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The Adult Side of Dyslexia

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This book combines moving accounts of the lived experience of dyslexic adults with tips and strategies for surmounting the challenges you or a loved one or family member may face.

Drawing on in-depth interviews, Kelli Sandman-Hurley explores common themes such as school experiences; the impact of dyslexia on mental wellbeing; literacy skills; and being a dyslexic parent, perhaps to a child who is also dyslexic. Interviewees share what helped them (or didn't), the strategies they use daily to tackle literacy-based tasks, anxiety and low self-esteem, the advice they would give to the parent of a dyslexic child who is struggling, and reflect on how their experience has impacted their own parenting style.

Whether you're dyslexic yourself or supporting someone who is, this book sheds light on an underrepresented topic, providing much-needed guidance and insight around what life is really like for an adult with dyslexia.
  • Published: Nov 18 2021
  • 228 x 150mm
  • ISBN: 9781787754751
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Press Reviews

  • Sprague Theobald, Author of “The Other Side of the Ice”

    Through intimate and, at times, heartbreaking interviews, Kelli Sandman-Hurley uncovers the frustrations, rage and shame that we dyslexics can experience. Yet through Sandman-Hurley's remarkable insight and understanding of the dynamics of dyslexia she offers a hope-filled path through the maze of institutional terminology and powerful emotions. Anyone who has a connection with a dyslexic needs to read this book. If you read one book about the challenges and hope of dyslexia, The Adult Side of Dyslexia is the one!
  • Jennifer Cook, Author of "The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules"

    Normal and typical are not synonyms. More and more, we're becoming aware of this truth, and The Adult Side of Dyslexia continues the conversation. Exploring thematic and personal journeys, this book is full of thoughtful empowerment, presented in ways that every reader will find engaging, usable, and accessible.
  • Peggy Stern, founder of

    I loved being interviewed by Kelli Sandman-Hurley because she is passionate about how and what she wants to learn about other people. She asked all the right questions about my experience growing up and living with Dyslexia over the past 64 years and how that influenced raising my 24-year-old daughter who is also dyslexic. It's rare to meet someone who is so knowledgeable in the field but chooses to be an astute and thoughtful listener. By gathering together and sharing so many personal stories of adult dyslexics I truly believe she has created an eye-opening book. It delivers completely and compassionately, eradicating stereotypes and age-old myths about dyslexia. But it goes way beyond just challenging old ideas - The Adult Side of Dyslexia raises critical issues about inclusion and equity in general! The book helps us think about who Is getting support for Dyslexia and who isn't, and most importantly why. Kelli Sandman-Hurley does this with vivid anecdotes and a structure that helps you find the important questions to consider. She also lays out new information in a very accessible and helpful manner. For those of us who know dyslexia intimately and work in the field, this book is a triumph. If you're dyslexic, love a dyslexic, or if you're an educator or just a believer in equity, I urge you to make it part of your library and include it on that shelf with other books celebrating love, courage, and hope.