Reading is the foundation of solid academic performance in the school environment. Children with dyslexia struggle with aspects of their reading development. This learning difficulty can stop a child from reaching their full potential and can also affect a child emotionally and socially. This course provides teachers, parents and other healthcare professionals with the latest and most up-to-date information about dyslexia, as well as practical solutions which can support and assist children who are affected by this learning difficulty. Case study examples are also used to allow learners to apply their knowledge. This course also includes a comprehensive strategy toolkit.
This course is a self-study course. When you are registered you will receive: a full colour text book and toolkit, a
portfolio guide, access to expert online tutoring, certificate on successful course completion.
This course has 9 modules. Each module is aimed at ensuring the learner achieves understanding of a specific area within the field of dyslexia. Assignments which include case studies are interspersed throughout the modules. Each module and its outcomes are listed below:
Module 1 – How do children learn to read?
• The theory behind reading development • How children develop reading skills. • Key predictors of proficient reading skills. • Risk factors for the development of reading difficulties.
Module 2 – The theory behind dyslexia
• The background and history of dyslexia. • Definitions of dyslexia. • Theories of dyslexia. • The causes of dyslexia. • The strengths associated with dyslexia.
Module 3 – The clinical diagnosis of dyslexia
• What is meant by clinical diagnosis of dyslexia. • The criteria use for the diagnosis of dyslexia in the DSM-5. • The criteria used for the diagnosis of dyslexia in the ICD10. • The debates and challenges using criteria within the DSM-5 and ICD-10. • The characteristics of dyslexia.
Module 4 – Sub-types of dyslexia
• Commonly recognised subtypes of dyslexia. • Subtypes of dyslexia according to the sensory system. • Subtypes of dyslexia according to the deficit. • Subtypes of dyslexia by time of onset. • Other subtypes of dyslexia.
Module 5 – Emotional and social difficulties associated with dyslexia
• The relationship between emotional difficulties and dyslexia. • The relationship between social difficulties and dyslexia. • Dyslexia and anxiety. • Dyslexia and depression. • The impact of emotional and social difficulties on a child with dyslexia.
Module 6 – Dyslexia and related conditions
• Dyslexia and language difficulties. • Dyslexia and dysgraphia. • Dyslexia and dyscalculia. • Dyslexia and ADHD. • Dyslexia and intellectual disabilities.
Module 7 – Educational assessment & screening for dyslexia
• The reasons for identifying the symptoms of dyslexia. • Stakeholders and the communication process. • The process of educational assessment for a child with dyslexia. • Profiles of children with dyslexia.
Module 8 – Treatment programmes for children diagnosed with dyslexia
• The steps to follow when selecting treatment programmes. • The available treatment programmes for dyslexia. • The effectiveness of treatment programmes for dyslexia. • Support for related difficulties.
Module 9 – Strategies & techniques to support a child with dyslexia
• An individual development plan to support a child with dyslexia. • Classroom accommodations and strategies to support a child with dyslexia. • Study skills and techniques that can be used to support a child with dyslexia. • Strategies to improve reading skills. • Strategies to improve spelling skills. • Strategies to improve phonics knowledge. • Provide support to a child with dyslexia across the curriculum. • Provide emotional support and assistance. • Additional resources to support a child with dyslexia.