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All but seven states now require teachers to be trained on recognizing and supporting students with dyslexia. In one way, that makes sense. Early identification and support can make a big difference in a child’s ability to acquire reading skills. But it is also very challenging since there continues to be disagreement even among the experts as to the nature and causes of reading problems.

Furthermore, we are now starting to understand the special challenges posed by written English. Could it be that there is a reason besides learning problems (dyslexia) and instruction that the vast majority of Finnish students learn to read in their native language within a single school year, where it’s closer to 30% for students learning to read English?

In this webinar, we explore the contributions of cognitive skills such as attention, working memory, processing speed, phonemic awareness/discrimination, and visual system challenges in learning to read. Then we address the ‘special challenges’ of the English language and some promising approaches that can be implemented by classroom teachers.

If you have questions or need additional information on anything we discussed in this webinar, please email After you have watched this webinar, you can request a certificate of participation.




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  1. Thank you for this informative webinar. I was also happy to view it as I had registered before when it had been cancelled. Please send a certificate of participation if possible. Thank you!

    1. Glad you found it interesting and helpful. We’ll send you a certificate of participation — look for it in the next few days.

  2. Thank you! A very informative webinar. I was glad I could still view. Please send certificate!

    1. Thanks, Marjorie. Glad you enjoyed it. You should have your certificate of participation shortly!

    1. Actually we had to reschedule this webinar. It is not scheduled to be held on February 19 at 3 p.m. Central. Hope to see you there?

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