Senworks Book Club

Join me on Twitter @AbigailSENworks at 10.30 am on Saturday 31st October – Halloween!!

Let’s talk about ‘The Dyslexic Advantage‘ by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide.

Up for discussion…

  1. What are the advantages/disadvantages of seeing dyslexia as a processing style rather than as a disorder?
  2. What did you make of the discussion of differences in information processing and brain structure in Chapters 3 and 4?
  3. What are your thoughts on the notion that ‘dyslexic brains function differently from non-dyslexic ones not because they are defective but because they are organised to display different kinds of strengths?’
  4. What did you take away from the discussion of M strengths?
  5. What did you take away from the discussion of I strengths?
  6. What did you take away from the discussion of N strengths?
  7. What did you take away from the discussion of D strengths?
  8. The book contains references to the lives and achievements of a number of dyslexic individuals.  What, if anything, did you take away from reading their stories?
  9. What implications does the book have for schools and teaching?
  10. Did the book change your view of dyslexia?

10.30-11.30 a.m.

Senworks Book Club welcomes everyone with an interest in SEND. We’ll be featuring books about every aspect of this fascinating subject; including titles focused on specific learning difficulties, inclusive teaching, SEND law, inclusion, SEND provision management and much more besides.

I’ll be posting selected the titles 5 weeks in advance of the club which I hope gives everyone enough lead to time to grab a copy and to read it!

Keep an eye on this page for discounts on the books we’ll be featuring.

The first book I’m featuring is ‘The Dyslexic Advantage’ by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, published by Hay House Uk Ltd.

It’s a really personal choice for this, the first book.

I have spent pretty much my entire teaching career, including over a decade as deputy and head of The Moat School in Fulham, teaching children with dyslexia and SpLDs.  When I first read it – almost ten years ago, it hit me right between the eyes.  I had spent years pouring over E.P. and SaLT reports, which meticulously detailed the underlying difficulties faced by these children – while witnessing, daily, the evidence that they were some of the most interesting, creative, intelligent and extraordinary kids I had ever met.  The Dyslexic Advantage was the first book that attempted to explain their phenomenal abilities in the context of the obstacles they faced learning in the conventional classroom, most often in the form of barriers to literacy, numeracy and organisation.

I am fascinated to hear what you’ll think of this book and I’m looking forward to a thoughtful and stimulating conversation.

If you would like to find out more about the authors and their work visit