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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Overcoming Dyslexia by Yale University

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About the Course

Dyslexia is everywhere, touching so many children and adults, and while science has made extraordinary progress in understanding and clarifying the condition, this incredible powerful knowledge rarely reaches those who most need to know and would greatly benefit from it. Our goal is to change all this with the Coursera you are about to view, produced by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development, both the leading scientist studying dyslexia and the most devoted advocate for helping those who are dyslexic. The course addresses and answers just about all the questions you have: beginning with what is reading and what is dyslexia and sharing with you the most up-to-date 21st century federal definition of dyslexia. If you are dyslexic, you’ll come to learn you are not alone – dyslexia is very common affecting one out of five, that is, 20% of the population, including both boys and girls all over the world. The course addresses a major question we hear from so many parents and teachers– how do I know if my child may be dyslexic? What signs or symptoms should I be on the lookout for? And here’s another very important question we hear from so many parents and educators who are eager to do the best for their child – when should screening for dyslexia begin? What is the best method? What should I look for or ask about? A major source of worry for parents is their child’s slow reading- they ask will this prevent a happy future for the child. Yes, dyslexics are slow readers and here, in Coursera, you will come to understand the brain’s role in dyslexia, including slow reading. Great news to share – you will also be so delighted to learn that surrounding a dyslexic’s slow reading is a phenomenal powerful sea of strengths in big picture thinking and reasoning. Dyslexia is a true paradox: dyslexics may be slow readers but at the same time are incredibly fast thinkers! You can be assured, if you care about a child or someone who is dyslexic and have questions or concerns, you will find it addressed here in this course: everything important to know about and help you select the most effective interventions for a dyslexic child; how to go about choosing the best school, including potentially one that is specialized, for such a child, including what is most important to look for when visiting a potential school; the role of accommodations and how to select the best one; and common co-occurring conditions like ADHD and anxiety – their impact, how to recognize and treat. In the following lessons you will meet wonderful, incredibly insightful and highly successful dyslexics – including governors, cardiac surgeons, nationally renowned attorneys, basketball coaches, economists and dyslexic children and their wonderful families who will share their experiences and advice. Enjoy!...

Top reviews


Jan 6, 2023

Amazing course and highly recommended. I really appreciated how thorough and well-explained each step was. The questions throughout the video and the quizzes at the end really helped me to focus.


Feb 18, 2023

This course was thorough, interesting, and very relevant to me as a literacy specialist. My students will benefit from my new understandings about dyslexia. Thank you very much.

Sidney Worthen

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Feb 29, 2024

Thank you for the course, full of knowledge and information, I was hopping to find more specific strategies to help my students.

By regina k

Mar 9, 2024

Though this course has good information, As a Title Reading Teacher, I already knew most of the information. I believe this course could be done in more than half the time. The course is also long and laboring and so slow. The speaker knows her material and is smart but very slow in speaking and hard to stay focused on.

By Herraez, S

Dec 16, 2023

I hoped it provided more exercices, clues. It provides USA adresses and laws, but no specific information / tasks for dyslexic people. It is quite repetitive too

By Theresa B

Feb 13, 2023

I paid for a 1 month subscription and did not receive that appropriate credit for a paid subscription.

By Melissa P B

Jan 24, 2024

It was terrible! There was a tremendous amount of overlap and all I got out of it was that people with dyslexia can be intelligent. It did not offer strategies and was a big advertisement for her book and screening assessment. HUGE waste of time!

By Cheng C

Jan 31, 2024

The course is really just soso, I consider it a promotion of their book instead of giving out information. The course is mainly about introducing what is dyslexia but without any instructions of how we should train our kid to overcome it.