Monthly Archives: January 2014

Who Can Evaluate?

Who Can Diagnose Learning Disabilities?

Below is the associated audio commentary provided by Dr. Michael Hart that goes into much greater detail than the article and provides very valuable information about the different professionals that are and are not able to diagnose ADHD and learning disabilities.


Here are some important points to remember:

  • When you go to a person in a private practice, not in the school system, it is important to determine if the professional has the needed license to be in private practice and to make the diagnosis of LD and/or ADHD.
  • Schools do not evaluate to diagnose, they evaluate to determine eligibility under IDEA.
  • If you disagree with the school’s evaluation or choose to go outside of the school district for an independent evaluation (IEE), the person you choose to do this evaluation needs to be completely independent of the school district. A Ph.D. or Ed.D. is not enough; they need to have expertise in the area of dyslexia. The evaluation is not limited to, but should include all of the following areas:
    • Phonological Processing (like the CTOPP)
    • Full language evaluation to determine if any expressive/receptive language disorders
    • Processing speed
    • Working memory
    • Decoding of real words and non-words
    • Spelling of real words and non-words
    • Listening comprehension (to rule out underlying language problems)
    • Reading comprehension
    • Oral reading to evaluate fluency, prosody
    • Vocabulary
    • Writing sample
    • Evidence of cognitive ability
    • Review of school records
    • Thorough review of family and school history


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Dyslexia Resolution Submitted

I'm just a bill
Hopefully this will be the impetus for eventually enacting national dyslexia legislation.


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Bill Cassidy, M.D., the Co-Chair of the House Dyslexia Caucus, submitted a resolution calling for the House to acknowledge the impact of dyslexia and urge schools and educational agencies to address its impact on students. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement:

“Dyslexia affects millions of Americans, including many students. We know that many with dyslexia are among our brightest and most successful. If dyslexia is identified in elementary school and the appropriate resources are given to these children, America can produce more teachers, more scientists and more entrepreneurs. This resolution pushes schools and educational agencies to address this challenge and provide evidence-based solutions for dyslexic students.”

Make Dyslexia a National Priority

by Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D.

  • Click here to see their sample letter.
Click here to see which of Ohio’s U.S. Representatives support dyslexia:   US House of Reps Ohio

Action Alert!

House Resolution 456 113th Congress 2nd Session

Call Congress:
  • Congress3Find your representative.
  • Use GovTrack to track the status of Resolution 456 and click Status & Summary.
  • Locate the gold button in the middle of the page to call Congress to voice your support.
  • You can log in with facebook, gmail, twitter, or create a login for the GovTrack website.
  • Based on your address, the website will provide your Representative and a script of what to say when you call to voice your support.  Also, please request that your Representative join the Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus.
  • Spread the word!  The more people that contact their Representatives, the higher the chance the Resolution will pass the committee and be agreed to.
Track this Bill:
  • On the Status & Summary page locate the green button in the middle of the page to track this bill.
  • You can track this Resolution with daily or weekly emails.

This Resolution can also be viewed at the Library of Congress, search on word/phrase 456 and click on H.RES.456.IH

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