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Understanding Dyslexia

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • 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.

  • 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;

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Understanding Dyslexia
  • Free

  • 2-3 Hours

  • OpenLearn

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 5 )
  • UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA
  • Module
    1
    Approaches to the Definition of 'Abnormality'
    • In this module learn more about approaches to the definition of 'abnormality'.
    • Approaches to the definition of ‘abnormality’
    • Definitions of ‘normality’ - Part 1
    • Medical approaches to normality - Part 2
    • Experiencing dyslexia - Part 1
    • What is Dyslexia - Part 2
    • Defining dyslexia
    • Positive indicators for dyslexia
  • Module
    2
    Dyslexia as a Distinctive Condition
    • Learn more about dyslexia as a distinctive condition.
    • Differentiating dyslexia from other reading difficulties
    • Differentiating dyslexia from other developmental conditions
    • Reflecting on definitions of ‘abnormality’
  • Module
    3
    Explanations of Dyslexia
    • In this module dyslexia is explained in more detail.
    • Behavioural, cognitive and biological perspectives
    • Cognitive explanations of dyslexia- Part 1
    • Cognitive explanations of dyslexia- Part 2
    • Cognitive explanations of dyslexia- Part 3
    • Biological explanations of dyslexia
    • Differences in brain architecture- Part 1
    • Differences in brain architecture- Part 2
    • Biochemical factors
    • Environmental explanations of dyslexia
    • Reflecting on explanations of abnormal development- the case of dyslexia
  • Module
    4
    Treatment and Management
    • Learn more about the treatment and management of dyslexia.
    • Thinking about intervention
    • Behavioural approaches
    • Cognitive approaches- Part 1
    • Cognitive approaches- Part 2
    • Biological approaches
    • Evaluating intervention studies-Part 1
    • Evaluating intervention studies- Part 2
    • Reflecting on dyslexia
    • Concluding remarks
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  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module
    5
    Understanding Dyslexia Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Understanding dyslexia Assessment
  • References View Resource
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