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The Gift of Dyslexia, Revised and Expanded: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read...and How They Can Learn Paperback – February 23, 2010


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Reprint edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535666
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book (slowly and painfully at first, as always), and had a bit of an epiphany.
Jeremy Cole
And then there are the hours and hours of symbol mastery work to get him in charge of the letters, sounds, and words he needs to be able to read.
Heather M. Head
Great book for a parent trying to understand what her dyslexic child is going through and how you can help him.
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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Cole on October 28, 2010
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I bought the previous version of this book more than 8 years ago. I was 21, and although I would've been ashamed to have admitted it then, I hadn't read a single book cover to cover in my 21 years, including school assignments. I had really struggled in school through my entire childhood and teenage years, and nobody really understood why. I failed every English class in high school. I just wasn't able to read, and it was immensely frustrating. I tested very well, and was clearly intelligent. I got deeply involved in computer programming from a very early age, so my intelligence level was high enough. I could write in English just fine. Yet I still struggled. Nobody ever diagnosed me with dyslexia, but this book looked interesting, so I bought it on a whim.

By the time I bought this book, I was doing well working in the computer industry, but I never really understood why I couldn't read. Well, to be clear, I could *read* and understand words; I wasn't illiterate by any means, but I found it impossible to get through more than a few pages of text. I had severe reading comprehension problems. My mind would read ahead, wander around, and mis-read things, and I would have to read and re-read the same text many times to really understand it (if I cared enough to learn it, as I did for computer programming).

I read this book (slowly and painfully at first, as always), and had a bit of an epiphany. I have applied Mr. Davis's techniques using the "mind's eye", and in the past 8 years I have read literally hundreds of books cover to cover. I now love reading, and pick up a new book at least once a week.

I still find myself struggling with my dyslexia if I am too tired, but that's the only time his techniques are not completely automatic.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By LittleLucy on October 16, 2010
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Hello to those of you reading this review. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone who has or thinks they might know someone who has learning differences. To give you a little insight into the wonderful information this book holds, I will share a little of my story. I was home schooled for 12 years, and went to college right after graduation like the average person. However at that time, I had NO idea I was dyslexic. I had horrible grades at school, lost a music scholarship at college because of the poor grades, and after two years of misery, I dropped out of college. I always knew things were harder for me, and took me longer to accomplish than the average person. I would always run late, forget peoples names two seconds after they told me, dont even ask me to stay organized, and would have a hard time recalling certain words or even how to spell them at times.

Seven years later I decided I had to get a college degree, but shortly after I started classes again, I was having all the old problems with school and my grades. I couldnt figure out what the heck was wrong! I would have exams and study and study for hours only to recieve many "D"s. I would be so excited to get anything resembleming a "C" grade or better! After 2 more years of school, I had had it! I decided to get to the bottom of these "problems". One day, I had dinner with my mom, and after we left the resturant, she asked me something about the menu, I knew the answer and told her. She asked me how I knew that, and I said it was simple because I was looking at the menu in my mind. Like I had taken a picture of it. when I had looked at it earlier. My mom quickly told me, that was a very unusual way of thinking and not typical.

When I got home, I started looking up on the internet "thinking in pictures".
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By hippiemama on January 11, 2011
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Being dyslexic, I have read more than a few articles and books on it. This is hands-down the best thing ever written about dyslexia. If you are looking at this book as a tool to help your child deal with this, buy it and use it. Be careful to do exactly as the author indicates, no skipping steps! It will really work if you commit and do it.

Caution: If you are a self-corrected dyslexic adult, reading this to help your kid; heed the following advice. Stop reading at page 128, then skip ahead to page 182. This will explain what to do if in your reading beyond page 128 you begin doing what I did and get a horrendous headache. I had this headache and some disorientation for about four days.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 8, 2011
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My daughter, since she was in first grade would complain about the words dancing and moving on the page, she hated reading, it was exhausting for her. She has always been very gifted, we had her tested for everything to find out where her struggles were coming from. She would test extremely high in oral vocabulary, always 5-6 grades above her current one. They always came back with, she had a processing limitation and that is why she was struggling. They said she had lazy eyes, so we gave her vision therapy...still she struggled, we enrolled her in special reading classes through the school....still she struggled. She always had strong social skills and a relentless work ethic, so she never got poor grades, even though she would stay up past midnight frequently trying to force the reading in her head. She would constantly break down, crying with her reading and writing difficulty. Finally, when my daughter was in 6th and struggling to read at a 3rd grade level,my wife brought this book home. We read it. We found one of the Davis centers nearby and enrolled our daughter. The teachers said we were stupid to take her out of class, but we did. In that 1 week down at the center, she went from a 3rd grade reading level to a 10th grade reading level. She hated reading any book or magazine. After she went through the program, she immediately started reading the Harry potter books and by seventh grade, read The Lord of the Rings cover to cover. All I can witness to is my experience with my daughter...It changed her life. By the end of 6th grade those same teachers APOLOGIZED to my wife and I. my daughter has never since been below a 3.5 and is now exceling in college. The book may sound like hocus pocus, and may not work for everyone, but for our daughter, those years of frustration, and along with it depression, literally melted away from her.
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