43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
This book is a great book for understanding my Dyslexic son's mind. It gave me a better insight in to what he's strengths may be in adulthood and in his future working life! He has a lot of hurdles to cross throughout his school years, and this book will get us through every low. I highly recommend this book as it helped me to concentrate on the positive side (Advantages) of Dyslexia.
60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2011
'Dyslexic Advantage' turns dyslexia on its head, from what can feel like a humiliating handicap into a source of joy and pride.
The authors present compelling, high quality research and scientific evidence from the fields of neuroscience, cognition and education, showing that dyslexia comes with huge advantages. They also include case studies to illustrate their points in a more immediate and personal way, and a wealth of advice and research-based methods for capitalising on the strengths and overcoming or living with the problems of dyslexia at every stage of life, from primary school to the workplace.
It is no exaggeration to say that reading this book can really change the life of a dyslexic person - every single dyslexic individual should read it (or listen to the audio version, which is very well read), and everyone who cares for dyslexics personally or professionally should too. I guarantee that by the time they finish it, non-dyslexics will be more than a little envious of the dyslexic advantage!
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2012
It's not often you can say that something has helped to change things almost overnight, but this is what has happened on reading this book. A friend, whose daughter was found to be dyslexic 2-years ago, read the book late last year and sent me a copy for christmas.
The book has explained why dyslexics can look so incredibly different according to whatever is being done, which has clarified so much. Using four areas of dyslexic reasoning: Material; Interconnected; Narrative and Dynamic, MIND, the book explains how the dyslexic brain is truly the product of wiring differences that leave two sides of a coin. One side holds the traditionally known aspects of dyslexia whilst the other side carries the MIND reasoning that allows dyslexics to excel in various fields to great effect. Don't believe for a second that the book belittles the difficulties that dyslexics experience, because this is not the case. The book simply tries to show that there is another perspective to be found. One that is long overdue.
The paragraph that really resonates, says: 'The special combination of strengths and challenges that many individuals with dyslexia possess often causes them to have unusually varied life histories and careers. We've often thought that if the life stories of many of these individuals were placed on a series of 'story tiles', it would be impossible to assemble the tiles in the correct sequence. However, in retrospect, the twists and turns their lives take usually make sense - they just couldn't be predicted in advance. The logic of interconnected reasoning that directs their life journeys is so completely different from traditional logic that unless it's viewed carefully it may seem to be no logic at all'.
I wish this book had been published when I was a child. So if you are dyslexic, or if you know someone who is, then please read or recommend it because it can change the way that you view yourself; forever and for the better.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2012
I bought this book for a student after a colleague recommended it to me. The student has seen a marked increase in confidence and has reported that she feels she can achieve whatever she wants now. This is an excellent book in helping to create confidence, understanding and a must for everyone, not just if you're Dyslexic. thank you!!!
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2012
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
This is a BRILLIANT 10 star book. The line that resonated most for our son is "Dyslexia isn't simply a reading impairment but a reflection of a different pattern of brain organisation and information processing that creates strengths as well as challenges."
All of my sons difficulties at school (he's now in year 5) were explained with amazing clarity by this book. He is the family historian and yet can't remember things from yesterday. This books explains why! He is good at arithmetic and yet struggles to remember any of his times tables. This book explains why! He switches every third word when reading aloud (e.g Ripe for recipe, Proudly for probably, Simple for sample)and yet gets the "gist" of what the book is saying. This book explains why! He was a late speaker and reader. This book explains why!
I now liaise with our school SENCO as a "partner" rather than just being a confused parent who is puzzled by their otherwise bright child struggling at school.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2012
As a parent a really wonderful read.As a mother of two dyslexic children not sure if I'm doing enough!!!! this book is superb. Thankyou
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
Balanced in the sense that it explores the negative and positives of the condition( the trade ups).
Insightfull in its grounding in personal accounts and case study's ( emphasising this learning style).
Motivational in that it explores experiences and strategies to realise your potential.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2012
as a dyslexic, this book was amazing to read, it helped me to see what I have in a different light. it points out the strengths and weakness with the dyslexic mind and covers why this happen. I am studying psychology as a degree and this from that point of view also gave me a big in site. this is a great read for any one who know a person with dyslexia or if you have it yourself. it is something that can change the way society see this so called "learning disability".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2015
I purchased this book as I have dyslexia and was keen to find out more about the latest thinking about the cognitive differences exhibited by those of us with the condition. The authors did an excellent job at describing these differences and the way that they impact upon the way that we think and our range of strengths and weaknesses. They covered topics from brain structure all the way to thinking styles in a cogent and clear way for the non-specialist. The other main feature of the book was case studies of 'successful' individuals with dyslexia and their stories are described both with their educational history, difficulties - mostly in education, and their later blossoming within their careers. This was a good approach as it highlighted that fact that dyslexics can be very successful if they are able to play to their often significant strengths. My only problem with this approach of theirs was that most of their case studies went to university and followed a very conventional path in life. I found this very surprising as some of the case studies said how awful school was and I couldn't understand why they went on to higher education!
The second section of the book discusses 'the dyslexic' at different stages of their life. Unlike the earlier parts of the book, which had real insight, this came across as a rehash of all the usual bland advice you get as a dyslexic - 'need to chose a school right for you' blah, blah and as I slow reader, I am annoyed that I will not get the hour back that I spent reading it!
Overall, though, I would buy this book, as their holistic concept of dyslexia did help me understand the condition better and come to terms with my strengths and weaknesses
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2012
I go this book on kindle and it was a real joy to read, with kindles accessibility such as text to speech and font selection.
The book is inspiring to me as a dyslexic and really helps understand "differences" are not a negative.
It has made a huge impact with dyslexics i know and i highly recommend it. I hope that more non-dyslexics will read it and understand more about the subject.
This book is a must read if you are dyslexic, and a kindle can help you to do it.