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Overcoming Dyslexia | [Sally Shaywitz]

Overcoming Dyslexia

From one of the world's leading experts on reading and dyslexia comes the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help one understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels, as well as for their parents, teachers, and tutors, this book can make a difference.
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Publisher's Summary

From one of the world's leading experts on reading and dyslexia comes the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help one understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels, as well as for their parents, teachers, and tutors, this book can make a difference.

Dr. Shaywitz's book is a trusted source to turn to for information, advice, guidance, and explanation. Her cutting-edge research is translated into an easy-to-follow plan of action offering help and hope to all who have reading problems and to their families as well.

©2004 Sally Shaywitz, M.D.; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Yale neuroscientist Shaywitz demystifies the roots of dyslexia...and offers parents and educators hope that children with reading problems can be helped. Shaywitz delves deeply....Shaywitz's groundbreaking work builds an important bridge from the laboratory to the home and classroom." (Publishers Weekly)
"Parents and teachers will appreciate this tremendously helpful resource." (Booklist)

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    Brooke Torrance, CA, USA 06-16-06
    Brooke Torrance, CA, USA 06-16-06
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    "Dyslexia Adults Don't Buy"

    I am a dyslexic adult and I was so excited when I found this book (on CD). Finally a book that will help me overcome my problems. Boy was I wrong. It left me very disappointed and yet again with no answers. If you have a child that is dyslexic then this book maybe of some use for you. It also has good information to help one understand the disability but this book is not for adults looking for solutions. I was hoping this book could help fix me. I was wrong and I felt like I wasted 13 hrs of my time. In the summary it said "an easy-to-follow plan of action offering help and hope to all who have reading problem" It should say offering help and hope to Children not ALL.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    gr8kidss 08-28-04
    gr8kidss 08-28-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely Helpful!"

    Overcoming Dyslexia was an extremely helpful book. I found myself talking to my son's reading teacher quoting many times facts from the book. I even check the book out from the library just to get a handle on some of the beginning sight words my son should be recognizing (as the audio book just reads one word after another and is too difficult to write down! :-)

    If you are thinking this is too long of an audio or maybe contains useless information - I would offer you this advise; get the book! It has changed the direction of my son's school curriculum and has helped me understand the maze of reading disabilities!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Fadoir Detroit, MI United States 12-02-05
    Todd Fadoir Detroit, MI United States 12-02-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "This book changed my life."

    First Two Lessons: Dyslexia is not about seeing letters backwards. Dyslexia is much more common than you think. Shaywitz disspells these myths with facts and research.

    Next Big Lesson: Dyslexia is a inconsistency between the intelligence of a person and their reading ability. These people tend to have strengths. These strengths can be attributed to their disability. Smart, important, famous people are dyslexic. And you could be one of them.

    I made a connection after reading/hearing this book. The reason I like audio books is because I'm probably dyslexic. I would get tired reading normally. Audio books allowed me to enjoy many books I wouldn't (couldn't) have otherwise. This book explains why that is.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Atlanta, GA, USA 07-01-04
    Mary Atlanta, GA, USA 07-01-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Book answers many questions"

    This book answers many of the questions that I had about why my daughter cannot read, yet scores very high in other areas. It is a book that was needed. It is a place where you can find out about the recent advances in understanding how reading is learned and how we process words (written and in speach). I highly recommend it for anyone who has a child/friend/sibling who is having trouble reading or is an adult and has trouble reading. I strongly recommend the audio version for those who have trouble reading.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Neptune City, NJ, USA 05-02-07
    Alan Neptune City, NJ, USA 05-02-07
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    "Too long, too bad."

    Pointlessly repetetive, and poorly organized. Lists that should have been in an appendix are read in excess detail. Doesn't really give any information on overcoming dyslexia as such, but rather history, identification and teaching non-dyslexic children to read. For dyslexics, this just lists schools, reading programs, and the closest it gets to 'overcoming', coping strategies for adults.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Baltodano-sheehan 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Priceless information. Eternally grateful"

    Amazing book solidly based on a life's worth of research. Priceless practical advice for parents, children and adults dealing with a diagnosis.

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    Jesse 05-09-15
    Jesse 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book but geared for teachers and parents"

    A great amount is for the parents of young kids just starting school and thats good to catch it early but only a few chapters are for us adults who deal with it now this book is packed full of info and is a good listen worth the cost and time

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    milo 05-07-15
    milo 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Educational lecture style"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This audio book was very educational but felt like I was in a boring collage class. I would have purchased the book and read it instead of listening to the not so awesome narration.


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    Bonita Crystal Bay, NV, United States 04-27-15
    Bonita Crystal Bay, NV, United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredible resource!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of its information! I will use it as a resource. Thank you so much!

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    BRING BACK MADE IN USA 03-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awakening!!"

    This is a must-read for all parents ...and any adult who has been diagnosed with dyslexia. It all makes sense now!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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