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September 12, 2013

Book advises parents on reading disabilities

Ebook advises on advocating for kids with literacy problems

PLATTSBURGH — When it comes to advocating for a child who struggles with reading, Dr. Gary Brannigan believes no one is better for the job than an informed parent.

“The more knowledgeable they (parents) are and the more active they are in the whole process, the better their kids will be served,” the SUNY Plattsburgh psychology professor said.

In Brannigan’s experience, however, many parents of children with reading disabilities simply aren’t well informed about what they can do to help their child.

That’s why he and Dr. Howard Margolis, professor emeritus of reading disabilities and special education at Queens College of the City University of New York, teamed up to author “Reading and Learning Disabilities: Five Ways to Help Your Child.”

“We wanted to give parents some ideas that they could look at very quickly to maybe get started and realize that they can make some early decisions for themselves that can make a big difference in the life of their child,” Brannigan said of the short e-book, which was released on last fall and is available for Kindle for $1.99.


The publication serves as a prequel to Margolis and Brannigan’s 2009 book, “Reading Disabilities: Beating the Odds,” which is available in print on and takes a more in-depth look at the subject, as well as special-education law.

Though “Five Ways” focuses primarily on reading disabilities, Brannigan noted that much of the information it provides can be applied to other learning disabilities, as well.

“Typically, when kids have learning disabilities, the vast majority of them have reading problems,” he said.

Of course, the first way to help a child, according to the e-book, is to determine whether he or she has or is at risk for a reading or other learning disability.

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