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Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This free course, Understanding dyslexia, analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define such conditions. You will learn how important it is to integrate the different psychological accounts of dyslexia in order to provide a full explanation of potential causes and strategies for remediation.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- identify and discuss the issues that relate to the definition, explanation and remediation of ‘abnormal’ psychological functioning
- understand the complexities involved in identifying, explaining and managing dyslexia.
- Current section: Learning outcomes
- 1 Approaches to the definition of ‘abnormality’
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 Definitions of ‘normality’
- 1.3 Overview of ‘normality’
- 1.4 Experiencing dyslexia
- 1.5 Defining dyslexia
- 1.6 Positive indicators for dyslexia
- 1.7 Dyslexia as a distinctive condition
- 1.8 Reflecting on definitions of ‘abnormality’
- 2 Explanations of dyslexia
- 2.1 Behavioural, cognitive and biological perspectives
- 2.2 Cognitive explanations of dyslexia
- 2.3 Biological explanations of dyslexia
- 2.4 Differences in brain architecture
- 2.5 Biochemical factors
- 2.6 Environmental explanations of dyslexia?
- 2.7 Reflecting on explanations of ‘abnormal’ development: the case of dyslexia
- 3 Treatment and management
- 3.1 Thinking about intervention
- 3.2 Behavioural approaches
- 3.3 Cognitive approaches
- 3.4 Biological approaches
- 3.5 Evaluating intervention studies
- 3.6 Reflecting on dyslexia
- 5 Further reading
- Keep on learning
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After studying this course, you should be able to:
identify and discuss the issues that relate to the definition, explanation and remediation of ‘abnormal’ psychological functioning
understand the complexities involved in identifying, explaining and managing dyslexia.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Educational Practice courses or view the range of currently available OU Educational Practice courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 5th February 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 5th February 2016
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