Unlocking Words: The Dyslexia and Word Recognition Connection [RECORDED]

· June 4, 2024

Course Number: ABIO2433

When: Recorded playback is available between June 19, 2024 – June 19, 2029.

Where: Available under “Course Content” at the bottom of this page.

Description: In this session, we define word recognition and identify why word recognition can be challenging for students. We discuss various characteristics of dyslexia and ways Speech Language Pathologists can treat dyslexia.

Who This Course Is Good For:

  • Any educator or caregiver who wants to learn more about dyslexia and its defining characteristics.
  • Any ASHA member, CCC holder, or other professionals who are 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 or caregiver who is seeking to learn more about literacy instruction.

Who This Course Isn’t Good For:

  • SLPs who are not currently practicing or are not actively involved in direct client care.
  • Experts with advanced knowledge in reading science and structured literacy.


Venita Litvack, M.A, CCC-SLP

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.

Elizabeth Doherty,MS CCC-SLP, A/OGA, C-SLDI

Elizabeth is a speech pathologist and literacy specialist who lives in NYC. She is credentialed by ASHA, the Academy of Orton Gillingham, and the International Dyslexia Association. Elizabeth owns a private practice where she supports students with the dual diagnoses of Developmental Language Disorder and Dyslexia, and she is an adjunct at two universities where she teaches pre service SLPs about reading. Her hobbies are running, hiking, and—of course— reading. You can find her on Instagram @elizabeth_readingslp

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.

Elizabeth Doherty has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: author of The Reading SLP Course. She is also receiving honorarium for this presentation and receives commision for any sales made with her code.

Elizabeth Doherty has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this activity, participants will:
  • Define word recognition
  • Identify at least 2 reasons word recognition so difficult for students
  • Define 2 characteristics of dyslexia
  • Describe 2 ways SLPs can treat dyslexia


5 minIntroductions and Backgrounds
10 minDiscussion of word recognition
15 minThe difficulty associated with word recognition
15 minOverview of dyslexia
10 minThe role of the slp in supporting dyslexia
5 minReferences, Closing, Discussion, and Questions

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  • 1 Lesson
  • 2 Requirements
  • Course Certificate