Assessment Of Dyslexia For School Psychologists

3 hours running time

The goal of this workshop is to help you better answer three questions: (1) What is dyslexia? (2) What is reading-related phonological processing and how is it related to dyslexia? and (3) What should be assessed if dyslexia is suspected? To answer the question of what is dyslexia, a review of key findings will be provided. Common myths will be discussed in addition to key findings because myths about dyslexia are pervasive. Deficits in phonological processing have been implicated in the development of dyslexia. Because school psychologists are uniquely qualified to assess phonological processing, the workshop will address using the CTOPP-2 and related measures for assessing phonological processing. Additional assessment recommendations will be provided if dyslexia is suspected. Practical issues such as the interface between dyslexia identification and eligibility for special education services because of a specific learning disability will be discussed.


Dr. Joseph Torgesen is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Education at Florida State University. At the time of his retirement from the university in 2008, he was the W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair of Psychology and Education and Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research. Dr. Torgesen received his Ph.D. in Developmental and Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1976, and served on the Psychology faculty at FSU from 1976 until 2008. Dr. Torgesen’s early research focused on memory processes in children with learning disabilities, but most of his career was spent investigating and writing about the language difficulties of children with specific developmental reading disabilities (dyslexia). He is the author or co-author of over 230 books, book chapters, and articles on the psychology of reading, reading disabilities, and reading instruction. He is also the author, with Dr. Richard Wagner and Dr. Carol Rashotte, of two of the most widely used diagnostic tests for dyslexia, The Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processesing and the Test of Word Reading Efficiency.
LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs: This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPs: The course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of Continuing Professional Development for Nationally Certified School Psychologists, under Provider Number 1025, licensed by the National Association of School Psychologists. CASP is responsible for the content of this workshop.

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