For Parents


SoR NS Group (AKA Everyone Reads Nova Scotia)

(AKA, Everyone Reads Nova Scotia), is one of many advocacy groups across Canada & the USA that recognize there are major components of literacy instruction that are largely absent or inadequately taught in our schools.

The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association  Lots of Canadian content here.  This is a very active organization.  Check out the pre-recorded webinars and stayed tuned in for upcoming learning opportunities.

Dyslexia Canada   A national charity dedicated to a change for children with dyslexia in Canada.   Check out the videos here!  This website is bilingual and includes helpful resources in French. is a new free comprehensive online resource, for parents of kids aged 3-20 with learning and attention issues.  It was developed by leading non-profit organizations, experts and parents.

The Dyslexia Initiative  By parents – for parents!  Advocating. Educating. Inspiring. Empowering.  Loads of resources here!

Decoding Dyslexia  This is a parent-led grassroots moment for dyslexia.  It is mostly in the U.S. but Canadian provinces have joined in.  You can find Decoding Dyslexia Nova Scotia on Facebook – it’s coordinated by one of our Alumni Mums!

All About Reading/All About Spelling  Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, these multisensory programs provide language arts resources that are easy to learn and easy to teach.

Parker Phonics  The method is Synthetic Phonics – that means no sight words and no guessing strategies. Parker Phonics has an informative blog on the Science of Reading and a FREE 250-page phonics books for reading teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and SLPs.

Reading Rockets   a website that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.  Here are a couple of highlights:

Exploring options for tutoring/support?  This fact sheet from the International Dyslexia Association is a great guide:

“Nessy Fingers” – a game-like typing program for students aged 7-12.  That’s only one of the programs you will find at

The Yale Centre for Dyslexia and Creativity It’s a gold mine!

In Print:

A Guide to Helping Your Child at Home: Developing Foundational Skills in Reading & Writing by Diana Hanbury King

Written specifically for parents, this book provides strategies and an initial teaching plan for a variety of foundational reading and writing skills. It also provides recommended purchasable resources for extending study in each of the areas. If you want to know how to help your child develop good reading and writing skills, this book is for you. If you are the parent of a child who struggles in school, this book is for you. If you want the best teaching strategies for helping your child at home — from a master teacher with over half a century of experience – this book is for you.

Now available at Tattletales Books and Toys,

Woodlawn Plaza, Dartmouth