SLDN goes public at RSE event

Monday 3 July 2023

The Specific Learning Difficulties Network (SLDN), co-founded by reader in Medicine and head of the Neurogenetics Research Group Dr Silvia Paracchini, held its first public event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) on 16 June. “Specific Learning Difficulties Network: Developments in the science of dyscalculia” drew a healthy audience despite blazing sun outside and its Friday tea-time scheduling.

Forty members of the public and other stakeholders attended Professor Brian Butterworth’s talk on dyscalculia, its incidence and its impact, and the related panel discussion with two young ambassadors from Dyslexia Scotland and Education Scotland’s Senior Education Officer for Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equality; Frances Foreman. Both were informative and well received.

In tandem with the public meeting, a focus group for teachers explored education resources for identifying dyslexia and yielded feedback on potential tools to aid teachers which will be used in follow-up focus groups.

The RSE has produced a video of the evening’s content for those unable to attend.

The School is delighted by the success of the event and looks forward to watching the Network continue to develop and discover new opportunities for collaboration.

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