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Resources for parents of children with dyslexia

No matter where you are on your path to learning about dyslexia, we hope this page will provide you with the dyslexia resources you are looking for to help your child. The Kansas-Missouri IDA branch actively promotes finding information for parents that will not only allow you the ability to learn more about dyslexia and the Science of Reading but will also help you effectively advocate for your child with dyslexia in Kansas or Missouri!


How can I help my students with dyslexia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  1. Get ideas on how to help your students through stress and anxiety from psychologist Dr. Roseanne Capanna-Hodge.
  2. Become familiar with what school will look like: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities
  3. Learn your IEP and 504 plan learning with disabilities rights in virtual schooling: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students
  4. Familiarize yourself with distance learning practices: Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

What apps or resources will help my students with dyslexia thrive?

  1. Dr. Cheesman’s App Chat: The Best Apps for Learning to Read
  2. Dr. Cheesman’s App Chat: Typing Lessons and Games for Kids and Adults
  3. Dr. Cheesman’s App Chat: Word Games and Logic Puzzles
  4. Dr. Cheesman’s App Chat: Games to Boost Math Skills
  5. Instructional and Assistive Technology: Critical Tools for Students
  6. Software Instructional Support: Virtual Direct Instruction for Students With Dyslexia
  7. Haskins Global Resource Library – This resource library is designed to help parents and educators easily navigate through the overwhelming amount of information available online on promoting literacy development in children of all ages.

Are there training programs to help me learn to effectively teach my students with dyslexia?

  • There are many IDA approved structured-literacy based programs available in Kansas and Missouri. Check out our list of programs!

Are there grants and scholarships to help me learn to effectively teach my students with dyslexia?

  1. The Kansas Missouri International Dyslexia Association Teacher Training Scholarship offers up to $1,500 to teachers in Kansas and Missouri to attend teacher training programs, helping students across the state learn to read effectively! Check out our program and find out when to apply.
  2. Boon Philanthropy: Boon is a public charity dedicated to funding teacher training in explicit, structured, multi-sensory reading instruction methods on an annual basis.
    By working with our designated grantee training organizations Boon is funding teacher training in a majority of states from coast to coast.
    Boon works to combine gifts from major potential donors to unconditionally match gifts from average donors across the nation for greater collective impact.
  3. Orton Gillingham Scholar

How can I help my students with dyslexia during the COVID-19 pandemic?


How can I help my students with dyslexia during the COVID-19 pandemic?


What education programs will help my dyslexic students thrive?

  1. Nessy Phonics Cards – Free download!
  2. AbcMouse – Free 30 day trial and 49% discount on yearly membership.
  3. Actively Learn – This website offers a 30 day trial for anyone searching reading passages for students. This website allows you to search by age, Lexile level, grade, genre, and curriculum. Most passages contain reading comprehension questions built within.

Are there organizations in addition to the Kansas Missouri International Dyslexia Association I can be a part of?

Yes! Decoding Dyslexia in Kansas and Missouri are Grass-Root parent groups that provide support for parents of children with dyslexia with chat groups and resources for parents.


Are there free programs to help me better teach my students with dyslexia?

  1. Wordwall.net – A free resource for phonics and structured literacy games. The community page allows you to search a structured literacy topic and find a game to practice the targeted topic.
  2. Whizzimo.com – You can find free tiles for students to manipulate while practicing a structured literacy skill.
  3. Facebook group to assist with online Orton-Gillingham tutoring
  4. Free Barton games created by online Barton tutors and shared via a Barton Facebook group.
  5. Bookwidgets – Allows teachers and tutors to create engaging OG games for distance learning. They have extended the free period by 45 days during COVID-19 Pandemic.
  6. Flipity – Allows you to turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards and other cool stuff! Games include: -scavenger hunt, -quiz show, -random name picker/random spinner, -manipulatives, -hangman, -bingo, -badge tracker, -timeline, -spelling words, -tournament bracket, -typing test, etc.
  7. Dyslexia Toolkit – A non-for-profit organization that offers free dyslexia tutoring for those in need in Greely, Colorado. The organization has created hundreds of games for Barton tutors. Dyslexia Tool Kit is offering unlimited access to these games during the pandemic when you donate $15 to their organization.

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