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From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels—and for their parents, teachers, and tutors—this book can make a difference.
Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs—many of them in her own laboratory—Dr. Shaywitz demystifies the subject of reading difficulties and explains how a child can be helped to become a good reader. She discusses early diagnosis in young children as well as the diagnosing of older children, young adults, and adults. Dr. Shaywitz explains why some bright adults can read only very slowly, and what they can do about it. Her book makes clear how the latest research, including new brain imaging studies, is uncovering the mechanisms underlying dyslexia and has led to effective treatments for each age group.
Dr. Shaywitz instructs what can be done year-by-year, grade-by-grade, step-by-step for a dyslexic child. She lays out a home program for enhanced reading, guides for choosing the best school for a child and in working with teachers; and suggests ways of raising and preserving the child’s self-esteem. She provides exercises, teaching aids, information on computer programs, and many other invaluable resources.
In addition, her book corrects such popular (and harmful) myths as the belief that dyslexia is primarily a male problem, that children with dyslexia see words backward, that dyslexia is linked to intelligence. She shows how, although dyslexia cannot be outgrown, its effects can, with careful planning and hard work, be overcome.
Dr. Shaywitz lifts the barrier of ignorance surrounding dyslexia and replaces it with the comfort of knowledge. In sum, here is cutting-edge research translated into an easy-to-follow plan of action offering help to all who have reading problems.
Winner of the Margot Marek Book Award from the International Dyslexia Association of New York
“In this gem of a book, Dr. Sally Shaywitz uses her voice, her images, her brain–and yes, her heart–to shine a piercing and clarifying light on what we so inadequately call ‘dyslexia.’ What is more, she shows how almost everyone can overcome it.” —Daniel D. Federman, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
“Sally Shaywitz, one of America’s premiere pediatricians and experts on reading, has written the definitive book on dyslexia. It is informative, user-friendly and scientifically sound. Every family who ahs a child with a reading problem should have Overcoming Dyslexia.” —Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., Director of New York University Child Study Center
“Fascinating. . . . Shaywitz has illuminated the inner workings of dyslexic minds.” —Time
“An important book.... For the first time, scientists are understanding how the brain works...in the act of reading. Front and center now is Sally Shaywitz.” –The Baltimore Sun