Giving students with reading difficulties access to a wide range of literature

The notion of having a story read or performed by people who are not standing in front of their audience goes back to the earliest days of radio.

Indeed the first radio story to be heard in Britain was probably A Comedy of Danger by Richard Hughes which was broadcast by the BBC in 1924.

Since then, of course, the idea of reading books to all ages has expanded greatly, and books are now available on CD’s, in MP3 format, and as downloads.

As such the recording of the reading of books has opened up literature in a way that could never previously have been imagined.

Our library of audio books supports the Scottish and National Curriculums from Key Stage 2 through to A-Level and covers subjects such as geography, science, citizenship and history.

The audio books can be used for and by students as an alternative means of accessing information and for their leisure value. In short, they provide an entry into the world of books that might otherwise appear to be impossible.

As a charity we are able to offer low cost memberships to schools to enable your students to download and stream audio books. Prices start from £50 per year which allows your school access to a choice of thousands of titles.

Our library range also includes best selling fiction and of course can be accessed at any time, day or night.

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What is the best way to help the ADHD pupil?

No matter how controversial ADHD may become at times, one thing is certain – everyone would like to help the ADHD pupil so that he/she can partake more fully of school activities without disrupting the work of others.

Similarly there cannot be a parent who has an ADHD child who does not wish, at least part of the time, that their child could just settle down and work or even just watch TV, quietly. Just like “normal” children.

It is in response to these feeling of both parents and teachers that Helping ADHD pupils and students through school has been written.

It is a volume that explains succinctly what the latest research on ADHD reveals, and then sets out in great detail exactly how ADHD pupils can be helped and supported in their day to day activities within the school.

There is no assumption in this volume that the ADHD youngster is going to be given a drug treatment to help control the effect of ADHD. The effects of ADHD drugs such as Ritalin are explained, but the materials and plans given here will work with those who have don’t have any medication, those who have it, but are not affected by it all day, and with those who are constantly medicated while at school.

A fundamental view of the book is that the best approach for any ADHD child is one in which the parents and school can work together with a common purpose to help the young person – and with this in mind there is a substantial section of material at the end of the book that can be copied and passed on to parents.

This parental section contains both explanations and practical approaches to dealing with the ADHD child at home.

Of course, we all recognise that not every ADHD child’s parents will be able to work in the organised and controlled manner that will help ADHD pupils, and therefore we work within the school-based sections, from the basis that although parental support is ideal, it doesn’t always happen.

What is essential is that everyone who deals with an ADHD young person understands what ADHD is, how to distinguish it from other forms of excessive behaviour and how to work positively with these young people for their benefit, without disturbing the rest of the school.

The book looks at individual behaviour, plus issues such as rewards, punishments, handling special days when behaviour may be exacerbated, overcoming impulsiveness, homework, where ADHD people can succeed and do well, ADHD and responsibility, and sport, the arts and other activities.

Helping ADHD pupils and students through school by Tony Attwood is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom which can itself be copied or loaded onto the school’s learning platform or intranet.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 855 2 Order code: T1789emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…