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
A positive look
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.
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.
For almost 30 years I have been living with dyslexia. Though I gave a healthy relationship with my different ability I never truly understood why I do the things I do. This book helped shed some light on why I am different. There are some parts that strike at the heart of a dyslexics personal struggle and it's good to know that you are not alone. Thank you so much for this book.
I am a college student with dyslexia and I have been frustrated with my difficulties. I was diagnosed in third grade but was never given assistance or taught what I could do or why I'm dyslexic. This book is a must for anyone with dyslexia or for parents and teachers. I finally understand what my brain is doing and why I'm different. I now feel I have a foundation to help me on my journey to developing my learning abilities.
finished this book in 1 day. the perspectives that this book offers on dyslexia are mind blowing and enlightening. if you are an adult with dyslexia or if you love someone with dyslexia this is the book for you. you will find it nearly impossible to view dyslexia as a disability ever again.
There was a lot of information in this book and I kept daydreaming will trying to listen to it. It would have been for me in print form where I could go back and slowly digest the material.
The narrator was dry. It reminded me of the 1960s filmstrip voice.
It had a lot of good information but I couldn't process it so quickly.
Enlightening, thought-provoking, and insightful. Had several "ah-ha" moments. A great read for those who think they could have dyslexic tendencies.
This book is easily worth picking up gave lots of insight and not just technical details of dyslexia plus where to go with this in the future
I'm just looking for ways to corral my unruly mind so that I can get through the mundane bits of life with less stress. I'm in my mid-50s, a self-employed artisan, moderately successful in life, an avid reader, and I am (sometimes painfully) dyslexic, although not in any outstandingly obvious way unless you know what to look for. I usually enjoy books about how the mind works, such as Mistakes Were Made but not by Me, How We Decide, The Willpower Intent, and My Stroke of Insight. I gave up on this book somewhere in the maze of words about Strengths. The constant ra-ra stories about genius dyslexics, the repetitive, pointless riffing on the Strengths, the paucity of detail about practical coping skillls -- aaargh! Although I'm not being fair about coping skills. They're probably in the bit I couldn't wade through to. I'm returning this to find a more phlegmatic but hopefully more pragmatic book on living with dyslexia. I appreciate the attempt to make me feel pride in my dyslexic heritage but shame isn't the issue for me.
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