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Thursday, February 20 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Surface Dyslexia: The Uncommon Reading Disability

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Surface dyslexia has commonly been referred to as a stealth or hidden reading disability. Unlike students who present with the more common type of reading disability known as dysphonetic dyslexia subtype, students with surface dyslexia may actually appear to have excellent emergent reading skills only to have their reading abilities stall in Grade 3. They may often compensate with excellent working memory, verbal skills and auditory comprehension. The extent of their reading struggles are missed as they struggle to achieve sufficient orthographic processing skills - the visual component of reading -- to become fluent enough readers to comprehend the text they are tackling. Simply put, these students often fall through the cracks, even though many are gifted intellectually. Moreover, the standard supports provided to students with sound-symbol difficulties do not optimally address the needs of a person with surface dyslexia. This session will provide teachers with information on how to identify students who may have surface dyslexia, along with options for remediation and support.


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre