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Cape Cod Two-Day Seminars

Understanding and Teaching Students with Expressive Language Disorders – Cape Cod 2020

This seminar focuses on identifying students with receptive/expressive language disorders. Topics include identification and characteristics of language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) and how LBLD relates to receptive/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); case studies, recognition of effective instructional strategies to increase independence and application of skills; and discussion of pragmatic language issues that can accompany students with receptive/expressive language difficulties. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the profile of a student with an expressive language disorder and mixed receptive-expressive language disorder
  • Understand the evaluation process: whom to refer to (including Speech & Language, Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological evaluations)
  • Understand and analyze both Speech & Language and Neuropsychological evaluations: cognitive testing, academic/achievement testing, speech-language testing and psychosocial testing
  • Analyze recommendations on Speech & Language evaluations and learn how to link recommendations to effective types of remediation as well as analyze strategies needed to provide appropriate and effective instruction
  • Understand services available: IEP’s, LD schools and private Speech-Language and educational services
  • explain the implications of receptive/expressive language disorder on the student, parents, and educators
  • Understand effective cueing strategies and templates for the development of both oral and written expression skills
  • Define and recognize common characteristics of pragmatic language deficits
  • Present a case study explaining the students cognitive, academic and speech & language profile, making recommendations of appropriate services/interventions



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.

This course may not be appropriate for Speech-Language Pathologists, as it is an introduction/overview of topics.



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.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 optional graduate credit
Dates/Time Price
August 3-4, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

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About the Instructor

Melody O'Neil

For the past twelve years, Melody O’Neil has been the Associate Director of Admission at Landmark School in Beverly, MA. 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, Melody 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. She also has a booklet published on Understanding Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, as part of the Landmark Outreach booklet series

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