Reviews from Professionals and Magazines

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Dr. Matthew H. Schneps, MIT Compassionate Tech Lab:

I was very impressed by this work! I thought you did an excellent job assembling a broad range of recommendations. I very much liked the fact that you looked beyond the obvious focus on reading issues to consider many other factors that significantly affect people with dyslexia. Well done! Thank you for sharing this with me."

Dutch Magazine for Remedial Teaching:

Move forward with dyslexia! is in many ways not just another book on this subject, but provides a broader and different perspective on dyslexia and how to approach it. In ten chapters the book describes clearly how this approach can lead to dyslexics accepting their dyslexia more easily, preventing or reducing fear of failure and thus building a positive self-image. Some of the work strategies which are elaborated are: mind mapping (structuring thoughts) and order and time management (planning). It explains how these techniques can help and how they can be taught. The book is scientific in its approach, yet it is still easy to read and orientated towards solutions."                        

Dutch National Library Service:

An informative book about dyslexia and its implications for dyslexic adults. The authors propose that dyslexia is more than a problem with the coupling of letters to sounds. Many adults with dyslexia also experience psychological side effects (fear of failure). In addition, they process information differently due to the dominance of the right hemisphere in their brains: the so-called conceptual thinking. The third chapter focuses on the dyslexic brain. The authors refer frequently to scientific studies. (...) The final chapters provide practical tips, such as meditation exercises, the use of mind maps and speed reading. Besides exercises the text contains many practical testimonies from people in senior and middle management positions. The layout is clear and the text is very readable."

Monthly Magazine for the Dutch Association for Speech Therapists and Phoniatrics:

The book’s content addresses what dyslexia and fear of failure are and especially their causes. The authors describe how reducing the fear of failure leads to relief of the dyslexia. This happens through developing a new perspective on dyslexia, in which dyslexia is accepted more so that a positive self-image can be built up. This positive self-image generates more space and freedom in life and provides a good foundation for success."

School + Vision (a Belgian magazine): 

The authors refine and broaden the current definitions of dyslexia. They do not refer to dyslexia as a disorder in automating language (reading and writing), but talk about a different way of thinking due to the dominance of the right hemisphere. They identify dyslexics as conceptual thinkers who are more focused on the whole than on details and are therefore talented as innovators and discoverers. They emphasize that dyslexia does not mean that you cannot learn, but that you process information differently. The book includes strategies through which conceptual thinkers can learn to read, write and communicate faster and easier. The book contains practical examples, exercises and tips, including some for children."

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