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Gaining Knowledge and Skills with Dyslexia and other SpLDs

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ISBN 9781138202443
April 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
586 Pages 41 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Gaining Knowledge and Skills With Dyslexia and other SpLDs is a comprehensive manual which lays the foundation for skilling those with dyslexic/ SpLD, so that they can be autonomous, confident people, who can use their full potential.

The book recognizes that dyslexia/ SpLDs are variable syndromes that need constant monitoring, and that they can affect everyday life and employment as well as study.

Uniquely designed for non-linear reading, the book highlights the knowledge and skills that need to be taught explicitly to those with dyslexia/ SpLDs. It then applies the knowledge and skills to a variety of important/ common/ practical/ real situations.

As well as providing vital assistance for people with dyslexia/ SpLDs, this book outlines some important issues that can impede helping dyslexic/ SpLD people and some processes that help to uncover the root cause of any problem. It will also benefit anyone supporting, living, or working with dyslexic/SpLD people, such as specialist teachers, subject teachers, professionals of any kind, family and friends, or general public such as shop keepers. It advocates changes of attitude that will be good for everyone, but which are vital for dyslexic/ SpLD people.

Table of Contents

1. Imparting Knowledge and Skills

2. Foundations for Knowledge and Skills

3. Guidance for Non-Linear Readers

Part 1: Input Modes

4. Reading

5. Listening

6. Doing

7. Taking and Making Notes

Part 2: Output Modes

8. Writing

9. Talking

10. Taking-Action

Part 3: Situations

11. Exams

12. Group Work: Meetings, Seminars and Debates

13. Driving

14. Social Examples: Travel, Job Application, Eating-Out and Finances

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Ginny Stacey is the author of these books. Sally Fowler has been the back-up crew. Both are dyslexic and have worked with dyslexic/ SpLD students for several decades.


"I’ve often thought that publishing books to help dyslexic people is a bit of a paradox – that is until I read Ginny’s book. Here at last is information that allows for the diversity of its readership’s reading preferences; there’s meaningful use of colour, chunked text, clearly isolated tips and insights, etc. Possibly best of all, there’s an opportunity to guide one’s personal reading interest at will so that interesting bits that appeal individually can be got at without a lot of bother. Awesome! Ginny advises that neurodiverse learners will benefit from "being careful, particularly at the beginning of something new" and this holds true for this book. Take time to orientate yourself in its Preface to learn how the book is set out and then dip in where your fancy takes you. The advice the book offers is based on years of experience and insightful expertise. Ginny is right to thank all her students; working through this book, her readers will thank her back tenfold." -- Tanya Zybutz, Dyslexia Co-ordinator, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, UK.

"Ginny's zen-like understanding of the workings of the human mind have been laid bare in this book, which helped me to achieve far higher than I ever thought was possible in my studies." -- William Darby, MEng, MSc, former student of Ginny Stacey

"Having dyslexia/SpLD means thinking, learning and doing things differently. This is exemplified skilfully by the layout of the book. It both appeals to different reading styles and shows others that these styles exist. An expert, Ginny gives information, examples and explanations that are essential for anyone working to enable and support a dyslexic/SpLD individual. It is a comprehensive and practical guide, with skills and strategies that transfer to several contexts (studying, the workplace and everyday life)." - Henrietta Court MSc; OCR DipSpLD; TPC (Patoss)., Adult Dyslexia/SpLD specialist, UK.

"Great! This is a book for dyslexic/SpLD people about strategies for gaining knowledge (input, storage), and about accessing and demonstrating knowledge (recall, output). The book allows you to navigate the content in your own way and be rewarded with personally relevant information. It encourages you to develop your "tool bag for living confidently". Exploring the useful preface and glossary guides you around the content of this book and links you to others in the series. I have been using techniques Ginny taught me for many years." - Dr Mary Eld, former SpLD student of Ginny Stacey, UK.