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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T8 - Is Dyslexia a Gift?

Nov 9, 2017 10:00am ‐ Nov 9, 2017 11:30am

Standard: $20.00


Good question, one that remains a bone of contention within the dyslexia field and community. The answer probably isnt binary. Well begin by considering this question through historical and research lenses and in the context of cerebrodiversity and neurodiversity frameworks. As we go, well explore various perspectives and implications, including the role of the environment. Well wrap up with an activity to capture and share your own thinking on the question.

Learning Outcomes:

  • READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Outline the critical components for proficient reading including language development, phonological awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.
  • RESEARCH: Examine research findings and implications for practice relevant to students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.
  • RESEARCH: Understand how genes, brains and contemporary culture contribute to learning disorders and develop effective strategies to support each child’s success both in school and in life.

Disclosure: Carolyn Cowen has no relevant
financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Carolyn D. Cowen, Ed.M., CDT-IDA, Digital Media Strategist, Content Editor, IDA Examiner

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