SOME Useful links - Web sites


If you want some encouragement to use the Internet go to Using the Internet.


You can click on the links below to have a look at the sites and web pages we've listed. We've grouped sites into the following categories:


        General information and help

        Help with writing skills

        Mind mapping

        Help with maths

        Useful organizations

        Technical resources

        Other sites that may be of interest including: dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADD and ADHD, Stress, Science of Dyslexia, Music.

Clicking on any of these will take you to the address of a useful web site. Don't be put off about the strings of letters and numbers. You don't have to type them. Just click on the link and the page should open up. Save anything you find useful in your 'favourites' or 'bookmarks' for next time. Or you can come back to this page by using the back button on your toolbar.


General information and help

Dyslexia Adult Link. On-line magazine with lots of news and information. You can subscribe to a regular email newsletter from here. There is also a more general link to the same source:

'We are not only interested in helping children and teenagers to succeed in both compulsory, further and higher education, but we also passionately believe that getting extra help should not depend on a parent's ability to pay for extra tuition.'  Services and information are free.

Barnaby Blackburn's site which gives a positive view of dyslexia

A dyslexia discussion group


Help with writing skills

Writing tips and handouts can be found on the Oregon State University  Centre for Writing and Learning website. Includes tips on grammar and style and different types of writing. Suitable for essays, reports etc.

Try a well-designed New Zealand site with plenty of humour to find help with punctuation and grammar. Also, under 'tricks' there is advice about being concise and word order; under 'bloops' there are some amusing anecdotes that may help you remember things.

BBC web site Key Skills. A very useful site. Under 'Communication' you will find good advice on essay and report writing, and giving presentations. Under 'Extra' you can check whether you are mainly left or right brained; get lots of ideas for time management, and get help with spider diagrams and mind mapping.

The Learning Toolbox site is designed to help US high-school students with dyslexia become more independent. It has lots of useful advice.  Click on 'I am a student' then, if you are used to using web pages, you can go straight to 9 Open the Learning Toolbox. You'll be asked to download some useful applications – you may already have these – if so, skip them. In the toolbox you will find ideas for organisation, taking tests, study skills, note making, reading, writing, maths and advanced thinking. Under 'writing' tasks there are two categories separated into 'mechanics' (our 'conventions') and 'composition' (our 'creative tasks').

Collection of grammar exercises, tips and handouts under the general title of Grammar Bytes.


Mind mapping

US Buzan Centre web site. Click on 'mind maps' at the top of the page for more about how to do mind maps.


Help with maths

For information about cuisenaire rods and how to buy them.

Useful web site that shows you how to do a range of calculations.

Lots of information and concrete examples.  Choose what you want from the A-Z listings, e.g. L for long division.  Shows you how to set out calculations.


Useful organizations

British Dyslexia Association. The BDA started out as mainly an organization for parents. In very recent years it has broadened its remit to include the running of excellent international conferences. The website has some useful information, advice sheets, and links to other sites.

Adult Dyslexia Organization. The web site seems to be prone to technical problems but do be patient as it does offer some useful information.

Dyslexia Research Trust. Broad aims are: 'To support research into the nature and causes of developmental dyslexia and related conditions; to develop new methods of identification and management; to provide information on this research to all who have an interest in dyslexia.'

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland's web site has a page for adults covering many aspects including employment.

Dyslexia in New Zealand. SPELD runs courses and provides information and links to other sites. The web site is basic but very clear.

Dyslexia Australia is an organization that runs assessments and tutoring using Ron Davis' methods.

Dyslexia Canada's home page. Useful information but mainly about children. In 'On-line Information' there are fact sheets about how to cope with dyslexia at university and in the workplace.

Dyslexia South Africa - another organization offering Ron Davis' methods.


Technical resources

Site run by iANSYST Ltd - a UK specialist supplier of dyslexia software and other support materials. The home page lists many products on the left hand side of the window.


Other sites that may be of interest

Many people, adults and children, find that Brain GymÒ helps them to learn better. Brain Gym® is an educational based programme which uses simple movements to integrate the whole brain, senses and body, preparing the person with the physical skills they need to learn effectively. It can be used to improve a wide range of learning, attention and behaviour skills. Visit their website for more information.

If you are left handed you may find some useful products at this web site.

All about the book: Myself as a learner, which is quite expensive but the website has some useful information.



Lots of information about dyscalculia on this UK site.



This is the home page of the UK's Dyspraxia Foundation – lots of useful information.



UK site for Attention Deficit difficulties. Some people with dyslexia have attention and hyperactivity difficulties too.

US site with lots of information and articles.



There are numerous websites relating to stress. We suggest that you use your search engine to find something that suits your particular need.


Science of Dyslexia

In chapter 1 we mentioned the paper: Genetics of dyslexia: the evolving landscape in the Journal of Medical Genetics in 2006, revised 2007, that can be downloaded from



Beat-blox. These wooden blocks mentioned in Chapter 12 are obtainable from 
Fiona Greaves at Odds and Endpins


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