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2 Day Seminars

Language-Based Learning Disabilities and the Neuropsychological Evaluation

This seminar focuses on identifying students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD); understanding the differences between LBLD and a non-verbal learning disability (NVLD); and understanding/interpreting the evaluation process, including neuropsychological, educational, and speech-language testing. Topics will also include how to interpret the scores (what it all means and what the specific tests measure), which services are available, and how to develop practical teaching strategies and techniques (remediation vs. accommodation). A brief overview of receptive/expressive language disorders will also be addressed.

Upon completion, participants will be able to identify and:

  • define the characteristics of language-based learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disabilities, ADHD, receptive/expressive language disorders, executive functioning
  • understand the evaluation process
  • understand and interpret neuropsychological evaluations, including cognitive testing, academic/achievement testing, speech-language testing, psychosocial testing and perceptual-motor testing
  • analyze recommendations on neuropsychological evaluations and how to link them to effective remediation needed for teaching children with language-based learning disabilities



This course is geared towards regular/special education teachers of all grade levels who may have limited previous exposure to neuropsychological evaluations and need to increase their knowledge and understanding of the tests and testing results. This course may not be appropriate for licensed school psychologists or speech-language pathologists who are already very familiar with these evaluations.



Participants wishing to receive 1 graduate credit for this course must bring payment of $200 on the first day of the seminar. Payment must be made via credit card or check made out to Fitchburg State University. Cash or Purchase Order will not be accepted for this payment.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs, 1 Graduate Credit ($200 additional fee payable on first day of seminar)
Dates/Time Price
July 12-13, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

“I love that Melody gave us written reports to take and to help support us in writing reading reports. Having the neuropsychologist come in as well was so knowledgeable and fascinating to hear their view and perspectives in learning disabilities.”

Caroline Boucher

About the Instructor

Beth Dietze

Beth has taught within a variety of educational models including inclusion, self-contained, bilingual and ELL classrooms in both public and independent school settings.  At Landmark School, she has taught a variety of courses and one-on-one language arts tutorials at both the elementary and middle school level.  She is currently part of the Admission Department at Landmark School where she evaluates the materials of Landmark applicants and administers academic screenings.  Most recently, Beth has been involved in course development and instruction with Landmark Outreach Online.  She has additional experience with online course instruction as an adjunct faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University’s Online Program.  Beth has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from John Carroll University, a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College and a teaching endorsement in bilingual/ESL from the University of Illinois.

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