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Spotlight Session

Developmental Dyslexia and Reading Impairments: Brain Development, Early Identification, and Screening Approaches – Virtual Summer Institute 2020


  • Type: Spotlight session
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Attendance: Live, attendance required on date and time in the course information details
  • Platform: Zoom. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins



Learning trajectories are shaped by the dynamic interplay between nature and nurture, which starts in utero and continues throughout the lifespan. Learning differences are often not identified until childhood or adolescence, but diverging trajectories of brain development may be present as early as prenatally. Furthermore, children’s experiences and their interactions with the environment surrounding them have long-lasting influences on the brain development and future outcomes. This webinar will primarily focus on learning differences in reading acquisition and will give an overview about brain development in struggling readers, strategies for early identification of children at-risk as well as approaches for implementing screening strategies.



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.



All necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

1 Hour
Dates/Time Price
July 22, 2020
1:00pm Eastern Time

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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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.

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