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01-08-2012, 09:26 PM
I plan to start using audio books w/my dyslexic dd. Just wondering if you have done this if you have recommendations? I have checked out Audible.com and Learning Ally. I also heard about some books that you can download onto an e-reader that have audio. I just don't know which one to go with.


Tricia in TX
01-08-2012, 10:15 PM
2 of my 4 children are dyslexic. I use audio books regularly. I'd first start with your library. Or, if your local library does not have any, check a large city nearby. The Dallas system that I'm a part of has lots of downloadable audio books that I can put on their iPods.

Even if you have to pay to be part of a large library system, it might be worth it just to have access to the audio books.

01-08-2012, 10:29 PM
I agree, start with the library. Books on CD, books, on tape, and downloadable books are all available from our local library system.

We are members of Learning Ally, as well, and enjoy their service, BUT, those books are read by volunteers. Audio books nowadays are productions! Professional readers, actors, and excellent editing.

Anyway, invest in a good CD player and check out lots of books on CD!

Angela in MT
01-08-2012, 10:51 PM
We are members of Audible. It is definitely a luxury, but we love it. The recordings are very high quality, and I like that they have the same reader all the way through.

01-09-2012, 09:48 PM
Thanks ladies, I will head to the library tomorrow to start looking for books.:)

Alice R
01-10-2012, 03:25 PM
:eek: Dumb question alert! :eek:

I was thinking of doing this with Alise, who does read, but I suspect has some symptoms of dyslexia and visual processing issues.

uh, what are you downloading this onto? :blush:

Sorry, I'm really not a tech person at all and never was...so I haven't moved with the times. I'm basically lost with this stuff. Plus I don't have the money to explore new gadgets either. ;)

01-10-2012, 03:53 PM
Alice, for right now I just got some CDs at the library that I will put into our old-fashioned CD player. If she really likes it, I think Audible.com and the other websites give instructions for Apple products and generic MP3 players as well.

I am not technologically savvy either which is why I am going this route first. :)

01-11-2012, 04:59 PM
HUGE audio book fan. It allows ME to read even though I am always on the go...it allows my early reader to read books (by following along) that are too hard for her...and she is now reading about 2 1/2 years above level...she REFUSED to read picture books...she felt they were demeaning...even though they are still probably my personal favorite. She is an AVID reader

BUT...they have also helped my oldest who struggeled her first 3 years of reading when reading independently. She doesn't have a great attention span, and those professional readers were just what she needed. She is NOT an avid reader, but enjoys reading now...vs. HATING independent reading. She used to only like a book if I read it to her. I was worried it would become a crutch...but it didn't. She reads along with audio books more than silently by herself, but I would say it is about 60/40.

I did some research on reading with audio books while getting my masters and the research was clear that it DID benifit, but was not largely looked at in the matter of HOW MUCH it did. BUT it had HUGE impact on feelings TOWARD the act of reading. I can see that it helped my kids in MANY ways.

We are audible members and spend quite a bit of money there...but other avenues that some people don' t know about...play aways...they are at most public libraries and they are MP3 players that only have one title on them.

Cracker Barrel store and restaurant also RENTS them, for like 3 dollars and have a lot to of CD's to choose from...not as many kids books though. You can pick them up and drop them off at ANY cracker barrel, which works out nicely for road trips.

Kendra AU
01-12-2012, 02:18 AM
I have an Audible.com account, & have for years. I love it. I mean I REALLY love having the account. I recently bumped myself up a plan so I could have more credits.

Basically with Audible you sign up for a monthly plan {prices vary.. cheapest price gets 1 credit, medium price gets you 2 credits, high price gets you 3} Each month you get your credits and you can select any book for "free" with the credit. :D So simple. Very few books require more then 1 credit and if you put them on your wishlist and keep an eye on them they often come down.

Another thing to keep in mind, or at least I do, is not to use my credit on books that are under my credit price, especially if you are on the "cheap" 1 credit plan. :D

Audible also has sales all the time where you can pick up books for as little as $4.95. Which is always a treat. You can keep an active wish list going which is easy for spending your credit{s} each month. Download is super duper simple and you can put it on a device or burn it to cd.

I usually get something for the family each month that we can listen to in the car & I get something for myself. :D I love listening while I cook, clean, walk, etc. It keeps me going.

Something else to keep in mind with this, there's also an audible kids. Now if you just go to normal Audible you can search for all books {kids included} and they'll pop up. BUT, if you go over to the kids site {you use your normal registration, etc.} then you can give your kid a "sister" type account. Basically giving them x credits per month to choose what they want. I'm probably not explaining it very well, but I can't give first hand knowledge on this because I haven't done this yet. ;) I kinda keep a list of books I want to read to the kids and divide that between audio and oral. Kwim?

Ooo, and also take advantage of listening to books before purchasing. Most of the time the narrator is awesome, but I've had a couple I was really glad I prelistened first and picked a different narrator. {Some books have options like that some don't.}

Lindsey Carter
01-16-2012, 02:35 AM
I just found this website with free audiobooks...
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Children/all They seem to be all public domain books, but there are a lot of great classics.

01-16-2012, 11:07 AM
Kendra, thanks for all the info on Audible.com. I have been checking their website out but before I subscribe I wanted to make sure my kids would actually *listen* to the audio books. :) I picked up a few from the library last week and they loved them. It seems you are getting away with not reading if you just follow along in a book but don't actually have to read it yourself. I can be so easily tricked sometimes. :roflol:

Lindsey, that website looks great. Now I just have to figure out how to get it off the computer and onto a CD or my MP3 player. This is always my challenge.....sigh.

Adrianne in IL
01-16-2012, 04:32 PM
Don't forget to check out Librivox. These books are in the public domain and read by volunteers. Many of the readers are just excellent. I am currently listening to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" right now. You can listen through the computer or download the audiobook to an mp3 device.


Jennifer in VA
01-17-2012, 05:49 AM
Thought I read, but not sure, that there are audio books or books on CD and you can follow along in a book. Where would you find a set like that - library, audible, or where?

Might be helpful for oldest who has visual processing and audio processing issues.

01-17-2012, 10:06 AM
Jennifer, that is exactly what I have been looking for. It is helpful for my dd to know when to turn the page b/c she sometimes loses her place. We have been using the audio books anyway but I have to sit with her sometimes and help her keep her place. It would be nice if she could read independently but still have some guidance.

01-17-2012, 11:03 AM
I am trying to figure out a way to explain my thinking with regard to audio books vs reading..... Please take the following not as a telling you what to do, but just an observation and a BTDT.

My ds is dyslexic, but he still needs to know great literature, read about history, and read for enjoyment. Audio books do not take the place of reading, but it continues his educational experience at the level of his peers, instead of waiting for his reading level to catch up enough so he can read this material, kwim? Therefore, when his required reading is the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, he listens to this book. He does not follow along with printed copy. We discuss the content of the book and he may even write a paragraph or essay to finish the study of a book, using adaptive software to write, btw.

Requiring him to follow along with a printed copy lessens his enjoyment of the book, his comprehension of the material, and his desire to continue to use audio books. Now, your dd may like this just fine, but I know mine is not.

Reading is still practiced and we use a method that has yielded great results so far....

Choosing a book that is at or slightly above his current reading level, I read a page out of the book. Ds reads the same page and then we do the same thing with the next pages...sometimes doing 4-6 pages a day or more. It sounds so very simple, but I am telling you it works.

Anyway, I just wanted to say this, because to me listening to an audio book is enough. Your dd may not enjoy all audio books, just like she won't enjoy all printed books, but I fear requiring her to follow along might lessen her enjoyment.

01-17-2012, 12:39 PM
Thanks for that Esther. I totally agree with you. It has been recommended by the learning specialist that diagnosed dd, that in order to increase dd's reading skills, I choose a reading book at or slightly above her level and have her follow along. I prefer to do it the way you do it with me reading a page and then having her read it but she prefers to do this on her own with audio books. At this point, she hates to read so much that I am just glad she will do it.:) For school (FIAR etc.), we still do read alouds but as she gets older, I will definitely just let her listen to the audio book instead of reading it if it is too hard for her.

amanda b
01-17-2012, 09:48 PM
I totally agree with "just listening" to audio books- it has worked great for both my big kids!

They have been able to listen to all sorts of things they love that were way above their reading level (they were both late readers who we didn't push)... like the Harry Potter series, Narnia, and LOTRs. Dd is currently listening to most of the Ramona and Henry Huggins series and the Penderwicks which she can't read on her own yet.

We have gotten most from the library- but for gifts we use the amazon wish list and have gotten many for around $10.

Kelly Lo
01-21-2012, 09:28 PM
Are you eligible for bookshare? http://www.bookshare.org/

01-22-2012, 05:56 PM
Hi Kelly, I just checked out Bookshare.org and we do qualify! I have to get a letter to certify it from a professional which I can do and then I will sign up. Thanks for that!!