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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (423 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sally Shaywitz Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia comes the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help one 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—as well as for their parents, teachers, and tutors—this book can make a difference.

Dr. Shaywitz’s book is a trusted source to turn to for information, advice, guidance, and explanation. Her cutting-edge research is translated into an easy-to-follow plan of action, offering help and hope to all who have reading problems and to their families as well.

In this book you will learn:

–What dyslexia is and why some intelligent, gifted people read slowly and painfully

–How to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, schoolchildren, young adults, and adults

–How to find the best school and how to work productively with your child’s teacher

–Exercises to help children use the parts of the brain that control reading

–A twenty-minute nightly home program to enhance reading

–The 150 most common problem words—a list that can give your child a head start

–Ways to raise and preserve a child’s self-esteem and reveal his strengths

–Stories of successful men and women who are dyslexic

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating…Shaywitz has illuminated the inner workings of dyslexic minds.”


  • “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.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Yale neuroscientist Shaywitz demystifies the roots of dyslexia…Shaywitz’s groundbreaking work builds an important bridge from the laboratory to the home and classroom.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Parents and teachers will appreciate this tremendously helpful resource.”


  • “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, MD, professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Overcoming Dyslexia is the book we have all been waiting for.”

    Charles R. Schwab

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 2/15/2014

    " The best overall book on Dyslexia I've read, and I've read a few... Scientific without being dry, lots of case studies to add personal dimension. Never ventures off into voodoo land (and a few of these books do.) For me and my family, this is of course an adventure and it has a hero in Jack that I appreciate more every day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Roberta | 2/6/2014

    " A must read for anyone trying to learn more about this "learning style" - for it is quite definitely not a learning disability. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 1/27/2014

    " The only problem is it doesn't give you anything new and not every dyslexic has phonics issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 1/12/2014

    " Professional book. The cornerstone of new research on how the brain 'reads'. "

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About the Author

Dr. Sally Shaywitz is a neuroscientist, a professor of pediatrics at Yale, and codirector of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention. She received her BA from the City University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Shaywitz is the author of over two hundred scientific articles, chapters, and books, including Overcoming Dyslexia:  A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, which received the Margo Marek Book Award and the NAMI Book Award. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, she has received numerous honors for her work in advancing the scientific understanding of reading and dyslexia. She lectures throughout the country and appears regularly in national media. Shaywitz currently lives with her husband in Woodbridge, Connecticut.