Robert D Reed Publishers
My Dyslexic Life: A Journey Out of the Shadows by Scott Douthit
“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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Douthit was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and grew up in Berkeley, California, where he discovered the joy of acting in high school. Crossing the bay, he graduated from San Francisco State University and earned his teaching credential, which has since been put to good use at Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, California. Mr. Douthit’s passion for the stage and his creative teaching style have energized and engaged Armstrong students for more than thirty-five years. As a proud dyslexic learner himself, he shares Armstrong’s mission to empower and unlock the unique potential of those with dyslexia and other learning differences. Today Scott lives in South San Francisco, where he and the love of his life were married and raised their two amazing children. Visit him at his website: https://www.mydyslexiclife.com/
My Deslex Dyslexic Life: A Journey Out of the Shadows
Memoir / Dyslexia
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-944297-60-2, 6 x 9, 168 pages, $12.95
Kindle eBook: 978-1-944297-61-9, $6.99