The Dyslexic Advantage
If you ask contractors, engineers, rocket scientists, or even famous mystery novelists if they had trouble with reading in school, an astonishing number will answer: "Yes, how did you know?"
Authors Brock and Fernette Eide know why people in these professions tend to have had difficulties with reading and writing. The cause is simple: their brains are different. Individuals who have dyslexia, whether it is mild or severe, think uniquely about what they see and learn in their everyday lives, whether it's in a classroom, at a job, or in their own home.
In this revolutionary book, the Eides use new brain science and their expertise in neurology and learning disorders to explain how individuals with dyslexia not only perceive the written word differently, but also conceive space more intuitively, see connections between unrelated objects, and are able to make great leaps creatively that others simply miss.
Presenting a variety of case studies and true stories to support the science, The Dyslexic Advantage demonstrates that each individual with dyslexia is unique, and faces specific challenges while, at the same time, experiences remarkable talent and ability. Carefully explaining how the four areas dyslexics excel in appear in the activities of children and adults, the Eides provide useful advice on how to maximize an individual's potential in: mechanical reasoning (used by architects and surgeons); interconnected reasoning (scientists and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (doctors and entrepreneurs.)
Putting emphasis on the advantages of the dyslexic brain rather than the well-trod challenges with reading and writing, the Eides blend advice from successful individuals who learned to excel at "being dyslexic" with findings from their research that parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can use to help maximize their dyslexic advantage.
Providing the first true portrait of dyslexia, the Eides show that it is not a condition people have, but rather a part of who someone is--which can be cultivated as a great strength.
"The Dyslexic Advantage is a paradigm-shifting book that captures the remarkable advantages that come with this different style of thinking. This book should be the first people reach for when they want to learn about what it really means to be dyslexic." - new York Times bestselling novelist Vince Flynn