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Spelling Tricks for Children



My new book …

a spelling book for children.

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Best selling spelling …

It is with great delight that I hear that my latest book Spelling Rules, Riddles and Remedies was the best-selling book on the Routledge publisher’s stand at last month’s Special Needs Show in London.

To celebrate the news I have created a new spelling activity called ‘Memorable Endings’ to help learners master those spellings whose endmost letters can trip them up.

For details on how to use this (free) fun activity please see ‘Memorable Endings’ on the right-hand menu of this page.

Best wishes,


Places are still available on the Donyatt dyslexia course for parents – details below

Reading Access and Support

 Unconditional Support for the Struggling Reader

– removing barriers to failure

I have written this article to highlight the success of using an alternative strategy to support reading to engage those who are experiencing failure, frustration and lack of motivational reward.

A project using this approach with parents of dyslexic children in Cornwall proved to be very successful – more details on request.

Reading failure breeds low self-esteem, frustration and exclusion. Poor readers are hampered in their ability to access the language, information and rewards of achievement afforded to their peers. They face embarrassment, disappointment and demotivation. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they are then often subjected to torturous methods of intervention which only perpetuate their lack of reading success. (more…)

Telling the Time

Many dyslexic and dyspraxic child struggle to learn how to tell the time. This can lead to frustration and embarrassment, but also a poor sense of time.