Dyslexia and the Brain: Implications for Clinical Practice

About the Course:
One in five students have a language-based learning disability, dyslexia being the most common. Less than one-third of children with reading disabilities are receiving school services, despite the fact that they have the intellectual capacity to thrive. Many of the most trained school professionals involved in the referral, remediation, and intervention process are misinformed or uninformed about Dyslexia, Healthcare professionals can make a huge impact on the success of students with Dyslexia but feel ill-equipped and uneducated about the disorder. To address the needs of individuals with Dyslexia and reduce the learning problems before they manifest and widen, healthcare professionals need a deeper understanding of Dyslexia and its coexisting conditions. Using the latest evidence-based practices, case histories and research, this course aims to equip the healthcare professional with an arsenal of tools necessary to feel confident in playing a key role in early identification and intervention. Furthermore, healthcare professionals will learn a fresh new approach to articulation, auditory processing and executive function intervention that will be beneficial for students with language based learning disabilities. 

Course Objectives: 
At the end of this course the participant will be able to: 
  • Identify Dyslexia as it relates to language processing. 
  • List the most common co-existing disorders associated with Dyslexia 
  • Recognize the warning signs of Dyslexia in Pre-K Elementary-Middle School and High School to adult. 
  • Identify the areas of the brain associated with Dyslexia and language learning. 
  • List the best way to evaluate for Dyslexia. 
  • Identify dysgraphia and its association with Dyslexia. 
  • Identify the intervention framework for students with dyslexia. 
About the Instructor: 
Kyra Minichan, M.A., CCC-SLP,  is a Speech-Language pathologist, Educational Strategist, in Hendersonville, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville). She is the owner and the clinical director of The Cognitive Emporium, a company designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals and families affected by Dyslexia, ADHD, and language learning disabilities. Kyra, specializes in cognitive-linguistic intervention and closing the gap between intelligence and academic struggle. The Cognitive Emporium works with the schools and the community to bridge the gap in neuroeducation. Mrs. Minichan holds dual master’s degrees, in Speech Language Pathology and Specific Learning Disabilities. She started her career 25 years ago in a rehabilitation facility and later worked as The Director of Pediatrics at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital. These formative years provided years of experience with a variety of clients and allowed her to gain vast experience in pediatric neurological development. Kyra connects the dots between the medical and educational client and brings a fresh new perspective for today’s SLP. Mrs. Minichan is the creator of The Predictable Academic Transformational Highway System ® and author of Raise Your Hand if you’re a Platypus, A Conversation Starter For The Smart Kid Who Struggles. (an e-book sold on Amazon) She has been a member of The American Speech Language Hearing Association since 1994 and a three-time recipient of the ACE Award.

This course is a video, on-demand course.