The Dyslexic Advantage Book Review + Study

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

Book by Brock L. Eide, M.D., and Fernette F. Eide, M.D. London: Hay House, 2011

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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.

“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 this revolutionary book, Dr. Brock and Fernette Eide focus on the positive perspective of ‘dyslexia’. We have been so used to associating dyslexia with the difficulty to read and write, however, it goes deeper than that. Having dyslexia is not just about having a difficulty in reading and writing but having a unique way of learning that may create advantages in the real world more than in a classroom. Through their intensive research and expertise, Dr. Brock and Fernette Eide have identified these advantages in the Dyslexic learning styles: They called it the M.I.N.D. Strengths or the; Material Reasoning, Interconnected Reasoning, Narrative Reasoning, and the Dynamic Reasoning. 

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.

The Episodes so far...

Chapter 1: A New View of Dyslexia

In Chapter 1 of the book, we are introduced to three individuals 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. Read More

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)

Chapter 2: Dyslexia From Two Perspectives

 In Chapter 2 of the book, they had a great little introduction where they take a grandpa, mum and grandchild and show how you could view their dyslexia story so differently depending on the perspective you take. Firstly, from the narrow perspective which most children and dyslexia are viewed through. Then, through a second, wider view of dyslexia. The difference is surprising. I do a quick summary of the chapter, share some quotes and my personal reflections and lessons learnt.  Read More
My favorite quote of the chapter: “We are claiming that certain talents are as much a part of dyslexic processing as are the better known challenges- that the strengths and the challenges are simply two sides of the same neurological coin.” pg17 The Dyslexic Advantage. Eide 2011.

Chapter 3: Differences in Information Processing

In this summary and review of Chapter 3 of The Dyslexic Advantage by Dr Brock Eide and Dr Fernette Eide they explore two of the four theories of Dyslexia. This chapter is all about the two main theories of what causes dyslexia and how it affects us. Phonological Impairment Theory and Procedural Learning Theory. I try to simplify it so I can understand it and explain it to my teenage students in the future. Read More

My Favorite quote of the chapter: “Poor automaticity in routine skills makes many individuals with dyslexia…experiment with routine procedures, and in the process find new and better ways of doing things.” p23 of Dyslexic Advantage.

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