Dr. Linda Siegel of the UBC Faculty of Education

“Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities”

February 20, 2014 – 4.00PM to 5.30PM at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library (RPL)

understanding-dyslexia-square Dr. Linda Siegel’s latest research in Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities addresses how our educational system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities and calls for the adoption of straightforward diagnostic techniques so that treatment options can be implemented at a young age. Many children who struggle with learning become discouraged in the classroom and isolated from their peers. Many adults whose learning disabilities were not recognized in school suffer from deep feelings of inadequacy that often prevent them from developing close relationships, finding rewarding employment, or living happily.

In this talk, Linda Siegel challenges the use of complex and time-consuming testing that is currently used to diagnose learning disabilities. In their place, she outlines simple and pragmatic techniques for testing for disabilities in reading, mathematics, spelling, and writing. Linda_headshot Dr. Siegel gives first-hand accounts of people living with learning disabilities, case studies from literature, and profiles of highly accomplished individuals who have achieved success despite their learning disabilities. Their stories encourage people with learning challenges and those who support them to recognize and nurture each person’s special talents. Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities implores families, teachers, and other educational professionals to provide resources and services for all those struggling with learning so that no more lives are compromised.

 

Speaker Bio: Linda Siegel is the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education at the University of British Columbia.   Linda Siegel is an eminent psychologist and educator and is an internationally respected authority on reading and learning disabilities.


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