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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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Hudson Street Press
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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
Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, science
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Cinamon Collins
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about the strengths and areas of difficulty that dyslexic students have. Informative and suggestions are given to appeal to the students strengths allowing to build skills and confidence.
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.
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.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I needed to read.
May 11, 2017 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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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, hi, I ...more
Shawn Thornton
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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