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.
Brain and literacy
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.
For basic information about my courses, and about other learn to read courses that work, click here.
Dyslexia and learning difficulties
Audiblox – for Disgraphia, Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties. This offline ‘re-wire a brain’ course is designed to be taught by parents.
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.
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. .
How written English works
Video – The easiest way to understand this is to watch the Introduction to Phonemic Awareness for Parents video, that is on the videos page.
Phonemic Awareness is awareness of the sounds in spoken English, and the skills of separating the sounds in a word, and blending the individual sounds back into words.
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 – My comprehensive Phonemic Awareness Video Course – This page tells you about the course I recommend parents and new tutors do with their students. This course teaches students the skills and knowledge that are essential for long-term reading progress, as well as teaching parents and new tutors how to teach reading.
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) If you or your child don’t know the sounds, this video has a list of them. See the Sounds in English section below for more information.
Sounds in English
I’ve explained the sounds in several different ways so that if you have trouble understanding one way you’ll be able to understand the other way, or if you need more information, you’ll be able to find it here.
To get a copy of the List of Phonemes (Sounds) PDF, click the blue link: List of Phonemes This PDF contains a couple of pictures for each sound.
This PDF is not related to the List of Phonemes video. Sounds in English. This PDF is just a list of sounds and words that illustrate those sounds.
Video – List of Phonemes (Phonemes are the sounds in English). In this video, you can hear me say the sounds, and words that contain those sounds. To watch this video, click here to go to the Videos page, and look for the List of Phonemes (Sounds) video.
Learn how to teach Phonemic Awareness and Reading
The easiest way to learn to teach reading is to do my Phonemic Awareness Video Course. The first video, The Phonemic Awareness Introduction for Parents, is available on the Videos page. Just click here to go to the Videos page. To learn more about the Phonemic Awareness Video Course, click here.