Weekly roundup: dyslexia

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U.S. Senate education committee hearing. Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education.

U.S. Senate education committee hearing. Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education. Source: senate.gov. 10 May 2016.

On 10 May the U.S. Senate held an education committee hearing on Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & EducationThe hearing included testimony from experts on dyslexia, including Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center For Dyslexia And Creativity. You can view video coverage of the hearing on the senate.gov website.

In response to the hearing, teacher and writer Kyle Redford penned this article in the EdWeek blogDyslexia and the Power of Teacher ExpectationsRedford examines the influence teachers have on the ability of dyslexics to believe in themselves and looks at what a large impact teacher expectations can have on a dyslexic child’s confidence. Read more.

Resources

Looking for local dyslexia associations? For readers based in the U.K., have a look at the list provided by the British Dyslexia Association: Local Dyslexia Associations Directory. If you are in the United States then check out Decoding Dyslexia. The organization is a grassroots movement run by parents and has local chapters in many states.