Sometimes, the simplest changes in a parent or teacher's methods can change the world for a struggling reader. Fitzpatrick has spent her long career researching and trying many different programs and techniques to help her students with dyslexia. This book is the result. She includes only the best of the best -- the things she found that were the most effective and the simplest to use -- tips that could help any parent or teacher trying to help a struggling reader. "Crushing Dyslexia" covers the whole range of topics that embody the best of reading instruction. Whether you are a home-schooling parent or a master teacher, you will find the tools you need to begin effective reading instruction for most children. The book contains: 1. Easy, understandable language with a Glossary at the end 1. Step-by-step instructions for teaching every part of reading and writing instruction 2. Fun games to reinforce the learning of each subject 3. True "Struggler Success Stories" to encourage the reader 4. An Appendix at the end of each chapter with more resources a parent or teacher could use. 5. Blackline masters for construction of the games and hands-on manipulativesThe chapters cover: What is Dyslexia? How to Motivate a Struggling Reader How to Teach: Phonemic Awareness (the sounds of language without the symbols) Phonics Decoding Multisyllabic Words Vocabulary Fluency and Paired Reading Comprehension Handwriting Spelling WritingAnd much more.
Carol S. Fitzpatrick has a passion for helping struggling readers. When her own children were forced to deal with the frustration and humiliation of dyslexia, she went back to school to learn how to teach them to read and was trained in several different Orton-Gillingham methods. The same methods she used to home school both of her sons have worked for many more struggling readers over the past 35 years in her career as a public school teacher, reading specialist, and college instructor. Now, when Carol isn't tutoring, she travels throughout the country speaking on successful intervention practices in reading instruction.