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

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Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics—including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs—their dyslexic differences are the key to their success.

In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new
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Published August 22nd 2011 by Tantor Media (first published August 18th 2011)
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Skylar Burris
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Stephanie Sheaffer
Drawing on groundbreaking research, two neurologists explain the lesser-known side of dyslexia. Although most people are aware that dyslexia is associated with difficulties related to reading, writing, and spelling, few know that the dyslexic mind is pre-disposed to many skill sets. These "advantages" include strengths related to material reasoning, 3-D spatial reasoning, pattern recognition, global thinking, and the power of prediction. Because of these skills, people with dyslexia are many tim ...more
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.
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.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand not only the working of the brain a bit better but wishes to develop a greater appreciation for others strengths. I would highly recommend this book to teachers and parents. I wish I had the opportunity to read it when my two dyslexic kids were young, I would have read it out loud to them! It is at the same time realistic and empowering, and would have made a huge impact on their world view. There are a few sections (which were a bit ...more
Matt Butler
Had recently read in a few different books and articles about how some of the most successful people in the world "suffered" from Dyslexia and wanted to find out more about it since I really always just thought it was reading letters backwards or something to that effect. This short book does a great job of explaining how a dyslexic brain works in comparison to non-dyslexic brains and I highly recommend it if you want to learn more on the subject. It specifically focuses on what people with Dysl ...more
Every parent of a child with dyslexia should read this book. Dyslexia diagnoses usually come about because of deficits in the school environment, but this books provides balance to the view that dyslexia is a disability. The authors prove beyond a doubt, based on their professional experience, that a dyslexic processing style also comes with inherent advantages. As a parent, it's enabled me to look for these advantages in my child and point them out and generally nurture them to help him feel mo ...more
Formatted well: lots of white space, chapter bullet summaries, narrative in style. The front end discusses trade-offs and the reader comes away with a clear picture of strengths/weakness of the dyslexic brain. The back end discusses compensation strategies, resources, and a very interesting discussion of how to teach dyslexics writing (short, but makes sense to down instead of bottom up!). Handy Appendices. I'm considering a copy for my home reference bookshelf.
I know next to nothing about dyslexia, so I can't judge whether their thesis (that dyslexics have strengths in four major areas) is sound. It wasn't clear what scientific backing there is for this, as most of the book was anecdotal. Nevertheless, it was an uplifting book, definitely focusing on potential strengths one might have as a dyslexic, but being realistic about the difficulties as well.

The chapter on writing accommodations was particularly interesting, and possibly useful for even non-dy
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