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

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


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452297920
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 69,416
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xv

Part I A Matter of Perspective 1

Chapter 1 A New View of Dyslexia 3

Chapter 2 Dyslexia from Two Perspectives 10

Part II How Dyslexic Brains Differ 19

Chapter 3 Differences in Information Processing 21

Chapter 4 Differences in Brain Structure 31

Part III M-Strengths: Material Reasoning 45

Chapter 5 The "M" Strengths in MIND 47

Chapter 6 The Advantages of M-Strengths 51

Chapter 7 Trade-offs with M-Strengths 61

Chapter 8 M-Strengths in Action 68

Chapter 9 Key Points about M-Strengths 74

Part IV I-Strengths: Interconnected Reasoning 77

Chapter 10 The "I" Strengths in MIND 79

Chapter 11 The Advantages of I-Strengths 85

Chapter 12 Trade-offs with I-Strengths 94

Chapter 13 I-Strengths in Action 101

Chapter 14 Key Points about I-Strengths 105

Part V N-Strengths: Narrative Reasoning 109

Chapter 15 The "N" Strengths in MIND 111

Chapter 16 The Advantages of N-Strengths 115

Chapter 17 Trade-offs with N-Strengths 126

Chapter 18 N-Strengths in Action 130

Chapter 19 Key Points about N-Strengths 133

Part VI D-Strengths: Dynamic Reasoning 137

Chapter 20 The "D" Strengths in MIND 139

Chapter 21 The Advantages of D-Strengths 145

Chapter 22 Trade-offs with D-Strengths 151

Chapter 23 D-Strengths in Action 157

Chapter 24 Key Points about D-Strengths 162

Part VII Putting the Dyslexic Advantage to Use 169

Chapter 25 Reading 171

Chapter 26 Writing 188

Chapter 27 Getting a Good Start: Elementary through Middle School 205

Chapter 28 Thriving in High School and College 218

Chapter 29 Thriving in the Workplace 238

Epilogue 250

Appendix A Accommodations and Resources 253

Appendix B Popular Careers for Individuals with Dyslexia 259

Notes 263

Index 275

What People are Saying About This

Manuel Casanova

This is probably the most helpful material ever published on dyslexia.”

From the Publisher

"The exploration is encouraging for those hoping to capitalize on their dyslexic advantage, concerned parents, educators, and anyone else interested in how these unique brains work." —-Publishers Weekly

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