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Being the parent of a child who suffers from dyslexia can be challenging, however with the right assistance & support your child need not face any disadvantages or be held back in realising their true potential.

Luckily, there are several fantastic books on the subject that can help you to better understand dyslexia, how to deal with it and help your child along the way.

Of course we’re not suggesting that you can learn everything there is to know about dyslexia by just simply reading these books, as almost every individual case will be unique. However, with more information in the subject matter you will be in a better position to understand what your child is going through.

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

Overcoming Dyslexia is very helpful in explaining what dyslexia is from a more scientific perspective. There is plenty of information in there to help you understand how the dyslexic brain learns. The book has been written in a very positive tone, helping to remind us that those with dyslexia are intelligent and gifted people, who just happen to learn in a different way.

It also provides some very helpful tools that will serve any parent or teacher to help struggling students to succeed. This includes brain exercises and a home program to enhance your reading.

Click here for more information on Overcoming Dyslexia.

2) Secret Life of a Dyslexic Child by Robert Frank

This book is less scientific than some of the other books on this topic, but helps to give a great insight on what a dyslexic child actually goes through. It shows you that dyslexia not only affects reading, but also other areas of your life and how difficult this can be.

By understanding what a dyslexic person goes through, you can feel better equipped to teach them and help improve their academic achievement. The author himself suffers from dyslexia and offers and insight on how he continues to deal with it as an adult.

3) The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read…and How They Can Learn

by Ronald D. Davis, Eldon M. Braun

This book offers a great first-hand account of what it is like to live with dyslexia, while also offering advice on how to eventually conquer it. Not only do you gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with dyslexia, and how difficult it can be at times, but it also offers an insight into how the dyslexic mind works.

The book offers an encouraging view on dyslexia; with the author explaining that it is essentially a different way of thinking rather than viewing it as a disability.

Click here for more information on The Gift of Dyslexia.

4) The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock L. Eide, Fernette Eide

This book helps to explain all the advantages and disadvantages that come with having dyslexia. Although it can pose problems when it comes to literacy, it also offers interesting skills and talents.

While those with dyslexia can struggle in certain aspects of their lives, they can also excel in other areas. It also provides some excellent examples, tips and training suggestions to help you deal with dyslexia.

Click here for more information on The Dyslexic Advantage.

5) The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children With Dyslexia: All You Need To Ensure Your Child’s Success by Abigail Marshall

This quick and easy read is a fantastic book for all parents of dyslexic children. This comprehensive guide offers a great deal of advice on how to help children to overcome their dyslexia.

It is a great practical guide that you can apply to everyday life, including tips on diet, learning tools and how to get an IEP set for your child. This is a fantastic book for any parent looking to better understand dyslexia and get hands on with treatment programs.

Click here for more information on The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children With Dyslexia.

So there you have it; 5 of the best books out there to give you all you need to know about children that struggle with dyslexia. At Tutor House we have a good selection of some of the best special education and dyslexia tutors in London. Contact us on for more information.