Resources For Dyslexia

Many parents have successfully taught dyslexic children at home.

Dyslexia is defined by the National Institutes of Health as “a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read.” (For thoughts on diagnosis and evaluation, see When Should I Get My Child Evaluated?)

Many parents have successfully taught dyslexic children at home. The resource list below is a good starting place for your research; for support and more suggestions, visit our forums and hear from other home educators about what’s worked (and what hasn’t).

Informative websites:

Dyslexic Advantage 

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

The Monarch Institute

Decoding Dyslexia

Training for parents and educators:

Orton-Gillingham Training 

Wilson Language Training

Discuss dyslexia with other parents:

Helpful books:

Stanislas Dehaene, Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read

Brock L. Eide, M.D., and Fernette F. Eide, M.D., The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Sally Shaywitz, M.D., Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

Reading curricula:

All About Reading

The Barton Reading & Spelling System

Dancing Bears

Other language arts resources:

Apples & Pears (spelling)

Spelling Success

Super Duper Grammar Processing

Magnetalk (general language skills)

Testing and diagnosis (these do not replace evaluation by a trained professional!):

Tests from Pro-Ed, Inc.

COVD (vision) screening


Ronit Bird


Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.


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