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PBIDA Annual Conference


Pennsylvania Branch of the IDA

39th Conference on

Literacy & Learning Disabilities


Date: Monday, October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day)

 Saint Joseph's University
    Maguire Campus
Merion Hall






Keynote Speaker

Nancy Mather, Ph.D.

Nancy Mather is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Arizona in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. She has also served as a learning disabilities teacher, a diagnostician, and an educational consultant. She has published numerous articles and books and conducts workshops on assessment and instruction for students with dyslexia both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mather is a co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson IV and has co-authored two books on interpretation and application of the WJ IV. Other recent books are Essentials of Dyslexia: Assessment and Intervention (Mather & Wendling, 2012), and Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors (Mather, Goldstein, & Eklund, 2015).

The Elephant in the Room: What We Overlook Regarding Dyslexia

The purpose of this session is to address specific issues (that are often overlooked or ignored) that affect the identification of students with dyslexia, as well as the provision of appropriate interventions. Examples of these issues include the misguided assumptions that: (a) an RTI process is sufficient for dyslexia identification; (b) the only cause of dyslexia is poor phonological awareness; (c) twice exceptional children do not exist; (d) teachers are adequately prepared to teach reading to students with dyslexia, and (e) dyslexia only affects reading and writing performance.
APA Approval Pending

Am Session 1:
How Do We Solve the Reading Crisis?
The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of how to help all students improve their basic reading skills The speaker will: (a) explain how basic reading skills develop, (b) provide examples of effective evidence-based interventions that are matched to developmental levels, (c) discuss how technological innovations can help address reading failure, and (d) emphasize the importance of teacher preparation. We know how to solve this crisis, but we are not doing enough.
APA Approval Pending



David A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

David Kilpatrick is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York College at Cortland and a New York State Certified School Psychologist. An expert in reading disabilities, Dr. Kilpatrick has extensive assessment experience, has written a Wiley Essentials guide for professionals on prevention, assessment and intervention with reading difficulties, and has developed a research based educational program for teaching phonemic awareness and word recognition skills in the classroom.



PM Session
Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems:  Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention

The presentation will focus on how children learn to read words and why some children struggle. Understanding the nature of word-level reading development and word-level reading problems will guide both assessment and intervention. Studies consistently show that the most commonly used intervention approaches provide limited benefits for weak readers. However, other studies have shown that some approaches can yield very large reading gains for such students, and these will be the focus of the presentation.
APA Approval Pending