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Supporting Adult and Adolescent Students with Dyslexia

Learn about the impacts and challenges of dyslexia, and how we can make education more accessible to dyslexic students.

1,142 enrolled on this course

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Supporting Adult and Adolescent Students with Dyslexia

1,142 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Understand what it’s like to study with dyslexia

It’s estimated that around five to 15% of the world’s population is dyslexic. Despite being such a widespread condition, dyslexia continues to have a significant impact on students’ learning and wellbeing.

On this three-week course from Central Queensland University, you’ll discover what it means to study with dyslexia. You’ll learn about the causes and impacts of the condition, and explore how the curriculum could be made more accessible to dyslexic students.

Delve into the causes and impacts of dyslexia

Dyslexia is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting a person’s ability to read, write, and spell.

You’ll start by investigating the causes and impacts of dyslexia, focusing specifically on difficulties associated with reading.

Home in on the characteristics of dyslexia in adults

Adults with dyslexia may feel less comfortable discussing their condition and the difficulties it causes.

You’ll take a closer look at how dyslexia presents in adults, and identify ways of supporting adult students.

Understand Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its recommendations for accessibility

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of guidelines designed to improve accessibility in education. You’ll gain an introduction to the UDL framework, reflecting on how its recommendations could be incorporated into the curriculum.

You’ll finish the course inspired to make education more accessible to dyslexic adolescents and adults.


  • Week 1

    What is Dyslexia?

    • Course Introduction


    • Introductory Quiz


    • Dyslexia as a Neurodevelopmental Condition


    • Reading and Dyslexia


  • Week 2

    Characteristics and Identification of Dyslexia

    • Characteristics and impacts on adults with dyslexia


    • Identification of dyslexia in adolescents and adults


  • Week 3

    Learning Support for Adults with Dyslexia

    • Approaches for learning support

      How do we recognise and support our students with dyslexia? This week we look at some approaches for learning support.

    • Targeted Learning Support


    • Resources for learning support staff and language teachers


    • Additional resources


  • Week 4


    • Bringing everything together


    • Quiz


    • References


Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the reading process and specific difficulties associated with dyslexia and the neurological nature of their origin
  • Describe other characteristics associated with dyslexia in adults and potential impacts of dyslexia on learning and well-being
  • Identify strategies for supporting adult students with dyslexia
  • Describe the concepts of Universal Design in Learning (UDL)
  • Identify strategies for making curriculum more accessible to students with dyslexia

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators working with dyslexic adults and/or adolescents, as well as anyone with a broad interest in dyslexia.

Who will you learn with?

I am an associate lecturer at a regional university in Australia and the course creator on Future Learn. I have a passion for teaching and look forward to chatting with others who do, too!

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

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  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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