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The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning Paperback – May 17, 2016
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Starred Review. In a passionate and well-articulated guide that puts to rest the idea that dyslexic people are unintelligent, disabilities advocate Foss (himself dyslexic and the creator of Intel Reader, a text-to-speech device) describes dyslexia as a characteristic and a disability that should be accommodated in the same way as blindness or mobility issues. Foss reframes the use of film, audiobooks, and material read aloud as ear-reading, in contrast to the eye-reading that is the educational standard. Though, as Foss notes, eye-reading is a useful skill that can be improved by teaching methods like Orton-Gillingham, by mid-elementary school, dyslexic students should be accommodated with auditory materials. He hopes that parents can learn to explain their child's needs in a way that will win them essential support, and that they can help their child build self-esteem. Foss describes the current state of assistive technology and highlights the availability of material from resources like Learning Ally; he also discusses how to navigate good accommodations in the school environment and determine if a school is inappropriate for your child's welfare. This extremely practical and motivational book will be welcomed by parents of dyslexic children. Agent: Carol Mann, Carol Mann Agency. (Aug.) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
“A passionate and well-articulated guide . . . This extremely practical and motivational book will be welcomed by parents of dyslexic children.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Accessible and reassuring.”—Library Journal
“A great new resource for parents.”—Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D., certified special education advocate, The San Diego Learning Center of the Dyslexia Training Institute
“I study dyslexia in the lab and am a parent of a wonderful daughter who fits this profile. Ben Foss’s book should be considered essential to any collection on the subject. It was extremely useful, especially for a mom. Thank you!”—Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology, UCSF, Memory and Aging Center
“Foss has used his journey to provide readers with a unique and insightful view of the strengths and challenges that come with being dyslexic. The talent and creativity with which Ben has written this book make it stand out as a guide to navigating the remarkable world of dyslexia.”—Claudia Koockek, head of school, Charles Armstrong School, Belmont, CA
“As someone with a learning profile that made school tough, and as a parent, I know kids need the right support. Ben Foss knows how to get access to education because he’s been through it. I was thrilled to read this book. It offers a wise collection of insights that are both practical and touching. Buy it today if you want a get a plan for your child.”—James Gandolfini, actor, The Sopranos
“As an educator with forty-two years of experience, with half of of that time supporting dyslexic learners, I cannot think of a more valuable and insightful resource for parents and teachers to empower dyslexic kids. As a dyslexic adult myself, and the head of an independent school for dyslexics, I know Ben Foss’s wisdom is dead-on and I recommend this book to any parent.”—Muir Meredith, head of school, Westmark School, Encino, California
“This is the book we have been waiting for, synthesizing the head and the heart issues in dyslexia. Our organization supports millions of parents looking for information on dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities; Foss’s step-by-step guide will become a go-to resource for them.”—James H. Wendorf, executive director, National Center for Learning Disabilities
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I will disclose my own bias - I am a dyslexic and have 3 dyslexic children. As a result, I have read far and wide on the topic and it appeared that at times when the author should have been mentioning more up-to-date research or ideas, he didn't. I think what was holding me back from loving this book is that the goal is a bit more narrow that what the title mentions. This isn't so much a blueprint for fostering an overall love of learning in dyslexic children, but navigating the school system for parents of dyslexic children. Now, this will be the route for the vast majority of parents of dyslexic children, so it will meet their needs quite well. However, if you are a parent who takes a much more hands on approach to your child's education - this won't quite meet your needs.
One example, that has been pointed out by other reviewers, is Mr. Foss' view of homeschooling. Mr. Foss states quite boldly that homeschooling isn't appropriate for dyslexic children. Mr. Foss makes startling statements such as "Being able to socialize with other students and to learn from them is a big part of the adaptive techniques that many students who are dyslexic will use later in life." His assumption seems to be that home schooled students have no opportunity to "socialize with other students" which is completely contrary to what research into homeschooling has shown over time. He also makes the statement homeschoooling your child "can have a negative impact in the long term" - I would love to see his research stating this to be the case, because I just haven't seen anything like this.
He asserts that a child can only get accommodation in a professional school setting, again a completely false premise. For instance, one of the most widely used accommodations to help dyslexics with reading fluency - Reading Assistant - is available to homeschoolers and at a fraction of the price charged to public and private schools. The reading program based in the UK - EasyRead - has shown excellent results for dyslexic children and is again available to any English speaking homeschooling family. Other accommodations, like Learning Ally, are again available to homeschooling families. Children taking classes within the community (whether through a private coop or other area) will have available to them social interactions and the need for navigation that families of dyslexic students in the public school community will have. Basically, rather than simply saying he was unsure of what was available to homeschooling families and wouldn't be speaking on that in this book - he simply dismissed it as harmful to children.
Unfortunately, this tone was taken in not just this area, but others. While Mr. Foss didn't see his dyslexia as a "gift", that doesn't mean others dyslexics don't see it as a gift and not a disability. Not every dyslexic had the same experience as Mr. Foss and while my heart breaks for him, his story isn't more valid than another dyslexic with a different experience. Throughout Mr. Foss' book he talks down to or about individuals with a different lens than the one he wears and that is what makes what could have been a 5 star book a 3 star book. Mr. Foss chooses to share his story as "the" rule as opposed to "a rule".
Again, it is full of really good information. The reader will just have to muddle through some not so great commentary sprinkled throughout.
I may add that as a parent, you are your child's advocate at school. Have you ever felt that your teacher was in charge of your child and you weren't? This book will help you be able to talk with your teacher using words that your teacher and the people in the Education field will recognize and respect. It is extremely helpful to know your child's strengths and weaknesses so that you may introduce your child to their teacher in the best way.
Throughout his book, Ben focuses on building a "plan" for you and your child. Beginning with understanding your child's interests, finding accomodations for your child, and continuing with a better understanding of your rights as parents of a child who learns differently. There is so much content in this book. Ben is a truly providing an "Empowerment Plan" for the reader of this book.
Other than that, the book was great and informative. Also I loved the personality questionaire to help me focus on my son's strengths rather than his weaknesses. I have only read books that talk about Orton-Gillingham written by experts in the field, so they did not have the same passion for alternative ways of learning that Ben Foss explains.