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How Dyslexics Learn: Grasping the Nettle

£22.9 for members, £22.9 for non-members

by Dr. Kate Saunders and Annie White
Illustrated by Jonathan Pitts

Published by Patoss 2002

How Dyslexics Learn, Grasping the Nettle is an excellent resource from Patoss. It is included on the list of recommended reading for the OCR training courses for SpLD Specialist Teachers.

Recognising learning strengths is a key element to successful teaching. This book concentrates on the successful strategies dyslexics have used and the positive traits associated with dyslexic learners. The theme of the book likens the support dyslexic learners need to the careful husbandry used by a skilled and creative gardener.

The gardening analogy proves to be an apt one, as indeed parents and teachers of dyslexic learners, like gardeners, need to be resourceful, imaginative, patient, optimistic, and full of vision.

The ideas contained in this very practical book will help both those new to teaching dyslexics and those who feel they need an extra fillip to their teaching. Ann, Kate and Jonathan have contributed to the armoury of resources available to support dyslexics something which is fresh, different and, above all, appealing.

Kath Morris, OCR Assistant Chief Verifier SpLD Scheme and former SpLD Course Tutor says:
"This book was written partly to redress the balance by training the spotlight on dyslexics learning strengths rather than their weaknesses and partly to fill a gap in the market by producing a practical teaching resource aimed at teachers new to the field.

How Dyslexics Learn has been written to be easily understood by new and experienced teachers of dyslexic learners, other professionals working in the field, non-specialist teachers, parents and adult dyslexics. It avoids technical jargon and the whole ethos of the book is positive. The excellent colour illustrations help bring to life the multi-memory techniques described in this refreshing resource.

The message that comes across loud and clear is that dyslexics can be effective learners as long as the teaching methods are appropriate. The concept of video memory is explored and practical suggestions are given as to how this can be incorporated into the teaching of spelling, reading comprehension, study skills, mathematical tables facts among others.

Generously illustrated in full colour, this publication has broken new ground. The result is a book you feel you can't wait to read rather than a book you feel you ought to read.

The Authors:

Dr Kate Saunders trained as a diagnostic psychologist with Dr Margaret Newton (co-author of the Aston Index) and has worked in the field of specific learning difficulties for over nineteen years. Dr Saunders is also SENCO for a 3-13 year range school. She lectures on dyslexia, INSET and SpLD training courses as well as running holiday courses for dyslexic children from home and abroad.

Kate attended remedial classes as a child. These were as dull as ditchwater, demoralising and completely ineffective. Diagnosed as dyslexic at twenty years of age, her interest is in how dyslexics learn best and in the joy of inspiring self-belief and success.

Annie White is a tutor on the OCR courses at Evesham College to train other teachers to be specialists in specific learning difficulties. She also assesses and supports dyslexic adults within the Further Education setting.

Her previous teaching experience spans thirty years and encompasses class teaching at primary level, supporting dyslexic students in an inner city comprehensive school and setting up and running both a Saturday morning workshop and a dyslexia unit in a small preparatory school.

Annie's crusade is memorable teaching. As a teacher trainer, she now feels privileged to be in a position to influence and inspire the teaching work of others.

Copies can be purchased directly from Patoss or ordered through your local bookstores.

Price £19.95 plus £2.95 packing and postage (ISBN 0 9539315 1) within the UK.  For overseas purchases please contact the office info@patoss-dyslexia.org

 

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