Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child

Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child

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by Robert Frank

For the first time ever-- a look inside your child's secret world

Dr. Robert Frank, whose own dyslexia didn't stop him from becoming an educator, psychologist, and author, takes you inside the emotions and frustrations of children with learning disorders.

In Part One, you'll discover what your child never told you about:
* How your child's mind


For the first time ever-- a look inside your child's secret world

Dr. Robert Frank, whose own dyslexia didn't stop him from becoming an educator, psychologist, and author, takes you inside the emotions and frustrations of children with learning disorders.

In Part One, you'll discover what your child never told you about:
* How your child's mind works
* What your child is feeling
* The separate worlds of "Us" and "Them"

In Part Two, you'll walk in your child's shoes to see for yourself:
* What it's like to think like a dyslexic
* What it feels like to be different
* The emotions that can disrupt your child's progress
* How to bridge the gap between your child and others

In Part Three, you'll get a clear picture of:
* The diagnosis of learning disorders
* How your reaction affects your child

In Part Four, you'll receive expert advice to:
* Establish goals for your child
* Create a game plan for success
* Work better with teachers
* Boost self-esteem
* Find success at school, at home, in life

Your child isn't dumb. Your child isn't lazy. Your child is dyslexic...and needs your help.

Your child may need help reading and writing, but more than that, he needs you to understand him. Now you can, as you go inside the emotional life of children with learning differences.

In The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child, you'll finally discover what your child goes through every day. You will come to understand his struggles with things you take for granted, such as reading, writing, memory, and following directions. What's more, you will learn, step by step, the best ways to help him reach his true potential.

For the first time, you'll truly understand:
* The frustration of studying hard but getting poor grades
* The aggravation of taking forever to complete tasks that others finish quickly
* The fear of public embarrassment

Above all, you'll learn the simple steps you can take to help your child:
* Build self-esteem
* Create a life of success
* Be happy and confident

Your child's bright future starts with understanding his secret life!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Dr. Robert Frank has written a clear, comprehensive guide that will help parents handle not only the practical challenges of raising a child with dyslexia, but also the complex emotions that can often stand in the way of successful learning. It's essential reading for parents who want to gain insights into how their dyslexic child sees the world-- and also how he feels-- so that they can ensure the best support for him at home, school, and beyond.” —Sally Lee, editor in chief of Parents magazine

“Robert Frank has written an invaluable, compassionate, yet realistic guidebook to the foreign land that is dyslexia. Like a world-class guide, he efficiently translates its native tongue, takes us to all the best vistas, and leaves the reader with a sense of comprehension of, and new orientation to, this frequently misunderstood challenge to children and their families. After reading this book, you feel ready to let go of stereotypes and embrace solutions.” —Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center and Medical School; past president of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families; and author of Fatherneed: Why Father Care Is As Essential As Mother Care for Your Child

“The author of this easy-to-read volume welcomes the reader into his world of dyslexia. Through personal reflection and by sharing anecdotes, he records both the struggles and triumphs of individuals with language-based learning disabilities in school, at home, and in the workplace, and offers resources and helpful suggestions to enable those who struggle to realize hope and success in every aspect of their lives. A fine addition to one's personal or professional library.” —Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., director of professional services at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.

Publishers Weekly
Frank, an educational psychologist who is himself dyslexic, has written an excellent guide, with the assistance of freelance writer Livingston, that will be of great help to parents of dyslexic children. MRI technology has revealed that this neurological disorder affects a part of the brain "that links the visual cortex and visual association area to the language areas." The authors explain that although dyslexics manifest their disability differently, depending on the severity of the condition, most dyslexic children have trouble with reading, writing, spelling and math in addition to understanding directions. Frank's own experience (he was not diagnosed until he was a graduate student) demonstrates that despite the lack of professional attention to his condition, the parental love and support he received encouraged him to transcend his problems with processing language. He provides here a number of strategies, such as language exercises for non-dyslexics, that will help parents to understand and identify with how their child sees the world. Building self-esteem is the key to helping a dyslexic child overcome overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frustration that may occur when he or she struggles with schoolwork. According to Frank, positive feedback from family and friends is crucial to building self-esteem in a dyslexic child. Included in this very helpful, accessibly written guide are many practical suggestions for working with your child's teacher to create a positive goal-oriented learning environment both at school and at home. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Robert Frank, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist, family therapist, and assistant professor of psychology at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. His dyslexia was undiagnosed until graduate school. He is married and the father of two children.

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Dr. Frank is dyslexic and gives many helpful tips on how to support your dyslexic child. As the parent of a newly diagnosed dyslexic son this has been the most informative book I have read so far. It has really helped me understand so much more about how my son views the world around him.