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Dyslexia and Early Childhood

An essential guide to theory and practice, 1st Edition

By Barbara E. Pavey


146 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Taking a developmental approach, this accessible text addresses the ever increasing interest in identifying the characteristics of dyslexia in young children and reflects on the best way to reach and support these learners. Drawing upon current research, the author considers our current understanding of dyslexia and calls upon best practice to advise professionals, students and family members alike who seek to fulfil the potential of young children with, or showing the signs of, dyslexia.

This book considers key topics explored in current best practice and dyslexia research, including:

  • the importance of the role of speaking, hearing and understanding language
  • dyslexia in relation to other languages and orthographies
  • dyslexia and overlapping characteristics, particularly dyspraxia
  • the role of play
  • identifying and assessing dyslexia in the early years.

Adopting a dyslexia-friendly position, Barbara Pavey acknowledges the ethics associated with a social model of disability, so that the focus is upon modifying teaching and learning, and respecting the views of children and parents throughout. This book includes assessment and practice strategies, good practice points, helpful ideas, first-hand narratives of dyslexia, pointers for further reading, resources and online tools, and will be of enormous practical use to anyone supporting a young child with potential or diagnosed dyslexia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Understanding Developmental Dyslexia today 2. Who Are the Young Children Experiencing Dyslexia and Dyslexia Precursors? 3. Identifying and Assessing Dyslexia in the Early Years 4. The Emotional Impact of Dyslexia 5. Wider Learning Characteristics Associated with Dyslexia 6. Dyslexia in the context of English as an Alternative Language 7. Dyslexia and the Emergence of Reading, Writing and Spelling 8. Dyslexia and Developing Reading, Writing and Spelling 9. Developing Mathematics and Science Skills in the Presence Of Dyslexia 10. Play and Creativity in the Support for Dyslexia 11. Dyslexia-aware Practice in Early Childhood Appendix 1: Some Published Tests Appendix 2: Movement Tracking Plan Appendix 3: Timed Observation Record Appendix 4: Approval/ Disapproval Monitoring Chart Appendix 5: ADyslexia-aware Multiplication Table Appendix 6: Some Text-based Resources Appendix 7: Fidelity and Self-evaluation Tool

About the Author

Barbara Pavey is an independent dyslexia consultant and an educational consultant.

About the Series

nasen spotlight

The nasen spotlight series provides practical guidance and tried-and-tested resources for all schools and professionals involved in supporting Special Educational Needs. Written by leading experts and covering a wide range of important issues relating to SEN, the books include accessible explanations and examples of best practice, as well as tools and techniques that you can use to improve provision in school. Several new books are published each year to reflect your changing professional needs, and the whole series is brought to you by nasen, the leading organisation representing SEN professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Special Education / General