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.
Library Journal review (dated Sept. 16, 2013)