1st Edition

An Adventure with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties
‘A Nasty Dose of the Yawns’ Storybook and Teacher Guide



  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after April 7, 2022
ISBN 9781032076386
April 7, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
30 B/W Illustrations

USD $32.95

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Book Description

An Adventure with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties is an exciting storybook and guidebook pair, designed to help readers understand the practical, social and psychological impacts of dyslexia on children and young people.

A Nasty Dose of the Yawns: Zack has always found school difficult. Even though he is good at maths and excellent at flicking elastic bands, trying to read and write is like trying to fight a Kracken. One day, when he discovers the rest of his class infected by a mysterious sleeping sickness, Zack draws on his strengths resulting in some unexpected consequences …

An exciting and engaging story for children aged 8-12, this book explores some of the challenges faced by learners who find literacy unusually difficult.

Supporting Children with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties: Providing an easy-to-read introduction to dyslexia and literacy difficulties, this guidebook is rooted in theory, and takes a holistic approach to supporting children with dyslexia. Chapters cover not only strategies to support literacy before and during their school lives, but also offers an understanding of the emotional challenges that come with struggling to master a skill that other people pick up so easily.

Table of Contents

A Nasty Dose of the Yawns: Zack has always found school difficult. Even though he is good at maths and excellent at flicking elastic bands, trying to read and write is like trying to fight a Kracken. One day, when he discovers the rest of his class infected by a mysterious sleeping sickness, Zack draws on his strengths resulting in some unexpected consequences …

An exciting and engaging story for children aged 8-12, this book explores some of the challenges faced by learners who find literacy unusually difficult.

Supporting Children with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties: Providing an easy-to-read introduction to dyslexia and literacy difficulties, this guidebook is rooted in theory, and takes a holistic approach to supporting children with dyslexia. Chapters cover not only strategies to support literacy before and during their school lives, but also offers an understanding of the emotional challenges that come with struggling to master a skill that other people pick up so easily.

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Author(s)

Biography

Plum Hutton is a chartered educational psychologist and former learning support teacher. She holds a doctorate in educational psychology. She has over fifteen years of experience working as a local authority educational psychologist and latterly has transferred to independent practice. Through her work she has pursued and delivered training on many areas of professional interest, including supporting children with persistent anxiety, attachment difficulties, literacy difficulties and sensory processing differences.

Plum is a keen storyteller. She has gathered inspiration for her writing from her work, the challenges of parenthood and also through a nomadic existence as an Army wife, which has taken her to many locations across the UK and as far afield as East Africa.

Reviews

A Nasty Dose of the Yawns is beautifully written, illustrating how difficult it can be for a child or young person living with Dyslexia. The story is heart-warming, empathic and yet filled with humour. It provides subtleties of how adults can support a young person struggling to read and write, focus on their strengths and maintain confidence and self-esteem. The book appeals to school pupils and adults alike.

The supporting guide which is evidenced based, provides very useful and pragmatic strategies and guidelines on how best to support pupils who have Dyslexia. The story and the supporting guide perfectly compliment each other.

Karin Twiss, Senior Educational Psychologist and Strategic Lead for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Conditions

 

It has been so refreshing to read such a clear explanation of the different aspects that make up the dyslexia concept.  This is a gift to parents and schools who need a professional but easy to digest understanding of dyslexia. This understanding is then put into a living context, by the hilarious, imaginative and emotionally intuitive story about a child surmounting the barriers that dyslexia type difficulties can cause. The activities that sit alongside the story make this ‘package’ a wonderful and pragmatic resource for parents and schools.

Caro Strover, Educational Psychologist

 

Dr Plum Hutton has used her wealth of knowledge and experience of dyslexia to deliver a book which is informative but also amusing and captivating for children. Weaved throughout the story are the challenges faced by the hero who has dyslexia but his strengths are highlighted as he saves the day! The accompanying guidebook provides helpful questions to challenge thinking in this area and offers valuable information about this specific difficulty.

Jane Jackson, Head of Learning Support, Dragon School

 

I can honestly say I now know an awful lot more about dyslexia and the unique challenges it brings - it was a really interesting, accessible read and will be useful both personally and professionally. Thank you!

Emma Judge, Parent