentile Rank Scores
Check out this quick and easy hand out explaining percentile rank scores.
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