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Dyslexia Book Authors Meet Up

Released: 21.12.15

Authors of the book, ‘Dyslexia, Literacy and Inclusion: child-centred perspectives’, recently met up for the first time since the recent publication of the book in 2015.

Sean MacBlain, Reader in Child Development and Disability, Louise Long and Jill Dunn have worked together on a range of projects for many years. The meeting provided a great opportunity to mark the publication of the book with a photograph of the authors.

Dr MacBlain said: “This new text is timely and will add significantly to our understanding of dyslexia. Too many children with dyslexia and literacy difficulties continue to fail and to have their emotional needs properly recognised. The authors have confronted this issue head on and have, through the publication of their new book, sought to inform teachers and parents, in addition to other professionals, of the importance of understanding the emotional aspects of failure associated with poor literacy skills and the condition of dyslexia. This text represents a major step forward in our understanding of the needs of all children in our schools."

Dr Long said: “It is wonderful to share the launch of this cutting-edge book on dyslexia with my highly experienced co-authors and the leadership team of Stranmillis University College. The text is rich in empirical studies, case studies and evidence-based practical strategies for supporting inclusive practice in schools. We hope that the book will lead the way in helping professionals to provide educational pathways that are sensitive to the needs of children with dyslexia, their parents and those communities in which they live.”

Dr Dunn said: “It has been a privilege to work with such experienced colleagues on this book. Child-centred approaches go back to the Early Years pioneers such as Rousseau, Pestalozzi and Froebel. Policy and practice which is ‘in-tune’ with children, and has respect for the ways of children, is essential for all children’s learning. This includes children with dyslexia and developmental literacy difficulties.”

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