Dyslexia Awareness Forum Staten Island December 12th.

The free event will be held on Monday, December 12th at 7pm at Wagner College, Spiro Hall 2.

Speakers at the event include Dr. Amy Margolis, an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology with an appointment in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. In the first decade of her career, she established a pediatric neuropsychology training program in comprehensive assessment and treatment of children with learning disabilities and attention disorders. She developed novel treatment methods for children with learning disabilities and attention disorders by combining tutoring, cognitive remediation and psychotherapy techniques. In 2010, Dr. Margolis transitioned to a research career in which she seeks to use neuroimaging to inform the development of novel therapeutics and early prevention programs for people with learning disabilities.

Also speaking will be Dr. Carolyn H. Strom, a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU who studies reading and literacy development in young children and adolescents. As a state-certified Reading Specialist and former elementary school teacher, she has over fifteen years of experience researching and working closely with students who have difficulties learning to read. She collaborates widely with teachers, principals, and school districts, as well as with curriculum developers to improve literacy instruction and programming. Currently, she is leading professional development efforts with teachers in New York City public schools focusing on how to better meet the needs of beginning and dyslexic readers.

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In addition to these speakers, a panel of Staten Islanders whose lives have been affected by dyslexia will discuss life with dyslexia and the need for a solid educational approach to address the needs of dyslexic children. Two educational videos on dyslexia will also be shown.

More than 9,000 students on Staten Island suffer from dyslexia, which affects the ability to read, write and process letters and words.


To RSVP for the event, call Diane Marciuliano at (718) 816-2246.