April 29th, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST
Hosted by IDA Connecticut
Presenter: Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD is a Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and Director of UConn-UCSF brainLENS lab. She also holds appointments at Haskins Labs, UCSF and Keio University (in Tokyo).
In this webinar, Dr. Hoeft will discuss the importance of early identification and (preventive) intervention for those at-risk for dyslexia and their current trends. She will include relevant work in educational as well as neuroscience research and discuss currently available edtech tools that assess literacy and related abilities. She will also present ongoing work on the development and validation of a school readiness and dyslexia screener app by experts at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Dyslexia Center, University of Connecticut (UConn) Psychological Sciences and Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cognitive Sciences, Curious Learning (a non-profit based in MA) as well as other organizations. This tablet-based gamified app (AppRISE: Application for Readiness In Schools and Learning Evaluation) is aimed to assess over a dozen domains of
cognition, language and literacy skills in preschool to elementary grade children and in small groups or individually. The goal is to help parents, teachers, and pediatricians gain a better understanding of their children. The app is being tested in public schools. She will discuss current validation results and experience gained through the process, and future directions such as efforts to provide evidence-based resources as well as training opportunities.