Understanding Dyslexia is the first step in overcoming it
MindPlay Understanding Dyslexia™, an online course produced by MindPlay & written by Nancy Mather, Ph.D. and Barbara J. Wendling M.A, is designed for a wide range of educational personnel, including: special and general education teachers, school and clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, and administrators. The purpose of the course is to familiarize participants with the definition and characteristics of dyslexia, the major components of assessment, and the principles and types of effective interventions. Questions and activities are provided to support and enhance learning.
Who should use the course
This course may be used by all teachers, both general and special education teachers; administrators; diagnosticians and school psychologists; as well as speech and language therapists, who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of dyslexia. It is also appropriate for parents who have a child who has dyslexia, or suspect their child may have dyslexia.
What are the expected results
By completing this course, professionals will increase their understanding of both assessment and interventions for dyslexia as well as how to help children build their reading and spelling proficiency.
Educators and parents of children with dyslexia must have a firm understanding of what dyslexia is and what it isn’t. That knowledge is the only way to counteract pervasive dyslexia myths, which may interfere with both diagnosis and treatment. Following are some of the most common myths about dyslexia:
Dyslexia doesn’t exist.
Students will outgrow dyslexia.
Teachers are adequately trained to provide reading instruction to students with dyslexia.
Teachers are given enough time to address the needs of students with dyslexia.
Students with dyslexia are just lazy and unmotivated.
Dyslexia only affects reading.
Bright students cannot have dyslexia.