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Welcome to our presentation Sped 419

The goal of this presentation is to provide the viewer with informative information about dyslexia and present this information with enthusiasm for the subject matter mixed in with a bit of creativity

-I hope you learn a great deal and enjoy the presentation

Jhundeby, July 24, 2013

Sped 519/419

Summer Session I:

June 12, 2013 to July 31, 2013

Course: Teaching Literature in Special Education

Professor: Dr. Mark Markell

William Pettit will be covering the topics of Dyslexia including: Definition

Characteristics Symptoms of dyslexia Famous people with dyslexia

David Erickson will present a class activity on the topic of dyslexia. Joe Hundeby will discuss the author’s background and motivations for the book. I will then finish with a presentation about advances in the treatment of Dyslexia and the promise of the future.

OVERCOMING DYSLEXIA: A Straight-Forward Guide For Families and Teachers by Dr. Beve’ Hornsby and Foreword by Susan Hampshire and Anghardad Rees and Illustrated by Peter Cox 1985/1996

Reactions to the text-

Joe Hundeby (2013)

….very interesting –many “ah ha” moments……. ….enlightening –allowing the reader to grow in one’s understanding. ….practical -allowing for future application in the field of special education.

About the Author Beve Hornsby: BevĂŠ Hornsby (1915-2004) was a distinguished speech and language therapist, psychologist, and educator, who played a pioneering role in the understanding of dyslexia.

Throughout her professional life, Dr. BevĂŠ Hornsby was undoubtedly a mover and shaker; she loved to take on new challenges and was never put off by red-tape, or what others might consider insurmountable obstacles.

Susan Hampshire 1985

How she has contributed to the research of dyslexia:

Ă˜ Through her writing, professional practice and

teacher-training she brought the problems of people with dyslexia to recognition, and her work stimulated many developments in the field of dyslexia education.

Some of her past credentials include: Ă˜ Dr. Hornsby has published several very

respected books and journals about dyslexia. Ă˜ The Royal College of Speech and Language

Therapists elected her to a Fellowship in 1988 and her many contributions to Dyslexia were honoured publicly by the award of the MBE in 1997.

About Dr. Hornsby’s diverse history and background in life: Ø


Bevé Hornsby was born in 1915 in Camberley, Surrey. Although she showed academic promise at school, she chose not to further her education at this stage of her life. Rather, Bevé was a student-member of the corps de ballet in the Vic Wells Ballet Company, drove ambulances during the 2nd World War, held a pilot’s licence and was a qualified teacher of ballroom dancing.

Dr. Hornsby -A Late Start in working with disabled youth at age 50:  Bevé was 50-years-old she began training as a speech

therapist at the Kingdom Ward School in London. She qualified in 1969 and took up her first post at the ‘Word Blind Clinic’ at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Only two years later in 1971 she was appointed head of the clinic which soon expanded and became renowned as the Barts Dyslexia Clinic.

Dr. Hornsby sets up the International Dyslexia Center for teacher training: Ø After retiring from St. Bartholomew’s at the

age of 65, Bevé set up the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre where she and her team continued to offer teacher training courses and professional services to children and adults with dyslexia.

The benefit of Dr. Hornsby’s clinical experiences:  While at the clinic she carried out

studies on 243 dyslexics into the causes of the condition; and many of the facts and statistical figures which appear in this text.

Dr. Hornsby’s Movitation For Writing This Book: By raising public awareness of dyslexia, this book will [hopefully] lead to improved facilities for recognizing and teaching dyslexics. If this is accomplished, “then it will fully have achieved its purpose” (Hornsby, 1984, 1995).

A Summary Of The Readings:

In the first half of the book Hornsby shows how dyslexia can affect every aspect of a child’s life, she describes the symptoms of dyslexia, and advises parents and schoolteachers on what practical help they can give. (see next slides).

A Summary Of The Readings:

Later on, she explain the diagnostic tests a child might be given, she shows how successful specialist teaching can be given, she gives tips on how students and adults can cope with their dyslexia, and finally she guides the reader to take a look at the latest theories on its (dyslexia) causes.

A Summary Of The Readings:

Coping with dyslexia? General advice to give your child Relaxed discussion with your young schoolchild about his dyslexia is very important to enable him to cope. He will need a lot of reassurance that his problem does not mean that he is stupid. ‘Have confidence in yourself. (Hornsby, 1984, 1995).

A Summary Of The Readings:

You are just as bright as other children and it’s not your fault that reading and spelling are so difficult for you. Encourage him to learn to laugh at himself when teased, and to reply with something along the lines of, ‘I can’t spell, but you can’t sing in tune.’ (p. 41) (Hornsby, 1984, 1995).

A Summary Of The Readings:

There is no cure for dyslexia. However, relief is in sight. It is no longer necessary to be distressed if your child is dyslexic, because there are well-tried methods of teaching which greatly improve the condition in the vast majority of cases. (Hornsby, 1984, 1995)

A Summary Of The Readings: Chapters 4 , 5 and 6, author Hornsby demonstrates that there are innumerable other ways in which dyslexics can be helped by teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, family doctors, and of course by their parents. She also shares that “there is also much that the adolescent and adult dyslexic can do to help themselves�. (p. 41). (Hornsby, 1984, 1995)

A Summary Of The Readings:

The author explains in Chapter 10 exactly how the dyslexic’s brain is affected. “It is enough to say here that the root of the problem is thought to be an inefficient connection between the left and right halves of the brain”. (p. 103) (Hornsby, 1984, 1995)

One Criticism of the text is the date of publication date:

The following represents current research about dyslexia “Translational science being used for the public good”. Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity 2012

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity Neural Mechanisms in Dyslexia

by Sally E. Shaywitz, Maria Mody, and Bennett A. Shaywitz, (2012)

Current Research on Dyslexia-

Within the last two decades, evidence from many laboratories has converged to indicate the cognitive basis for dyslexia: Dyslexia is a disorder within the language system and, more specifically, within a particular subcomponent of that system, phonological processing.Â

Translational science being used for the public good. Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, 2012

What this new technology with brain scans is revealingConverging evidence from a number of laboratories using functional brain imaging indicates that there is a disruption of left-hemisphere posterior neural systems in child and adult dyslexic readers when they perform reading tasks.Â

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity Neural Mechanisms in Dyslexia

by Sally E. Shaywitz, Maria Mody, and Bennett A. Shaywitz, (2012)

The Acceptance of dyslexia-

The discovery of a disruption in the neural systems serving reading has significant implications for the acceptance of dyslexia as a valid disorder—a necessary condition for its identification and treatment. Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity Neural Mechanisms in Dyslexia

by Sally E. Shaywitz, Maria Mody, and Bennett A. Shaywitz, (2012)

Irrefutable evidence found!

Brain-imaging findings provide, for the first time, convincing, irrefutable evidence that what has been considered a hidden disability is ‘‘real,’’ and these findings have practical implications for the provision of accommodations, a critical component of management for older children and young adults attending postsecondary and graduate programs.

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity Neural Mechanisms in Dyslexia

by Sally E. Shaywitz, Maria Mody, and Bennett A. Shaywitz, (2012)

Translational science benefiting the public goodThe utilization of advances in neuroscience to inform educational policy and practices provides an exciting example of translational science being used for the public good.

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity Neural Mechanisms in Dyslexia by Sally E. Shaywitz, Maria Mody, and Bennett A. Shaywitz, (2012)

What are the implications?

What does the future hold in the treatment of dyslexia?

Advanced brain scanning assessibility? (Hundeby, 2013) Brain hemisphere stimulating medications? (Hundeby, 2013) Hemisphere specific stimulating devices? (Hundeby, 2013)

To be continued‌.


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