The perfect first port of call for anyone concerned about dyslexia.
Winston Churchill, Andy Warhol, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Agatha Christie, Pablo Picasso. All famous and successful in their chosen professions. All dyslexic. Around 5 to 15% of speakers of alphabetic languages (e.g. English, French and Spanish) are dyslexic; around 4% severely so. But what is dyslexia? Are there different types of dyslexia? Is it more likely to occur in boys than in girls? Is there a cure? What resources are available to help dyslexic children and adults? Nicola Brunswick answers these, and other, questions informed by current thinking and cutting-edge research. Includes chapters on the causes and symptoms of dyslexia, the importance of sound and vision to reading, the incidence and manifestation of dyslexia across alphabetic and non-alphabetic languages, and lists of dedicated dyslexia resources – support associations, websites, and assistive technology.
Dr Nicola Brunswick is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, UK, and a trustee of the British Dyslexia Association. She researches in the areas of reading and developmental dyslexia, and has presented the findings of her research around the world. Her research has appeared in the journals Brain, Nature Neuroscience, and Science.
"Clearly written and accessible. Nicky Brunswick's book provides the perfect introduction to this life-long and challenging condition."
– Usha Goswami - Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge
"Even if you are not a beginner in the field, you will learn essential and often surprising psychological facts about reading and reading difficulties."
– Uta Frith - Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience,
"Let me guess. You know someone who might be dyslexic. And you're wondering if he or she can be helped. Here's the good news: the answer is Yes. Most dyslexic people can learn to read and write normally. The details are here in Dr Nicola Brunswick's informative book. She will tell you what dyslexia means, what we know about it, and - most importantly - what can be done."
– Ken Follett - International best-selling author and former President of Dyslexia Action