As a librarian, you can change the trajectory of 1 in 5 children's lives by learning about dyslexia, building awareness and supporting children who struggle to read.  Be the difference and learn more from the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.

Dyslexia: How Libraries Can Make an Impact
One out of five people are dyslexic.

That means that many, many of your patrons, including your young ones, might be struggling readers. As life-long learners engaged in your community, you can help.  We wanted to reach out to you in a series of e-newsletters that bring to you trustworthy information about dyslexia and what you can look for and ask about when finding books and resources for children and families. 

The highlights in this installment are two very special videos we hope you will take the time to watch.

Please reply to this email if you know of other fellow librarians who would like to be added to the mailing list.

In between e-newsletter installments, visit us online to find many useful and fascinating articles on dyslexia--from what it is to navigating this lifelong journey: 

The Story of Dyslexia

Renowned dyslexia researcher and physician-scientist Sally Shaywitz, M.D., co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity and author of the definitive book on the subject, Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level speaks to the importance of knowing what dyslexia is (and what it isn't), and the importance of early identification, diagnosis, and accommodations. She shares the critical role that libraries can perform in supporting dyslexic children and their families.

Click here to watch the video on Vimeo
What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in reading in relation to a person's higher level of intelligence.  Reflecting a difficulty in appreciating the individual sounds in spoken language, people with dyslexia have problems in word retrieval, slow reading, poor spelling, and learning a second language. While those with dyslexia are slow readers, they also, paradoxically, often are very fast and creative thinkers and reason extremely well. Dyslexia represents over 80% of all learning disabilities and differs from the others in its specificity and scientific validation.

Learn more about the signs and symptoms...

Strategies and Q&A

What can libraries do to help support dyslexic children and families? YCDC co-director Dr. Bennett Shaywitz joins Dr. Sally Shaywitz in a conversation with three librarians, Karen Kraemer (Church Street School, Hamden, CT), Sharon Milikowsky (Norwalk Public Library, CT), and Diamond Bethea (East Regional Library in Durham County, NC), who listen to the Drs. Shaywitz and ask questions you, yourselves, may well have.

Click here to watch the video on Vimeo.
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