Books for Dyslexics

One of the kids I tutor is a little girl with severe dyslexia. I’ve worked with her for almost 9 months now and she’s made tremendous progress – until recently. The last few weeks, her reading has almost seemed to regress. Talking with her and her grandmother, I think it’s partially due to her lack of interest in reading – she can’t get any better if she’s not practicing.

I have scoured my bookshelves trying to find something on her reading ability (about 1st grade) but that would also interest her. Needless to say, I came up empty…until a week ago.

I figured that’s why I originally started writing, to give my struggling students something on their ability level, but also interesting enough to read. There’s only so much of “The cat sat on the mat,” a person can read without wanting to hit their head into a wall! While’s she not up to the level of Murder of Crows or even Kobi yet, what’s the point of being a teacher, writer, and her tutor if I can’t create something for her?

I will be writing a small, probably picture book length, series along with my student. She’ll create the ideas, and I will use words she knows and won’t struggled with too much along with a dyslexic-friendly font to write short stories. My plan is to give her a page or two a day so I know she’ll be reading every day!

Since all four of the books in the crypto series is with an editor, guess what I’ll be working on over Winter Break?

All I know at this point is that it will be about a zebra named Ellie, but as soon as I have some ready, I’ll post it on my website for a free download for everyone to enjoy.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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3 Responses to Books for Dyslexics

  1. John Hamel says:

    Have you considered reviving “Chip’s Great Adventure” for her?

    Dad

  2. Mom says:

    God has blessed you with the wonderful talent, and it’s so awesome you can use it on these students.

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