Manx Dyslexia Association



Listening-Books is a UK charity that provides over 20,000 audio books to people over the UK who find it hard to read, because of illness, Dyslexia or disability. The audio books cover Key Stage 2, 3,4 and up to GCSE as well as A-Level and more. It does cost to listen to the Audiobooks, £20 per year as member.

There are number of different ways you can listen to your audiobooks.

  • Through the post on CD.
  • Downloaded online.
  • Streamed from their website.
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Barrington Stoke Books

Barrington Stoke Books is an independent publisher which is dedicated to cracking reading for people. The books are designed to have a lower reading age than the interest age of the books. Therefore a book written to engage teenagers for instance, would have a reading age of a younger person. This allows children and young people to read books of interest that might otherwise be too difficult for them to access, the way books work is the person may have a reading age of 8, but their interest. What it does is make child feel good about reading.

Example: Fox Friend, reading age 8, interest age 8-12.

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Douglas and Onchan Library

There is also a selection of books at Douglas and Onchan Library

Henry Bloom Noble Library is free for anyone on the Island to join. It has a large online catalogue of books that can be downloaded which includes audio books for children.

Books for Home Reading

Oxford Owl is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths.

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100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils with Dyslexia

Can I tell you about dyslexia?

Mind Maps for Kids

The Big Book of Dyslexia Activities for Kids and Teens


  • ‘A parent’s guide to dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties’ by Dr Valerie Muter and Dr Helen Likierman
  • ‘Defeat Dyslexia’ (The parents’ Guide to understanding your child’s dyslexia) by Holly Swinton and Nicola Martin
  • ‘Maths for Mums and Dads’ (Takes the pain out of homework) by Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew

Students / Children

  • ‘Dyslexia- A Teenager’s Guide’ by Dr Sylvia Moody
  • ‘The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and its Amazing People’ by Kate Power and Kathy Iwanczak Forsyth
  • ‘Tricky Spellings in Cartoons for Children’ by Lidia Stanton
  • ‘200 Tricky Spellings in Cartoons’ by Lidia Stanton
  • ‘I Learn by Doing’ by Lidia Stanton
  • ‘The Little Book of Dyslexia’ by Joe Beech


  • ‘Maths Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia’ by Steve Chinn
  • ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide’
  • ‘Study Skills and Dyslexia in the Secondary School’ by Marion Griffiths


  • ‘Creative Successful Dyslexic’ by Margaret Rooke

Websites for learning

BBC Bitesize

BBC bitesize provide a number of different learning resources for, children, parents and teachers, it presents material in a number of different ways such as videos , audio clips, quizzes, games etc.

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Jungle Memory

Jungle memory is designed to help kids from 7-16 to help improve their memory. This is a very good tool for users that have problems caused by poor memory. Over a period of time their memory will improve.

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Word Shark

Word Sharks is great computer programme for reading and spelling, it has over 60 different games to teach reading and spelling, and is specially designed for children who find it hard to read and spell. The games make reading and spelling fun at the same time, so a child doesn’t become bored. It also addresses many difficulties which lead students to dislike English.

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Number Shark

Number shark is similar to word shark but it deals with maths, helping anyone improve their maths skills, including learning and practising times tables, addition, subtraction and counting money. It addresses many difficulties which lead students to dislike maths.

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Nessy Reading and Spelling Program is an interactive, multi-media computer program, developed by Bristol University. It has an incremental structure which systematically develops phonemic awareness, phonics, blending & segmentation, sight words, reading fluency, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension.

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Microsoft Learning Tools

Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. They are available on a variety of Microsoft products.

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General Information Websites

Dyslexia Action

This provides excellence information on what dyslexia is and how you can support a Dyslexic person.

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The Dyslexia Association of Ireland provides information on how employers, should support staff with dyslexia within the workplace.

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British Dyslexia Association Website

Under the Resources heading you will find information sheets and videos which explain various aspects of Dyslexia. The handbook which comes with membership is packed full of information. It is free with annual membership or it can be purchased from the BDA website.

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Scottish Dyslexia Association Website

This website contains lots of useful information but be warned that information about school provision and examinations will only apply to the Scottish system. Each month there is a featured Book of the Month in the age group 8-18.

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Call Scotland

This website is a good source of information and strives to help to remove barriers to learning across a wide range of learning differences. Their Dyslexia page is very informative, covering a wide range of topics such Reading Support and Assistive Technologies.

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Made by Dyslexia

Made by Dyslexia is a global charity led by successful (and famous) dyslexics. Their purpose is to help the world properly understand and support dyslexia. Their website has useful information in various formats and they can be followed on Facebook.

Visit Made by Dyslexia is a one-stop site for everything you need to know about dyslexia.

Take a look at the eye-catching new mobile site containing videos and other resources for everything you need to know about dyslexia.

All of the resources and links are quality assured by the British Dyslexia Association so you can be confident that the advice you are receiving is accurate and current. is also the result of a project funded by the Department for Education in the England.


Mobile Apps for Kids

Cambugs Mobile App


Cambugs is mainly aimed at users that are on pre-readers or for older readers, who are not fully reading yet or find it hard to pronounce sounds. This application helps users learn the sounds of letters, to help them read better.

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Nessy Mobile App

Nessy provides numbers of applications for English and maths, to help your child learn at the same time, While still having fun when using the application.

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Popplet Mobile App


Popplet is a mind mapping tool application which helps students learn, study and plan visually though drawing mind maps, it will help them learn key facts for exams, and can show relationships between facts.

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Simple Mind Mobile App

Simple Mind

SimpleMind is another mind mapping tool and is mainly for iPhone, iPad and iPod, which will allow for brainstorming ideas on these devices.

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Claro Scan Pen Mobile App

Claro ScanPen

Need to listen to printed text spoken aloud - at school, in a test or exam, at work or at home? Use Claro ScanPen to photo your printed text document, letter, test paper - then select the text with your finger (or stylus), and hear it spoken straight back to you. Instantly! No internet connection required.

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Skitch Mobile App


See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up with simple tools, and send it on in an instant. Your bold ideas stand out even brighter with Skitch. People everywhere use Skitch to help them visually share their thoughts with others.

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Seeing AI Mobile App

Seeing AI

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize: Short Text and Documents

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Natural Reader Mobile App

Natural Reader

NaturalReader is text-to-speech app that reads webpages, documents, and eBooks aloud to you with our quality, natural-sounding voices. NaturalReader is an essential tool for those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. Open up your ears to a new reading experience with over 50 voices in over 20 languages. Just sit back, relax, and let us read to you.

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Book Creator Mobile App

Book Creator

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad. With over 30 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.

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