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Would you consider the audio edition of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan to be better than the print version?
Yes, hearing Ben tell his story first-hand is great! Plus, if you're dyslexic, it's accesible, and you can also share the reading experience with your child.
What other book might you compare The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan to and why?
There are other great books on Dyslexia, most notably The Dyslexic Advantage, but this is the first book I've read that helps parents and dyslexics actually create a plan.
What about Ben Foss’s performance did you like?
His authentic narrative, pace, intonation, and sense of humor.
What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?
That integrating your learning disability is critical for success.
Any additional comments?
I've worked in the field of learning disabilities education for fourteen years, and this is the first book I've read on dyslexia that provides a roadmap for parents to help empower their children. It is the book I wish I had copies to give to every parent who walks through my door, who has recently learned that their child is dyslexic or that their school is failing them. While components like research, science, and stories of success are woven throughout the book, Foss' main objective is to help parents build a plan for their child, which includes identifying strengths, navigating the school system and legal rights, how to integrate accommodations, including assistive technologies, and, perhaps most importantly, how to talk with their child about their dyslexia. Why is this so meaningful? Most texts on dyslexia provide background; this book provides a path. It's the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" for the parent of a dyslexic child, and it's accurate, meaningful, and sincere because Foss himself was identified with dyslexia at age eight.Dyslexia is a hidden disability, not just because it can't be seen, but also because many dyslexics, including the author for many years of his life, try to hide it. Embarrassment, shame, guilt, and stigma are all components of why people hide their learning disability. Foss provides great stories, analogies, and actionable steps that steer people away from looking at dyslexia as a disease. As Foss says, "there is no cure because there is no disease." Tools, like the strength profiles map, allow parents, and dyslexics themselves, to begin building a plan for how to leverage their strengths and create an environment in which they will be succesful. There are also form letters and templates, like those to help parents navigate the IEP and legal processes, and numerous resources, both in the book and referenced on the web, that will help parents and their children immediately.There are several great books on dyslexia, but if you are a parent of a child identified with a learning disability, or you even think s/he may have a learning disability, this is THE FIRST book I would recommend reading. Foss teaches dyslexics how to integrate their dyslexia, which is the most important component of all.
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I can't express enough how much this helped after my 8 year old's recent diagnoses. He was diagnosed with ADHD in the Spring, but I knew in my gut there was still more. Sure enough, he has dyslexia. I'm still waiting on the details of his strengths (from more testing), but he has many. A crazy thing I must add is that my husband has ADHD and I'm dyslexic. We were never diagnosed in school so we suffered silently. What's the crazy part? Well, as you know dyslexia and ADHD often run in families, BUT our son is adopted! He was placed in the right family! We're here to help and encourage him to be proud and embrace his new style of learning...and we're able to relate and understand, PLUS it's helpful for us too! Thank you for all of the amazing resources and sharing your story!
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