Kentucky Association for Psychology
                     in the Schools

Identifying Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Georgetown, KY
  • 171


Registration is closed

Presenter: Dr. Tim Odegard, Ph.D., CALP.  Dr. Odegard is a professor of psychology and holds the Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.  He is trained as a developmental cognitive psychologist whose research focuses on memory and language, having used experimental methods and neuroimaging to understand the development of these aspects of human cognition.  His research in the area of reading strives to identify factors that predict the response of individuals with dyslexia and related specific reading disabilities to intensive interventions, and to leverage this information to improve intervention efforts to meet the needs of these individuals.  Dr. Odegard is also a trained educator who has worked with students with reading disabilities, and has completed a two-year dyslexia specialist training program in Texas during his postdoctoral fellowship.

Description: The workshop will contextualize dyslexia and reading disabilities within the framework of language.  Care will be taken to provide a solid overview of language to help attendees appreciate what dyslexia is and how it is defined.  Dyslexia will be contrasted with other forms of reading disability to aid attendees in differentiating between them.  The importance of making these distinctions in regards to instructional considerations will be highlighted.  Attendees will have the opportunity to work through case studies that contain different rich data sources commonly found within a school-based setting.  Practical tools & organizers developed to aid in gathering such rich sources of data will be shared and demonstrated. 

Learning Objectives: (1) Obtain a solid understanding of the language basis of literacy to guide a rich understanding of reading failure. (2) Use the International Dyslexia Association definition of dyslexia to facilitate an understanding of dyslexia and its relationship to other reading disabilities. (3) Provide concrete opportunities to apply an understanding of dyslexia and reading disabilities to interpret the pattern of results found in case studies containing outcomes from individually administered achievement tests and measures of oral language and phonological processing. (4) Provide concrete opportunities to apply an understanding of the developmental progression of literacy and the risk factors of dyslexia and reading disabilities to contextualize data obtained from children in public school settings.

NASP Domains: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 (

Location: Elkhorn Crossing School, 2001 Frankfort Road, Georgetown 40324

Other information:

  • Lunch will be provided by KAPS.  Registrants with dietary restrictions, email upon registration.
  • If a minimum of 50 registrants is not met, workshop may be cancelled.
  • Workshop is exclusively for school psychologists/students, Directors of Special Education, and co-op directors.
  • Cancellation policy: No refunds for cancelled registration. Substitutions are allowed, but restricted to eligible role groups.  Original registrant is responsible for ensuring that registration is paid in full by the date of the workshop.  
  • EILA approval is pending.       
  • Registration closes 4/9/18.  No on-site registration.
  • Registration rates: KAPS Member $100, Student Member $50, Non-member $120
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