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Solving the Dyslexia Paradox: The Importance of Brain Development, Early Identification, Remediation and Screening Strategies – Summer Institute 2019

This course is offered during our Dyslexia Academy for Educators week

Various developmental disorders, such as developmental dyslexia, are diagnosed in early childhood, but divergent trajectories of brain development may already be present in preschool or even at birth. This course will be an introduction to the developmental cognitive neuroscience of reading. It will cover the development of the typical and atypical reading brain and its plasticity following successful intervention strategies. Additionally, it will introduce the idea of early screening for reading disabilities in young children and explore the ‘why,’ ‘whom,’ ‘when,’ and ‘how’ of current screening strategies and their implications for educational settings and policy. This will be linked to current legislation in New England and nationwide. This course will further introduce brain plasticity and teach tools necessary to critically evaluate programs that are so called ‘brain-based’ or claim to improve your brain functions. It will conclude by discussing implications for general education, educational policy, and the development of interventions for children with language-based learning disabilities.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • describe the typical and atypical reading network in the brain and its developmental trajectories
  • summarize the purpose of early screening and how it can be implemented in educational practice
  • critically evaluate ‘brain-based’ teaching and intervention programs



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.


This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level,  Basic Communication Processes area).

Course Information

5 Hours/PDPs
0.5 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 8, 2019
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

Over 99% of Summer Institute participants believe that their instructors were knowledgeable and used current research.

Over 92% of Summer Institute participants believe that their seminars contributed to their professional growth.

About the Instructor

Nadine Gaab, PhD

Nadine Gaab is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital /Harvard Medical School and a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her current research focuses on auditory and language processing in the human brain and its applications for the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills. The Gaablab is currently working on various topics with a main focus on early identification of developmental dyslexia in the pre-reading and infant brain. The Gaablab employs cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs and works closely with over 20 private and public schools within the Greater New England area.



Financial: Dr Gaab receives an honorarium from Landmark School as an invited speaker. She also receives a salary from the following institutions that may be referenced during her presentation: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), and the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Gaab’s work is funded by grants from NICHD and the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Gaab is a board member at the Landmark School, a member and president of the New England Research of Dyslexia Society (NERDY), and a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

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