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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 Member Since 2005
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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.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    gr8kidss 08-28-04
    gr8kidss 08-28-04 Member Since 2004
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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!

    6 of 6 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 2004
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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.

    4 of 4 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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    Rachael 08-01-14
    Rachael 08-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Resource"
    Would you listen to Overcoming Dyslexia again? Why?

    Yes. This book is easy to listen to, informative, and easily understandable. I will listen to it many times over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Overcoming Dyslexia?

    Several key phrases that gave me clearer understanding.


    What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her inflections, excitement, or seriousness all those changes in the voice that add meaning to words.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    So many. Hard to choose just yet. I want to listen to it a few more times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cnslr Lady Gulf Coast, MS, USA 01-19-14
    Cnslr Lady Gulf Coast, MS, USA 01-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent information about dyslexia"
    Would you listen to Overcoming Dyslexia again? Why?

    Yes. There is so much information and it is easily digested. I might want to listen to it again so I can see if there is anything I missed or to find other truths I might not have focused on during the first listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Overcoming Dyslexia?

    I was amazed by the description of the brain's ability to be mapped and the parts of the brain that are used by the dyslexic reader and the non-dyslexic reader. It is so exciting that these parts can be retrained.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    There were no characters in this book but the reading was done very professionally and with good inflection.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Children and adults with dyslexia can learn to read more fluently and with greater success when taken through an appropriate Orton-Gillingham based program.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to Sally Shaywitz for her work with children and adults in this area for all these years. It has and is impacting thousands of lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    allison SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, United States 11-19-12
    allison SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, United States 11-19-12
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    "Excellent information about dyslexia"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Overcoming Dyslexia to be better than the print version?

    No, either version is great. If you're busy the audible version is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Overcoming Dyslexia?

    Wonderful tips and resource throughout the story.


    What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great voice.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Overcoming Dyslexia?

    I learned about many great resources for people who are dyslexic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wilburio 09-28-11
    Wilburio 09-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Bible for Parents with Dyslexic Children"
    If you could sum up Overcoming Dyslexia in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive, intelligent, useful.


    What other book might you compare Overcoming Dyslexia to and why?

    The Gift of Dyslexia. Well, it's kind of obvious from the title, but if you want more they are both helpful resources for parents and others interested in dyslexia.


    Did Anna Fields do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. She had a clinical, old-fashioned delivery that I found a bit alienating. She could have put a bit more heart into it.


    What insight do you think you???ll apply from Overcoming Dyslexia?

    Plenty. I will be consulting this book again and again to understand how the dyslexic brain works and to research the best ways to teach my sons how to read.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very thorough and comes from a leading scholar in dyslexia which gives it credibility. There is a lot of information and mis-information out there on the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Scranton, PA, USA 08-30-07
    Robert Scranton, PA, USA 08-30-07
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    "Overcoming Dyslexia"

    Excellent book. It provided informative information on dyslexia, as well as, suggestions for accomodations that can implemented in the public schools. A must read for parent of children with learning disabilities

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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