Learning Disabilities

Free Webinar: Evidence Based Executive Functions Interventions for Struggling Learners

On September 29th, 2022, I did a free outreach webinar for Georgia IDA, on the subject of effective evidence-based interventions for children with language disorders who struggle with executive functions as well as concomitant literacy needs. In the webinar, I discussed how to provide effective evidence-based practice (EBP) language and literacy interventions aimed at improving …

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Comprehensive Assessment of Preschool and Kindergarten-Aged Children

Typically, I write posts pertaining to certain aspects of the assessment and treatment of school-aged children. However, due to an increasing number of requests, today, I wanted to share some advice regarding how speech pathologists can comprehensively assess the language and literacy abilities of preschool and kindergarten-aged children. Now some professionals may ask, “Isn’t it …

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How Early can “Dyslexia” be Diagnosed in Children?

In recent years there has been a substantial rise in awareness pertaining to reading disorders in young school-aged children. Consequently, more and more parents and professionals are asking questions regarding how early can “dyslexia” be diagnosed in children. In order to adequately answer this question, it is important to understand the trajectory of the development …

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Free Webinar: The Controversy of the Auditory Processing Disorder Diagnosis

In June 2021, I did an outreach webinar for Georgia IDA, which reviewed current controversies pertaining to the validity of assessment and treatment of auditory processing disorder (APD). Its major focus was on how this diagnostic label frequently results in professionals discounting true language and literacy deficits in students who require appropriate language and literacy …

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Help, Student Tested Average on ALL Standardized Tests but is Still Struggling

Recently, there has been an uptick of posts and comments from parents and professionals on social media with the following message: “The student tested average on all standardized tests but still struggles with XYZ deficits characterized by (insert language-based difficulties here). So today, I wanted to delve a little deeper into what it means to …

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A Reading Program is NOT Enough: A Deep Dive into the Dyslexia Diagnosis

In August 2021, I did an outreach webinar for Georgia IDA which discussed the importance of appropriate language and literacy testing in the remediation of reading-based disabilities. I reviewed current controversies regarding the dyslexia diagnosis, and described the role of language as a contributing factor to reading and writing deficits. But the major focus of …

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Is “Dyslexia” a Useful Label for Diagnostic and Treatment Purposes?

Last year I administered a comprehensive language and literacy reassessment to a bright 12-year adolescent with persistent reading deficits. When asked to discuss self, he readily offered, ‘I am dyslexic’, when describing some of his self attributes. This took me by surprise a few weeks later, as testing was way underway and I had the …

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How Language Affects Reading: Free Webinar for Parents and Professionals

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a webinar for the International Dyslexia Association, Florida Branch regarding the crucial role language plays in the acquisition of literacy skills. During the webinar, I reviewed the role of language in the acquisition of reading and explains why children with reading difficulties must be assessed for language deficits. …

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Quality Assessments for Students with Suspected/Confirmed “APD”

Today I would like to answer several questions on the subject of assessment of students with APD by providing further helpful information and links for parents and professionals seeking evidence-based assistance for students with suspected/confirmed “APD”. These are: How do we help students with “APD? What constitutes a good quality assessment for a student with …

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