THE IMPACT OF BILINGUALISM ON DYSLEXIA
Presenter: Karla Garjaka, Ed.D. is the CEO & Founder of Globally Brighter whose mission is “To empower and support people to face their personal and educational challenges.” Dr. Garjaka’s passion for education started early: at age 15 she was already teaching her first language classes. She started her career as an EFL* teacher in one of the largest Brazilian foreign language schools; years later, she was invited to work as the coordinator in one of its branches.
Dr. Garjaka also specialized in the fields of pedagogy and linguistics. Intrigued by the role of the brain in the second language acquisition process, she pursued a Master’s degree and later a Doctorate in Educational Psychology with minors in Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology. In parallel, she was teaching graduate students at National-Louis University in Chicago. Dr. Garjaka also dove into the Nutritional Psychology field as a way to have a more holistic understanding of the complex and intriguing relationship between the brain and the gut – the so called “second brain”.
* English as a Foreign Language
Description: Dyslexia exists all over the world and it is the most common learning difference. However, dyslexia is often missed – or has a late diagnose – in bilingual kids. In this presentation, Dr. Garjaka:
- Highlights some of the potential causes of late diagnose in bilingual kids
- Explain how educators and parents can avoid a late diagnose by showing them the signs they should look for
while working with bilingual kids
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