Lifelong educator and new author, Scott Douthit introduces us to his debut book, “My Dyslexic Life”:
“But Mr. D, you’ve graduated from college, written plays— you’re a great teacher with all these awards. You wouldn’t know what it’s like to have people make you feel stupid for being dyslexic!” “Actually, believe it or not...”
Today, researchers estimate that between five and twenty percent of the population is affected by dyslexia. This growing awareness and understanding of different learning styles has changed the lives of tens of millions of people. When Scott Douthit was growing up in the 1960s, though, no one could explain why it was so difficult for him to succeed in the one-size-fits-all schools he attended.
My Deslex Dyslexic Life: A Journey Out of the Shadows, a deeply moving account of Scott’s struggles and triumphs, invites the reader to consider new ways of overcoming barriers to accomplishment and understanding, both for themselves and others. At once entertaining and touching, it offers an intimate glance into the life, mind, and heart of a courageous individual. Scott’s story serves as a reminder that the norms, standards, and expectations of society are a work in progress, and that it is within our power to make them more humane and compassionate.
A staggering 5 to 15 percent of Americans—14.5 to 43.5 million children and adults—have dyslexia, a learning disability that makes it difficult to read, write, and spell, no matter how hard the person tries or how intelligent he or she is.
•It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia
•Over 40 million American Adults are dyslexic - and only 2 million know it
•Dyslexia is not tied to IQ - Einstein was dyslexic and had an estimated IQ of 160
•Dyslexia in not just about getting letters or numbers mixed up or out of order
•80% of people associate dyslexia with some form of retardation - this is not true
•Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability or disorder that includes poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling
•Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels
•Dyslexia has nothing to do with not working hard enough
•20% of school-aged children in the US are dyslexic
•With appropriate teaching methods, dyslexia can learn successfully
•Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic
•Dyslexia runs in families; parents with dyslexia are very likely to have children with dyslexia
•Dyslexics may struggle with organizational skills, planning and prioritizing, keeping time, concentrating with background noise.
•Dyslexics may excel at connecting ideas, thinking out of the box, 3D thinking, seeing the big picture
•People with dyslexia excel or even gifted in areas of art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales and sports
•Many famous people are dyslexic including: Orlando Bloom, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Spielberg, Kiera Knightley. Albert Einstein and Patrick Dempsey
This book was an eye-opener for me! While I have never struggled with reading, quite the opposite, actually. The stories of struggling in social situations and flunking a skills test in a physical education class resonated to the core of my soul. Having a serious stammering problem caused my school years to be full of social difficulties beyond the normal teen angst.
I loved the writing, it was so meaningful and using the vehicle of vignettes from the author’s life provided perfect illustrations of the struggles faced by so many. Scott brings hope and humor into difficult situations. I greatly appreciate his passion for educating everybody about different styles of learning and how to appreciate those differences.
I award 5 stars to “My Dyslexic Life” by Scott Douthit!
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Who am I?
An avid reader, typobuster, and the Hyper-Speller. I am a husband, father, and grandfather.
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