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The Adult Side of Dyslexia

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As someone who lives with dyslexics, I found this book very open, the people who took part clearly were able to express their issues with dyslexia especially as an adult it was nice to see such an array of people. People talking about their dyslexia just opens up the world of how it effects each person differently is brilliantly eye opening.  Educators would have you believe its just a reading problem but for those who live with it know its so much more than that.

Theres also another chapter that's highly recommended to read, its Traumatic Teaching Practises, this chapter enraged me, as someone who had to go through this with my eldest child, I saw how they treated him I saw how they punished him and I saw how they blamed him for something that was out of his control, they blamed him, they took his breaks away they took his spirit and his confidence, by the time he was heading to high school he was a shell of his former self and it all came down to traumatic teaching and the lengths they went to to really hammer home just how useless he was... in their eyes.

Its hard to educate schools when they think they know best, the thing is, as a parent you can't make them see it, you come off neurotic and unhinged, I just remember writing letters, and endless meetings for provisions and each time they blamed his dyslexia and epilepsy on me, so they moved past blaming the child and blamed the parents instead.  At no point would they hold themselves to account.  Thankfully, thanks to his epilepsy becoming medicated and a ton of confidence work from his high school he is now a happy exceptionally confident young man, he is in top set for all subjects and he feels completely supported, and because of that he heads up the schools anti bullying team.  As irrelevant as this seems in a book review, its not, because the stories from all these people in this book talk about a toxic teacher who bullied them and made them feel less than!

This book should be in every single school classroom across the globe, because it only takes one teacher to destroy a child, but it also only takes one teacher to notice when something is slightly off, so please educate your teachers, have this book on coffee tables, open the dialogue between staff and parents don't leave it to a five minute window during parents evening

Its a well researched well written book with real life accounts. You can get this from all good book sellers, please use your independent shops where possible, they need our support to stay afloat, so go independent!This book is an easy 5 stars. Publication date is 17th November 2021, by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and the ISBN Number is - 9781787754751.
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As a dyslexic myself, I found myself nodding away as I read this. It was nice to feel like you weren’t the only one. It was great to read from other accounts of experience, struggles with dyslexia as a parent and the impact on your mental health. I will be recommending this to all my dyslexic an non dyslexic book lovers.
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A really interesting, important and informative book, I really liked it. Helpful and a real learning curve to realise and learn about the perception of living a life with dyslexia, as a person who was diagnosed quite late with dyscalculia, I was interested to read how the adult side of a childhood learning difficulty/disability affected those with a similar issue but relating to words rather than numbers and how it could be overcome or supported and how it affected adult life, all covered within. Very interesting. 

I can relate to a lot of the examples in this book and a lot of the quotes. I always remember reading one that stated "if you tell a child a 100 times and they don't still don't understand, it's not the child that's slow" - there is a similar one within this book and I can completely relate to that. 

I wish it had been a bit lengthier and discussed more in the anecodetal parts of the book, I feel that it could have had more to offer, I could relate to how the criticism of educators / teachers was detailed and often feel that if more awareness was given to the education sector, they could diagnose more people and same them the humilation of having to hide their conditions instead of accepting them. 

With thanks to netgalley, the publisher and the author for the free arc in return for an honest review.
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As an adult with Dyslexia, this book is a good read. I wish I could make every person I have encountered who didn't believe in, understand, or care about dyslexia. Sandman-Hurley does a great job at summarizing and sharing stories and experiences from adults with dyslexia. Dyslexia is not often thought about as being as impactful as it is, but it really is. If you have a loved one with dyslexia, are a teacher, an educator, work with people, a disability advocate, or care about others, you should read this book.
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In this book Kelli Sandman-Hurley provides an enormously helpful insight into how adults are remembering their childhood growing up with dyslexia (diagnosed or not), all based on her interviews with dyslexics from all walks of life. 

My take-away is that it’s crucial that schools and parents do not hold off screening for dyslexia if the signs are there; once it’s suspected, ensure proper action is taken immediately. Ensure that the child understands that they are not stupid, and make sure that they are provided with the right intervention and accommodations for their particular situation. 

“It is not the child that needs to change, it is the intervention”

As a society have much to learn and improve on, in how we identify and help dyslexics of all ages. It isn’t acceptable that children and adults do not speak up due to fear of being marginalised (e.g. when applying for school places or job promotions). 

Thank you for writing this necessary and eye-opening book about living with dyslexia!
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*I received this book through Netgalley*

This is a great book for anyone that would like learn more about adults' perspective of living with dyslexia. However, going in, I thought this book would share research supported with the interviews. In the end, this book was more anecdotal. Also, the book mainly criticizes society, educators, teachers, etc. but gives little to no solutions in order to fix the problem at hand. This book would have been better if it had been supported by research.
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Thank you NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

A necessary compilation of the experiences from people who are directly effected by dyslexia. I do not have dyslexia but have seen how children are misdiagnosed with other disorders and not given the help they need.
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As somebody who doesn't have Dyslexia, I found this book to be decently informative.
I liked the anecdotal style and wished that the voices of these people had been fleshed out even more.

I think this is an incredibly important topic to discuss and to shed light on, and so I would have liked this to have been a bit longer and a deeper dive into the Adult Side Of Dyslexia.  However, I did think the book was good and well worth a read.
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I found this book very interesting. I don't have from dyslexia, but I know people that do, and I enjoyed reading the viewpoints of others who have this and how their past experiences have shaped them into the people they are today.

The book was relatively well written, although I found it a little repetitive, and I would have liked more about the tips for those who are dyslexic, or on how to support children that have dyslexia. There was a good range of subjects in the book, although I felt it would have been better to have a handful of people that you could focus on as you went throughout the book.

An informative read.
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This was an interesting read since my daughter was just diagnosed with dyslexia the past fall at the beginning of 2nd grade. We are really lucky that one of her teachers had children of her own that had dyslexia so she knew the signs to look for. I have worried about her future every single day since her diagnosis and I liked hearing from adults perspectives. I know it is going to be hard, but I also know she is lucky to have the resources that she does available to her. Thank you for writing on this subject, there aren’t many resources for parents and I look forward to reading their other titles.

Thank you to NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for an advanced copy for my honest review.
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This book really helped me understand my own dyslexia as well as how to manage it better. I would highly recommend to anyone with dyslexia or supporting someone with dyslexia.
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I was hoping for more theory intertwined with the qualitative data and lived experience shared in this book.

It is a short read, but a good reminder that dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives and how their environment can be adapted to accommodate this and facilitate discussions with those who have dyslexia about what works for their needs. 

An introduction written by one of the individuals that Kelli Sandman-Hurley has interviewed would be wonderful to see.
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First, some background. I have been a correctional adult education instructor for six years. For fifteen years prior to that, I taught high school and college English literature and language.

During these six years, I've become more and more aware of adults with dyslexia in my classroom. They struggle with reading and writing, and I struggle to help them.

I picked this book to read, thinking it would be about methods of teaching adults. Instead, I discovered painful memories told through the tearful voices of adults who have dyslexia. I couldn't stop reading.

I was less than halfway through the book when I started telling my colleagues about it. I couldn't stop taking about it. Even my non-education colleagues were interested. 

As we move toward recognizing how dyslexia shapes adults and their learning, this book is an essential tool for gaining empathy. I learned the absolute necessity of sitting and listening to my students, rather than trying to tell them what they need. We teachers like to think we're the experts. This book reminds us that our students are the experts.

I will be recommending this book to my director and the other state directors. It should be required reading for all adult educators, especially those of us in corrections.
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As a mum of a teenager with dyslexia, and wife to a dyslexic husband, this was a really interesting read. Great tips and advice, interspersed with real people’s stories. A great way to learn and to be able to help my family.
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Fairly quick read but quite a validating one. I’m not sure I learnt anything other than a reminder that other people with dyslexia still struggle into adulthood.
It was nice to read other people’s stories about feeling anxious at reading aloud and writing as children staying with them too. Similarly, I remember being told I was “just bad at English” and feeling stupid and very alone throughout school. 
If teachers read books like this one, maybe other kids could be saved from similar experiences
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Thank his is the first book that I have seen from lots of adults struggles with dyslexia. I am dyslexic myself so it was really interesting to hear other people thoughts and feelings on how they have struggled as a child and adult. I find this book really interesting and will keep coming back to it.
Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book.
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