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As a girl growing up in Israel, I always knew there was something wrong with me but I could never put my finger on what it was. Maybe it was the way all the other kids at school seemed to pick up on our lessons so quickly – to me, lessons were always struggle. Or maybe it was the way my classmates never seemed to mind reading out loud when the teacher asked them to. To me, reading in private was torture. In front of a class it was a fate worse than death.
I continued to have this aversion to reading all my life. Yes, I could read. Over the years I’d developed a personal routine of coping techniques and strategies to get by. I could digest text – I just had to do it slowly.
By the age of 43, I’d built my own business from scratch and was living a very good life. I had good friends, great relationships and financial success. I decided to go back to university. But to meet this aspiration, I knew I’d have to conquer my old fears of reading. At the time – the mid ‘90s – I’d been hearing a lot about Adult Dyslexia in the news. And I wondered: is that what’s wrong with me? Am I Dyslexic?
I asked around. I checked in with friends. “You know,” I’d say. “I’ve been thinking about getting myself checked out for Adult Dyslexia . . .” You should have heard the reactions I got to that!
“Zahavit! Are you crazy?!”
“Now way!! You’re so smart! So intelligent!”
“Get out of here. You couldn’t possibly be Dyslexic!”
Well. I had myself diagnosed anyway. You know what? They were wrong.
Here’s what I’m here to tell you. I have a disorder. It’s a terrible disease that afflicts twenty percent of the world population. In children, the disease is frustrating. In adults, when left untreated, it can be crippling. I know all this first hand because I lived with my disorder for forty years before I was finally diagnosed.
But don’t worry. Because I’m also here to tell you this: there’s a happy ending to this story. I’ve been there. I fought it. And I survived.
My name is Zahavit Paz. I have adult Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
I beat it. And so can you.
I was diagnosed for adult learning disorders ten years ago. Since then, I’ve read every book I can find about Dyslexia and ADHD. You could say I’ve become a fanatic for the subject. I’ve interviewed physicians, therapists, LD test-makers, and ordinary citizens like you and me who’ve been afflicted with the disease – some of whom were diagnosed at an early age, some of whom were not.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that not enough is being done to educate society on adult learning disorders. For this reason, I’ve dedicated my life to assisting anyone currently burdened by the weight of their learning disability. I founded LD Resources Foundation, a non-profit company whose mission is to help adults who suffer from Dyslexia and ADHD. I now believe that no one else should have to weather the struggle against learning disorders alone!
My whole purpose in writing this book is simple: I want to lend a hand to anyone currently battling a learning disorder. Together, we can win that battle, and the war too.
Why is Another Book on Learning Disabilities Necessary?
The book I’m writing – Overcoming ADHD and Dyslexia – is the culmination of my journey. Why is another book on this subject necessary? Very simple. As I said, I’ve read every book on the market concerning Dyslexia and ADHD, and every book I’ve read on the subject is inadequate!
Here are some examples why:
Very few books have been written concerning both Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. This is a horrendous oversight when one considers that the two disorders often accompany and exacerbate one another. Talking about one without discussing the other is about as useful as fishing without a hook on the end of your line. My book will detail how the two orders conspire to cloud the mind . . . but it will also detail how therapy against one disorder can be used to treat another.
Very few books include the personal stories of people who suffer from learning disabilities. Again, this is a tremendous oversight. On one level, learning disabilities are certainly clinical cases. But on another plane, they manifest themselves as deeply personal crises that must be met and defused before any headway can be made. In my experience with adults suffering from learning disorders, the emotional barrier to confronting their condition is the most intimidating hurdle to mastery. Personal statements from those with Dyslexia and ADHD must be considered before anyone can appreciate, identify, or ameliorate the insidiousness of a learning disorder.
Very few books have been written by ordinary people. Most books on learning disabilities have been written by physicians and therapists who only offer one view of disorder – from the clinician’s eye out. The average reader doesn’t understand complex medical jargon, nor should they be burdened by it. The only way to truly understand a learning disorder is to look at it from the patient’s eye in. Ideally – to offer guidance on how to combat an LD – an author should be able to do both. As someone who’s sat on both sides of the fence, I offer this perspective.
Very few books offer exhaustive research culled from leading experts in the field. I made it my business to interview the top physicians and researchers, all of whom have made striking breakthroughs in the field of adult LD treatment. Most people never consider that disease isn’t a static force; it’s constantly in flux, changing from month to month and year to year as scientists learn more about the condition. Readers of my book will benefit from the most cutting-edge research available. They’ll be able to “sit in” on interviews with leading doctors and hear their profound insights on new treatments for Dyslexia and ADHD. This section alone will be worth the price of the book. It’s like having a team of top diagnosticians right there in your home to offer helpful information.
Apart from all this, Overcoming ADHD and Dyslexia will fill a long-standing gap on bookstore shelves because:
It offers first-hand information on the problems, the challenges and the solutions to ADHD and Dyslexia.
It’s written in an easy-to-read style that allows people suffering from the disorders to digest the material!
It’s also invaluable for family members of people suffering from the disorders.
It offers my own proven techniques to combat ADHD and Dyslexia – techniques pioneered and practiced by someone suffering from the diseases.
It offers rare, insightful interviews with leading physicians; learning disorder patients; and top theoreticians in the field.
It addresses the valuable perspective that a learning disorder can actually be a gift if the patient adopts the proper mental paradigm.
It deals frankly with the emotional aspect of ADHD/Dyslexia, which often get left out of books, or inadequately dealt with.
It helps the reader to recognize and validate this part of her experience and grow to a fuller acceptance of who they are and what they have the potential to be.
Overcoming ADHD and Dyslexia stresses the fact that making choices in life based on your limitations instead of your possibilities will keep your world small. It will undermine your sense of independence by making you feel as though you have to settle for less than, instead of reaching for your dreams.