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Henry J. Novak, JD

A Paradigm Shift in Understanding and Treating Dyslexia

Masterful and brilliant yet simple and understandable, Reversing Dyslexia exposes the myth of dyslexia as being a permanent, life-long condition. Dr. Books challenges the traditional and deep-seeded educational and medical models of dyslexia that have narrowly construed the causes of the condition and reduced its treatment compensatory tools. She poignantly defines the “dyslexia spectrum syndrome” as a complexity of neurobiological issues that relate to brain synchronization and neurological dysregulation. She demonstrates that overcoming learning disabilities requires a multi-disciplined approach based on biology, neuroscience, psychology, diet, exercise and perhaps most importantly, loving and compassionate intervention by both parent and practitioner. Speaking simultaneously in the voices of a scientist, educator, chiropractor, mother and grandmother of three young boys, Dr. Books has written the consummate primer for parents of dyslexic children, guiding them through the confusing maze of cultural misinformation on the subject.As an attorney who has represented alternative healthcare practitioners over three decades in the relentless tension between mainstream medicine’s rigid focus on the treatment of bodily symptoms and the alternative approach of addressing the body as a holistic organism, I can confidently recommend Reversing Dyslexia as a “whole person” approach to shedding the limitations of dyslexia. It is a must-read for anyone whose life has been affected by a loved one with any learning disorder.

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Kathy Balcer, M.Ed, Child Whisperer Coaching and Consulting

Format: Paperback

The book, Reversing Dyslexia, is Revolutionary! Particularly timely; a significant contribution to the practical understanding of reversing the problem of Dyslexia today!
Parents and Teachers, Dr. Books takes off the `hopeless’ label that has accompanied dyslexia and teaches you that it is totally possible to permanently bring back the fun in learning, thereby raising the self-esteem and confidence of children of all ages! As an educator and counselor for 36 years, and a champion for the best outcome for children, reading Reversing Dyslexia and personally being involved in the program, I watched student after student improve with the Books Neural Therapy. I highly recommend this book! It tells what is possible and any parent can do it! Reversing Dyslexia
Kathy Balcer, M.Ed,
Child Whisperer Coaching and Consulting

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Library Journal

Focus on Dyslexia

Books, Phyllis. Reversing Dyslexia: Improving Learning and Behavior Without Drugs. Square One. 2013. 146p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780757003783. pap. $16.95. ED

Books is a chiropractor, certified clinical nutritionist, instructor, and founder of a multidisciplinary system for people with learning disorders, making her, thus, uniquely qualified to explore the topic of “improving learning and behavior without drugs” in people with dyslexia. According to the author, we have limited our view of the disorder to difficulty with reading and writing rather than a “disorder that permeates a person’s entire life” leading to a variety of symptoms affecting behavior, attitudes, organization, and thought processes. Here, Books attempts to dispel the myth that dyslexia is a permanent disorder; her goal is to empower parents as advocates for their children and increase the self-­esteem of dyslexic children. She points to markers that identify dyslexia and examines related conditions such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety that can be hidden indicators of the disorder. Books then explores therapies with a focus on alternative treatments, nutritional changes, and the possibility of rewiring the brain through the use of exercise, music, and play. VERDICT Books’s 25 years of investigation into dyslexia is evident in this work as she supplies a wealth of information for parents and teachers of newly diagnosed children and provides an excellent general compendium on alternative therapies.—­Julia M. Reffner, Fairport, NY


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Joyce Beck, ACSW, LMSW-ACS

“Dr Books courageously leads the reader on a journey that challenges and expands our concepts of traditional medicine – a journey of hope and perseverance. Parents, educators, physicians, health care providers, individuals and families dealing with dyslexia, this labor of love is written for us! She weaves scientifically-based, integrative wisdom with heart, humor and determination to work with the root causes rather than the symptoms.” Joyce Beck, ACSW, LMSW-ACS, co-founder of the Crossings

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Publisher’s Weekly

Reversing Dyslexia: Improving Learning and Behavior without Drugs

Phyllis Books. Square One (, $16.95 trade paper (192) ISBN 978-0-7570-0378-3

Publishers WeeklyOperating from the standpoint that it is possible to “rewire the neural pathways of the brain” in order to eliminate dyslexia, Dr. Books has established a positive, nature-based manual for those who do not accept merely compensating for the learning disorder as a solution. She delves into specific symptoms, showcasing the surprising breadth of this learning difficulty, then going on to delineate how the weight of such symptoms can affect a child’s self-image and emotional health. In focusing on the physical composure of the brain, she offers numerous hints—restrict television for those under the age of eight, for instance—to prevent learning difficulties from ever gaining a foothold. After a great deal of necessary overview, Dr. Books summarizes particular therapies that can help rewire the brain in order to, as the title suggests, actually reverse dyslexia. These include neurofeedback, Interactive Metronome, and Educational Kinesiology in addition the author’s own Books Neural Therapy. While this book will not equip caregivers or educators to single-handedly undo dyslexia, it does provide a solid blueprint, encompassing suggestions for how to find the right therapist(s) and an at-home therapeutic outline that relies on proper nutrition and the integration of physical play and music into a child’s routine. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 09/16/2013
Release date: 05/01/2013


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Ellen Adams, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Reversing Dyslexia is the best investment you will ever make as a parent, educator or therapist of a child with dyslexia. This WILL be life-changing for you and your child! All parents can now experience real hope that their child’s diagnosis of dyslexia can be reversed. This book addresses the neurological root of the problem and may even allow you to eliminate time-consuming, frustrating and costly remedial measures. This is the future of dyslexia intervention.” – Ellen Adams, M.Ed., CCC-SLP