on 4 October 2012
I found this book so helpful, and very reassuring. I have lived a life of disorganisation, incomprehension when it comes down to organising and a crash into depression and confusion, when things become overwhelming.
At last, I have some understanding of why I am like I am, and can now start living with myself with less anxiety,
Thank you for this revelation of a book.
on 27 January 2015
A lot of what David Grant makes sense. He has taken a more holistic view of dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. That they are not learning difficulties but are the very things that makes someone unique; it is part of their make up and who they are. If you want a more rounded view of dyslexia and ADHD, then this is a very worthwhile read. I would certainly recommend it.
on 10 June 2014
I have just been told I have dyslexia at the end of a three year course studying English Literature, based on my processing speed and working memory. This book is recommended for understanding a little more about your 'strand' of dyslexia - I was very sceptical of the whole concept of dyslexia before reading this - but now I understand considerably better and realise that it is far more than simply struggling with reading. There are many case examples where you can see different people's various cognitive abilities and how that reflects in their lives. I found it useful to make a graph of my own cognitive abilities to compare them to. Besides that, there's loads of interesting little nuggets of information; for example, did you know if you read 'visually' (ie. perhaps with a kind of rudimentary cinema taking place at the same time) you are much more likely to be dyslexic? 36% of the 'normal' population read visually and 82% of dyslexic people read visually...interesting eh!?... besides this, there's a fascinating account of syneasthesia and its relationship with ADHD (something I was incredibly sceptical of) and more. In short: RECOMMENDED. Very nicely written too - and simple. A nice breather after chronically dense academic papers. I love his use of whacky metaphor too.
on 14 December 2014
I've just read this book cover to cover in about 5hrs. Not what you would commonly associate with someone who is dyslexic, dyspraxic and has ADD. But that what the book is all about, understand the unique differences but commonalities of how our brains work, and how we process information differently.
It's not the pupils who have special needs, it's the education system and teachers within it who need to learn to teach individuals not by rote.