Neuropsychological vs Psycho-educational Evaluations

A Neuropsychological evaluation is an in-depth assessment of how someone’s brain works, or of skills and abilities linked to brain function. A neuropsychological evaluation measures things like memory, language, problem solving, attention, visual-spatial skills, IQ, and academic skills like reading, writing, and math. It can also include social-emotional functioning. This type of testing is different […]

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Early Assessment and Intervention for Dyslexia is Key

As a former teacher of elementary children and a dyslexia therapist, I constantly spoke with parents, administrators, and teachers about the importance of assessing students that were identified at-risk in reading, writing, and spelling by the middle of their first-grade year. These are the students that are participating in interventions like Reading Recovery, literacy groups, […]

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Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia

What are some of the best accommodations for students with Dyslexia? First, it is important to understand that an accommodation is just a way to level the playing field for a student with a Dyslexia. Accommodations do not CHANGE the curriculum at all, they just change the way it is delivered. Below are some examples […]

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Learning Differences and ADHD in School Aged Children

Academic difficulties can become especially pronounced during the adolescent years. This is when schoolwork begins to become more challenging and demanding, preparing students for more complex high school coursework and eventually, college- and university-level classes. Sometimes, young people have minimal academic struggles throughout their elementary school years, but then face difficulties in adolescence when academic […]

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Adult Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a reading disorder that is characterized by struggles with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and decoding abilities.  These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language. The reading difficulties experienced by an individual with dyslexia are unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities. Individuals identified as having dyslexia typically […]

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ADHD in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders no longer includes the diagnosis of ADD. Instead, it includes all disorders of attention as ADHD and then qualifies them as one of the following: Primarily Inattentive Primarily Hyperactive Combined Type (both inattentive and hyperactive) Individual who are primarily hyperactive are typically easy […]

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Melissa Steele M.S.Ed

Melissa graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Science. She began teaching high school math and quickly found her passion teaching students with special needs. This led to her being a Special Education case manager. Melissa earned her Master’s degree in Special Education and her Diagnostician Certification from The University of […]

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