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Cape Cod Two-Day Seminars

Overview of Language-Based Learning Disabilities and the Implications for Instruction – Cape Cod 2020

This seminar will offer insight regarding the educational implications of language-based learning disabilities for students in today’s classrooms. Topics of discussion will include an overview of neurodevelopmental variation and the dynamics of learning (cognition, language development, attention, working memory, executive function) for students with language-based learning disabilities. Effective teaching principles and skill-based/strategy-based recommendations for language-based instruction and academic planning will be offered. A concise overview of current research in the field tied to classroom practice that any educator can implement will be provided.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize key research findings in the area of language-based learning disabilities
  • Summarize the characteristics of a student with language-based learning disabilities, including the neurodevelopmental dynamics of cognition, language, attention, working memory, executive function present in their profile
  • Define the term “language-based instruction” and assess its efficacy in meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Recognize the implications of language-based learning disabilities for students in today’s classrooms and define and integrate the basics of language-based instruction into daily classroom work
  • Explain effective cueing and questioning strategies for use in the classroom
  • List effective teaching principles, strategies, and recommendations for language-based instruction and academic planning
  • Advocate for the implementation of best practices recommended by research and practice for educating students with language-based learning disabilities



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.


This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
1.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
August 3-4, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

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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 full-time with Landmark Outreach’s school consultation contracts as lead faculty 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.


Financial: Mrs. Larsen receives a speaking fee and may receive compensation for follow-up consultation work relating to her presentation.
Nonfinancial: Mrs. Larsen states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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