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Part II: Structured Literacy and Dyslexia with Adult Learners

About This Session


Between 5% and 17% of the US population has dyslexia. However, in HISD public schools, in 2022, only 2.19% of students were identified with dyslexia. Many Texas adult literacy programs have adults struggling to read who have undiagnosed reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

Join Lara Speights, Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and Reading Specialist, for a conversation about dyslexia around the neuroscience, the red flags, and supporting these learners academically and emotionally.

What we'll cover:

  • Collaboratively review current inequities surrounding dyslexia, especially related to how dyslexia is considered a disability of privilege
  • Discuss dyslexia, its definition, what we know through neuroscience, and red flags in adult populations
  • Consider research-backed practices that support the academic and emotional growth of learners with dyslexia.

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - learning differences & disabilities
Session will also cover:
topic - adult basic literacy, abe, hse
topic - diversity, equity & inclusion

Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.

Speights, Lara

Presenter: Lara Speights
Organization: Neuhaus Education Center, Houston

ROLE classroom instructors
LEVEL beginner
Case study?
Other info:

This session is the second of two parts. The first session, Structured Literacy Part 1 – Reading Instruction for All, is recommended to attend first and provides detailed examples of actual classroom teaching that are appropriate for all learners and vital for those with dyslexia.

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