Understanding Dyslexia: Finding the Right Combination

With MindPlay's Understanding Dyslexia Course, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the definition and characteristics of dyslexia and effective interventions to unlock student success.

Understanding Dyslexia - Available free for a limited time 

As of last October, 46 states have enacted dyslexia-related legislation, much of it in the past few years. Although screening is becoming mandatory, it’s important to ensure teachers, parents, and administrators understand the definition and characteristics of dyslexia and how to work together to unlock student success. 

That’s why MindPlay is offering its Understanding Dyslexia course for free. 

This course is designed to help your entire team, including parents, special and general education teachers, school and clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, and administrators, improve their knowledge and understanding of dyslexia, and the principles and types of effective interventions. 

Join us in raising awareness on how to unlock success for students with dyslexia. 


What is the purpose of the course? 

This online course helps teams understand the: 

  • Definition and characteristics of dyslexia
  • Major components of assessment 
  • Principles and types of effective interventions
What are the expected results?

After completing this course, professionals will: 

  • Increase their understanding of both assessment and interventions for dyslexia 
  • Learn how to help children build their reading and spelling proficiency
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About the Author: 

Nancy Mather is a Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has served as a learning disabilities teacher, a diagnostician, a university professor, and an educational consultant. She has published numerous articles and books and conducts workshops on assessment and instruction both nationally and internationally. Her most recent book on dyslexia is Essentials of Dyslexia: Assessment and Intervention, 2nd ed. (Mather & Wendling, 2024). She is a co-author of several widely used tests, including the Woodcock-Johnson IV and the Test of Orthographic Competence (2 nd ed.). In addition, Dr. Mather and her co-authors have recently completed the Tests of Dyslexia (Mather, McCallum, Bell, & Wendling, 2024), a comprehensive assessment that is designed to help identify dyslexia in individuals of all ages. Dr. Mather recently received the 2023 Samuel Torrey Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association for her contributions to the field of dyslexia.

Course outline:

  • Module 1: Introduction and definition of dyslexia 
  • Module 2: Neurobiology and the brain
    • Understanding the Reading brain 
  • Module 3: Assessment and diagnosis
    • Identifying students and data 
  • Module 4: Phonological awareness
    • Explicit instruction in phonological awareness 
  • Module 5: Basic reading skills
    • Direct, intensive, systematic, and multi-sensory 
  • Module 6: Spelling
    • Connection between spelling and reading 
  • Module 7: Fluency
    • Bridge between word identification and comprehension 
  • Module 8: Conclusion
    • General principles and final thoughts