“Overcoming Dyslexia”: Free Online Course By Yale University For Anyone Interested In Understanding This Condition

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A free online course called “Overcoming Dyslexia”, offered by Yale University, may be of interest to adults with Dyslexia, teachers and parents of children who have dyslexia, and anyone else who is interested in learning about the extraordinary progress science has made in understanding and clarifying this condition.

This 12 hour course, hosted on Coursera, is taught by Dr. Salle E Shaywitz, a physician-scientist who is on top of cutting-edge research to advance the science of dyslexia and Dr. Bennett A Shaywitz, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. It aims to help understand the progress being made in dyslexia research, acquire practical skills and strategies needed to overcome difficulties related to dyslexia, assistive technologies and accommodations available, and the law as it relates to dyslexic individuals. Dr. Salle Shaywitz is also the author of the book Overcoming Dyslexia.

Overcoming Dyslexia is broken down into 9 weeks with each week consisting of 7 to 10 videos and taking between one and two hours to complete.

Week 1: What is Dyslexia?
Week 2: Screening, Evaluating, and Diagnosing Dyslexia
Week 3: Effective Interventions for Young Children
Week 4: Choosing the Right School for your Dyslexic Child
Week 5: Preparing for College and Adulthood
Week 6: Comorbid Conditions
Week 7: Assistive Technologies and Accommodations
Week 8: The Law
Week 9: What to Remember

Head over to the Overcoming Dyslexia course on Coursera to sign up for free and watch the video below to learn more from Dr. Salle Shaywitz about research on dyslexia.

Additional resource: The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity


  1. Sarah Victoria Jennings March 21, 2023 at 2:01 am

    I believe I have undiagnosed dyslexia, I am looking for help so I can overcome the barrier I have to succeed in a management role, I find spelling and writing emails, and reports difficult because of my spelling, are you able to point me in the right direction for help please thank you Sarah jennings

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