Since I got diagnosed dyslexic as an adult, I've read/listened to every book I can find on it. This by far is the best book that I've found. The author has a tendency to become a bit cheesy at time by trying to give dyslexics their self esteem back after years of discrimination but he's absolutely accurate. The authors describe the strengths and symptoms of dyslexia not just on their observation but on tested evidence. This is also the ONLY book that I have found that not only deals with dyslexia in children but ALSO dyslexia in adults. Dyslexia is not a disorder that can be "overcome" or "cured;" it is a learning difference caused by a structural difference in the brain that can be harnessed for disaster or power in academics and life depending on how one accommodates for it. This book describes perfectly how a dyslexic learns effectively whether in grade school or college (which I happen to be in now). I realized that my method for solving math problems where working against my dyslexia by trying to memorize meaningless procedures. This poor method that seemed well enough until multivariable calculus, where I realized that I hadn't actually learned any concepts of mathematics to use in complex problems. I was brute forcing a battle with my dyslexia my entire life when should have been using a better method to work with my dyslexia. Such as working backwards from the answer to learn the procedure in my notes and to give a narrative to the concepts that I should have learned. These methods they describe are invaluable and actually would have help every level of learning of my life if I had only understood this sooner. Everyone should read this book, teachers, parents, coworkers, employees, and especially the dyslexic themselves immediately!
just a bit of a cyberpunk and good scifi geek. but I do branch out to nonfiction mostly about behavior and psychology and a touch of romance
This book was just what I needed to find and I didn't even know I was looking for it. I picked it up on the slight chance it would help me with ideas about my poor spelling and some vaige idea I might have had some mild dyslexia but hardly series just curious and things made a bit to much sense as I was reading. life had already compensated me in the same ways described in the later parts of the book. The advice was actually quite helpful and seeing the advantage to how I see the world did lift my spirits when I wasn't being overwhelmed by the past fitting together and making sense as I was reading. Think of it like suddenly being able to run and having to take a break and stop now and then to catch your breath because you kept running as you listen further and the past starts falling in line.
maybe that won't happen for you but I am extremely self aware and pay a bit to much attention to the nature of things in my own life. and this wasn't my first book on how the brain works or how we think and why. so I was well informed to consider what I took skeptically and found pulling me in by making sense. and so should be considered more seriously as I kept reading.
this was a shot of inspiration in my life when I really did need it and one I kept coming back to trying to mine it for more information I could use. MIND is real but only a tool to see the patterns not guidlines to separate them.
hmmm well. I have read books like it. (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking) where the authors gets a bit repetitive as they go over the topic from different directions or different aspects of the same point. but it was also separated in to distinct sections for reference use as well. mainly the later part of the book you might want to come back to and remind yourself what he had recommended for ideas. but the author himself says its a book written for dyslexics so he tries to organize it in a way that is more accessible to that thinking style with out trying to lower the bar.
yes the people used as examples in the book to draw out the concepts and points were distinctive and clear and did sound like real people you might know. there wasn't just one or two persons used to embody all ways things can vary but instead he peppered the literature with high profile or vary personal examples of what he was talking about.
well yes but I couldn't I had to stop and absorb what I had read and what was rising out of my own past before I could pick up the book and keep reading. but I did come back and reread it several more times after the initial overwhelming read though. you probably won't have the same problem unless you take such a self aware record of internal observations and thoughts as I do. it really felt overwhelming but so engaging and informative I had to keep coming back after taking a breath and settling my thoughts down. it was just so what I needed to hear I kept going and came back several times to make sure I didn't miss anything.
it may not be fore everyone and my friend commented after reading it that it did sound like an infomercial and his sample base was skewed to upper class because these would have been the people who could afford to go to his clinic, but I found it quite informative and helpful despite seeing her point. he is after all trying to sell you on his point of view as it does differ from what everyone else says. this book got me to pay attention to one of the great lecture series on audible (Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft) as a great place to start refining my writing.and fits well with the recommendations in the book ..
This book isn't about a "learning disorder". It explains the physiological difference between a normal brain and a dyslexic brain, explains how that change effects thinking patterns, and then breaks down those patterns into the different symptoms (both advantageous and disadvantageous) that they cause in the mind compared to the average mind.
There is a great balance between the technical and generalized knowledge. The authors do an amazing job of stepping us up from general knowledge to higher understanding without getting bogged down in too much of the technical issues.
This is a book about a physiological state, not a story. So, there is no favorite scene.
Personally, I did a little crying because it finally explained a few things about myself that I've known but couldn't fully understand.
This book has had an impact on my life! I don't say that lightly. ANYONE who is or knows someone who is dyslexic or has an undiagnosed mental condition should listen to or read this book!
Need to read
If they are like me or want to understand me better they need to read it
Not the best movie but a must watch any way
The writing style is dull as is the reading. It is not for the dyslexic reader as it seems to be written in dull uncreative jargon from a non-dyslexic writer. It needs to be more concise with less introduction and less repetition of the word dyslexic. The use of little personal stories is very formulaic. I usually don't get bothered by gender issues, but most of the little stories are about successful men.... ad nauseum. The successes of the women felt less important.
I bogged down and didn't finish the book.
fiction or history
He was as dull as the writer.
Too many to list, but the word "dyslexic" was over used in the introduction and felt like a hammer pounding away. It sounded like a formulaic self-help book from the 1990's. Perhaps a creative dyslexic who can actually write needs to write a book on the subject. It needs to be clear and not concentrate on little personal stories.
First paragraph... "If you're an entrepreneur you're five times more likely to be Dyslexic." Fascinating book, if you teach, especially primary or secondary education, this is certainly worth reading.
I'll see ya in the smoke.
You should save your money or credits and pick this book up at your local library. Sometimes a book is better read than listened to. This may be an example of that. From very early in the book I had the urge to fast forward, perhaps because it was so repetitive, or perhaps because the narrator droned the intire reading. Or at least he droned what I could stand to listen to, less than half the book. I'm not sure, but this book may have been more interesting if the authors had used fewer examples of dyslexic people and spent the time to flesh them out as characters that could have been more interesting. Oh yeah, and tell the narrator not to sound like he was reading from a junior college textbook.
Worthwhile but repetitive
As noted in the book we dyslexics like stories and story telling and often do better with an oral presentation of material
I would not make a film of this book or a documentary film either