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Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level


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One in five American children has trouble reading. But they are not stupid or lazy. In Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention and a leader in the new research into how the brain works, offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them. Here are the tools that parents and teachers need to help the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step. This book is considered the go-to and seminal work on dyslexia.

• 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 20-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 or her strengths.
• Stories of successful men and women who are dyslexic.

Why We Love This Gift: This book is the seminal work on dyslexia. It explains what dyslexia actually is, and it sets out a clear path to developing a learning strategy that results in success. This is actually the best possible gift to give to someone who has a recently diagnosed child. Break it down - it shows that dyslexia is not scary.

What To Express In Your Card: I read that this book is kind of the go-to resource on dyslexia. I know that [name of child] was diagnosed, and I thought it might be useful. I enjoyed looking it over too. There are so many stratospherically successful dyslexic people. From Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs. I would love to know about what you find along the way.

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