dyslexia and the slp

Dyslexia and the SLP

In today’s episode, we are talking about dyslexia and the SLP.  I’ll provide the basics here, but be sure to listen to the episode below if you’d like to go beyond the basics.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin and is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding difficulties.  It is important to note that these difficulties exist despite adequate instruction and absence of intellectual, sensory, or neurological difficulties

Characteristics & Warning Signs

  • Difficulty with accurate and/or fluent word recognition difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition
  • Poor spelling
  • Language comprehension relatively intact
  • Early speech sound disorders and language impairments
  • Difficulty learning letter names and sounds for successful decoding
  • Family history of reading disabilities

Areas of Assessment

  • Language ability.
  • Phonological awareness and processing skills.
  • Word reading assessment that examines real word and nonword reading.
  • Non-verbal intelligence.
  • Spelling (for older students).

Treatment Programs

    • Orton‐Gillingham
    • Alphabetic Phonics
    • Wilson Language Training
    • Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing


Links Mentioned and Resources:

  • Digital SLP Membership (use code: save25)
  • Disorders of Reading and Writing. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2018, from https://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Clinical-Topics/Written-Language-Disorders/Disorders-of-Reading-and-Writing/
  • Adlof, S. M. (2017, December 20). Identifying Children at Risk for Language Impairment or Dyslexia With Group-Administered Measures. Retrieved January 18, 2018, from http://jslhr.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2666238




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