Background from Other Websites, and Related Books

Organizations abroad

The organization in the U.K. where Kathleen Hickey developed her program is now called Dyslexia Action (formerly Dyslexia Institute). From their web site: "Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK's leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties....The program has been developed over 25 years. It draws on the work of Orton and Gillingham in the USA; Kathleen Hickey, who developed her programme whilst she was our first Director of Studies; and the most recent research. Maintains 23 institutes and fifty outposts and works in some 75 schools throughout the U.S., and 25 centers in the U.K. and more than 125 outposts and in-school units provide specialist teaching for children and adults."

In the U.S., the parallel organization is the International Dyslexia Association, which follows the Orton-Gillingham approach.


The newest edition of the definitive book on the Hickey Method is called The Hickey Multisensory Language Course, edited by Margaret Combley, published by Wiley/Whurr Publishers, 2005. Available for order over the Internet from Wiley,  and Amazon (search for "Hickey Multisensory"). You do not need to buy the book, if you are taking a training course and know how to use the materials on this web site. It costs about $98 (USD) or more.

An excellent  book about "everyone who struggles to read" is Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, by Sally Shaywitz, M.D., Vintage Books, 2005. (Available online from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.) Dr. Shaywitz provides a full and understandable explanation of recent research on the function of the brain, explaining what causes dyslexia, and offers general guidelines on how to help learners overcome their challenges.

Key to Reading, by Avril Rose, is a textbook with accompanying teacher's guide and cards published by Eric Cohen Books (see the Foundation/Elementary section of the online catalogue). Rose is a Hickey teacher trainer. This program follows the Hickey method and has been adapted for use in a classroom situation.

Some other phonics-based English work/textbooks available in Israel that do not specifically follow the Hickey method:

Sound Reading, by Elizabeth Karvonen, is a systematic phonics-oriented elementary level textbook for struggling readers.
Goals 1 and Goals 2 are Karvonen's books for "false starters" in the intermediate/junior high age range (the subject matter has been adapted for teenage learners) are . All have teacher's guides, and are available from Eric Cohen Books.

"I need you to line up by attention span."
The New Yorker, April 3, 2006

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