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The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain Kindle Edition
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"Probably the most helpful material ever published on dyslexia..." -Manuel Casanova MD, Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Professor of Psychiatry
"A compelling call to action." - Scientific American Mind
"I recommend it highly!" -Thomas Armstrong PhD, The Power of Neurodiversity
"Required reading for parents, teachers, dyslexics,anyone with an interest in the enigma of dyslexia..." - Angela Fawcett,Emeritus professor, Swansea University
From the Inside Flap
Authors Brock and Fernette Eide know why people in these professions tend to have had difficulties with reading and writing. The cause issimple: their brains are different. Individuals who have dyslexia,whether it is mild or severe, think uniquely about what they see andlearn in their everyday lives, whether it's in a classroom, at a job, or in their own home.
In this revolutionary book, the Eides use new brain science andtheir expertise in neurology and learning disorders to explain howindividuals with dyslexia not only perceive the written worddifferently, but also conceive space more intuitively, see connectionsbetween unrelated objects, and are able to make great leaps creativelythat others simply miss.
Presenting a variety of case studies and true stories to support the science, The Dyslexic Advantage demonstrates that each individual with dyslexia is unique, and faces specificchallenges while, at the same time, experiences remarkable talent andability. Carefully explaining how four areas dyslexics excel in appearin the activities of children and adults, the Eides provide usefuladvice on how to maximize an individual's potential in: materialreasoning (used by architects and engineers); interconnected reasoning(scientists and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (economists and entrepreneurs.)
Putting emphasis on the advantages of the dyslexic brain rather than the well-trod challenges with reading and writing, the Eides blendadvice from successful individuals who learned to excel at "beingdyslexic" with findings from their research that parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can use to help maximize their dyslexicadvantage.
Providing the first complete portrait of dyslexia, the Eides show that it is not a condition people have, but rather a part of who someone is―which can be cultivated as a great strength.
- ASIN : B0052RHC2K
- Publisher : Plume; 1st edition (August 18, 2011)
- Publication date : August 18, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 504 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,994 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm dyslexic and have been blessed to excel in business and personal areas as well due to the specifics of how I process information. I see things that seem so clear and simple that others cannot grasp, even once it's explained.
I am reading and mostly finished with this book. It's a struggle, yes, but it's well worth the time investment. I have read another popular book on the subject and thought it was ok, but it basically was telling me that I had a dysfunction and giving advice on how to work around and improve the areas of "dysfunction". This was of no help. I process information differently and that's how it is.
What's great about this book is that it doesn't try to change the thIngs about me that are most difficult to change if not impossible, but acknowledges them and gives me more insights on how to use this advantage I was born with to do great things.
Kudos to anyone and everyone who finally figured out that differences are just differences. I would not have been able to achieve what I have without thus wonderful advantage I was born with.
This is an awesome book.
Another BIG thing I love about this book is how they extensively cover accommodations (like speech-to-text software and digital books). In most dyslexic individuals, there will be a point in which one reaches diminishing returns in terms of reading, writing, and spelling - no matter how much intervention they won't get any better than that point. However, that doesn't mean their learning must stop - the proper accommodations will allow these individuals to reach their full potential in life. And surprisingly, the full potential of a dyslexic is actually more "successful" than a non-dyslexic. Dyslexic individuals are over represented in the top tiers among almost all professions - especially the sciences, engineering, and creative fields (writing, acting, art, music, etc.). Yes, dyslexics who struggle with reading and writing turn out to be amazing writers of everything from fiction to fantasy books (and I suppose one accommodation is hiring a good editor who can see past the spelling mistakes to the amazing content).
The last part of the book deals with the best ways of teaching reading, spelling, and writing to dyslexic individuals - from elementary to college to adults in the workplace. The advice and tips are amazing and I plan on incorporating many of them immediately into our homeschooling plans. They also cover proper accommodations depending on the skill and level of the individual. Another important point of this section is to also encourage the strengths of individuals with dyslexia. Again - there is going to be a point of diminishing returns in teaching reading and writing based skills - so also focus on those areas in which dyslexic individuals thrive.
Another area is the best educational options for gifted individuals. Now this will be the area many parents will struggle with. The truth is traditional school environments are NOT set up to accommodate dyslexic individuals. It isn't for lack of want, but many educational institutions just don't fully understand dyslexia for what it is, and what it isn't. As a result, the best fits for dyslexic students (at least for some time in their for educational years) might be special education classrooms (those that focus on education and not so much behavior I am assuming), schools that specialize in teaching dyslexic students, private schools that allow children to work at their own pace (think Sundry or Reggio or Montessori), and finally homeschooling.
The final chapter and another gem of this book is the resources section. It has websites and resources to cover the tips they described in the text.
A lot of thought and and research, and I believe passion and love went into this book. Again, it really will be a life changer for many individuals with dyslexia (heck, there is even a section that covers adult dyslexics in the workplace!)