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Using Neuropsychology to Identify Dyslexia in Spanish and English Learners


‐ May 19, 2022 12:00pm

With the increased awareness concerning best practices in the early identification of dyslexia, it is essential that practitioners are be able to accurately identify true disability cases, including within the English learner (EL) population. There are undeniable advantages to early monitoring and identification of students who may be at risk for dyslexia. As such, these practices should be extended to ELs. Because assessment of ELs adds complexity to the identification of dyslexia, sophistication and knowledge of reading problems and language differences are needed to ensure more accurate assessment conclusions.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the nature of dyslexia in both English and Spanish speakers, as well as articulate specific brain regions that underscore the reading process in both languages.
  • Describe the linguistic differences in reading both English and Spanish.
  • Apply knowledge of dyslexia to Spanish-speaking ELs with respect to intervention decision making.

Qualification Level Required: S

Instructional Level: Introductory

Target Audience: Educational diagnosticians, psychologists, school psychologists