The Windward School and Windward Teacher Training Institute
"Why Some Children Struggle to Read: The Neurobiology of Dyslexia and Other Reasons Children Struggle"
by Devin Kearns, PhD
was held on Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
at The Windward School's Westchester Middle School, 40 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604
Dyslexia is one of the most prevalent disabilities affecting American school children. Between 8% and 10% of American children have dyslexia, and more than 10% of other children are at risk of identification. The question addressed in this lecture is why children have dyslexia. Dr. Kearns will explain how children with this language-based learning disability have brains that process specific tasks differently and how this relates to their performance on reading-related tests. In addition, he will present other possible causes of word reading difficulty that can be confused with dyslexia. He will also address controversies about dyslexia—including why some people do not even like the word. The goal of the lecture is to help people understand what dyslexia is and what it is not.
About Devin Kearns, PhD
Dr. Kearns is an associate professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and a Center for Behavioral Education & Research (CBER) and Haskins Laboratories research scientist. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Devin researches reading disability—including dyslexia—and designs, implements, and tests reading intervention programs to help these students. He examines their impact on reading achievement and neurobiological processing. He publishes articles for educators and researchers on reading difficulty. He often provides professional development to help educators implement high-quality reading instruction.
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