Recording of Susan C. Lowell: Assessment of Dyslexia, Reading Disorders, and Specific Learning Disabilities: Testing for Teaching
Presenter: Susan C. Lowell
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Assessment of specific learning disorders (SLD) including dyslexia conducted in public schools will be discussed using a component model and an educational diagnostic approach. The definition and prevalence of dyslexia, the most common language-based specific learning disability, SLD, will be presented. Assessment will target the symptoms of dyslexia and reading disorders. The role of receptive and listening vocabulary; phonological and phonemic awareness; phonological memory; rapid automatic naming; early literacy skills including letter name and letter sound, phonics accuracy and automaticity; decoding; fluency; orthographic processing; reading comprehension; spelling; and writing development in literacy development will be discussed.
Information presented will include a review of federal special education law, IDEA, as it pertains to SLD and dyslexia assessment, identification, and diagnosis in public schools. US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) guidances concerning SLD and dyslexia will be shared. Analysis of DSM-5 and its criteria for identification, diagnosis, remediation and accommodation of diagnosed learning disorders will be presented. Professional and ethical guidelines when using standardized assessment measures used for clinical evaluations will be reviewed. Testing for teaching means that assessment will be linked to instruction, generating recommendations for specially designed instruction together with needed accommodations or modifications to the regular education program. A well-conducted assessment identifies a student’s strengths and weakness and provides a guide for developing individualized evidence-based literacy instructional planning.
Susan C. Lowell, M.A., is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate school at Bay Path University and director of Reading and Literacy Clinic in New Hartford, CT. Ms. Lowell served as a past Vice President of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), Chair of the IDA Global Partners Program, and past President of the NC Branch of IDA. A Fulbright Senior Scholar and Professor, Ms. Lowell has served as an Associate to the Office of Overseas Schools for the U.S. Department of State as a reading specialist. Ms. Lowell is an internationally recognized expert on specific learning disabilities and reading disorders including dyslexia who provides professional development and has been a keynote speaker, symposium chair, invited speaker at international and national conferences, and literacy consultant for US school districts. She contributes to ‘Ask the Expert’ for the federally funded National Center on Improving Literacy. Ms. Lowell authored the IDA Fact Sheet “Dyslexia Assessment: What is it and Why is it Important?” and co-authored the IDA book, Basic Facts on Assessment of Dyslexia: Testing for Teaching.
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