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

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"A must read for parents, educators, and people with dyslexia." -Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D., Past-President International Dyslexia Association
Did you know that many successful architects, lawyers, engineers--even bestselling novelists--had difficulties learning to read and write as children? In this groundbreaking book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20% of people--ind
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Published August 1st 2011 by Plume Books
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Brad
Mar 27, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long before I cracked open this book, my initial reaction was: "Oh my goodness, a reason I can feel good about myself without a lick of effort! Do I want a shameless ego-booster and and fluff pop-psychology mood enhancer?"

The answer was, of course, "Absolutely! Gimmie, Gimmie!"

For, you see, I have dyslexia. I have also spent most of my life in serious pursuit of overcompensation, too. I couldn't read before age 13 and I spent most of my effort trying to "fake it" just so I could get through scho
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Stephanie
Aug 27, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, 2011
Hello, my name is Stephanie and I'm a Dyslexic.

I really didn't know this fact for sure until reletivly recently. For instance, I didn't know I was in a special reading class when I was young until my mom told me so a couple of years ago.

Dyslexia. Really. Sucks.

It has made my life more difficult than it would have been otherwise. School, 1st through 12th, was not fun. It has been a big pain in the ass in the work place as well.

I am not so dyslexic that I am disabled (I am typing this) though I
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Jakki Newton
Mar 08, 2013 Jakki Newton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book ten stars I would. It explained to me someting that I instinctively knew, yet felt unjustified in claiming: that my daughter is gifted. I knew early on that she saw things differently. She would say things like "Look at all the people, they are skeletons". Then when she was four, and I tried to teach her the alphabet the magnetic letters started flying off the fridge, and by six after numerous meetings with her very concerned school, she was diagnosed (unofficially beca ...more
Jamie
Jan 23, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never suspected that I was dyslexic.

Never that is, until my wife started researching dyslexia a couple of years ago. She concluded that not only was my daughter dyslexic, but I probably was too. Even then I mostly brushed her off.

Fact is, I had no idea what dyslexia was. After letting the idea that I may be dyslexic buzz around in my brain for a year and a half or so, I decided to find out whether or not I was. The Eide's book looked like a good place to start.

I didn't have to get very far int
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CK Hicks
Dec 07, 2011 CK Hicks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, something is making sense.

As someone who has been dealing with dyslexia for any years, I can't say enough good things about this book. It's literally as if I have found the missing manual to my brain. Every example and training suggestion was helpful; I have befitted more from this audiobook than through years of training. Thank you, authors, for carefully constructing a resource that will help those dealing with dyslexia.
Michelle
Oct 27, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough good about this book. If you have a child with dyslexia, or teach a child with dyslexia, it will give you insight and ideas to maximize their potential... to stop focusing so closely on their challenges and recognize their strengths. The title is somewhat limiting though, because dyslexia and ADHD share some of the same challenges and strengths due to poor working memory -- so I think this book would be extremely helpful to anyone looking for help with ADHD as well.

The Eide's
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Janice Elgort dubroff
If there is a dyslexic in your life or if you are a professional dealing with this population, this is THE book to read. Copyrighted in 2011 it, takes advantage of and synthesizes all past information, medical breakthroughs and contrarian ideas. IT creates a total picture of dyslexia including and highlighting the positive aspects of this "learning type" and the brain differences that make for the high IQ or even EQ of many dyslexics. IT is chicken soup for the mother's soul to read about the st ...more
Lisa
Oct 25, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explains dyslexia with all its pros and cons better than anything I have read. It is very positive about a dyslexic's potential, but it also doesn't negate the very real challenges they face. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is, or knows someone who is a dyslexic.
John Bobo
Aug 17, 2013 John Bobo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply fantastic in that it re-frames the conversation about Dyslexia.

Who should read this book?
If you are dyslexic or live with a dyslexic, you have to read this book.
If you think you may be dyslexic but are not sure, read this book.
More importantly, every teacher and education professional should read this book.

I have given out more copies of this book than almost any book in the last two years. One of the most valuable parts of the book is the description of the different fla
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Blake Charlton
Apr 18, 2013 Blake Charlton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful and well written book seeks to re-frame how we see the dyslexic mind. Without denying or underplaying the difficulties young dyslexics face, Brock and Fernette Eide do an amazing job cataloging and describing the dyslexic advantages that often accompany the disabilities. There is much practical advice offered for dyslexics; even after three decades of accommodating my dyslexia, I learned many useful tips. I highly, highly recommend this book to fellow dyslexics, parents, and educa ...more
Katie
Sep 17, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would think that anyone with dyslexia – or anyone with a child or spouse with dyslexia – would find this book enormously helpful. It is a very positive, comprehensive, and affirming write-up that focuses on the advantages that a brain, wired for dyslexia, has to offer. The contents include chapters on how dyslexic brains differ; four areas where dyslexic brains excel; and how/where to put the dyslexic advantage to use (including the right school and workplace environments).

The book is very na
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Mandy Marek
Sep 09, 2013 Mandy Marek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I believe that my daughter is dyslexic. She is only 4 and nobody is willing to help me or test her. So I started reading. Best decision ever! I wrote 24 pages of notes!
Not only do I understand my daughter better, my marriage is better because it helped me understand how my husband's brain works (another undiagnosed dyslexic). I wish somebody had given me this book when we got married!
Anyhow, this book changes how I teach her and how I will move forward with her education
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Brad Huchteman
Mar 02, 2013 Brad Huchteman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have learned so much about myself and dyslexia from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they might be dyslexic or anyone with dyslexic family members or coworkers.
Scott
May 11, 2017 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Dyslexic Advantage” is a book written by Brock L. Eide and Fernette L. Eide who are both doctors assisting people with learning disabilities including dyslexia. The audiobook edition is well narrated by Paul Costanzo, who at the time of this review has over sixty other books available through Audible. With nearly one-in-five (~20%) people having some form of learning difficulty, dyslexia is one of the most commonly diagnosed and often misunderstood. Because of the high number of people with ...more
Jessica
Sep 20, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, wow. There are a lot of "OH, S($&^@" moments in this book. I have never suspected any dyslexia in myself personally, but with new diagnoses in the family, I've been learning a lot more. So many points in this book rang true to personal experiences or those in the family. Strengths in material reasoning, interconnected reasoning, dynamic reasoning? We have those in spades. Trade-off weaknesses in recognizing orientation in symbols, rote memorization, and backwards problem-solving? Yeah, h ...more
Katerina Ioannides
I'm dyslexic and related to about seventy percent of this book. I doubt all dyslexics experience the MIND strengths (Material Reasoning, Interconnected Reasoning, Narrative Reasoning, and Dynamic Reasoning) uniformly just as all dyslexics don’t experience the "weaknesses" of dyslexia uniformly. The majority of evidence for the MIND thesis is grounded in anecdotes from Eides' clients as opposed to scientific research. At times, the book lends the impression that all dyslexics think alike. Dyslexi ...more
Shawn Thornton
Mar 30, 2016 Shawn Thornton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have dyslexia. It doesn't affect my reading but my spelling is atrocious. It made life difficult in school but I got through it. That's my moan over. Every human being in this world has their hurdles to jump. I work with children with severe intellectual disabilities. There are people with incurable diseases. There are idiots blowing each other up over fucking religion and politics. So I will take dyslexia any day. Dyslexia is a pain in the ass but it has also pushed me to do things that I mig ...more
Debbie
Jan 13, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree with almost everything in this book (with the exception that all dyslexics can benefit from a systematic phonics program ... in my experience and opinion, there are almost none that do). The research studies cited are interesting and the case studies fascinating. This is not just a book about dyslexics -- it applies to almost any visual/spatial learner in some aspects. Just a helpful book, chock-full of brain research, to give learning techniques for brains that don't work in a concrete/ ...more
Natalie
Nov 27, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most life changing books I have read in a long time. Two of my children have dyslexia and I tutor several dyslexic students at the school where I work. This book clearly and convincingly explains the difficulties and challenges they face. But the most powerful part is how it shows over and over that dyslexics, given help and encouragement, have advantages beyond non-dyslexics. It tells that dyslexics fall into one of four MIND strengths which tells how they see the world and what tale ...more
Skylar Burris
Dec 24, 2014 Skylar Burris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
I ended up having to skim this one. It was rather dry reading and offered very limited practical advice. Its value lies primarily in providing encouragement that dyslexics can, and do, succeed well in life, but I don't need to read hundreds of pages to know that. Also, it didn't really seem to apply to my son (I read it because he is dyslexic). It kept going on about how spatially gifted dyslexics are, but that is not the case for him. He has clear gifts (he's good at mental math, logical thinki ...more
Theresa
Oct 21, 2011 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dyslexic advantage is by far the most helpful, insightful, and positive book I have ever read on dyslexia. The author clearly explains the underlying causes of dyslexia at the cellular level, and also guides the reader to understand how these neurological differences lead to the challenges dyslexics face, as well as the advantages they may possess. Perhaps most helpful are the many strategies the author gives for overcoming difficulties and taking advantage of the strengths dylexia gives at ...more
Kimbolimbo
I have a feeling this book would be more informative and enjoyable if I had read it and not listened to it. The reader was sort of boring. AND I feel like there were charts and figures I might have missed out on. I never thought I was dyslexic before but this audio book made me think that maybe I was an audio-dyslexic. I had such a hard time concentrating on the content and paying attention. BUT I did learn some great insight into family and friends who are dyslexic thus I'd recommend this book ...more
Brian
Feb 18, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the beginning chapters that summarized current dyslexia research, especially the section on minicolumns of neurons in the cortex. Eide made a complicated topic seem completely intuitive, even if it is stil a bit puzzling. The heart of the book was the shift from focusing on a dyslexic's struggles to recognizing his or her strengths. When I finished, I was feeling jealous that I was NOT dyslexic! Of course, my favorite chapter was on application to reading instruction. Great idea ...more
Jim Crocker
May 26, 2014 Jim Crocker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a celebration of dyslexia. If you have it or are close to somebody who has it, check this out. It really is an advantage! Who knew, right? This one is even better than "Revenge of the Nerds." And it explains just about everything. Apparently, we are at the forefront of evolution--now that we have spellchecker!

By the way, I read it in one afternoon. Who knew? Dyslexics Untie!
John Martindale
Since I am dyslexic, I listened to the Recorded book. I do think though, this is a book that should be slowly read instead, for there is a good deal of information, some a bit dense. It was good finding a book on some of the advantages and trade offs. I hope to listen to the audiobook again and then hopefully I'll provide a decent review.
Cathy
I loved the way this book presents the positive side of dyslexia without ignoring the challenges. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about the strengths of a dyslexic processing style.
Angelica
Jul 17, 2013 Angelica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine read on the advantages dyslexic students bring to the classroom and the world outside it. I highly recommend it for teachers, parents of children with dyslexia, those with dyslexia, and anyone interested in the complexities of the mind.
Lucas Miller
Mar 13, 2012 Lucas Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for anyone with a dyslexic in their lives. Incredible information that will change the way you (and hopefully the rest of society) views dyslexia.
Kyle
May 05, 2014 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book – having struggle my whole life with dyslexia. New perspective encouraging.
Laurie
Jun 05, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two of the most important phonological processing (or phonological awareness) tasks underlying these skills are sound segmentation (or the ability to split incoming words into their component sounds) and sound discrimination (or the ability to distinguish word sounds from one another).

phonological processing can cause difficulty at all levels of language, such as mastering word meanings, learning how words interact when used in groups (that is, grammar and syntax), and understanding how words wo
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