Get Ready: How to Diagnose and Assess Dyslexia

· January 25, 2022

Course Number: ABIO2209

When: Available February 21, 2022 – February 19, 2027

Where: Video available under “materials & requirements” once you register. Audio available on the Speechie Side Up podcast.

Description: In this session, we identified 3 signs of dyslexia and discussed an SLPs role in the diagnosing process. We looked at 3 areas to assess dyslexia and how to effectively identify which 2 assessments to consider for a dyslexia evaluation.

Who This Course Is Good For:

  • Any ASHA member, CCC holder, or other professional that is licensed or credentialed to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology or preparing to earn ASHA CEUs.
  • Any professional who works with pediatric clients.
  • Any professional who is seeking to learn more about dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Who This Course Isn’t Good For:

  • Any professional who is not familiar with the terms dyslexia
  • Any professional that does not currently work with any pediatric clients and does not plan to in the near future.



Venita is an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant in south Florida. She has a passion for using AAC, AT, and literacy to support individuals with complex communication needs, autism, and other disabilities. Venita has delivered poster presentations on several topics related to AAC at ASHA and co-presented several ASHA CEU accredited courses. Venita co-authored two articles published in ASHA Leader’s online publication, as well as the Lou Knows What to Do book series published by Boys Town Press. Recently, Venita started utilizing the power of social media to empower and motivate educators across the country through the Speechie Side Up podcast, blog, Instagram account, and YouTube channel.


Heather Caska is an experienced speech-language pathologist in Arizona, who owns HBC Language and Literacy. Since 2014, she has dedicated countless hours to increase her knowledge and understanding of language-literacy disorders, specifically dyslexia. In 2015 she attended the Association level training through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). She has experience working with a variety of communication disorders; however, her true passion lies in working with children with dyslexia and their families and educating other SLPs on their role in early identification of dyslexia. 

Disclosure Statements

Venita Litvack has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: ownership interest in Speechie Side Up, LLC and Tassel Learning, LLC; royalties from the Lou Knows What to Do book series.

Venita Litvack has the following relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose: member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 12.

Heather Caska has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: Heather is the owner of HBC Language & Literacy and Co-Founder of Early Birds Learning Specialists.  She is also being offered a stipend for this podcast. 

Heather Caska has the following nonfinancial relationships to disclose: Heather is the past Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is the current President of Arizona IDA. She also has family members affected by dyslexia.

In-Kind Support was provided by the following companies through product offerings, services, and/or discounts to giveaway to attendees at no charge: Vooks, The Speech Chick, The Digital SLP, Swivel Scheduler, Creative Speech Lab, What Should Danny Do?, SLP Now, Bridges, The Speech Tree Co, SLP Toolkit, Northern Speech Services, Speech Time Fun, Peachie Speechie, SLP Nerdcast, and Tassel Learning.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this activity, participants will:
  • Identify 3 signs of dyslexia
  • Describe 3 areas to assess for dyslexia
  • Define SLPs role in diagnosing dyslexia
  • Identify 2 assessments to consider for a dyslexia evaluation


10 minIntroductions and Backgrounds
5 minDefinition of dyslexia
10 minDiscussion of signs of dyslexia
15 minDescription of an SLPs role in diagnosing dyslexia
15 minDiscussion of assessments to consider for a dyslexia evaluation
5 minClosing, Discussion, and Questions

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 2 Requirements
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