From one of the world's leading experts on reading and dyslexia comes the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help one understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels--as well as for their parents, teachers, and tutors--this book can make a difference. Dr. Shaywitz's book is a trusted source to turn to for information, advice, guidance, and explanation. Her cutting-edge research is translated into an easy-to-follow plan of action, offering help and hope to all who have reading problems and to their families as well. In this book you will learn: -What dyslexia is and why some intelligent, gifted people read slowly and painfully -How to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, schoolchildren, young adults, and adults -How to find the best school and how to work productively with your child's teacher -Exercises to help children use the parts of the brain that control reading -A twenty-minute nightly home program to enhance reading -The 150 most common problem words--a list that can give your child a head start -Ways to raise and preserve a child's self-esteem and reveal his strengths -Stories of successful men and women who are dyslexic.