Useful Resources for parents and educators

(Thanks to Jacqui Hurwitz, Educational Psychologist for sharing resources)


A Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is an insightful, compassionate and inspiring story of a young girl who Discovers she is Dyslexic

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary ‘Executive Skills’ Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

The Manual that never came with your child by Jane Jarvis and Debbie De Jong. ISBN: 978-1-77007-663-1

Driven to Distraction. Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M Hallowell. Simon and Schuster publishers

Delivered from Distraction. Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. Ballantine Books


The Made by Dyslexia interviews on YouTube.

TedTalks, such as: Overcoming Dyslexia, Finding Passion (Piper Otterbein) The Gift of Dyslexia (Julia Salisbury)

The RALLI Campaign: Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments

These are short and extremely useful YouTube clips on Language Learning Impairments. Some topics include:

  • Bilingualism
  • Signs of SLI (specific language impairment) in the classroom
  • Teachers: Adapting your language

YouTube channel: RADLD

What is Dyslexia? – Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Thank you to Kelli Sandman-Hurley for this excellent visual explanation of Dyslexia from a neurological perspective

See Dyslexia Differently

An insightful video by The British Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia is my Superpower
Compiled by Margaret Rooke

This video includes a series of interviews of children 8-18 years old around the world about their Dyslexic experience. A heart-warming interview with a boy who journeys with dyslexia.


These three YouTube clips give a brief description of paired reading, reading difficulties and reading with a beginner reader. The YouTube channel: SmartKidsPearson

The full DVD has demonstrations of how to read with children of different abilities. These are available for viewing at The Reading Language Gym.

Interviews with dyslexic adults

These are available for viewing at The Reading Language Gym.


The British Dyslexia Association (BDA)
The BDA website provides a wealth of information on dyslexia.  Although the BDA refers to the British Education system, much of their information is universal. The following sections may be useful starting points from the BDA website:

Follow the link “About dyslexia” and select “Frequently asked questions”


Dyslexia sometimes co-occurs with ADHD.  Here are two useful websites:


The South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa:

Psychological Society of South Africa:

The South African Society of Physiotherapy:

The Paediatric Neurology and Development Association of Southern Africa:

Academic Journals

There are many Academic Journals that deal with the issue of reading barriers.  These can be found through UCT Libraries.  Some useful Journals include:

  • Reading Research Quarterly
  • The Reading Teacher
  • Reading working papers in Linguistics
  • Reading and Writing Quarterly
  • Reading research and instruction
  • Reading improvement
  • Reading Horizons
  • Mind and Language
  • Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Remedial and Special Education
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science