For students who struggle with learning to read, time is of the essence. Dyslexia Defused: Reading Struggles and Reading Solutions offers an effective and efficient instructional plan to expedite mastery. Supplementing the strongest elements of research-based programs, the original strategies readily apply to all levels of reading instruction (developmental, corrective, remedial, and adult literacy). The novel and concise techniques address all task components: phonics, decoding, sight vocabulary, oral reading, fluency, contextual analysis, and comprehension. Furthermore, contributing factors that delay reading mastery and are most often overlooked in current reading programs are identified and treated. Finally, this book underscores the social and emotional impact of reading failure on the child and those who support him or her.
Teaching reading for fifty years, Nickie Simonetti has worked in clinical, private, and school settings. Her experience ranges from regular classroom teacher to education program director.
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1. The Premise
Chapter 2. The Basics
Chapter 3. The Ground Rules
PART II: THE METHOD
Chapter 4. Sound Awareness
Chapter 5. Phonics
Chapter 6. Decoding
Chapter 7. Sight Vocabulary
Chapter 8. Context
Chapter 9. Oral Reading
Chapter 10. Fluency
Chapter 11. Comprehension
Chapter 12. Visual Processing
Chapter 13. Language Processing
Chapter 14. Affective Support
Chapter 15. Co-Morbid Factors
Chapter 16. The IEP
Chapter 17. Higher Education
Chapter 18. The Dyslexic Experience
PART III: THE PRACTICE
Chapter 19. Guidelines
Chapter 20. Application
Chapter 21. Informal Assessment
About the Author
This brief text considers reading difficulties and teaching strategies for people with dyslexia. The book can be read quickly but putting the information into practice requires study. Simonetti, a seasoned reading teacher, offers methods that address several areas of reading, including, but not limited to, sound awareness, sound vocabulary, and comprehension. Particularly relevant are ideas related to how those with dyslexia process information and how that relates to skill acquisition. Some standout chapters include chapter 11, which offers several excellent activities designed to improve comprehension, and chapter 14, which offers ideas for affective support[.] Recommended. General readers, undergraduates, and professionals.
Nickie Simonetti offers a plan that provides effective methods for teachers and positive results for students. I applaud the approach.
I’m forever grateful to Nickie Simonetti for teaching me how to learn, study, and embrace my differences. My success today, personally and professionally, is truly due to her. Now that she is sharing her teaching method in a book, I can only imagine how many more lives she will change!
Nickie Simonetti has a gift, one that is grounded in theory and enhanced by her creativity, and she is now sharing it publicly. Nickie and I first worked together 40 years ago at a diagnostic learning center. Our paths crossed again about 15 years later as my daughter’s academic struggles created emotional ones. Their work together transformed my daughter into an eager learner excited by new learning opportunities.
Dyslexic kids need strategies that break things down and make sense. Not more of the same old things we have been doing without success. This book offers practical advice and information to break the code for the dyslexic learner.
Ms. Simonetti’s approach works because she combines science, art, and heart. No one is better at helping children reach their academic and personal best! We are fortunate to have her insights now available to us all.
This book is a must read. Nickie Simonetti gives great insight into students struggling with today’s models of learning by bringing out their creative and innovative potential. She is a godsend to all whose lives she touches.
Wonderful, energetic, and a game changer. Remember that exciting feeling you had after attending a conference or inservice? You couldn’t wait to incorporate the ideas into your lesson plans. Well, this book gives that same feeling!
11/29/22, Choice Reviews: This book was featured as a top community college title.