This is a book review on The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning by Ben Foss. I receive no commission from this review. I just found it so moving that I had to share it with other parents!
According to the International Dyslexia Association, 15% to 20% of the world’s population has Dyslexia or symptoms of Dyslexia. So it is highly likely that you know someone who has Dyslexia. Personally, I decided to read it because I wanted to gain a better perspective on what my daughter is going through. Read it and you, too, will gain a better perspective on Dyslexia.
This book is a guide to services and opportunities available to build a Dyslexia Empowerment Plan.
This book is chock full of helpful information and insight into the world of a child (and later, an adult) with Dyslexia. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend this book to ALL PARENTS who have children with learning disabilities or other special needs. It’s just that good. I wish I could end every sentence in this blog post with exclamation points!
I rented the book from the library, but I am actually going to buy it. It’s on its way now. Thanks, Amazon Prime! This is actually the first book (other than a textbook or an article) that I have ever read about Dyslexia. And I am glad I picked it up. I swallowed each word with intense fervor and carefully thought about how I could implement certain strategies into my everyday life with my own kids.
The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan provides a cohesive guideline that helps parents ensure that their children receive all the services and opportunities available to them.
It is an incredible eye opening read. I don’t even know how to put into words the excitement that I am feeling right now. Quick! Where’s the backflip emoji? Oh that’s right – Apple didn’t invent that yet.
It's an emotional and informative read.
I found this book helpful, not only for my daughter who has Dyslexia, but also for me. This book gave me a deeper understanding of what it means to have a learning disability.
Foss deftly describes his experience as a child. He had amazing parents that taught him how to self-advocate and love himself. My eyes were actually welling up with tears while reading this book.
Okay so, Foss is clearly no Shakespeare. (I do have a soft spot for the world’s greatest plagiarist, by the way.) He uses a lot of simple language to convey his message. However, the eloquence that Foss lacks he makes up for in a BIG way. The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan is an emotional yet informative read. It heavily advocates for empowerment.
Foss does not write with pretense. He doesn’t attempt to create a story of overcoming insurmountable odds. Instead, he speaks matter-of-factly and affirms that it is important for your children to realize that there is nothing wrong with them.
They are different – and different isn’t necessarily bad.
Foss on ear reading, a way people with Dyslexia can speed up their studies.
Foss confessed that he reads at 1/5 the speed of his peers.
If his law school classmates took five hours to complete a reading assignment, it would take Foss twenty hours to complete the same assignment! Unbelievable. He obviously could not keep up with his studies at that rate.
That’s why in his book, Foss asserts that parents and educators need to encourage learning and literacy through any available media, not just through the written word. I’m so grateful for 21st century advancements.
While reading, I was introduced to some new terminologies, but my favorite has to be “ear reading”. Ear reading is what we do when we “read” audiobooks. Rather than using our eyes to ascertain the information, we use our ears. This helps level the playing field for people with Dyslexia. I’m not sure if Foss invented the term, but I am definitely going to use this term as often as possible.
I know reading is a struggle for my daughter, but I did not fully realize what people with Dyslexia go through on a deeper emotional level until I read this book. Foss’ narrative gave me valuable insight into what things must be like for my daughter and other children like her. (It once took us three days to read Dr. Seuss’ 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.)
Related: Using audiobooks is one of many ways students can improve their reading skills.
If you want to create a Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, then this book is an absolute must read!
Growing up, books were my life. Reading came so naturally for me – it was almost like breathing. So, I couldn’t fathom having Dyslexia, especially in an era before omnipresent audiobooks.
There is a lot to take away from this book, so I’m actually going to read it again. It is a valuable source of information that all parents need to review over and over again.
Within the pages of this book is a pathway to success for you and your child. It’s a definite must read!