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Local Resources
On Learning Disabilities from brainLENS

List of resources related to Specific Learning Disability for parents and practitioners (updated June 2018). Includes advocacy, research and educational organizations and free screening resources.

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On Learning Disabilities from Parent Education Network

Paid listing of programs and resources for learning and attention difficulties.

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On Assessment Services and Tutors

Parent resources compiled by the Charles Armstrong School. Inclusion on this list should not be interpreted as endorsement.

On Searching for Research Studies to Participate

Bay Area CHILD Research Center: A registry of research studies that families can enroll their children in.

California Dyslexia Guidelines by the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education (CDE)

California Dyslexia Guidelines, written in response to the passage of the Assembly Bill 1369. The purpose of these guidelines is to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents in identifying, assessing, and supporting students with dyslexia.


General Resources on the Science of Learning
On Child Development (Harvard University Center on the Developing Child)

A research and development platform for science-based innovation focusing on research that can significantly inform better life outcomes for children facing adversity.

On Brain Facts (from the Dana Foundation)

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs. Their Primers take an in-depth look at basic principles of neuroscience.

On Brain Facts (from makes new scientific discoveries about the brain accessible to the public and provides background information on neuroscience, brain development and cognition.
On Creativity from the Center for Childhood Creativity

This white paper focuses on reviewing research that informs critical components of creativity in children, and how to foster an environment that allows these components to blossom.

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On School Readiness from the Center for Childhood Creativity

This position paper aims to surface the skills and conditions that matter most for a child’s success in school and life, and to guide educators and others (including families) in designing learning experiences and environments to support this development.

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Selected Articles of Interest by Our Lab
Access and Representation of Phonemes in Dyslexia

How can studies help inform the long-held debate of whether “representation” of phonemes and/or “access” to this representation is impaired in people with dyslexia?
Title: Faulty access and not representation of phonemes in dyslexia? New scientific evidence sheds light on the debate
Source: IDA Examiner, March 2014, Hoeft

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The Emerging Field of Educational Neuroscience

What are some trends in neurocognitive research of dyslexia, and how can the field of educational neuroscience influence the landscape of dyslexia research and practice?
Title: The Emerging Field of Educational Neuroscience is Changing the Landscape of Dyslexia Research and Practice
Source: IDA Examiner, July 2014, Hoeft and Myers

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Examining Multiple Factors Contributing to Dyslexia

How do all of the multiple genetic and environmental factors cause and influence dyslexia?
Title: Many Layers of Dyslexia: Gene Discovery is Just the Beginning
Source: IDA Examiner, December 2014, Hoeft and Galaburda

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Conference Spotlight: Meet Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D.

IDA is delighted to welcome Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D. to our upcoming conference in San Diego where she will give the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture on November 14. Her presentation, “An integrative Approach to Dyslexia Research: Translating Practice to Research and Back to Practice,” is in the tradition of great Geschwind lectures of the past-a discussion at the intersection of research and practice. However, Dr. Hoeft’s path from her home in Japan to prestigious Geschwind lecturer is decidedly untraditional. We caught up with her recently to talk about how it all came to be.

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Dyslexia in Different Writing Systems

How does the manifestation of dyslexia vary across writing systems?
Title: The Myths and Truths of Dyslexia in Different Writing Systems
Source: IDA Examiner, April 2015, Hoeft McCardle and Pugh

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Risk and Protective Processes on Biopsychosocial Development in Childhood

Using a biopsychosocial and strengths-based approach, what are future directions to improve well-being in early stages of the life course?
Title: Utilizing biopsychosocial and strengths-based approaches within the field of child health: what we know and where we can grow.
Source: Black and Hoeft (2015). New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2015(147):13-20.

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Utility of Neuroimaging studies for Informing Education and Reading Disorders

How can we utilize multimodal neuroimaging to optimize criteria to diagnose RD, and identify neuroimaging markers that predict future academic outcomes?
Title: The Utility of Neuroimaging Studies for Informing Educational Practice and Policy in Reading Disorders
Source: Black, Myers and Hoeft (2015). New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2015(147):49-56.

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Summer Vacation and Reading Development

How does students’ summer vacation impact readers and their families?
Title: Summer Vacation: Important Insights for Reading Development
Source: IDA Examiner, June 2015, Christodoulou and Hoeft

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The Visual System and Reading

How is the integrity of the visual system and the ability to read related?
Title: What is the role of the visual system in reading and dyslexia?
Source: IDA Examiner, February 2016, Yeatman

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Resilience in Children with Reading Disabililties

Which factors encourage resilience in both socio-emotional and cognitive domains and ultimately success in some individuals with RD?
Title: Socio-emotional and cognitive resilience in children with reading disabilities.
Source: Haft, S. L., Myers, C. A., & Hoeft, F. (2016). Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 10, 133-141.

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The Intersection of Bilingualism and Dyslexia

How does bilingualism affect the development of literacy in bilingual children with/without dyslexia, and monolingual children with dyslexia who are learning to read in a new language?
Title: Literacy and Dyslexia Revealed through Bilingual Brain Development
Source: IDA Examiner, April 2016, Kovelman Bisconti and Hoeft

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Protective Factors for Students with Dyslexia

What are the protective factors and potential mechanisms that play a role in the success and positive adjustment of students with dyslexia?
Title: What Protective Factors Lead to Resilience in Students with Dyslexia?
Source: IDA Examiner, December 2016, Haft and Hoeft

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Reading Discrepancies in Twice Exceptional Students

Title: Time to revisit reading discrepancies in twice exceptional students?
Source: IDA Examiner, May 2017, Tanaka and Hoeft

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Selected Talks of Interest
Biology of Stealth Dyslexia

Talk Given April 2014 at the Dyslexic Advantage - UCSF Scientific Symposium

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EdHack through Neuroscience: How is neuroscience cracking the code of learning and education?

Presented October 2015 at the Nueva Innovative Learning Conference

Link to Presentation Slides
Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Resilience in Dyslexia

Presented December 2015 for Parent Education Network

Link to Presentation Slides
Neuroscience of Dyslexia

Presented April 2016 for California Department of Education Dyslexia Work Group

Link to Presentation Slides
Teachable Moments Talk: Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Resilience in Dyslexia

Talk Given September 2016 to the AIM Academy (Conshohocken, PA)

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Dyslexia, Learning Differently, and Innovation: TEDxSausalito

Talk Given November 2016 at TEDxSausalito (Sausalito, CA)

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UCSF Dyslexia Center

In this film, James Redford interviews Gavin Newsom for the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

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Global URLI-UCSF brainLENS Partnership

Highlighted in the video the work of brainLENS in Pupua New Guinea with UniSkript, a transformative new writing system.

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Resources on Research Study Participation
Location - Parnassus Campus
Location - Mission Bay Campus (MRI)
Preparing Your Child for a Brain Scan

This website provides videos for preparing your child for an MRI procedure as well as more information on the training and scan session.