One in Five: How We’re Fighting for Our Dyslexic Kids in a System That’s Failing Them

Tiller. Aug. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781982130602. $27. ED
According to entrepreneur and strategist Boas, one in five Americans have dyslexia. This highly readable and deeply personal book is chock-full of helpful hints, gleaned from the author’s protracted and exasperating experiences seeking screening and educational support for her eldest son. As Boas points out, “true educational equality doesn’t exist for those who learn differently.” She explains in excruciating detail the difficulties and setbacks the Boas’ faced before finding the perfect school for their son. Readers will appreciate stories of the challenges faced by other families in similar circumstances. The author also provides possible solutions to limited funding, delayed intervention, and the dearth of specialized educator training. In the epilog, she discusses the family’s efforts to support the learning needs of their younger son. Boas is a stoic advocate for her children and generously dispenses the solid, practical information she wishes she had known from the outset.
VERDICT Highly recommended for families with children with unique learning styles.
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