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Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level Hardcover – April 15, 2003
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This book does give a good overview of the process of learning to read in ordinary children, as well an explanation of some of the differences in the way dyslexic children learn and read, and an excellent overview of good curriculum materials available and in use in many schools today. It also give a wonderful and very readable summary of Dr. Shaywitz's own research into reading and dyslexia -- but Shaywitz's theories are not universally accepted, and the book does not analyze or compare the research done by the dozens of other prominant researchers in the field of dyslexia.
As another review noted, the book also suffers from a sort of split personality -- in the first section it outlines the many aspects of the dyslexic learning style that are different from typical children, and then the section on reading instruction recommends many of the very same techniques that the first part said were inappropriate for dyslexics. For example, in one part the author points out the difficulty of rote learning for dyslexics; in the next part she recommends using flash cards for drill and memorization of common sight words.Read more ›
One particularly attractive feature of the book is that it covers many areas of concern: not just the science of dyslexia, but also the techniques of testing for dyslexia and teaching to dyslexics, the social and personal implications of dyslexia, policy and administrative implications of dyslexia, effective advocacy for a dyslexic child, misconceptions about dyslexia, and so forth. A special treat is the epilogue, which provides the life stories of seven dyslexics who have been extraordinarily successful as authors, physicians, businesspersons, or politicians. I particularly note that many of these successful people regard dyslexia not as a burden to overcome, but as a gift that forces them to think where others rely on rote memorization.
I bought this book because my son is dyslexic. After reading it, I am also nearly convinced that I am dyslexic. (Before you read too much into genetics, let me tell you that my son is adopted.) Other apparent dyslexics I know are my father (a self-made multimillionaire who has difficulty spelling words of four or five letters) and my Ph.D. thesis advisor (a highly creative theoretical physicist, winner of the Wolf Prize and the Boltzmann Metal, who told me not to fret overly about my poor spelling, because "the ability to spell anticorrelates with intelligence").
The book does not deserve five stars, however, because it is seriously schizophrenic.Read more ›
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The book helps one to understand dyslexia in more layman's language than a lot of other books and sites on the internet. Read morePublished 1 day ago by DeeArr1
I consider this the definitive lay-text on dyslexia diagnosis. It helped us SO much. It's very neuroscience based and technical and may not appeal to everyone, but I wanted... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Katy
Meh...very meh almost annoying and not helpful. Read smart but scattered and Dyslexia Advantage instead.Published 11 days ago by Carolyn Hofmann
Good merchandise, on time delivery. Definitely would buy again.Published 13 days ago by David W Reische
This book gets right to the issues of dyslexia in the classroom. I would also encourage the video that Dr. Shaywife, M.D. has on YouTube.Published 13 days ago by Bat
The best book out there on understanding dyslexia. Every elementary teacher, every parent, every dyslexic person should read this book.Published 2 months ago by margery gerard