Recommended Books, Videos, & Websites for Parents

As a Parent…

As a parent, it can be hard to understand how to best support your student in achieving success. Trying to navigate the thousands of materials available can be overwhelming. I’ve researched through books, videos and websites to find the best tools which can provide guidance, support and education in supporting your child’s success.


The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning

By Ben Foss

Finally, a groundbreaking book that reveals what your dyslexic child is experiencing—and what you can do so that he or she will thrive

More than thirty million people in the United States are dyslexic—a brain-based genetic trait, often labeled as a “learning disability” or “learning difference,” that makes interpreting text and reading difficult. Yet even though children with dyslexia may have trouble reading, they don’t have any problems learning; dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intellect.

While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics’ innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. Figuring out where their individual strengths lie, and then harnessing these skills, offers an entrée into learning and excelling. And by keeping the focus on learning, not on standard reading the same way everyone else does, a child with dyslexia can and will develop the self-confidence to flourish in the classroom and beyond.

After years of battling with a school system that did not understand his dyslexia and the shame that accompanied it, renowned activist and entrepreneur Ben Foss is not only open about his dyslexia, he is proud of it. In The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan he shares his personal triumphs and failures so that you can learn from his experiences, and provides a three-step approach for success:

• Identify your child’s profile: By mapping your child’s strengths and weaknesses and assisting her to better understand who she is, you can help your child move away from shame and feelings of inadequacy and move toward creating a powerful program for learning.
• Help your child help himself: Coach your child to become his own best advocate by developing resiliency, confidence, and self-awareness, and focusing on achievable goals in areas that matter most to him.
• Create community: Dyslexic children are not broken, but too often the system designed to educate them is. Dare to change your school so that your child has the resources to thrive. Understanding your rights and finding allies will make you and your child feel connected and no longer alone.

Packed with practical ideas and strategies dyslexic children need for excelling in school and in life, this empowering guide provides the framework for charting a future for your child that is bright with hope and unlimited potential.

Learn more or purchace this book here

DyslexiaLand: A Field Guide for Parents of Children with Dyslexia

Cheri Ray

Welcome to DyslexiaLand (Population 1 in 5)

DyslexiaLand is an imaginary place, but a very real one for the 1 in 5 students with dyslexia. Especially in school, where these otherwise bright children struggle unnecessarily, and parents donít understand why, or how to help. Parents are surprised, even shocked, to discover that most public schools do not teach dyslexic children in the way they learn, and they must take action and overcome many challenges to get the quality education their children deserve and is required by law.

In this guide, parents will find the help they need to navigate the tricky territory of the public school system with proven strategies, easy-to-follow directions and maps. While other books take an academic approach and dwell on dyslexia as a disability, DyslexiaLand provides a practical approach, focusing instead on the many talents and abilities of children with dyslexia and how parents can help them thrive in school, at home, and in the community. This guide helps parents save significant time and money by pinpointing the support a dyslexic child needs early on and avoiding larger costs, financial and emotional, that a family may incur if a childís school struggles are not promptly identified and addressed.

Author Cheri Rae successfully led her son with dyslexia from K through 12, has helped hundreds of children with dyslexia and their parents, and was honored for her dyslexia advocacy work with a special commendation from the California State Assembly. In DyslexiaLand, the award-winning writer introduces parents to a unique land, language and culture, empowers parents to be effective advocates for their children, and helps children and parents alike travel through the grades from elementary school to “Dyslexia High” and beyond.

Learn more or purchase this book here

Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child

By Jeffrey Freed

In straightforward language, this book explains how to use the innovative “Learning Styles Inventory” to test for a right-brained learning style; help an ADD child master spelling—and build confidence—by committing complicated words to visual memory; tap an ADD kid’s amazing speed-reading abilities by stressing sight recognition and scanning rather than phonics; access the child’s capacity to solve math problems of increasing, often astonishing complexity—without pen or paper; capitalize on the “writing and weaning” technique to help the child turn mental images into written words; and win over teachers and principals to the right-brained approach the ADD child thrives on. For parents who have longed to help their ADD child quickly and directly, Freed and Parsons’s approach is nothing short of revolutionary. This is the first book to offer them reason for hope and a clear strategy for enabling their child to blossom. Learn more or purchase this book here.

The Right Side of Normal

By Cindy Gaddis

The Right Side of Normal: Understanding and Honoring the Natural Learning Path for Right-Brained Children

Does your child have a highly developed imagination and spend hours doing one or more of the following:  computers/video games, building/electronics, art/photography, fashion/sewing, theater/showmanship, puzzles/mazes, cooking/ gardening, or music/dance? Yet, does your child struggle with math facts, learning to read, or spelling, or is labeled with ADHD, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, gifted, or Asperger’s? Do people consider your child smart, but lazy, living below his potential, or she resists your teaching methods? You may have a right-brained learner.

Schools use a scope and sequence that favors the strengths and gifts of a left-brained dominant person. Because most of us were schooled in these left-brained dominant schools, we learned to value left-brained traits, too.  If we have right-brained children, though, we’ll soon notice they do things differently.  These are intelligent, creative, and inquisitive children who often seem to flounder in school. They resist or perform poorly because we are not teaching in the way they learn. We use left-brained teaching methods on a right-brained child. The good news and hope within this book is that there exists a valid and strengths-based educational approach best suited for right-brained learners, and, with it, they flourish and thrive.

Learn more or purchase this book here.

Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids: Successfully Parenting Your Visual-Spatial Child

By Alexandra Golon & Linda Silverman

Parenting your visual-spatial child. Learn more or purchase this book here.

The Way They Learn

By Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Draw out the best in your children―by understanding the way they learn. If you’re frustrated that your child isn’t learning the way you did, chances are they are too! In this practical resource, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias explains that understanding how you both learn can make all the difference.

Using expertise in education and learning styles, Tobias offers practical guidance for teaching to your child’s strengths―both at home and in school―even when his or her learning style is very different from your own. Learn more or purchase this book here.

Every Child Can Succeed

By Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

This enlightening source shows parents how to utilize a “learning styles” approach to help their kids live up to their potential and find success in life. Learn more or purchase this book here.


About Kelly

Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning/reading specialist and school improvement consultant who works with many children across the learning style spectrum. She is passionate about her work with students (and parents and teachers)and empowers them to learn the "right way" FOR THEM by identifying and nurturing their individual learning style. Read more...

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Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning/reading specialist and school improvement consultant who works with many children across the learning style spectrum. She is passionate about her work with students (and parents and teachers)and empowers them to learn the "right way" FOR THEM by identifying and nurturing their individual learning style. Read more...

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