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Literacy & Struggling Readers

People of all ages may struggle with decoding letters and numbers on the written page, and there can be many reasons for this difficulty, including: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Selective Mutism.

Alternate/accessible formats for reading

Assessment: recognizing signs of struggle

  • Could it be Dyslexia? - Links to videos and online articles.
  • Misunderstood Minds (PBS) - designed to give parents and teachers a better understanding of different learning problems/processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding.
  • Signs of a Reading Problem (All About Learning Press) - read about signs and causes of reading problems, including different teaching approaches.
  • Three types of ADHD (Understood website) - Starting point for assessment.
  • What is Dyslexia? (TED-Ed video) - the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same among those who experience it. Animated video based on current science, with additional links.

Development tools for parents & teachers

Further information and advocacy

  • Assistive Technology for Dyslexics: Whether you're grappling with homework or just trying to get things done, these tools will help your tech adapt to you—instead of the other way around.
  • ADDitude - "inside the ADHD mind," the online magazine offers information about symptoms, treatment and resources for children and adults.
  • Dyslexia Basics (International Dyslexia Association) - Facts, signs and treatments.
  • Dyslexia Canada - a national voice and forum to advocate for all Canadian children with dyslexia.
  • Learning Disabilities Society - offers accessible, comprehensive and expert learning and related supports for students aged 3 through adult.
  • Understood - resources for parents, teachers and young adults, so that "people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work."

Services for Patrons with Print Impairments

The Library has several services for patrons with a “print impairment” (i.e., severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes; the inability to hold or manipulate a book; or an impairment relating to comprehension.) The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and The National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS) both provide alternate book formats such as downloadable audiobooks, books by braille, physical CDs and more. We also have 2 special CD players available for loan. Find out more.