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Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention


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Series Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii One: Understanding Dyslexia 1 Two: A Brief History of Dyslexia 19 Three: The Brain and Dyslexia 43 Nancy Mather, Barbara Wendling, Martha Youman, Sally Shaywitz , and Bennett Shaywitz Four: Genetics and the Environment 61 Five: Assessment of the Cognitive and Linguistic Correlates of Dyslexia 77 Six: Assessment of Decoding, Encoding, and Reading Fluency 105 Seven: Instruction in Phonological Awareness: Early Reading/Spelling Skills 135 Eight: Instruction in Basic Reading and Spelling Skills 147 Nine: Instruction in Reading Fluency 179 Ten: Technology Applications for Students With Dyslexia 199 Kathleen Puckett and Blanche O'Bannon Eleven: Dyslexia in Diff erent Languages and English Language Learners 223 Martha Youman Twelve: Dyslexia in the Schools 241 Appendix: Descriptions of Evidence-Based Programs 261 Glossary 323 References 333 Annotated Bibliography 365 About the Authors 369 Index 371

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Nancy Mather, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. She specializes in the areas of assessment, reading, writing, and learning disabilities. She has served as a learning disabilities teacher, a diagnostician, a university professor, and an educational consultant. She has published numerous articles and books and conducts workshops on assessment and instruction nationwide. She is a co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson III and has co-authored two books on interpretation and application of the WJ III. Barbara J. Wendling, MA, is the Education Director for the Woodcock-Munoz Foundation. In addition, she conducts training workshops nationwide on topics related to assessment and linking assessment to instruction. Barbara has served as a general education teacher, a learning disabilities specialist, a product manager for a test publishing company, and an educational consultant. She has a number of publications related to assessment and instruction and is a co-author of the Woodcock Interpretation and Instructional Interventions Program. Both authors have coauthored numerous Essentials volumes, and cowrote together the Essentials of Evidence-Based Academic Interventions, one of the series' best-selling titles.


"From cover to cover, Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention packs a wealth of knowledge. Mather and Wendling have certainly delivered an indispensable guide that will enable educators to ensure that their students with dyslexia are accurately assessed and appropriately instructed." -- Perspectives on Language and Literacy , Winter 2013

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