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2 Day Seminars

15-hour: Instructional Strategies for Assisting Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities

Designed to enhance direct, explicit instruction of students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), this 15-hour, two-day seminar introduces a selection of specific LBLD teaching strategies and materials to help young people gain success in school. This is a strategy-heavy seminar with an array of supplied materials that are readily usable in a classroom. The following three core modules will be addressed: overview of language-based learning disabilities (current research, best practices); organizational skills (time & materials management, planning); and academic skills (reading comprehension, vocabulary development, note-taking, pre-writing, composition).

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • define the fundamental concepts and meaning of the term “language-based learning disabilities”
  • recognize and explain how to implement appropriate interventions for a student with organizational deficits
  • recognize and explain how to implement appropriate interventions for helping students succeed in academic areas requiring study and writing skills


15-hour Differentiated Instruction: This 15-hour course meets re-licensure requirements for Massachusetts educators.



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school levels.


This course involves 12 hours of in-person instruction and an additional three hours of independent work. Please note that the three hours of independent work can be completed before the end of the second day.


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.


This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

15 Hours/PDPs
1 Graduate Credit ($200 additional fee payable on first day of seminar)
1.2 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 12-13, 2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

“Anna was awesome! I felt engaged the full two days. SO ready to set up my class with new organizational tools for students.”

Rebecca Robidoux

About the Instructor

Anna DiPerna

Anna DiPerna is the Assistant Math Department Head at the Landmark Elementary•Middle School and a language arts tutor. Since starting with Landmark in 2002, she has taught math, language arts, and oral expression/literature classes. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and her Master of Science in special education from Simmons College.  



Ms. DiPerna receives compensation as a salaried Landmark Outreach summer employee.



Ms. DiPerna states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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