The Ohio State University at Newark

Hessler to Discuss Dyslexia Education

September 7, 2018

NEWARK, OH, Sept. 7, 2018 — Eight to 15 percent of all school children have a reading disability called dyslexia. Without multi-sensory, structured-literacy instruction, those children will continue to struggle with reading throughout their lifetime. Terri Hessler, Ph.D., associate professor of special education at The Ohio State University at Newark is a dyslexia intervention specialist, and one of only six people in the nation credentialed to train teachers to implement dyslexia intervention as a whole-classroom instruction. She will discuss these techniques and more at an upcoming Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture.

She already specialized in special education, but when dyslexia hit home she honed her focus further.

“I already had an interest in and knowledge of how to intervene with students who struggled to read and then my own child was diagnosed with dyslexia and those strategies did not work with her. I immersed myself in finding what works for students with dyslexia and turned my own research agenda to that discipline,” said Hessler.

Hessler will provide a better understanding of dyslexia and how to advocate for children with it to receive the evidence-based instruction they need to succeed as part of the Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture series. The talk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in library classroom #175 of the John. L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, at The Ohio State University at Newark.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community. All talks are free and open to the public.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.