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Dyslexia Victoria Online is offering our "14 Steps" in E-book form or soft cover manual. Over the last thirty years I have been researching Dyslexia to understand what it is and how to teach and accommodate those with Dyslexia. My reason for this passion was due to having three Dyslexic children and no help from the schools. "Fourteen Steps to Teach Dyslexics how to Spell and Read" is a group of teaching and studying techniques I compiled over the years that work really well for the Dyslexic student. Many schools for Dyslexics around the world use these methods in their own school programs. These practice methods utilize a Dyslexic's need to see the "big picture" of any subject matter and focus on concrete whole ideas. Spelling becomes more about words being whole word images representing real things or concepts. This helps the Dyslexic student connect with words their way so they can retain them, spell them and use them correctly. This book fully explains the techniques with examples that any teacher, tutor or parent can use without any specialized training.

One of our methods, "Boxing" listed in "14 Steps to Teach Dyslexics how to Spell and Read" was the subject of one of my Weekly Chats. One of our readers was very enthusiastic about the technique:

I just started receiving your weekly chats, it was on "Boxing Words"to help dyslexics learn to spell. I have an 11-year-old son who is dyslexic and after reading your article I used it for the 10 language arts words that he brought home. They were handwritten on a white piece of paper, when I asked him to read them he could not. I followed your idea of the blue paper and boxing the words. I did show him images of each word. I have to say I was completely amazed, thrilled, and surprised at the outcome. After the after doing it one time he remembered nine of the 10 words. We went over it again, and the next morning, he was able to remember and read all 10 words. This is something that never usually happens, we would have to go over and over and over for it to sink and in this method was simply wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your ideas and methods!


Vivian Janek | A new fan in the USA

These methods are perfectly appropriate for Dyslexics and students experiencing ADD/ADHD. Some of the methods explained in the manual are:

* We like to say that many of the methods are basic old fashioned concepts but when used together they are a very effective and powerful approach for the right-brained student.
* We have explained in the manual how Dyslexic children think and process information from a "big picture" point of view and need concrete examples of words to be able to retain and understand them.
* We explain "boxing words" and how it can help Dyslexic students actually see the words in their minds and retain those images to help with their spelling. This is a method used by many Dyslexia specialists and psychologists that also use it with gifted children.
* We show the parent or teacher how to connect words with images to help the children remember how to spell them.
* We demonstrate how with the right image and sentence Dyslexic children can finally remember how to spell the little words like "then, is, would, been, and".
* We describe a reading method that focuses on improving fluency through practice reading rather than constantly decoding and not retaining the words read.
* The methods can be incorporated into homeschooling programs and used in conjunction with regular public and private school homework.
* The methods do not require expensive materials or aids.
* We provide a list of resources for more research on Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and gifted Dyslexics who are visually spatial.