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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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By Fatima S

Dec 15, 2022

There is a wealth of information here and things now make so much more sense looking back into my childhood. I recently discovered that Im dyslexic.

By Jane E

Jan 18, 2023

As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I found this course extremely interesting. I'm excited to apply the recommendations to my students.

By Dagmar G

Dec 26, 2022

Aprendi muito, ouvi falar sobre este diagnóstico, a dislexia, mas aqui me aprofundei muito. Com profissionais experientes e doutores no assunto.

By Sindy A

Jul 20, 2023

It was an amazing PD. It opened my eyes in so many ways. As I was listening to the speaker , names from my students came up to my mind.

By Kristin R

Feb 7, 2023

Fantastic course! I highly recommend it for parents of dyslexic children, educators and anyone who works with people with dyslexia.

By Kathleen T

Jul 18, 2023

I found it extremely informative and valuable for me, as a primary classroom teacher and a parent of a dyslexic college student.

By Allison L

Mar 6, 2023

Very direct and information was all pertinent. It wasn't an overload of scientific findings, but factual, concrete and helpful.

By Shannon B

Mar 20, 2023

Fantastic course that gave me a breadth of knowledge about dyslexia I will be able to use in my foundational literacy work.

By Kristine C

Jan 21, 2023

Great overview of dyslexia, the strategies to support dyslexic students and adults, and strengths of dyslexic people.

By Christine K

Aug 18, 2023

Such an informative course! Thank you Dr. Sally Shaywitz for your commitment to students of all ages with Dyslexia!

By Margaret C

May 18, 2023

For those with knowledge of dyslexia and those who don't, something new can always be learned from Sally Shaywitz.

By Meg B

Mar 11, 2023

Excellent information. Very comprehensive and up to date. Every teacher should take this course!

By Hannah F

Jan 24, 2023

I enjoyed this course very much. It was filled with a lot of useful information.

Hannah Fairbanks

By Mandi H

Aug 30, 2023

Thank You so much for this course. It has helped me to have the confidence to go back to school.

By Karen D

Feb 5, 2023

Very informational and helpful to me as a primary teacher of second graders! Thank you! Karen

By Jami F

Jan 15, 2023

Such important information and delivered by Shaywitz! Thank you for making this course free.

By Christina H

Jun 21, 2023

WONDERFUL! Should be mandatory training for all teachers in training at every university/

By Rawan D

May 25, 2023

it was really helpful as a special needs teacher , I learned a lot , thank you so much .

By Emma V

Mar 8, 2023

I learned so much more than I thought I would. I am very happy that I took this course!

By Silvia C

Jul 17, 2023

it was very interesting, complete, with case history, simple and clear. Very usefull

By Vince P

Apr 7, 2023

Awesome! I learned a lot from the course. I especially loved the personal stories!

By Sabrea E

Feb 13, 2023

Profoundly beneficial course for parents, family members and persons with dyslexia.

By Grace L

Jun 23, 2023

This course is very educational, thorough, properly paced, and well-organized!

By JuliaCaro

Sep 28, 2023

a broad, deep and clever teaching by a passionate advocate of dyslexic rights

By Nicole L

May 15, 2023

Very informative for us parents who wish to understand our dyslexic children.