Understanding Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia
- 15 PDPs/Hours (INCLUDED)
- 1 Graduate Credit (optional for a fee)
- This course is also available in a 3-credit format
This professional development course provides educators with an overview of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, including well-established neurological research related to the development of reading, writing, and arithmetic.
This course will help you:
- Understand the causes of learning challenges for individuals with these specific learning disabilities (SLD)
- Explore related neurological research and theory
- Gain awareness of other co-existing learning and social-emotional challenges
- Learn general best-practice instructional strategies to support students
- Build an understanding of the state and federal statutes that are in place to support students with learning disabilities
- Consider alternative views of learning disabilities by exploring cultural norms related to disabilities
The course is divided into six, self-paced modules:
- Module 1: Defining dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia
- Module 2: Neurological origins and manifestations
- Module 3: Comorbidity and other challenges
- Module 4: Overview of best classroom practices
- Module 5: Special education laws
- Module 6: Reframing social perspectives
Each module will follow the same basic outline:
- Reading of course content followed by a group discussion
- A reading of additional course content followed by a brief quiz
- A viewing of additional resources followed by a related application assignment
- An opportunity to submit concluding thoughts about the relevance of the course content
- Pre and Post-Assessments: These ungraded questionnaires will be completed at the beginning and end of the course in order for participants to self-assess knowledge and application of course content.
- Quizzes: The quizzes will assess comprehension of the content from the required reading. The quizzes will be automatically graded within the course platform. Although participants must earn 80% or higher to move on to the next section of the course, there are unlimited attempts allowed.
- Discussion Posts: The discussions will require participants to post an initial response and reply to at least one other post. These tasks will be assessed using specific rubrics.
- Application Assignments: The assignments in each module will require participants to apply their understanding of course content to follow the assignment directions and use examples provided as a guideline for format length, and quality of writing. These tasks will be assessed using specific rubrics.
- Concluding Thoughts: These tasks require participants to briefly synthesize three key takeaways from the module and will be assessed using specific rubrics.
There is not a required text for this course.
*Note: There may be additional assignments and required materials for participants who opt to take the course for 1 graduate credit.
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