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Language-Based Classroom: Middle School

Individuals with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) generally have significantly reduced language capabilities that make learning difficult. As students with language-based learning disabilities move into middle school, the reading, writing, and executive function demands necessary for being successful in the content areas intensify and can create challenging experiences. This course is designed to provide a concise overview of current research in the field, including an overview of the characteristics of language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) and best practices for language-based instruction that enable students to learn and perform more successfully in today’s classrooms. Practical strategies, activities, and techniques for presenting skills tied to classroom practice that any educator can implement will be shared, discussed, and practiced. As a result, general and special educators can position their curriculum and employ these recommendations and strategies to help the middle school student with language-based learning disabilities succeed.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • summarize key research findings in the area of language-based learning disabilities
  • summarize the dynamics of learning, including cognition, language, attention, memory, executive function, and metacognition
  • define the term “language-based instruction” and assess its efficacy in meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • explain effective cueing and questioning strategies for use in the classroom or at home
  • list effective teaching principles, strategies, and recommendations for language-based instruction and academic planning
  • recognize the implications of language-based learning disabilities for students in today’s classrooms



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle school level.


This course is offered for 3.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

36 Hours/PDPs, 3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 23-27, 2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

“This class was well organized and presenter clearly explained strategies and concepts that are highly relevant to classroom practices. I acquired a battery of strategies that build on/connect to each other to help teach and support my students across all curriculum areas, especially for supporting organization of language.”

Kim Murphy

About the Instructor

Ann Larsen

Ann has been working professionally in the field of language-based learning disabilities since 1977. Her responsibilities over the years at Landmark School have included: assistant director of admission, academic dean at Landmark High School, academic case manager at Landmark Elementary•Middle School, dean of women students, and language arts teacher and tutor. Ann currently consults with public, private, and charter schools across the country regarding evaluation, academic planning, and program design, development, and implementation for children with language-based learning disabilities. Ann is a graduate of Smith College, with former Massachusetts certification in elementary education and special needs administration.



Mrs. larsen receives a speaking fee and may receive compensation for follow-up consultation work relating to her presentation.



Mrs. Larsen states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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