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The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain | [Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide]

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.
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Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization. While the differences are responsible for certain challenges with literacy and reading, the dyslexic brain also gives a predisposition to important skills and special talents.

While dyslexics typically struggle to decode the written word, they often also excel in areas such as mechanical reasoning (required for architects and surgeons); interconnected reasoning (artists and inventors); narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (scientists and business pioneers). With much-needed prescriptive advice for parents, educators, and dyslexics, The Dyslexic Advantage provides the first complete portrait of dyslexia. Supporting their claims with groundbreaking science and interviews with successful dyslexics and innovative teachers, the authors of this essential book show how the unique strengths of dyslexia can be captured for success at home, at school, and at work.

©2011 Brock L. Eide and Fernette F. Eide (P)2011 Tantor

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    Kurtis Rochester, NY, United States 09-25-12
    Kurtis Rochester, NY, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2003
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    If you could sum up The Dyslexic Advantage in three words, what would they be?

    A positive look


    What other book might you compare The Dyslexic Advantage to and why?

    Overcoming Dyslexia


    What three words best describe Paul Costanzo’s performance?

    ok


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Most other books look at the dyslexic as broken. They try to say dyslexic is just differently wired, but the rest of most books spend page after page telling you that other people have found ways to cope. The Dyslexic Advantage is the first to explain positive areas of the dyslexic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12
    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Fascinating Book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    braynpayn 06-13-12
    braynpayn 06-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book I have listened to on this subject."

    Very informative, and positive. The author has studied dyslexia from the success stories, instead of the underachievers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M King NC 05-31-14
    M King NC 05-31-14 Member Since 2008

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    "if just wondering or think you may have Dyslexia"
    Would you listen to The Dyslexic Advantage again? Why?

    I would because it helped to know that it is not all bad. Everything is a struggle but it, showed with some creative thinking and other tools dreams can be accomplished.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the references to other resources and ideas given


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris crookston, MN United States 08-10-13
    chris crookston, MN United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2010

    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

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    "Now it makes sense"
    What did you love best about The Dyslexic Advantage?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Dyslexic Advantage to and why?

    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.


    Did Paul Costanzo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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 ..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin OLIVE BRANCH, MS, United States 02-07-13
    Benjamin OLIVE BRANCH, MS, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's Changing My View of Dyslexia"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dyslexic Advantage the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a book about a physiological state, not a story. So, there is no favorite scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Personally, I did a little crying because it finally explained a few things about myself that I've known but couldn't fully understand.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Louisville, KY, United States 12-31-12
    Cheryl Louisville, KY, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2012

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    "I understand me better"
    If you could sum up The Dyslexic Advantage in three words, what would they be?

    Need to read


    Would you recommend The Dyslexic Advantage to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they are like me or want to understand me better they need to read it


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Costanzo?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not the best movie but a must watch any way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-19-12
    Carol Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about The Dyslexic Advantage?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    fiction or history


    What didn’t you like about Paul Costanzo’s performance?

    He was as dull as the writer.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dyslexic Advantage?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 09-19-11
    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2005

    I'll see ya in the smoke.

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    "go to the library"

    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.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    R. Hetrick CA, USA 06-12-12
    R. Hetrick CA, USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2005

    word gobbler

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    "Dyslexics will feel comforted, even proud"
    If you could sum up The Dyslexic Advantage in three words, what would they be?

    Worthwhile but repetitive


    What does Paul Costanzo bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    As noted in the book we dyslexics like stories and story telling and often do better with an oral presentation of material


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would not make a film of this book or a documentary film either


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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