Dyslexia: Looking beyond the label

3rd October 2003 at 01:00

The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child
By Robert Frank
Rodale pound;10.99

Identifying and Supporting Children with Specific Learning Difficulties: looking beyond the label to assess the whole child
By Christine Macintyre and Pamela Deponio
RoutledgeFalmer pound;15.99

Early Reading Development and Dyslexia
By Valerie Muter
Whurr pound;22.50

Dyslexia and Literacy: theory and practice
Edited by Gavin Reid and Janice Wearmouth
Wiley pound;24.95

Imagine accompanying your partner to a college reunion where everyone is laughing at past experiences and shared jokes you don't understand. That, claims educational psychologist Robert Frank, is "a bit like how it feels to be dyslexic in a world where everyone else can read, write and spell".

First published in the US, The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child now has a UK edition
with details of UK support services and procedures. Frank draws on his experience as a dyslexic to explain how frustrating, exhausting and undermining of self-esteem this condition can be, especially when it's not understood. Sensitive illustrations and graded exercises enable parents "to take a walk in the child's shoes" and it's hard to think of anyone - not just parents and teachers - who would not benefit from this.

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