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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ammonite Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1869866134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869866136
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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A second, revised edition of the practical and down-to-earth 'survival' guide, which gives advice and suggestions for parents who find bringing up a dyslexic child both frustrating and worrying. Strategies are suggested for coping in a positive way with the problems of the dyslexic at home and at school.

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220 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2006
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This is a small paperback book of about 95 pages. With my son (now 10) all this book really rung true, and I'm amazed how little our local primary school seem to know my son compared to the description given here on how a dyslexic son behaves (particularly the tantrums and whinging when you try and get him to read - it's because he finds it really hard work). Dyslexia simply means 'difficulty with words' so as a label it is little more than stating the obvious that your child isn't progressing with reading as easily as most. When my son seemed to doing badly with reading 3 years ago at primary school, I mentioned it to his teacher and she said - oh he's clearly not dyslexic he's doing fine at reading. Two years on and he had a reading age of 7 when approaching 10, and the school then said he had real problem with reading and spelling - noticed largely because his new form teacher also had a dyslexic son. If I had read this book 3 years ago I would have fought far harder to get him specialist help - it's now coming a little late really with secondary school only 9 months away, but he is progressing far faster than he was. I don't know if it's just maturity or the fact that people now recognize he has a problem (as does he) and help rather than complain and call him lazy, but he is now really trying hard at reading & spellings (well most of the time).

This book has lots of very useful information for those with a dyslexic child around 7 to 10 (the earlier you read this book the better, particularly as school support for dyslexics all but vapourises once they leave primary school). Some ideas in this book my son had already worked out for himself beforehand like laying out his clothes and book bag ready for school the night before (organisation skills).
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Clair on 6 Mar. 2008
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This book is a fantastic read and highly educating! As a parent of a child with dyslexia, it's constantly about 'spelling', 'reading', 'numeracy' etc. This book is written by a dyslexia teacher who has dyslexia and who's son has dyslexia which adds a definite 'been there' feel. It's also written in a humourous way and suggests strategies that can be used at home to aid in the management of dyslexia as well as ways to read with your child. This book highlights those areas that you don't usually think are related to dyslexia (as well as addressing the usual) and since reading it, I feel a little guilty about the times when I have become frustrated with my son re: his disorganisation etc and for example, it take 10mins before we leave the house after telling him it's time to go! I'm now more aware that it is how dyslexia can manifest itself outside of the learning environment and I can now aid him in developing strategies to aid in his independence for when hes older. A must for any parent as going on my experience with school so far, these are areas that are missed in the education of parents in what dyslexia exactly means to those of us who live full time with a dyslexic child. It also highlights how we can help more at home-not just helping with the literacy side! Through reading this book, I now feel more able to help my son and will certainly put suggestions made by it into place! It should be renamed Dyslexia:A Bible for Parents! Thank you Christine Ostler!
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Lidstrom on 16 Oct. 2007
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I cannot imagine a person better qualified to write such a book than Christine Ostler, teacher, expert in specific learning difficulties and mother of three children, one of whom is dyslexic. This concise guide (of just 94 pages) contains a well-balanced mix of professional advice and techniques that can be applied by parents struggling to help their dyslexic child. It includes many personal and often humorous tales recounting the problems encountered by Christine and her son Jonathan as he was growing up. I have found it invaluable. It is highly readable, and never dull. Can one ask for more?

Once the common problems of the dyslexic have been discussed, including getting a diagnosis, "fussy mothers" and parents in general, stress, morale, organisation, time-keeping, and lost clothes, professional advice is given on developing techniques to overcome the difficulties these problems present. Valuable information is provided for dealing with the specific difficulties encountered by younger children and for assisting older ones to find a suitable way of working in the challenging environments of secondary school and further education. The very fact that it is not until the fifth chapter that reading is discussed in any depth is a perfect illustration of the author's comprehension of the magnitude and gravity of the challenges that dyslexia can impose on a child, and his family. If your goal is to reduce the frustrations of bringing up a dyslexic child, whilst helping him to become autonomous, this is the book you are looking for.

"It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly", the psychologist Csikszentmihalyi informs us (in his slightly heavy-going book, "Flow").
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2004
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I found this book very helpful when trying to understand and help my dyslexic eleven year old son. I found the humour and the realistic tone of the book made it a pleasure to read. lastly, the study skills really did work for him.
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