Books and articles

A new approach required to addressing illiteracy worldwide

In this paper Dr Harry Chasty, an international consultant, argues that the problem of illiteracy demands deeper probing into underlying causes, be they genetic, personal, historical, environmental, developmental, educational policy, and issues with specific languages. Read more

Dehaene, S. (2009) Excerpt from ‘Reading in the Brain’

04 November 2013
This excerpt from Professor Stanilas Dehaene’s book is reproduced from an article on the web site of the Dana Foundation, US, reproduced by permission of the publisher. Please go to that site to read additional comments from readers. Read more

Milne, D. (2005). Teaching the brain to read, SK publishing (reproduced with permission)

30 September 2012
This book presents the elements of neuropsychology in relation to dyslexia. It explains the process of reading and examines the implications for teaching literacy. Teaching the brain to read is a book for teachers, parents and reading specialists, which uses brain research to support theory and practice. As well as recent developments in brain imaging research, the book discusses parallel developments in theories underlying the teaching of literacy and best educational practice. Read more

Ramus, F. (in press). Dyslexia, Phonological processing in. In H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

30 April 2012
In this article, Dr. Ramus succinctly addresses the underlying causes of developmental dyslexia, the symptoms of the phonological deficit in dyslexic learners, and the nature of this deficit as well as its consequences. Read more

Shaywitz, S., Morris, R. & Shaywitz, B. (2008). The education of dyslexic children from childhood to young adulthood, The Annual Review of Psychology, 59, 451-75

14 May 2012
In this article, the authors first review the core concepts of dyslexia. Next they examine the cognitive model of dyslexia and review empiric data suggesting genetic and neurobiological influences on the development of dyslexia.

Then they turn their attention to evidence-based approaches to diagnosis and treatment, including intervention and accommodation. They first review those reading interventions effective in early grades and then interventions for older students.

The article concludes with a discussion of the critical role of accommodation for dyslexic students and the recent neurobiological evidence supporting the need for such approaches. Read more

Stein, J. (2010). Simple ways to treat dyslexia, SEN Magazine, 46, 28-31

27 October 2011
In this article, Professor John Stein outlines his research suggesting that simple visual treatments and a diet including Omega-3 fish oil can significantly improve the reading ability of people with dyslexia. Read more