Related links at Resource Room:
Pulling out! Making
the transition to homeschooling students with learning disabilities
your older child who learns differently?
Homeschooling Gifted Students: An
Introductory Guide for Parents (every word of this applies
to LD students)
the Language Barriers in Middle and Secondary School
Language Programs: Summary and Reflections A brief summary of
"MSSL" programs (including Orton-Gillingham) and thoughts from a
free spirit on "repetition, repetition and drill, drill, drill."
Materials that work for students with learning disabilities
(whether traditional school or home education)
Teaching materials that work for students
with learning disabilities
There are myriad choices of materials and curricula marketed
towards "special" students. However, very few are
truly geared to students with language learning difficulties
or learning disabilities such as dyslexia. English and grammar
materials were especially confusing to my students. Time after
time, I could walk them through a worksheet, but learning
Here are some of the sources and resources that I've found
most useful over the years:
and Language Arts Centers Their catalog (send
for it; it's also more complete than their online store)
includes the best products for multisensory teaching,
from full multisensory reading programs to nifty, inexpensive
accessories like the EZC Reader, which is essentially
a bookmark with a colored overlay to hold over the line
you are reading. Some of my other favories include:
Diana Hanbury King's Writing Skills for the Adolescent
and Keyboarding Skills. Ms. King has extensive
experience teaching teenagers with dyslexia (as her sense
of humor makes evident, if you have had the pleasure of
attending one of her conference sessions on various subjects).
Writing Skills is short and inexpensive and full
of ideas for structured yet creative activities to build
skills at any level.
Rudginsky and Haskell's How To Teach Spelling.
A structured approach to spelling that works well with
multisensory structured language programs. (I do need
to give my students more practice than it provides, though.)
Joanne Carlisle's Reasoning and Reading booklets.
These actually teach comprehension skills, instead of
merely providing practice in them. It is well worth getting
their complete printed catalog.
Publishing Service ("EPS"). This is another excellent
resource for materials that work (including many of the
above resources). EPS has many more materials including
controlled readers, and it's worth getting their printed
Books by Priscilla Vail. (various sources) She
offers insights on reading comprehension, getting the
most out of both whole language and phonics, and her "Clear
and Lively Writing" is wonderful and full of teaching
Pro-Ed This is the source for my favorite easy-to-follow,
start-from-the-bottom (but let students have fun and be
creative) reading program called When They Can't Write
by Charlotte Morgan.
Schools Go to "outreach/publications" for materials
including a solid basic math course designed for students
with learning disabilities.
If I were still in the public school classroom, I'd go
here for their structured, direct instruction programs,
"Corrective Reading" and "Corrective Math." The prices
are often prohibitive for individual purchase but these
are materials that really work.
And, finally, Resource
Room Store. There were materials I couldn't find,
so I had to make them myself (or translate them from British
in the case of Tools for the Times Tables). These
are materials for multisensory teaching, whether in language
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