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
"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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were no characters in this book but the reading was done very professionally and with good inflection.
Children and adults with dyslexia can learn to read more fluently and with greater success when taken through an appropriate Orton-Gillingham based program.
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.
No, either version is great. If you're busy the audible version is great.
Wonderful tips and resource throughout the story.
A great voice.
I learned about many great resources for people who are dyslexic.
Comprehensive, intelligent, useful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is a comprehensive resource of dyslexia testing, studies and treatments. While the audio version at some points awkward without the accompanying charts, it’s a must read/hear for anyone seeking to learn more about dyslexia.
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