Dyslexia Deciphered: An Update on What We Know

Richard Wagner
Florida State University and Florida Center for Reading Research

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Dyslexia is one of the primary areas of research of the Florida Learning Disability Research Center.  Our Center is one of three Centers funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH) to study learning disabilities including dyslexia.  Many students with dyslexia are not identified early or at all. Educators are on the front line and can be a valuable contributor to identifying students with dyslexia if they are familiar with the latest information about this disorder.  The goals of this presentation are to provide an update on what we know about dyslexia, with a focus on how educators can help in identifying and helping individuals with dyslexia. The goals of this presentation are to:

  • Provide you with a state-of-the-art overview of dyslexia;

  • Discuss what is behind the recent explosion or interest and legislation in dyslexia at the state level; and

  • Provide an update on screening, identification, remediation, and the role of assistive technology.

About the Presenter

Richard Wagner is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and the W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair at Florida State University. He also is a co-founder and current Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research. He previously earned a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University. His major area of research interest is dyslexia and the normal acquisition of reading. He currently is the principal investigator of a Multidisciplinary Learning Disability Center funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). He also has co-authored several tests including the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2) and the Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2).