Examining: The Dyslexia Dilemma: Formulas for Success! (5.26-7.23.21)

Examining: The Dyslexia Dilemma: Formulas for Success! (5.26-7.23.21)

May 26th

Date: May 26 – July 23, 2021
Course #: EDMA 288:620
Credit Hours: 3
Registration Deadline: April 21 @ 5:00 p.m.

Sally Shaywtiz has finally come out with her second edition of Overcoming Dyslexia. A ground breaking, blockbuster of a book that shattered myths and provided parents and professionals with scientific information on dyslexia that includes explaining the nature of dyslexia and reading, operationalizing and diagnosing dyslexia, giving assistance to the child in reading and turning poor readers into excellent readers, choosing a school that would meet the needs of a child with dyslexia and dealing with dyslexia successfully after high school and beyond.

The research is comprehensive. Dyslexia can be treated and Shaywitz makes it clear what methods should be used. Clear identification and a good understanding of what is happening when the child with dyslexia reads are paramount in designing a treatment plan.

Specifics include:

  • A clear understanding of how readers begin to read: mastering phonemes and phonemic awareness.
  • A clear understanding of the elements that go into making a successful reader that include: fluency, comprehension, vocabulary.
  • A clear understanding of the approaches/strategies/interventions that are most successful with dyslexics.
  • A clear understanding of exactly how much time needs to be allocated for each area of reading and what should be taught during that time.
  • A clear understanding of exactly how children learn to read and why dyslexics struggle.
  • A clear understanding of the importance of individualizing the approach to the child.

Shaywitz discusses ways to evaluate school programs and schools designed for dyslexics. How to pick a college, how to be successful in college or a post-secondary program are presented. She lays out what should and should not occur during the life of a child with dyslexia. Other topics include adult dyslexia, dyslexia and ADHD and dyslexia and anxiety. Ways to remediate dyslexia in adults is also introduced.

The Dyslexia Dilemma: Formulas for Success is built upon the text Overcoming Dyslexia, 2nd Ed. by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. and Jonathon Shaywitz, M.D. It is based on scientific evidence and years of research delving into what makes the dyslexic mind “tick” and how to remediate those “ticks” so reading achievement is accomplished. Shaywitz introduces the reader to children and adults who are dyslexic and their families. She provides us with a clear look at the agony this condition can cause and how it can be identified early and treated.

Sally Shaywitz is co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. She has written more than 350 scientific articles and book chapters and created the Shaywitz Dyslexia Screen ™. Dr. Shaywitz has written books, articles and has lectured on the subject of dyslexia. She is not only a pioneer in this field she is the premier voice of authority on dyslexia.

Organization
This course is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are encouraged to access the course regularly and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules. The course is organized into 6 Modules. Course goals will be met using a combination of lessons, text readings, videos, external resources, examples, discussion forums, reflections, activities, assignments, and enrichment materials. The instructor will monitor all discussions and offer coaching and feedback on assignments.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, participants will:

1. Understand how the dyslexic’s brain operates;
2. Understands the symptoms and red flags of dyslexia;
3. Understand what dyslexia is and how it’s identified;
4. Understand how dyslexia is treated;
5. Understand how dyslexia impacts children, adults and families; and
6. Understand how dyslexia interacts with other conditions.

Course Topics

1. Examining the nature of reading and dyslexia.
2. Examining how dyslexia is diagnosed.
3. Providing guidance for parents and teachers on how to help the dyslexic child.
4. Providing information on how dyslexics can become very good readers.
5. Understanding how students with dyslexia benefit from certain practices and environments.
6. Understanding the challenges of dyslexia through adulthood.

Grading
Grading is the same whether the course is taken for graduate credit or for license renewal. Students are required to participate in all discussion forums and to complete all assignments and/or activities. A=90%-100%; B=80%-89%-Because this is a graduate level course, scores must be 80% or better to receive credit.

Required Text: Overcoming Dyslexia (2nd ed.) Year: 2020, Authors: Sally Shaywitz, M. D. and Jonathon Shaywitz, M. D.
ISBN-10 : 9780679781592
ISBN-13 : 978-0679781592
It can be purchased through local bookstores or ordered online. Due to page and format differences between hard copies and electronic copies of the book, the Kindle version is NOT recommended.

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