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  Course Details
The Reading Brain and Dyslexia in a Digital Age
Course Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Face to face
CPD Long Term:
CPD Credit Hours: Hours: 1 Minutes: 15
  Event Address
Imperial College
South Kensington Campus
United Kingdom
  Contact Details
Provider: Patoss
Course Manager: Mrs Sheila Rostill
Telephone: 0330 135 7030
Email: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org
Website: www.patoss-dyslexia.org
  Event Details
Dates: 25/04/2020 - 25/04/2020
Times: 10:00 - 11:30
No. of Delegates: 500
Delegate Price: GBP 163.00
SASC Ref.: PAT-15788-250420
   Audience Restriction
Members: £163, Non-members: £198. This seminar is part of the annual Patoss conference and is open to members and non members.
   Course Summary
In this presentation knowledge about the reading brain will be used as a lens on reading development, on dyslexia, and on the changes to deep reading and empathy in a digital world.
   Course Detail

The structure of talk will be to present research that spans three decades in three major areas:  1) An understanding  of  the reading brain circuit and the multiple component processes that are necessary for its basic acquisition in children and its fruition in what the speaker  has called deep reading processes;  2) a  conceptualisation of dyslexia which emphasises multiple sources of possible impediments---with radical implications for early prediction, more refined assessment,  and targeted interventions for different learners; and  3) an examination of the  positive and negative effects of digital culture for deep reading  in individuals and for  global literacy in a connected world.

Because Maryanne Wolf's recent work on deep reading processes represents an area less known by researchers in dyslexia, she will provide a more elaborated description of how the expert reading brain activates some of the most sophisticated cognitive, linguistic, and affective processes we possess.

The speaker will highlight some of her originating research with neurologist Martha Bridge Denckla, with whom she published the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, one of the two best predictors of dyslexia in every language tested. She will discuss how the use of RAN has expanded our understanding of the heterogeneity within dyslexia, which led to some of our most recent, and most important RAN-based research.  With MIT neuroscientists John Gabrieli and her former PhD student Ola Ozernov-Palchik, she conducted the largest pre-reading, prediction study of Kindergarten children and demonstrated the capacity to predict dyslexia subtypes before children ever develop the destructive emotional sequelae of  reading failure.  What is critical about these results is that they provide the basis for early targeted intervention for various subtypes of children.



   CPD Themes
  • Reviewing principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • Assessors
  • Support
  • Assessment centers
  • there are no specific re-requisites for this keynote address
   Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the implications for teaching, learning and the workplace if an individual has difficulty with rapid naming, and the issues with later reading fluency that it predicts.