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Praise for the Book:

This book is your lifeline. Dr. Kaufman’s no-nonsense approach, coupled with her wealth of knowledge and experience, turned our son’s life around. Now, she can do the same for your family.
Michelle Farley, parent of a 5th grader
Anyone seeking to understand reading difficulties–the problem, the process, and the child–will want to read this book: parents, grandparents, friends, tutors, even teachers. The information on the legal and logistic processes to be navigated is invaluable.
Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., MPH, Former Branch Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch, NICHD

About the Book

Getting your child reading assistance that leads to meaningful improvement requires that you take on the role of an informed advocate. The good news: armed with this book, you can get your child help before it’s too late. You will learn the key points that every parent advocate should know. Armed with information about the special education law, research based reading instruction, and effective, unbiased assessments, you will be ready to take the steps that will launch your child into a successful reading experience.

Uncertain about whether your concerns about your child’s reading are justified? Smart Kid, Can’t Read offers easy-to-administer tests that parents can give their children to help decide whether a reading evaluation is warranted.

All parents and educators of preschool and school aged children will benefit from reading this book and keeping it close as a guide to improving the chances of children becoming proficient readers and successful, productive adults. Set in relation to the alarming rates of illiteracy among low income populations, school dropouts, the incarcerated, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system, Kaufman argues that it is a moral imperative that more must be done and can be done to eliminate illiteracy. From this starting point, and as a result of 30 years experience as a developmental psychologist, Kaufman details a process starting from parental early recognition of language problems, through seeking professional assessment and understanding of how reading works, to special education law, legal rights and helpful approaches to effective advocacy.

I strongly recommend this book to parents and educators.

Patricia A. Bonnet, PhD
What an amazing accomplishment and contribution. This is the book I needed 10 years ago, and need even more today. As a board certified psychiatrist, it is assumed, incorrectly, that I am trained in the material covered here. But I am not. It was all new to me in many ways, and I have a “Smart Kid who Can’t Read” myself or as I like to joke, “I am a member of a club no one wants to be a member of”. Dr. Kaufman has packed this book full of information that you would take decades to find on your own, and you still couldn’t do it. Run and don’t walk to buy this book. It is a must read if you have a child with these issues. And frankly will save you an unbelievable amount of money and time learning the hard way, as I have. It is written in plain English anyone can easily understand.
Emanuel H. Rosen, MD, Author, Think Like A Shrink
Brilliantly written. Done in such a way that I could look at an individual chapter and find what I needed versus having to read the whole entire book in any particular order. The comprehensive perspective bringing in social issues makes the book compelling and relevant.
Suzanne Roberts
If you are even the slightest bit worried about your child’s reading, pick up this book.
Patricia Papernow, Ph.D., Author, Psychologist, Parent of a dyslexic student
An excellent resource not only for parents, but also for teachers.
Candice Bray