Autumn Seminars 2021

Bridging the Gap between Research, Policies and Practice

Online Event October 16, 2021

Please note: This is a PAST event and information here is for your reference only.

On October 16 we had yet another Autumn Seminars. This year we saw each other online and compressed the programme to one day.

The theme for this year was:

Learnings from Covid – Challenges and Opportunities for the future

A fitting theme and one we hope will help us all spread some light on research and practice in these challenging times.


Saturday, October 16
Time (CET) Event Remarks
9:00 – 9:10 

Opening ceremony and Presentation of the EDA Board

EDA President Rosie Bissett

Session 1

Chair: Giannis Karagiannakis (Coordinator of the Academical Advisory Committee)

9:10 – 9:50Photo of Lisa

Keynote 1

Professor Lisa B Thorell, Karolinska Institutet

Experiences of homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic for children with special educational needs

9:50 – 10:10 

Discussion on Keynote 1

10:10 – 10:30 

Comfort break


Session 2 (Paper sessions)

Chair: Pernilla Söderberg (EDA Vice Chairperson, Chair of EDA Event and communication committee)


Paper 1 (15 min)

Presenter: Valentina Berlusconi (Italy)

COVID-19 lockdown and Specific Learning Disabilities: effects on school performance and emotion

Valentina Berlusconi a), Linda Greta Dui b), Laura Borzaga a), Vera Galli c), Rossella Lipari a), Marta Vergani c), Massimo Agosti d),e), Francesca Lunardini b), Simona Ferrante b), Cristiano Termine a), d)

  1. Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.
  2. Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, NearLab, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  3. Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences,University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.
  4. Department of Maternal and Child Health, Del Ponte Hospital, Varese, Italy.
  5. Paediatric Unit, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.

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Paper 2 (15 min)

Presenter: Keith Murphy (Ireland)

How COVID19 and dyslexia can invoke a form of academic imprisonment through voice suppression and online teaching

Lecturer in Technological University Dublin, Ireland.
PhD research funded under a John and Pat Hume Scholarship, Maynooth University, Ireland

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Paper 3 (15 min)

Presenter: Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus (Israel)

How much screen-based literacy and reading exposure is beneficial? Neurobiological perspective

Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD
Director, Educational Neuroimaging Center
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education in Science and Technology
Faculty of Biomedical Engineering
Technion, Israel
Scientific Director, Reading and Literacy Discovery Center
Associate Professor, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA

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Paper 4 (15 min)

Presenter: Vrailexia Project (Spain)

On-going research: Virtual reality environment for addressing reading difficulties and emotional distress in dyslexic university students

Sara Pinzi, Dep. Química Física y Termodinámica Aplicada

Ed Leonardo da Vinci, Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain

Pilar Aparicio-Martinez, Dep. de Enfermería, Facultad de Medicina y Enfermería, Avda. Menéndez Pidal s/n, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain.

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Panel discussions on the four papers

Presenters and Academic Advisory Committee
12:15 – 13:15 

Lunch and meeting areas


Session 3

Chair: Vincent Lochmann (EDA Vice Chairperson, Chair of EDA Lobby committee)

13:15 – 13:30 

EDA Members’ perspective on COVID-19

Dr Florentine Paudel (EDA)
13:30 – 14:00Photo of John

Keynote 2

Professor John Rack (EDA Academic advisory)

Dyslexia in the pandemic, parent, stakeholders and personal perspectives – Overview Pandemic learnings

14:00 – 14:45 

Discussion and perspective sharing from member organisations

Professor John Rack and David McLoughlin from AAC

Important questions to share-During and post COVID-19

14:45 – 15:00 

Comfort break


Session 4

Chair: Rosie Bissett (EDA Chairperson)

15:00 – 15:40Photo of Nadine

Keynote 3

Professor Nadine Gaab, Harvard University

Dyslexia professional perspective on Covid 19 “Early Literacy Milestone and Dyslexia Screening: The Role of Early Identification and Its Implication for Intervention pre-and post COVID-19″

15:40 – 16:00 

Discussion on Keynote 3


Coming up in EDA

Rosie Bissett and Pernilla Söderberg (Event and communication)

Closing remarks

Rosie Bissett (EDA Chairperson)

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