Dyslexia Explored Podcast #13 Show Notes.
The Dyslexic Advantage CHAPTER 1 Review.

Chapter 1: A New View of Dyslexia

Join us on the journey as we read it, map it, review it and draw out practical applications from the perspective of life and study skills for children facing High School. It may turn into a book review/book club over time! We will take a chapter per podcast episode and incorporate your questions and comments too. This book is a treasure trove of 26 chapters packed with helpful information for parents and tutors. I’m recording these episodes for people to listen on the go via our podcast. We will also Facebook Live the episodes as they are being recorded.

This is the format of each episode:

1. Summary of the chapter (3 minutes)
2. Favorite quotes (5 minutes)
3. Expand a theme or two (5 minutes)
4. Reflect on what I’ve learnt and experienced from the chapter.
5. Practical applications for parents and tutors of teens.

My Favorite quote of the chapter: “Unlike most books on dyslexia this book (The Dyslexic Advantage) won’t focus solely on making individuals with dyslexia into better readers. Instead, it will focus on helping them become better at “being dyslexic”. “ (pg xvii)

In Chapter 1 of the book, we are introduced to three individuals (Doug, Lenzie and Pete) who have struggled early in their school with reading and writing but went on to succeed later in life. Naturally, when we say that these individual are dyslexic, we tend to focus on their difficulty at school but we fail to see their common trait that made them succeed later on. We are only seeing the ‘narrow view’ as the author puts it. We often think of the successes from these individuals were done despite of dyslexia but what the authors are pointing out is that these successes were possible because of dyslexia.

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In addition to the interviews that we do on our podcast: Dyslexia Explored I’m really excited to do an in depth book review of The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide, M.D., and Fernette F. Eide, M.D. This book is highly recommended and really powerful and affirming. I’m going dig deep into ‘The Dyslexic Advantage‘ with one podcast episode per chapter where I’ll review the content and share my experiences.

The Dyslexic Advantage” is one of the most highly recommended books on dyslexia for good reason. For example, just over two years ago I read only five selected chapters of the book and it significantly contributed to inspiring the motivation behind creating the mission and company of ‘BulletMap Studio‘. My wife and I were inspired to find a way to systematically teach dyslexic teens and entrepreneurs to use mind mapping as a tool that can be used to find creative order out of chaotic thoughts. The insights from the book helped me, as an adult, to identify and harness my dyslexic advantages and, as a teacher, to find methods to teach visual study skills effectively. This is just one example of how this book has catalysed new ways to recognise and harness people’s creative gifts.

This is a well known book and I meet a lot of people who are planning to read it.  My hope is that these podcast episodes will help you find a chapter to get stuck into and find valuable knowledge and inspiration.

We’d really love to hear from you so please take a moment to share your thoughts or any ways we could help you on your journey with dyslexia.

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