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Course Description and Learning Outcomes

Dyslexia.  What is it?  What is the role of the speech language pathologist with respect to identifying, referring, and/or treating clients who have dyslexia or suspected dyslexia?  We had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Loos, M.Ed, A/AOGPE, and learning SO much!  

Alex talks us (and you!) through an informative overview of dyslexia, including early markers in oral language, the importance of early identification, and specific screening tools and skill areas to be aware of as an SLP.   She’ll discuss differences between screening measures and comprehensive assessments, as well as provide specific examples of what features to look for in an intervention approach.  Finally, Alex gives us the deets on considerations for interdisciplinary collaboration with other professionals in the case of a shared client who has dyslexia.

The hour flew by for us, and we’re pretty sure you’ll feel the same way.  Even better, at the end, you’ll probably know quite a bit more about dyslexia than you did before you listened!  You can read more about Alex and her experience here.

  1. Identify at least five early markers of dyslexia 
  2. Describe at least two screening and diagnostic tools for dyslexia
  3. Describe at least two components of evidence-based intervention

Course Presenters

Alex Loos, M.Ed., A/AOGPE

Alexandra Fortuna Loos, M.Ed., A/AOGPE, is the Director of Education Services at Touchstone Neurodevelopmental Center. She earned her Master’s of Education in Language and Literacy at Harvard Graduate School of Education after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Child Development at Vanderbilt University.Passionate about supporting the needs of all learners, Alex brings an extensive background in evaluating, teaching, and advocating for students across a variety of settings. As a member of the Orton Gillingham Academy, Alex provides guidance and direct instruction to individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Kate is an employee of a public school system and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Alex Loos financial disclosures: Alex works as the the Director of Education Services at Touchstone Neurodevelopmental Center.  Alex Loos non-financial disclosures: Alex is certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of early markers for Dyslexia

15 minutes:  Descriptions of screeners and assessment tools appropriate to use when concerns about dyslexia arise

10 minutes:  Descriptions of fundamental components of dyslexia treatment

5 minutes: Summary and Closing

References and Resources

International Dyslexia Association:
Touchstone Developmental Center:


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Great Dyslexia Overview

Kaitlyn Zaloga

I've taken some dyslexia courses briefly but feel like I definitely needed a refresher. This did NOT disappoint. Learn about the early signs that are risk fa...

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I've taken some dyslexia courses briefly but feel like I definitely needed a refresher. This did NOT disappoint. Learn about the early signs that are risk factors and what may indicate referring for more comprehensive assessment. Learn what evidenced-based intervention should include for these students once diagnosed. Thankful for this course.

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