We do not recommend the following programmes, approaches, or interventions for dyslexic students because there is no peer reviewed research or evidence that they work for children with dyslexia.

  •         Arrowsmith
  •         Behavioural Optometry (behaviour lenses for the muscles or eye tracking)
  •         Brain Gym
  •         Cellfield
  •         Cogmed
  •         Davis Program
  •         Danks Davis
  •         Dyslexia Font
  •         Coloured Overlays
  •         Easy Read
  •         Fast Forward
  •         Feuerstein programme
  •         Irlen Syndrome, Coloured Glasses and Overlays
  •         Levelled Literacy/Balanced Literacy or Whole Language of any kind
  •         Lumosity
  •         Quick 60
  •         Reading Eggs
  •         Reading Recovery
  •         Reading Theory
  •         Spellodrome
  •         Study Ladder
  •         Switch on to Spelling
  •         Tomatis/Music Therapy
  •         Words Their Way
  •         Yolanda Soryl Primary Phonics
  •         Early words
  •         Five plus
  •         Dyslexia Foundation. For more information please refer to deb’s position Dyslexia Foundation

If you choose to recommend a programme, an app, or a resource, make sure you know it has the evidence to back it up. If you’re not sure it’s evidence-based, please find out before you recommend it to another parent or teacher. A great place to start is to read through “Guidance for Assessing Programmes and Approaches”, “Evidence Based”, “What is Structured Literacy?” and “What is the Science of Reading?” to help your understanding when choosing a programme or approach for your child or school.

NB – Please refer to the document called “Better Start Literacy” regarding this approach and the Phonics Plus books.  

To learn more on what we do and don’t recommend for Computer based programmes and Apps, please read “Apps and Computer Based programmes

This document was created by Sharon Scurr founder of the deb in August 2021