Top Books for Dyslexia Advocacy and Assessment


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Parenting a child with dyslexia means wearing many hats. You may become an expert in dyslexia, interventions, special education laws and procedures, accommodations, and assessments. A good bibliography to refer to is priceless. These books are some of the best, most current, and most accessible books for dyslexia advocacy and assessment.

Learn more about advocacy! Listen to season 3, episode 6 of the Together In Literacy podcast: Supporting Families Through Advocacy with Jennifer Bernheim.

Here are Six Books for Dyslexia Advocacy and Assessment:

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1. Wrights Law All About Tests and Assessments 2nd edition

This book demystifies the assessment process and helps lay people understand the interpretation of psychological, academic, and neuropsychological assessments. Put into plain language and explained clearly, this is a precious tool for the parent of a student with dyslexia.

2. Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention

Every tutor, special education teacher, and interventionist should have this book at their fingertips. This book is conveniently formatted for fast and easy reference, making it a perfect resource for busy professionals. However, it is also written clearly enough to be useful for parents.

3. Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification

From the same series as Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment, this book takes a similar approach to the most common specific learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. This edition contains updated information about nonverbal learning disabilities and incorporates the latest research on evidence-based interventions.

4. Basic Facts About Assessment of Dyslexia: Testing for Teaching

This book is written by three experts in Dyslexia assessment and instruction. It is a companion to their earlier volume Basic Facts About Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems. Written for parents as well as teachers, this book includes topics to help children succeed including Critical Components of Reading, Characteristics of Dyslexia, Dyslexia and the Law, Clinical Evaluation of Dyslexia, Eligibility for Special Education Services, Types of Assessment, Assessment Driven Instruction and Effective Literacy Instruction.

5. Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition

This book for evaluators is unique in its integrated approach that combines reading, oral language, and cognition assessments. With a focus on identifying student strengths, this guide teaches how to craft reports from a strength-based perspective. This practical guide includes case studies, practice exercises, and the strengths and weaknesses of each assessment, and it helps professionals design effective remediations.

6. Wrights Law All About IEPs

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A book about Special Education Laws that is written for the parent of a student with Special Education needs. It is laid out in a question-and-answer format that makes finding specific information quick and easy. Find answers about IEP teams and meetings, Parental Rights and Consent, Steps in Developing the IEP; Placement, Transition, and Assistive Technology; and Resolving Disagreements.

Looking for more? Read What to Do (and NOT Do) if Your Child is Struggling with Reading and You Suspect Dyslexia!

These books are a useful addition to your Dyslexia bookshelf. Whether you are a tutor looking to guide your assessment and remediation decisions and create a strength-based learning plan or a parent advocating for your child, knowledge is your most powerful tool.

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