Weekly roundup: Reading & dyslexia, Events

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A new book on reading and dyslexia by Mark S. Seidenberg

In the newly published Language at the Speed of Sight Mark S. Seidenberg, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, discusses the science of reading and points out the disconnection between research and education. Seidenberg believes that the core of the problem lies within education. He emphasises that the way children are introduced to reading can create discrimination in economically poorer areas and even discourage reading completely from a younger age. This situation particularly affects children with reading disabilities such as dyslexia, as the difficulty to read is often misbelieved to be linked to the lack of hard work, rather than a physiological problem. The inability to read can lead to as far as illiteracy and should thus be addressed from the youngest age.

Language at the Speed has already had numerous positive reviews. The New York Times journalist David Kipen pointed out the alarming aspect of the new publication and the relevance of the book for the teaching profession, while Michael S. Roth from Wall Street Journal suggests that every teacher should read it.

Teacher or not, this book offers a clear and accessible insight in the recent scientific research on the process of reading and dyslexia and would thus be a very interesting read for any person interested in the issue.

To learn more about the author follow the link to the podcast by Lexicon Valley.

Next Weeks events:

Dyslexia Action: Dyslexia Tips for Learning Support Staff (KS2) – Egham

3rd Feb 2017 – 10:00 to 13:00

Milton Keynes SEND Information Day 2017

4th Feb 2017 – Registration from 9:15 (event opens at 10:00)
Workshops at 11:15 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 14:45 (Event closes at 15:30)

Partners For Change: For Parents, Supporting Dyslexic children at school, college and at home

6th Feb 2017 – 9:30 to 12:30

Sheffield University SpLD Society Conference

9th Feb 2017 – 18:30 to 21:30

Supporting Dyslexic learners in different contexts (For Professionals) – Ipswich

20th Feb 2017 – 9:30 to 16:30