The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

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Penguin, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 283 pages
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"A must read for parents, educators, and people with dyslexia." -Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D., Past-President International Dyslexia Association

Did you know that many successful architects, lawyers, engineers--even bestselling novelists--had difficulties learning to read and write as children? In this groundbreaking book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20% of people--individuals with dyslexia--share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home. Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors show how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity. Blending personal stories with hard science, The Dyslexic Advantage provides invaluable advice on how parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can recognize and use the strengths of the dyslexic learning style in: material reasoning (used by architects and engineers); interconnected reasoning (scientists and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (economists and entrepreneurs.)

With prescriptive advice and inspiring testimonials, this paradigm-shifting book proves that dyslexia doesn't have to be a detriment, but can often become an asset for success.
 

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Dyslexia doesn't just make it harder to read and learn certain things in school the way teachers want you to. The wiring in the brain that causes the difficulties have some significant corresponding ... Read full review

THE DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

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Groundbreaking theory for the positive potential of dyslexia.Although dyslexia is often perceived as a barrier to reading, learning-disabilities experts the Eides (Visual Spelling, 2009, etc.) offer ... Read full review

Contents

Dyslexia from Two Perspectives
10
Differences in Brain Structure
31
The M Strengths in MIND
47
Tradeoffs with MStrengths
61
The I Strengths in MIND
79
The Advantages of IStrengths
85
Tradeoffs with IStrengths
94
IStrengths in Action
101
DStrengths in Action
157
Putting the Dyslexic Advantage to Use
169
Reading
171
Writing
188
Getting a Good Start Elementary through Middle School
205
Thriving in High School and College
218
Thriving in the Workplace
238
Epilogue
250

The N Strengths in MIND
111
Tradeoffs with NStrengths
126
Key Points about NStrengths
133
The D Strengths in MIND
139
The Advantages of DStrengths
145
Tradeoffs with DStrengths
151
Accommodations and Resources
253
Appendix B Popular Careers for Individuals with Dyslexia
259
Notes
263
Index
275
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About the author (2012)

Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A., and Fernette Eide, M.D., have an internationally respected and popular private practice based in Seattle, Washington, where they live with their children.

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