Learning Disabilities Resource List

Recommended websites:


LD OnLine is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD.


Each product in the TechMatrix has features that assist students with special needs. The TechMatrix maintains a database of research on the use of technology to support instruction.


Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Books for Youth:

The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia
by Diane Burton Robb RC058858

Adam likes school but cannot learn to read. In third grade he is diagnosed with dyslexia. With hard work and his teacher's expert help, Adam gains self-confidence and masters the task of deciphering words. For grades 2-4. 2004

Why Can't I Learn like Everyone Else? Youth with Learning Disabilities
by Shirley Brinkerhoff RC060838

Fictional eighth-grader Charlie Begay describes his reading problems and his feelings of being inferior to other classmates. His account alternates with facts about dyslexia and information on dealing with it. Discusses diagnoses of learning differences, success stories, and resources. For grades 5-8. 2004

The Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Differences)
by Gary Fisher RC060708

Defines learning differences (LD), identifying seven kinds. Discusses school LD programs and answers some frequently asked questions. Provides tips on dealing with negative feelings and being teased about having LD, and makes suggestions for getting along better at school and at home. For grades 5-8. 2002

Books for Teens and Adults:

Learning Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide
by Penny Hutchins Paquette RC059729

Summary of the most common learning disabilities, including dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and attention deficit disorder, and ways they're diagnosed. Offers suggestions on overcoming these difficulties in school by the use of assistive devices, individualized education plans (IEPs), and special education services. For senior high and older readers. 2003

Copy This! Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned a Bright Idea Into One of America's Best Companies
by Paul Orfalea RC060750

The author, a dyslexic who was repeatedly expelled from school, describes successfully founding Kinko's copy shops. Offers business advice along with autobiographical anecdotes. 2005

Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities
by Harry Sylvester RC056359

Former president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America relates his experiences growing up with severe literacy problems, causing him to rely on his strengths in other areas to succeed. Sylvester discusses the challenges faced by persons with LD and offers social and academic strategies for parents and teachers. 2002

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
by Edward M. Halowell RC059735

Physicians and authors of Driven to Distraction (RC 43288) continue their study of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and suggest ways of managing it. Discusses diagnosis, medication, nutrition, and other therapies. Includes testimonies by patients and the authors, who have ADD themselves. 2005

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
by Sally E. Shaywitz RC056204

Yale neuroscientist and physician specializing in learning disorders explains the biological basis for difficulties in reading. Synthesizes the latest research and explains how dyslexic children can be taught to become good readers. Includes a grade-by-grade program and activities for parents to implement, and suggests ways to raise a child's self-esteem. 2003


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