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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2004
The word "everything" normally brings an air of doubt to my mind, especially when it comes to dyslexia. However, this book is as all inclusive as one could hope for. As a dyslexic parent with two dyslexic boys I found this book to be one I must highly recommend!

It is easy to read (big help to us dyslexics doing research for our children) and concise in a way that was refreshing for a book of this type. This book is full of latest information, some new to even me, but it also includes all the things it took me many years to learn the hard way.

My sons are out of high school now so I have traveled down many of the paths described in this book. I have read many dozens (that is a lot for me) of books on dyslexia related subjects and this is by far the best parenting book for dyslexic children I have found. It is a wonderful resource for those new to the subject as well as more seasoned parents like me! It truly is an "Everything" book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2005
This book outlines valuable information that I have not found in other L.D. handbooks (such as the advantages of Omega 3 fish supplements in your child's diet), yet it's a quick read. If one is to buy only one book on L.D./dyslexia, buy this book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2004
This is an invaluable resource for parents of children who have dyslexia. It is laid out so clearly and is so easy to read. You don't get lost in the wealth of information that it contains. It explains everything a parent needs to know to help their child through the maze of having special learning needs. I highly recommend this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2007
I love this book!!! I have a dyslexic child and a home library of books the haved helped me along the way. I found this book later in my plight and could have saved alot of money if I had it first. It is informative, easy to read, helpful, and hopeful with real world suggestions. Definitely a keeper. I still refer to it when I get frustrated. It is a book I use to talk with my child about her problems. Yes there are other books with great suggestions but this is the best starter out there!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2004
This book is a "must read" for every parent who knows or suspects their child has dyslexia. It will act as a practical guide and provide welcome relief from the maze of often conflicting information a parent encounters when researching ways to help a child.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2005
There was nothing in this book that I

wasn't satisfied with. Your book is wonderful! I really mean that.

It was very informative,insightful,helpful,and most of all - it

helped me easily identify with it. After all, I am Dyslexic. I have

always been Dyslexic,and I will always will be Dyslexic. I felt like

I was reading all about myself in your book. I am glad that you

pointed out that Dyslexics can be able to sound out words and spell

well but they often have problems with nonsense words and also

comprehension. I also liked that you mentioned the possibility that

Dyslexic symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis of disorders like ADD. I

don't even know if I have inattentive type ADHD that I was diagnosed

last year at the age of 32 years old. My Dyslexic symptoms can

easily can account for the inattentive type ADHD. I have been paying

more attention to how I write. I noticed that when I was beginning

to write the word, diaphragm, I wrote a b instead of a d. I have

read ground as brounds and an as no. It's like my Dyslexia hasn't

really gone away.

I took the Nelson Denny reading test when I got assessed for

learning disability. I scored 49th percentile on the reading

comprehension, but there were things on that test that I have read

about in the past. There were things on Carl Jung and Homer. Carl

Jung's psychology is something that really interests me. He believed

in the metaphysical and was seen as a mystic. I knew about Homer. I

read the Iliad as a kid. I loved reading about the Trojan War. I

just loved mythology because it was great for my unharnessed

imagination which you noted in people labeled ADD. I was like the

posterboy for ADD. If there were no things on that test that I never

read before, I would have scored well below the 30th percentile,and

I would have qualified as having a reading disorder. I was never

given a nonsense word reading test which is used to measure decoding

ability and diagose Dyslexia. The psychologist told me that I didn't

have Dyslexia. I had most of the symptoms of Dyslexia as a child.

Maybe I did have problems with reversing letters as a child. It's

hard for me to remember. 3 years of special education could have

helped correct my Dyslexia.

I really enjoyed reading your book. You've helped me realize that I

am Dyslexic. There is no doubt in my mind that I am Dyslexic. I know

that my children will be Dyslexic if their mother happens to be

Dyslexic like me. I will do whatever I can to get their Dyslexia

treated. They will be given the help,tools,love,and care to help

them succeed in life. I feel that this was something that I never

really had when I was a child. I blame nobody for that. I was held

back a year because of immaturity which you noted could happen to

kids with Dyslexia. I did feel more stupid because of that. My

mother didn't know anybody. She didn't know that I was Dyslexic. She

even called me "retard" when I was in 1st grade. Later on, she told

me that I was lazy and irresponsible when I was in mainstream

education. The fact is that she never went to high school. She had

many of the symptoms of Dyslexia. If she had known about her

Dyslexia,then she would have understood me much better. She would

have understood my father who also had symptoms of Dyslexia.

Thank you very much for this book. It was the book that I needed the

most. It was more effective than any self help book. I have been

involved in psychotherapy,and it did nothing for me. It didn't

address my Dyslexic symptoms. They didn't know that I am Dyslexic

neither did I. It was a social worker who mentioned Dyslexia when I

talked about being in special ed for speech problems. That was in

1997. Learning about Dyslexia and Dyspraxia has helped me understand

that I am not retarded,stupid,lazy,nor crazy. I will keep this in

mind when my children has the same problems as me. After all, I will

easily understand them because I have been through it too. Your book

will always help me understand that.

Sincerely,

Raymond Andrews
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2007
Abigail Marshall clearly and concisely guides parents through the LD maze. This book addresses all aspects of dyslexia, the various methods for teaching dyslexics...how and why they work, or don't...All the things a parent wished their IEP team had told them, but didn't.

For any parent reeling from a meeting with educators, this is a must read!

The Gift of Dyslexia The Gift of Learning
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2008
After my 8 year old granddaughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia, we have researched and read as much as possible on the subject. This book opened our eyes to understanding dyslexia. We learned what to expect from teachers, administrators, and tutors as well as how she processes information in her ability to learn and communicate. Our granddaughter has experienced frustration and low self esteem issues that go along with this learning disability and this book gave us more insight as how to deal with all the issues surrounding dyslexia better than other books we had reviewed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
This was a great, quick read. We recently found out our 8 year old son is dyslexic. This book kept things simple... in a language the common lay person can understand. I found it very helpful and have now passed it on to my mother to help her gain a better understanding. It's hard to believe that dyslexia is so prevalent and yet there are so many common misconceptions. I myself have been a teacher for 16 years and have never had any training on the subject. I highly recommend this book... especially as a first read after a diagnosis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2010
This book was a great help in learning about how dyslexia works and effects children. Even with some of it's 'big words' it was still a fairly easy book to read through and understand. I would recommend this to anyone who has a child with dyslexia.
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