Participants will explore historical and current brain research related to language- based learning disorders including Dyslexia. Participants will be able to identify the structural and functional brain differences in good and poor readers and how the brain makes sense of print. Participants will be able to identify the characteristics of Dyslexia and co-morbid conditions such as ADHD, Executive Functioning difficulties and other communication disorders. They will explore characteristics and research concerning the presenting indicators and consequences of Dyslexia through the lifespan, beginning with pre-k. Case studies will be presented.
Proposed Required textbooks:
Speech to Print - Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats
From Talking to Writing - Terril Jennings and Charles Haynes
The Reading Comprehension Blueprint by Nancy Hennessey
Proust and the Squid by Dr. Maryanne Wolf or Language at the Speed of Sight by Seidenberg
Unlocking Literacy by Marcia Henry