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

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Two neurolearning experts reveal the hidden benefits of having a dyslexic brain.

In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe an exciting new brain science that reveals that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization. While the differences are responsible for certain challenges with literacy and reading, th
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Hudson Street Press
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Bradley
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 *Eff your feelings*
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Michelle
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Carah
Oct 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for ANY parent with a child that struggles with reading/writing or for anyone who has even the SLIGHTEST inkling that they themselves might be dyslexic or even ADHD. This book is a game changer and every teacher should be required to read this. Dyslexia isn't a learning disability, it's a learning difference... and as soon as children understand where their struggles are coming from, the sooner they can get the proper accommodations. This book is amazing and I will be forcing ...more
Janice Elgort dubroff
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
John Bobo
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Katie
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Blake Charlton
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Mandy Marek
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Katie
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was exceptional, and not just in understanding how to help those with dyslexia harness their strengths. It was also hugely beneficial in understanding the ways in which we all think differently and how to help each other identify how they best process things and respect that diversity.
Skylar Burris
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Brad Huchteman
Mar 02, 2013 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.
Ashley Bowman
Oct 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m not quick to give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ but this one gets it! I was actually sad to return it and beyond thankful for the clarification of dyslexia and how people like this learn, process information, and FLOURISH. Dyslexia is not a curse but simply a different processing system and I want to learn more!
Milkiways
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
It is an insightful yet accessible book on dyslexia. Under four classes, the types of dyslexia, advantages, and challenges associated with each are explained well. Eide & Eide suggest using assistive technologies, innovative teaching methods, and a nurturing environment to manage the challenges, if not we cannot completely overcome them. The realistic childhood struggles and the adulthood success stories make it into a captivating read despite being dense in science. I also like practical tips a ...more
Sarah
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was clearly written for a non-dyslexic parent to help them with a dyslexic child. But I found it extremely interesting especially the beginning half that explained how a dyslexic brain is structured differently from a non-dyslexic and how that explains many of the challenges and special abilities that I have. In general this book was extremely empowering for me and I very much appreciate of the work the writers are doing to help people with dyslexia. Some of my favorite parts were when ...more
Kimbolimbo
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Roísín Mulligan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a beautiful and informative journey. Thank you to the authors for this.
Michelle Rogers
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so helpful in understanding dyslexia. I would recommend any parent of a child with dyslexia (or suspecting their child may be dyslexic), any teacher and any individual who is dyslexic read it!
I love how it too the approach of exploring the advantages of a dyslexic learning process as well as the challenges and tied both of these to the way that a dyslexic brain processes information differently. One analogy for these difference in processing is as follows:
"Imagine that you arrive
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Thandi
Mar 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m dyslexic. This is a fact I’ve largely ignored throughout my life as I was lucky enough to be diagnosed early and put through years of occupational therapy.

Most dyslexic individuals, including members of my family, struggle academically and are made to feel inferior. I was spared this however, I was not spared moments of hating my dyslexia.

Dyslexia has affected me in progressively larger ways as I’ve aged and I’ve had many a tearful breakdown because of my inability to do simple things. I h
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Gregory Milani
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed reading the book, mainly because I could relate to a lot of the examples in the book. As someone who has been dealing with dyslexia for many years, the school for me was a nightmare and I always felt that I didn't belong there or wasnt's smart enough, only because my brain worked in a different way. I was diagnosed with dyslexia early, but still I wasn't mature enough to compute the pros and cons of dyslexia, for me I was broken. It was only later on that I embraced dyslexia, ...more
Jonathan Crabb
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For dyslexic parents and even teen dyslexics this is a great book. The descriptions and explanations are helpful within the first third of the book. The second third was considerably less helpful on the particular types of dyslexia. The real power of the book is the last third of the book. It takes you step by step through how dyslexics can succeed in elementary / middle, high school / college, and in the workspace. These chapters are detailed and very prescriptive. It will be a set of chapters ...more
North Landesman
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A helpful, insightful book. It shows how the brains of children with Dyslexia are different than those without. Many helpful and tangible ways to show how to help both adults and children with Dyslexia. The book starts off mushy and ends with a great deal of helpful advice. The only reason I went with four instead of five stars here is all their "left brain-right brain" pseudoscience and insistence on jargon. ...more
Aaron
Jul 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
So, went on a trip with a couple of families who've known each other for a long time - 25+ years. Visiting with one of the gals who is a special ed teacher about my childhood, she felt I was dyslexic and suggested this book. It was surprising how I harmonized with a lot in this book. I'm thankful to have more words and ideas and stories around some of how I think. It may change how I act a little, but not too much - I'm doing ok. It's just nice to know that I have perceived weird ways to approac ...more
Amy T.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read on dyslexia, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s one of the most helpful books out there on this topic. The information is a good balance of encouraging dyslexic people see the strenghs of a dyslexic brain and also giving nitty-gritty, practical tips on how to succeed in school and the workplace.
Karen (Living Unabridged)
Oct 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
Encouraging due to the real world examples of people with dyslexia using their strengths in various ways. Recommend if you're raising a child with dyslexia (or if you are an adult with dyslexia!). Lots of helpful resources in the back as well. (websites, organizations, etc.) ...more
Daniel Arne
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting and informative read, even from the perspective of someone who does not have dyslexia. The main meat of this book is in the MIND strength chapters.

I would say that if you are not dyslexic, focusing your efforts on the middle of the book and the discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of a person with dyslexia is where you will get the most enjoyment and information.
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