The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
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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...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Plume Books
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Stephanie
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...more
Jakki Newton
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
CK Hicks
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.
Jamie
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...more
Michelle
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...more
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
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
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...more
Blake Charlton
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
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...more
Mandy Marek
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...more
Brad Huchteman
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.
Christopher
I started reading this book thinking ok maybe this will be useful but more then likely it will just be an interesting read. well so far I am over half way though it reading the fourth advantage of this kind of mindset, and I absolutely love it. its the first book to make me outright laugh out loud while I listen it draws on information from other books I have read and can be found on my bookshelf here on good reads. including wisdom, predictably irrational, the invisible gorilla, talent is overr...more
Natalie
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
Theresa
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
Laurie
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...more
Kyle
Interesting book – having struggle my whole life with dyslexia. New perspective encouraging.
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.
Angelica
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.
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.
Lucas Miller
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.
Cindy Plett
I read this book specifically focusing on ways to help a child with processing problems. Parts of it I skipped over but when they would give specific ideas about intrinsic or extrinsic things parents should do for a child with processing issues, I took notes. Some great nuggets for parents or teachers working with kids who struggle with reading fluently, math facts or spelling. I really liked that they reiterated over and over again that just because they struggle in one area of learning does no...more
Jim Crocker
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!
itpdx
This book explains a lot! I am amazed at how much we have learned about the human brain from functional MRI. Scientists have found structures of dyslexics' brains that group at one end of the normal bell shape curve. This difference in structure explains a lot of dyslexics challenges and strengths.
My daughter is dyslexic and I think I understand a little better how she reads. The authors do a very good job of describing the difficulties that she faced in school and many of the things that helpe...more
James Rhodes
A comprehensive perspective of how the dyslexic mind works, this book has been a tremendous help to me in understanding the origin of a number of my personal failings that I had hitherto believed to be seperate from my dyslexia. Furthermore, and more importantly it has helped me to understand the origin of my personal strengths.

I feel more confident for having read this book and substantially less defective. That alone would give the book 5 stars. However, the understanding I now have of my tho...more
Suzanne
Dyslexics UNTIE! This book is a life changing work. Oh, how I wish it was written during my college years. The website also has great info.
Wendy Robbins thomas
Absolutely loved this book!! It was so informative and inspiring!! It was a much needed read amidst a struggle to advocate for my son. Trying to get anyone at the school to care has been very disheartening and this book gave me hope and piece of mind that in the end my child will be fine and has a sea if strengths to pull from to become successful. This is a must read for any dyslexic or parent of a dyslexic child.
Susan
Ugh. I only finished this book because it was a gift, and I have a stubborn streak. Though there are many valuable points made, they are difficult to find beneath the inconsistent writing style and redundancies. I kept thinking that the entire book could have been condensed into a more readable - and therefore more powerful - 10 page article. Also, it is difficult to keep an open mind toward the authors' message when their message frequently involves gross negative generalizations of my professi...more
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