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Understanding Dyslexia


Understanding Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia

Learn more about dyslexia.


Students: 2,546
Course Description

Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. It is not caused by problems with vision, rather, it is a developmental reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognise and process certain symbols.
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This free online dyslexia course analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define conditions such as dyslexia. You will learn how important it is to integrate the different psychological accounts of dyslexia in order to provide a full explanation of potential causes and strategies for remediation. The course presents dyslexia as a ‘case study’ in how different perspectives might be complementary to each other and outlines different approaches to the definition of ‘abnormality’. You will learn about the different explanations of dyslexia including behavioural, cognitive, and biological perspectives. The course also considers the more practical issue of how to approach the treatment of dyslexia and associated difficulties. This free online dyslexia course will be of great interest to all professionals in the areas of education, child development, and adult literacy who would like to learn more about the causes of and treatment for dyslexia, and to all learners who would like a greater understanding of this common condition.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - Identify and discuss the issues that relate to the definition, explanation and remediation of ‘abnormal’ psychological functioning; - Understand the complexities involved in identifying, explaining and managing dyslexia;


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Module Title
Module 1: Approaches to the Definition of 'Abnormality'
Module 2: Dyslexia as a Distinctive Condition
Module 3: Explanations of Dyslexia
Module 4: Treatment and Management
Module 5: Understanding Dyslexia Assessment

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Course Title Understanding Dyslexia
Course # 537
Course Publisher OpenLearn
Course Category 13
Content Origin
Course Description  Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. It is not caused by problems with vision, rather, it is a developmental reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognise and process certain symbols. This free online dyslexia course analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define conditions such as dyslexia. You will learn how important it is to integrate the different psychological accounts of dyslexia in order to provide a full explanation of potential causes and strategies for remediation. The course presents dyslexia as a ‘case study’ in how different perspectives might be complementary to each other and outlines different approaches to the definition of ‘abnormality’. You will learn about the different explanations of dyslexia including behavioural, cognitive, and biological perspectives. The course also considers the more practical issue of how to approach the treatment of dyslexia and associated difficulties. This free online dyslexia course will be of great interest to all professionals in the areas of education, child development, and adult literacy who would like to learn more about the causes of and treatment for dyslexia, and to all learners who would like a greater understanding of this common condition.
License  This course is available from OpenLearn through the following Creative Commons licence:
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Release Date 11 February 2013
   
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Course Duration (Avg Learner) 2-3 Hours
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Audio Only None
Animation None
Assessments Yes
 
Education Level
Age appropriateness 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level Higher High Secondary School
 
Validation Level 5
ALISON Testing Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download Yes
Parchment Yes
Framed Certification Yes
   
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  • Carol Mendelski United Kingdom Very helpful. 2014-12-15 17:12:30
  • Val Gray Australia This is an excellent course, thank you so much for providing such clear, well paced and relevant information. Cheers, Val Gray 2014-12-10 01:12:21
  • Allison Sturgeon United Kingdom Very informative. Opened my eyes to understanding and seeing dyslexia in a whole new light. 2014-11-10 13:11:55
  • Edward Burns United States of America My level of understanding has improved from theorizing to professional understanding. It is a great perceptual benefit to have the use of reference resources and historical progression of understanding dyslexia. 2014-11-05 21:11:43
  • Amanda Blum United States of America Tons of good background information, would have liked more information on specifically how to work with students and methods for teaching. 2014-09-24 18:09:40
  • Anita Galina Wale United Arab Emirates I have enjoyed this course and certainly have a better understanding of the condition. It also empowers me to be able to relate to professionals when the assessment and management of the condition are discussed and applied. Thank you. 2014-09-22 07:09:57
  • Suzanne Mcdonald United Kingdom great course I learned a lot! 2014-09-17 14:09:53
  • Jennifer Gillard United Kingdom Very informative 2014-08-22 22:08:02
  • Tracy Orr United Kingdom Very enjoyable course. 2014-07-26 22:07:50
  • Rosalinda Cavazos Mexico Thanks a lot for this instructional program. I am an elementary teacher. I want to congratulate you because these kind of courses help us teachers a lot. They enable us to improve our knowledge from our workplace or from our house. I learned a lot from this course and I would recommend it to all my fellow teachers. In my opinion this course is going to help me a lot with my students with learning disabilities not only with the ones that has a condition like dyslexia, but also with the ones that have other disorders. Some of my students struggle in their Reading and Writing so I think that this course provided me with more guidance to make the best educational decisions for them. 
 Teaching students with dyslexia requires to make differentiations and accommodations that will help them with their ability to read. We as educators have to use all the available tools for help them. There is a lot of ignorance surrounding dyslexia and learning disabilities. This kind of courses help a lot to understand and help people that suffer this condition. Thanks again for all the recommendations and variety of methods that will help me and my students to grow and better develop their own abilities. 2014-06-08 00:06:52
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