Diagnostic Assessment of Dyslexia
Dates: July 13-17, 2020
Location: Lake Oswego, OR
Credits: 36 Professional Development Units (PDU’s) and an option of 3 Credits from Southern Oregon University (additional fee)
Screening for dyslexia and providing evidence based instruction in phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge is the first step in preventing later reading difficulties. However, for some students, reading difficulties persist in spite of appropriate instruction. For these students, we need to go beyond screening.
This workshop will train educational professionals to administer and interpret a battery of diagnostic assessments for the identification of dyslexia.
Who is this training intended for?
This workshop is intended for individuals interested in conducting comprehensive one-on-one diagnostic assessments within a school setting or privately.
What level of education do I need?
To purchase and administer norm referenced assessments, most test publishers require a master’s degree in education or a related field.
Where is this workshop taking place?
This workshop will take place at a beautiful conference space in Lake Oswego. There are hotels and dining options within walking distance.
Is lunch included?
Lunch is not included in the cost of the workshop. However, there is a deli on-site and many dining options within walking distance of the conference space. You are also welcome to bring your lunch.
If I have a prior commitment, can I attend just part of the training?
No, you must be present all five days. No exceptions.
Are all materials Included?
All materials consumed during the workshop are included. This includes: PowerPoint presentations, supplemental resources, and materials for practice assessments.
Will I need to purchase assessments?
You will not need to purchase assessments to complete this training. However, to conduct an evaluation, you will need access to a battery of assessments. A complete list of assessment options will be available.
Can I attend even if I live outside of Oregon?
Please do! There is a need for qualified evaluators in every city and town.
Why is there a prerequisite requirement?
Barbara will not be spending any time teaching about dyslexia. She will, however, spend a lot of time connecting assessment data to the signs and symptoms of dyslexia. Therefore, it is imperative you have a concrete understanding of the science of the reading brain and dyslexia.
If you’ve taken Barbara’s workshops, you’re all set. If you’ve taken workshops from someone else, or you’re self-taught, that works too. Just don’t come to this workshop without that foundational knowledge…you’ll regret it.
If you need to fulfill this prerequisite, contact us.
Will there be University credits available for this workshop?
Yes! You can earn 3 Quarter Units from Southern Oregon University. The cost of these credits is approximately $250 and is in addition to the cost of this workshop.
Isn’t a cognitive/intelligence battery required for the Identification of dyslexia?
Cognitive or intelligence testing is not required as part of any evaluation process, including identification for SLD. We can gather sufficient evidence from measures of listening comprehension and expressive language to determine average intellectual functioning.
Will this workshop allow me to diagnose dyslexia?
The one question I get more than any other is, “who can diagnose dyslexia”? A diagnosis means assigning the diagnostic code from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V). This can only be done by a Clinical Psychologist or Neuropsychologist (preferably one who specializes in education). Even a school psychologist can not diagnose. And because dyslexia is educational in nature, it cannot be diagnosed by a medical doctor.
However, there are many, many students who present the symptoms of dyslexia. And for these students, an evaluation for dyslexia is exactly what is needed to identify the cause of struggle and more importantly, what to do about it!
So what CAN I do?
Masters level educators, who have the appropriate training, can identify dyslexia. A comprehensive dyslexia evaluation can identify if a student’s profile is consistent with the research-based definition of dyslexia. We can say to a family, a child and a school team, with 99% confidence, that the reason a student is struggling is because of dyslexia.
When you say, “comprehensive”, what does that mean?
A thorough evaluation begins long before you meet with a child and ends long after you’ve finished working with a child. While every evaluation is unique, a typical evaluation involves:
▪ Collect & Review Case History
▪ Assessment with Child
- Oral Language
- Phonological Awareness
- Phonological Memory
- Rapid Naming
- Reading Fluency
- Reading Comprehension
▪ Score & Analyze Data
▪ Share Information with Caregiver(s)
▪ Write Report
What specific assessments will the training include?
The Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP) will be the foundational assessment utilized. Participants will learn how to administer, interpret, and connect data from this assessment to other measures.
Assessment of sound-symbol knowledge, word identification, reading fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, and handwriting will utilize the following assessment measures:
- Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS)
- Word Identification and Spelling Test
- Gray Oral Reading Test
What if my school district wants to pay by P.O.?
We welcome school districts to pay by purchase order. Please email email@example.com to register.
What if I want to register more than one person?
Please include the names and email addresses of all attendees in the “notes” section of your order.
What do I do If I have additional questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact us! We’re happy to answer any questions you have! We can be reached at 503.747.3491