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Assessments to Determine Expressive Language Disorders, Virtual – Summer Institute 2021


  • Type: Spotlight session
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Attendance: Live, attendance required on date and time listed in the course information section
  • Platform: Zoom. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins



This webinar focuses on identifying students with expressive language disorders. Topics include: identification and characteristics of receptive and expressive language disorders; identification of risk factors and early signs; interpretation of the evaluations and specific tests for diagnosis (both neuropsychological/psycho-educational and speech & language evaluations); and discussion of pragmatic language issues that can accompany students with receptive and expressive language difficulties.  

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • identify and understand the profile of a student with an expressive language disorder 
  • understand how to interpret testing results that may lead to a diagnosis of a receptive/expressive language disorder
  • recognize common characteristics of pragmatic/social communication deficits associated with receptive/expressive language disorders



Appropriate for teachers at all levels who want to gain a better understanding of receptive/expressive language disorders. This course may not be appropriate for Speech-Language Pathologists, as this is an introduction/overview of topics.



All necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

1 Hour
Dates/Time Price
July 14, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Melody O'Neil

Melody has been the Associate Director of Admission at Landmark School in Beverly, MA since 2006. Melody came to Landmark in 1995 to teach oral expression, pragmatics and language-arts tutorials in the Expressive Language department at Landmark High School, after graduating from UMass, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. In 2000, she received a master’s from Simmons College in special education, completed Lindamood Bell LiPS and Visualizing & Verbalizing training and began teaching the LiPS tutorials in the Early Literacy department. That same year Melody also became an Academic Case Manager. In addition, she has presented workshops on topics including understanding language-based learning disabilities and expressive and pragmatic language deficits to parents, teachers and other professionals as part of the Outreach Program. Melody also has a booklet published on Understanding Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, as part of the Landmark Outreach booklet series.

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