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Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally E. Shaywitz
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Jul 15, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, favorites, education

This is a must read book for everybody. With 1/5 people having dyslexia you are sure to know somebody with this issue (although there is a large spectrum of how it affects people). I think there are more myths about dyslexia than any other disability out there. I consider myself a pretty well educated person and I believed every single one of those myths until I started researching dyslexia when my middle child was diagnosed with it earlier this year. I now constantly hear those same myths from the school personnel and my daughter's teacher (and she is currently getting her masters in special ed). I have had to educate them on what dyslexia really is. Anyway, this book is easy to read and is the source that most books on dyslexia quote. Dr. Shaywitz (along with her husband) was placed in charge of a study at Yale University by the NIH. They followed 400+, randomly chosen, kids for over 10 years and part of studying the kids was also studying the school districts and whether or not they were even able to identify the dyslexic kids. Her study results were replicated at John Hopkins and the University of Colorado,

The most exciting thing in the updated version of this book is that fMRIs now can show dyslexia in the brain. They have now discovered that with research based intervention before 3rd grade, a child can actually grow the part of the brain that they are lacking that causes the dyslexia. This is amazing news! For the commenter that said he didn't agree with her take on NCLB 2004, I felt the same exact way until I realized that my child had a hidden disability that the school was going to do nothing about (after several meetings). NOW, I have a different opinion of NCLB 2004 because it is going to help me get her the help that she needs. Dyslexia is not reversing letters, or seeing things backwards (although some do), it is a language processing disorder. Dyslexics also have trouble with processing information, sequencing (Ella can never get right if something happened today or tomorrow, and rapid retrievel of information from the brain. Anyway, it's a great book!
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