Dyslexia Doesn’t Need to Be Permanent

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New book by Dorothy van den Honert helps educators, parents in fight against dyslexia

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As a teacher for over 11 years, I saw the misery of children suffering from dyslexia first-hand, as the usual teaching techniques failed.

The answer to overcoming dyslexia requires bridging the gap between scientists and educators, says Dorothy van den Honert, author of the new book, “Wiping Out Dyslexia with Enhanced Lateralization: Musings from my forty years of wiping” (published by AuthorHouse).

In the book, van den Honert outlines her Reading From Scratch program, a new teaching strategy for children with dyslexia. The program, based on years of van den Honert’s research, is designed to get a child up to grade level or better in a year or two of lessons.

“As a teacher for over 11 years, I saw the misery of children suffering from dyslexia first-hand, as the usual teaching techniques failed,” van den Honert says. “Clearly just phonics was not the problem, so I realized that the delivery system had to be faulty.”

The book tells the story of how van den Honert used neurology to form a plan for teaching students with dyslexia to read. She also reflects on the validating experience of passing on the technique firsthand to the students she taught.

“These kids are being bullied for something that is completely out of their control. My heart goes out to them and I want to do what I can to help them become successful in school,” van den Honert says. “This book is different because it supplies the answer, instead of just describing the problem.

“Penicillin may cure pneumonia, but not if it’s rubbed on your arm. It must be applied to the correct area at the correct time. Enhanced lateralization does just that.”

For more information, visit http://www.dyslexia.org

“Wiping Out Dyslexia with Enhanced Lateralization: Musings from my forty years of wiping”
By Dorothy van den Honert
ISBN: 978-1-4685-2810-7
Softcover, retail price: $14.95
Dust jacket hardcover, retail price: $23.99

About the author
Dorothy van den Honert comes from a long line of writers. After graduating from Vassar College, she married, produced five "little bookworms" and wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper. In 1972, she began an 11-year stint teaching junior high students, where she first began research into teaching children with dyslexia. Retiring after 11 years, she continued to tutor privately, but retained her interest in public education with a 22-year stint on the Pittsfield School Committee. Dorothy currently lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts with her family.

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