Join us for a free, two-part webinar series, The Science of Dyslexia, with Dr. Carolyn Denton.
Both 90-minute presentations by Dr. Denton will be followed by a brief question and answer session. Registration includes access to the webinar recordings.
Part 1: Saturday, June 5th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
The Science of Dyslexia, An Overview of the Science
This session will provide a foundation in the current scientific understanding of dyslexia, beginning with a description of the nature of dyslexia and genetic, environmental, and neurological factors that contribute to the condition. The majority of the session will be devoted to discussing interventions for children with dyslexia, much of which will be based on research conducted by Dr. Denton. She will describe studies of effective instruction for children at-risk for dyslexia and other reading difficulties, a study that examined the reading outcomes associated with eye exercises, and a study of medication and instructional interventions for children who have both ADHD and serious word reading difficulties. The session will emphasize characteristics of effective instruction for students with dyslexia.
Part 2: Saturday, June 26th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
The Science of Dyslexia, Practical Applications This session will build on Part 1 of The Science of Dyslexia, with a focus on instructional interventions for students with dyslexia and other students with word-reading difficulties and disabilities. The session will begin with an overview of characteristics of effective instruction for these students and how interventions can be provided within a multi-tier system of supports. Emphasis will be placed on the selection and implementation of instructional programs with evidence of effectiveness from scientific research. Teachers will also learn how to adapt reading instruction to make it more effective for students with dyslexia and other word-reading difficulties and disabilities. The session will include demonstrations of instructional activities from the interventions that were developed by Dr. Denton and her research teams. Detailed handouts will be provided to help teachers implement the activities in their own classrooms.
Dr. Denton has researched children with reading disabilities, ranging from intervention research on beginning readers and the instruction of decoding and foundation reading skills to research on middle school students struggling with comprehension. Dr. Denton's research on reading interventions for children with serious reading disabilities has included neuroimaging components that demonstrated changes in the patterns of brain processing with intensive reading intervention. She also worked in schools as a reading interventionist and a reading coach.
Dr. Denton brings a wealth of both scientific and practical information and experience to this workshop that will be valuable to all educators as well as parents with interest in successfully addressing the needs of students with dyslexia and other reading challenges.
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