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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—individuals with dyslexia—share a unique learning
style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home.
Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors
show how these individuals not only perceive the written word
differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful
connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories,
and display amazing creativity. Blending personal stories with hard
science, The Dyslexic Advantage provides invaluable advice on how
parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can recognize and use
the strengths of the dyslexic learning style in: material reasoning
(used by architects and engineers); interconnected reasoning (scientists
and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and
dynamic reasoning (economists and entrepreneurs.)
With
prescriptive advice and inspiring testimonials, this paradigm-shifting
book proves that dyslexia doesn’t have to be a detriment, but can
often become an asset for success.

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August 22, 2011

Finally - a scientific look at the advantages of dyslexia
Now "THIS" is the book I have been waiting for. As a dyslexic myself and the parent of at least one dyslexic (and gifted) child - this book is life changing, especially in terms of the educational outlook for my children. The Eides have done what so many "claim" to do in their books, but never really get there. They show clear, concrete, and proven advantages to the way the brain works for dyslexics, and shows why those advantages have "trade offs" when it comes to learning things such as reading, writing, and spelling. Basically, the way the dyslexic brain works, people with dyslexia tend to be much, much better than average in four particular areas - described as the M.I.N.D. areas. These cover things such as being able to see objects in 3D and manipulate them on ones mind (a great skill for Engineers, designers, builders, etc.), the ability to see advanced and complex connections between things (an amazing skill for systems engineers, entrepreneurs, psychologists, lawyers, etc.), amazing long term memory, etc. While these advantages are amazing, great, needed, and should be utilized to the best of ones ability - these advantages are there because the dyslexic brain is wired in such a way to support them. The down side is this wiring is the most inefficient way to learn the skills of reading, writing, and spelling. While those are true downsides, that doesn't mean dyslexic individuals can't learn to read, write, and spell - most do. The Eides just show a much better route to those skills.
Another BIG thing I love about this book is how they extensively cover accommodations (like speech-to-text software and digital books). In most dyslexic individuals, there will be a point in which one reaches diminishing returns in terms of reading, writing, and spelling - no matter how much intervention they won't get any better than that point. However, that doesn't mean their learning must stop - the proper accommodations will allow these individuals to reach their full potential in life. And surprisingly, the full potential of a dyslexic is actually more "successful" than a non-dyslexic. Dyslexic individuals are over represented in the top tiers among almost all professions - especially the sciences, engineering, and creative fields (writing, acting, art, music, etc.). Yes, dyslexics who struggle with reading and writing turn out to be amazing writers of everything from fiction to fantasy books (and I suppose one accommodation is hiring a good editor who can see past the spelling mistakes to the amazing content).
The last part of the book deals with the best ways of teaching reading, spelling, and writing to dyslexic individuals - from elementary to college to adults in the workplace. The advice and tips are amazing and I plan on incorporating many of them immediately into our homeschooling plans. They also cover proper accommodations depending on the skill and level of the individual. Another important point of this section is to also encourage the strengths of individuals with dyslexia. Again - there is going to be a point of diminishing returns in teaching reading and writing based skills - so also focus on those areas in which dyslexic individuals thrive.
Another area is the best educational options for gifted individuals. Now this will be the area many parents will struggle with. The truth is traditional school environments are NOT set up to accommodate dyslexic individuals. It isn't for lack of want, but many educational institutions just don't fully understand dyslexia for what it is, and what it isn't. As a result, the best fits for dyslexic students (at least for some time in their for educational years) might be special education classrooms (those that focus on education and not so much behavior I am assuming), schools that specialize in teaching dyslexic students, private schools that allow children to work at their own pace (think Sundry or Reggio or Montessori), and finally homeschooling.
The final chapter and another gem of this book is the resources section. It has websites and resources to cover the tips they described in the text.
A lot of thought and and research, and I believe passion and love went into this book. Again, it really will be a life changer for many individuals with dyslexia (heck, there is even a section that covers adult dyslexics in the workplace!)
5

Mar 27, 2016

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 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 school without being ostracized.

It didn't work. I almost quit school feeling like a complete and utter outsider who was pretty much worthless, which was pretty damn awful because I knew I was smart. I just couldn't make sense of all the easy things that everyone else had an easy time with, while all the complicated intuitional systems-theory top-down approach to a theory of mind came utterly easy to me. Complex ideas? No problem. Conclusions based on very little shown work? No problem.

So then I decided to compensate for my disability by tons of Naruto-like effort and after 8 months working on a single book, I finally came to a Theory Of Reading that relied on an idea-based approach that circled streams of words rather than the words, themselves.

Suddenly, I could read! Well, sort of. I could gist the hell out of anything.

More and more effort was required, and practice, practice, practice, mindful and careful attention to all basic practices of reading and writing, until I eventually worked my way out of special-ed and into honors courses and two degrees in college and eventually to an average 600-700 pages (or more) read per day.

And then we arrive to the reading of this book.

Is the M.I.N.D. approach to understanding both the trials and triumphs of dyslexics useful and edifying? Yes. Yes, it is. I recognized all the ways I think, which is quite different than how most people think. Do normal people build models of interconnected ideas in their heads and attach them all to memory episodes and narratives that tell stories, constantly retelling the tale about oneself as they keep changing and growing?

Um... maybe more than I think?

Is it a useful model to consider myself as having too little RAM, so I have to push almost everything into Permanent Storage on the fly with narrative "cheats"? Yes. Does this explain how I still can't hand-write legibly without losing the full train of thought before I even finish a sentence? Yes. Does it explain why I am always so damn SLOW when I start any new task, but then, after a long, long learning curve, I then blast out the door? Yes.

Do most dyslexics have similar stories? True success stories that NEVER begin in school but generally show an outrageous disproportion of hella-successful people in real life?

Probably.

I began reading this book from a snide and self-serving pessimism, thinking it was about time that I got some damn recognition instead of ostracism, but I finished it feeling a a pretty warm glow of understanding and camaraderie with the entire subset of the population of which I belong.

Maybe this book was meant for me, after all. In a real way. Not just the way I began it.

And perhaps this book was really meant for my 13 year old me, even more. Can I forget lifelong depression and self-worth issues? Yes. I can. Might it have been so much more productive if I had a book like this at a much earlier time?

I'd like to think so. And that's why I'd recommend this book for anyone with loved ones who have dyslexia. I'd recommend that you read this book to them, aloud, so that the understanding sinks in for both you and them at the same time. The connection you'll form with them will probably be invaluable, perhaps even life-long.

Dyslexia isn't a disease. Even ADHD, which is often a misdiagnosis of dyslexia, falls under the category of people who simply Think Differently. We have lots of talents, but those talents aren't easily identified when the expectations are for completely different skills. :)

Good book. :)

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August 5, 2016

Very insightful.
Okay, am I the only one who thinks it's ironically comical to have a book on dyslexia that's almost 300 pages long with small words?

I'm dyslexic and have been blessed to excel in business and personal areas as well due to the specifics of how I process information. I see things that seem so clear and simple that others cannot grasp, even once it's explained.

I am reading and mostly finished with this book. It's a struggle, yes, but it's well worth the time investment. I have read another popular book on the subject and thought it was ok, but it basically was telling me that I had a dysfunction and giving advice on how to work around and improve the areas of "dysfunction". This was of no help. I process information differently and that's how it is.

What's great about this book is that it doesn't try to change the thIngs about me that are most difficult to change if not impossible, but acknowledges them and gives me more insights on how to use this advantage I was born with to do great things.

Kudos to anyone and everyone who finally figured out that differences are just differences. I would not have been able to achieve what I have without thus wonderful advantage I was born with.

This is an awesome book.
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Aug 27, 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 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 have met a couple of people who were. My issues are just annoying enough to cause problems. For me, I confuse left and right constantly. More of a problem then you think.

I cannot spell. Now when I tell people this, they laugh and say....yeah, neither can I.....hahaaha. "no, you're not hearing me. I really can't spell, it's not that I don't try, I just can't do it". Then when confronted with one of my creations, they will laugh and point out the misspelling, making me feel stupid. I want to yell "Hey asshat, I told you I can't spell so fuck off!" But I don't. It upsets me.

Most jobs that are easy for the general population are hell for me. Which is why I suck at most "jobs". For instance, I have a friend here on the GRs that can listen to audiobooks while typing in numbers, data. WTF?? That blows my mind, because entering in numbers, in specific order would take every ounce of my concentration. The horror.

So, when I saw the title of this book I had to read it because I have not experienced any particular advantage with the way my brain is wired. What I do well with this particular "advantage" is I am very mechanically minded. Spacial is my thing. I can draw, paint. I like to sculpt as well though I haven't done much in that lately. I make a living (kind of) as an artist because, I really don't feel I have many other choices.

It would have been easier if I were like most everybody else, but life is more interesting because I'm not.

This book is great, and I love the author for pointing out the good stuff associated with dyslexia and how we are as smart as the rest of you. Today, with more knowledge like this, kids with dyslexia will have the fighting chance that I didn't get.

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5

Mar 08, 2013

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 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 because despite the offical tests they won't confirm a diagnosis this young) as dyslexic. At the same age she was given a free trip to South Korea to attend a Comics Convention because someone across the otherside of the world had recognised her artistic talent from an online photograph.

Dyslexics do not have a disability, they have a learning difference. A difference that like Einstein , Newton and Leonardo da Vinci can help them see and achieve greatness. The education system doesn't allow for this learning style, and their talents often go unrecognised until later in life when they are being measured against real world standards. That is if the education system hasn't destroyed them first.

This book has helped me explain in very scientific terms to my daughter, how clever she is. It has given me a very pragmatic list of strategies to get her through these primary, secondary and tertiary years. It has empowered me to perservere with the mechanics of reading and spelling in the knowledge that this skill will come. It will just take a little longer. That in return for the extra work it will take to read and spell well, she has been given creative insight (At seven, with hard work, she is now reading at average). It has given me the courage to challenge her school's policy making in this area. It has taught me (a non-dyslexic English teacher) the very dyslexic skill of seeing the bigger picture - and knowing that my daughter is in everyway beyond perfect.

The other day I asked her "If you could swap being able to draw, and make scultpures, and tell amazing stories, to be able to spell, would you?" "Never", she replied. ...more
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August 6, 2014

Needed For Those Like Me
During my time in school, I always had to go to speech classes, resources, which is help for the slower kids during elementary school, and during High School I failed English every year. Two of the years, the teacher allowed me to go on to the next grade, and one year, I had to do summer school. You needed a 50 to pass summer school, I got a 51, so mostly I am with the dumb kids, and I was still one of the dumbest. This created some terrible attitudes within me. Mostly, I had a attitude of not caring. Year after year, you feel like a failure. You cannot write well, you cannot spell anything, and your sentences are awful. Hence, you are treated like a below average kid. When you are treated like you are below average, you act like it. The sad reality for people with dyslexia is that you are far from below average in IQ. Mentally, you get what is happening, you just cannot communicate it on a piece of paper.
When I saw this book, I was interested in it because of my background. The book talks about some of the natural advantages that people like me have. Instead of focusing on our weaknesses, these authors studied to see where dyslexics excel. It is interesting, but people like me are gifted in narrative thinking, thinking outside of the box, systematic thinking. We have the ability to see the many moving pieces and create some sense of understanding and order. This is helpful in leadership. A strong percentage of CEO’s have dyslexia. Also, engineers are more like to be blessed with Dyslexia too. This book is an encouragement for people like me. As most of you know, even my blog has writing errors often. For years, I was treated like broken goods. It was nice to read a book that talked about areas that I have strength in.
If you have this, or have a child, this is an inspirational read, not in the traditional sense, but it will help you channel yourself, and your children. You can spend the rest of your life trying to fix something that is hard to fix, or you can go be successful in an area that you have a natural advantage in. Check this book out.
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May 1, 2015

Embrace your Dyslexia
I am not sure dyslexia is ever really an advantage, no matter how successful you are, having watched two children struggle with this disability and one child not. The book makes it clear that those who have dyslexia have suffered a lot of pain and true this different way of thinking does lend to looking outside of the box. But even if you or your child understand dyslexia and know you are not stupid there will always be those who cannot not or will not understand this disability and think you are being lazy or it is unfair that you get extra time on test. That is the the world we live in. By understand why a dyslexic struggles makes it easier to stay positive and realize you have other gifts that others do not. I think anyone who has, or loves a dyslexic should read this book, as it gives insight to how and why a dyslexic brain works the way it does and what type of careers would be a good direction to go in. The reality is dyslexia is not something you did, except inherit a gene for it, and is a disability you will have to live with your entire life and make adaptions for. This book gives great examples of why you need to embrace your unique learning style and look at how amazingly you do this, not at the the deficit of reading slowly or being a poor speller. We all have our unique strengths and weaknesses. The Dyslexic Advantage shows you how to embrace being dyslexic and makes you feel you are not alone in your struggle, nor are you stupid for processing information in a different way.
5

June 2, 2015

A 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free' card. Finally! The positive of being dyslexic! Updated 06 Sept 2015
This book gives specific references & examples to how and why the dyslexic brain processes the way it does. And presents it with its advantages and trade offs. At the end of the book the authors give specific reference and suggestions on what jobs may best suit each or combo of those processing styles (MIND), as well as reading, writing, thriving in high school & college, and so on.
For myslef, after reading this book, I felt like I finally got my 'get out jail free card'. It's like I was interviewed for the book along with these other amazing people who have created wonderful lives for themselves using the advantages of their dyslexic processing brains. I have yet to read a better book that so positively and specifically demonstrates exactly how I view and experience the world, as well as the struggles of explaining what that 'looks' like and why certain things 'just don't work for me'. Despite the typical struggle of school, I have always felt like being dyslexic WAS an advantage but didn't have the verbage to express why/how. Now with this fabulous book as reference, I have access to the comparatives needed to express it / the differences of processing styles. (An example, viewing things in 3D while non-dyslexic processing brains view things in 2D. And so on)
And the best part of this book, in my opinion, it presents 'being dyslexic' in a postiive light with the 'trade offs' being secondary, but also workable. All those years of hasty judgements, unkind/cruel words, and misunderstood diagnosis swept away after reading this book.
I've purchased two more copies. One for my wonderful Viiolin instructor and the other for a family member who's 5 year old son may also have the same Dyslexic Advantage.
With Gratitude to the Eide's for their work and interviews & to all other trailblazers assiting with bringing new light to the dyslexic processing mind.

UPDATED: 06 Sept 2015
As I mentioned towards the end of my review I purchased a copy for my Violin instructor. She's a saint by all terms as she's patiently worked with me for the past few months, using the info in this book, (as well as her own skill sets of - observation, listening to my feedback & adapting to my 'way' of understanding) - to help me create a 'sheet music' version of the songs I am learning because I can't read the music. The best way I can describe it is if someone were to have vertigo and then try and look at the sheet music. That, and I've asked around and looked on line. I've yet to find any info for/about sheet music for dyslexics. So we are establishing our own based on M. I. N. D. and her musical knowledge.
Instead of notes we created a format using colored paper and symbolism for bow strokes and finger position much like one would use a ledger for reading a Thomas Brother Map book. This works comfortably for me from my years of truck driving. I know each of us is different for the way our minds process but I have found this book such a great reference for adapting otherwise almost impossible ways of acheiving certain goals - like playing the violin.
Again with Gratitude, I submit this updated review.
5

December 29, 2011

If you know anyone with dyslexia, read this!
There are already many excellent reviews of this book - I just want to add my perspective. As the wife of a dyslexic, I've been studying this topic for over 20 years. The way my husband thinks is fascinating to me. But I have learned as much in the last couple of days from reading this book as much I have learned in the past 20 years. This book describes him perfectly, and gives me tremendous insights as to what is going on in that brain of his. As a person who is more detail-oriented, I already knew that my husband was special, and a perfect complement to me. This book validates all that I thought, and offers so much more perspective on the opportunities that lie in front of us. Easy to read, chock full of stories and reasons we both can relate to, this is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. If you have anyone in your life who is dyslexic, you need to read this. If you don't know any dyslexics, I suggest you read this book anyways. I'm certain you will discover someone you know in these pages. And if you are married to a dyslexic, I think you will find that this becomes a vital handbook to a successful partnership.
4

Jan 23, 2013

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 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 into the book before I was convinced that I am definitely dyslexic. I've said throughout my life (at least to myself) that my brain just doesn't work. Of course what I mean is that it doesn't work at doing a lot of things that other people do easily, such as organizational skills, and speech processing. Now I realize that what I've been saying is true. My brain doesn't work the way most other people's brains work.

The Eides' main thesis is that the dyslexic brain simply has a different wiring architecture than a "normal" brain. This dyslexic architecture comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Traditionally society has focused on the weaknesses of the dyslexic brain. Now, however, we know (so say the Eide's at least) what the strengths that come along with dyslexia are, and it's about time that we started focusing on those. (We cannot, of course, forget about the weaknesses. Dyslexics still need specialized help, especially during their early educations.)

The Eides outline four areas of dyslexic strengths (each of which comes along with weaknesses as trade-offs). They call them the MIND strengths. I'm not really qualified to judge the scientific grounding of the Eide's claims, but they certainly sounded believable and came off as being grounded in scientific research (if also in the Eides' anecdotes about their clients). The division into four seperate strengths seemed maybe a little ad hoc, especial the last two (N=Narrative Reasoning and D=Dynamic Reasoning).

I really enjoyed The Dyslexic Advantage. It helped me see what some of my talents are, and how those talents came to me through dyslexia. I wouldn't trade my dyslexic brain for a non dyslexic one if I had the choice. I'm also very excited that one of my children has dyslexia. I'm eager to see how she approaches the world as she grows. ...more
5

February 10, 2019

The Picture of my Loved Ones Emerged
This was a great exploration of dyslexia. Neuroscience is my particular interest and I learned many new things about mental processes that help me understand how people tic. Up until this point, I had difficulty understanding my four family members with dyslexia. I've carried around frustration for years; dyslexia is a lot more than an issue with text; it can also include problems with verbal communication (or miscommunication), time management, and lack of attention to detail. But also all four of my family members are brilliant and unique. After reading this I am truly more accepting of who they are as they are. The book makes a point about measuring a kid's development by a typical way kids with dyslexia develop as opposed to how the average kid develops. I took my child to so many experts over the last five years and none of them understood much about dyslexia, nor about these other patterns I was seeing in him which are often classified as "executive functioning" and "twice exceptional". The mystery is gone now, and I'm relieved. I wish I could buy this book for all the school psychologists and resource teachers out there. I wish we could have schools that emphasized science exploration, project-based learning and hands-on 3-dimensional learning over worksheets so that the teachers could see what my kids can really do! And they would want to be at school every day, doing science. But one day in the job market their skills will be in demand. I also really recommend the Ben Foss book on empowering plan for dyslexia. Thanks to these authors for their terrific work.
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Dec 07, 2011

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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February 23, 2018

Not bad.
Still reading the book. Its interesting though I wish the paper it was printed on was different. Makes it hard to read as does the smallish print. Considering this is a book on Dyslexia would have expected better attention to the type of paper and print used. I would still recommend this book.
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December 31, 2014

Ultimatly useful, IF you can stick it out
ultimately, this book is useful if you are dyslexic and want to know and understand how your "messed up" mind works. Reading it is tiresome as the author is not a good wordsmith nor can they say something simply briefly. Eventually points are made and clarified and the real-life examples are not relevant to be honest as they are all snapshots of the life and success of multimillionaires and highly successful people. how does that help me? how do i get from here to there? Supposedly the audio version is better, but I am not willing to give it a go.
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Oct 27, 2011

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 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 research is exceptional, and their use of real people and their own clinical experience lends to the book's authenticity. The best part about reading this book was the moment I recognized my child's advantages in the 4 areas of strength. It changed the way I approach his teaching. I'm reading it for a second time with a highlighter and pencil. ...more
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May 9, 2016

Banal with overtones of ambiguity
As a teacher, dyslexic person and parent of a dyslexic child, I found this book to be trite. Opening chapter leads off with generic bland motivational stories about those with dyslexia struggling and then succeeding in vague ways with no facts or specificity. First names only, no actual documentation or proof.

A nice book if you're depressed about being dyslexic but not a heck of a lot more than that. Lot's of feel good and proud of yourself, but not much in the way of specific cases.
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May 16, 2016

Hard to read and dry
My two children were tested and may or may not be dyslexic. I bought this book with the hopes that I could seethe advantages of dyslexia. I have attempted tomread this book however it is very dry and difficult to read. I have had the book about 2 months and I am yet to finish it. Several places have words that I (with a 4 year college degree and homeschool mother) have had difficulty pronouncing and understanding. I have picked up other books on the dyslexia and finished them rather quickly. If you are going to write a book about the advantages of dyslexia the book should be easier to read considering you already have your work cut for helping your loved ones learn to read.
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January 31, 2014

The book was written for educators not the average person.
The book was written for educators and not for the average person, although there were some interesting concepts that are helpful to parents and dyslexic individuals. I got more out of the last 3-4 discs than the beginning ones.
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Sep 08, 2012

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 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 struggles of one dyslexic and discover that it is Anne Rice they are talking about. Incidentally she was the best-selling author of all time at over 100 million books. (I"m guessing that level has been surpassed by now.) Eide describes in detail the upside and the downside and in addition to the diagnostics, which most books are pretty thorough about, includes elementary school, high school and even workplace suggestions.
I could say a LOT more, but I'm not even finished reading the book. So...if it is in your sphere of interest, just read it. It'll make it easier on Moms because there will be less lengthy responding to do when people say something to the effect of, "Awww, poor you, your child is dyslexic." Heck, yeah!
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Aug 17, 2013

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 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 flavors of dyslexia.

Also, this book has helped me be more open about my own dyslexia and helped be more understanding of those who never understood it --which at times has included me. When I grew up, the solution to dyslexia was "Cowboy up, and take 4th grade again." I had no idea of what was going on. Definitely a book I would time machine back and give to all my teachers, principle and parents. So grateful this book was written for kids today.

And my only criticism is one a dyslexic would make. I wish the book had more visuals.

Whatever these writers do next, I'm buying.
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Sep 17, 2012

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 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 narrative and pleasant to read. A number of individuals are profiled; one is quoted in the book as saying “I learned early on that since you can’t get out of dyslexia, you better get into it…I decided to ‘embrace the beast’… and how to be proud of who I am.” We are all wired a little differently, and I like how this book, while recognizing the challenges, highlights the benefits and real strengths that dyslexia can offer. ...more
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Apr 18, 2013

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 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 educators.

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the authors, who did me the honor of using my particular life story, so far at least, as an example of the "narrative intelligence" strengths that man dyslexics have. It's a truly humbling experience to see my name listed among so many, and much more accomplished dyslexics, such as Charles Schwab, Anne Rice, Sir Richard Bransen. However, I'd offer the glowing reviews of this book as more objective evidence of its excellence. ...more
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Oct 25, 2011

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.
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Mar 30, 2016

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 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 might not have done because I decided a long time ago I wasn't going to let it rule or ruin my life. I would recommend this book to any one interested in the way the dyslexic brain works. For parents of children who have dyslexia and of course to any one who has dyslexia. This book won't fix your dyslexia but it might just give you a little confidence boost and there is nothing wrong with that. Enjoy. ...more
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December 1, 2015

However I find the case examples to be only of super successful people for the most part which doesn't really ...
Interesting take on dyslexia and provides some possible insights about it. However I find the case examples to be only of super successful people for the most part which doesn't really speak to your average student with dyslexia which is much more complicated as their strengths in these areas are often not very strong, not to mention how to tease out which ones are. This lack of practical application and the reality of even working with these strengths in a regular public institution makes this book interesting but not terribly useful. Also when it comes down to actually helping people with dyslexia the book still recommends intensive intervention to make up deficits in academic subjects, which is really beyond many families or school districts scope - unless your in silicon valley as many of these case studies are.

As for these other reviewers saying it was complicated, boring, hard to read,etc. I don't really agree. I got through it in a couple hours and was very easy to grasp. She included lots of main points and checklists as well as the "MIND" acronym for remembering the strengths. Thought it was engaging enough when compare to other academic type literature. Perhaps since I am a teacher and always reading something this is the case, but then again I know how dry and boring this info can be. Anyways, worth a look if dyslexia has touched you in any way...

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