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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 Address 9:15 AM TO 10:45 AM

                  Hugh Catts, Ph.D.

                             Reading Comprehension is Not a Single Ability:
                            Implications for Assessment and Intervention 


Hugh Catts, Ph.D.

Considerable state and federal funding has been directed toward improving reading comprehension. Despite this effort, many children continue to perform below grade level in reading. Most educators and practitioners treat reading comprehension as if it were a single ability. However, research indicated that reading comprehension is multidimensional and involves the complex interaction of reader, text, and task elements. Research supporting this model will be presented and the implications for assessment and instruction of typical and atypical readers will be discussed.

Dr. Catts is Professor and Director of the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. He spent much of his career as a professor and researcher at the University of Kansas. He has taught courses in language science and literacy development and disabilities.  His research interests include the early identification and prevention of reading disabilities. He is a past board member of the International Dyslexia Association and past board member and president of the Society for the Scientific    Study of Reading.  He has received the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association and the Honors of the Association, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for his career contributions in each of these disciplines.

This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists and PBIDA. The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education or psychologists. The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists maintains responsibility for the program and its con tent. This program provides 1.5 Hours of CE credits for Psychologists.