Articles

This page contains links to articles, courses, external links, and videos.

To find information about dealing with a specific problem, e.g. what to do if a child can’t hear the sounds, or can’t blend sounds into a word, go to the problems section below.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the services or products listed in this article, and don’t receive compensation in any form for listing these services and products. I’ve included them because many people find them very useful, so you might, too.

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BOOKS/READING MATERIALS

Books for Parents and Tutors

Books/Reading Materials for Students

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BRAIN & LITERACY

Article – Brain & Literacy Part 1

Article – Brain & Literacy Part 2

Article – Brain & Literacy Part 3

Article – Brain & Literacy Part 4

Video – Brain skills necessary for literacy. Dr. Tim Conway, a neuropsychologist, explains the brain skills necessary for literacy. This is a great summary that touches on a lot of the science.

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COURSES

For basic information about my courses, and about other learn to read courses, click here.

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DYSLEXIA & LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Article – Dyslexia Part 1 – Statistics

Article – Dyslexia Part 2 – Symptoms

Article – Dyslexia Part 3 – Dyslexia?

Article – Struggling Readers

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Audiblox – for Disgraphia, Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties. This offline ‘re-wire a brain’ course is designed to be taught by parents.

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Video – Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence In this video, Devon Barnes, a speech pathologist, explains how dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intelligence

Video – Dyslexia is a skills deficit and can be fixed by re-wiring  Click here to see a video of Dr. Tim Conway, a neuropsychologist, explaining reading disabilities and dyslexia

Video – Symptoms and treatments of dyslexia Here is a video where Devon Barnes, a speech pathologist, explains the symptoms and treatment of dyslexia.

Video – What Dyslexia is, and how you know if you have it. In this video, Devon Barnes, a speech pathologist, explains what dyslexia is and how you can know if you have it.

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TECHNOLOGY (None of these links are affiliate links. I am not compensated in any way for including them on my site.)

Although, in an ideal world, none of us would need the help of technology, some people are in so much difficulty that they need help when they’re overloaded with work or study, or in the longer term. So here are some online services that can help. .

Ghotiti – This technology (pronounced Got It) is an online spelling and grammar checker that lets you type in your own writing, and then reads it back to you, so you can check it..

Natural Reader – This technology will read many different types of files aloud to you. There is a paid version of Natural Reader, if you want access to more advanced features.

Speech Notes – This technology is a free online speech to text program, which is very easy to use.

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GENERAL

Article – Can I help my child learn to read?

Articles – Sight Words

Article – Teaching Principles

Article – Why Teach Sounding Out?

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HOW WRITTEN ENGLISH WORKS

Video – The easiest way to understand this is to watch my Introduction to Phonemic Awareness videos – particularly the video for parents, or read the accompanying PDF: PA Intro Videos.

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PHONEMIC AWARENESS
The sounds of English, and how to separate the sounds and blend the sounds into words

Article – Phonemic Awareness

PDF – Phonemic Awareness Course This was my original Phonemic Awareness Course. Although it’s useful for students who have hearing problems, students who are learning English, more recent research has shown that many of these activities are not necessary for native English speakers. Research has also shown that most of these activities don’t have long-term impact on reading progress. The people who are most likely to find this booklet useful are teachers and tutors who are required to teach phonemic awareness activities, and are looking for a course they can follow, that is already set out.

PDF – Sounds in English 

Video – the List of Phonemes (Sounds) video and its Article. This material is unrelated to the PDF above, so if you have trouble understanding this video, refer to the previous PDF.

Video – Phonemic Awareness Definition

Video – Phonemic Awareness Activities – These activities have great impact in relation to long-term reading progress.

Video – Introduction to Phonemic Awareness Course free videos. Click here: PA Intro Videos 

Video – Phonemic Awareness Video Course – This is the paid course I recommend parents and new tutors do, because it teaches the skills and knowledge that are essential for long-term reading progress, and it teaches parents and new tutors how to teach the Phonemic Awareness pre-reading skills, and how to teach reading.

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PHONICS

Article – Phonics

Article – Synthetic Phonics

Article – Why Teach Sounding Out?

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PROBLEMS

Article – Can I help my child learn to read?

Article – Can’t blend sounds into words

Article – Confuses b and d

Article – Reading, but doesn’t know the letters

PDF – Can’t hear the sounds

PDF – Sounds in English This is useful if you need to SEE information about words that use each sound.

Video – List of Phonemes (Sounds) video and its Article. This material is unrelated to the PDF above. In it you HEAR me saying each sound and see a couple of pictures that use each sound.

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RESEARCH

Research

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SIGHT WORDS

Article – Sight Words

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WHOLE WORD

Article – Whole Word.