What are language-based reading and writing disabilities?

Language-based reading and writing disabilities affect school-age children, adolescents and adults. These individuals may struggle with some or all of the following:

  • listening comprehension
  • acquiring and using new vocabulary
  • expressing oneself
  • sounding out words
  • rhyming words
  • spelling
  • reading without effort
  • retelling events orally or in writing
  • understanding what is read
  • using the mechanics of writing (punctuation, capitalization
  • communicating through writing at school and work

How can UCF help?

The Communication Disorders Clinic offers services designed to help those in need of therapy for reading and writing disorders. First, the individual will need an evaluation of speech.

What is the evaluation procedure?

Comprehensive evaluations will be conducted to determine what aspects of communication have been affected. For details, see Initial Evaluation.

Comprehensive evaluations are conducted to determine the nature and severity of reading and writing disabilities. Prior to the evaluation, an intake form requesting pertinent information regarding language development, reading abilities, and writing skills needs to be completed. In addition, school reports, when appropriate, may be requested to assist in planning the most comprehensive and useful evaluation.

The evaluation is scheduled for two to four hours over one or two days. At the close of the evaluation, a clinical faculty member will discuss options for treatment if recommended.

What type of treatment do we provide?

Therapy programs are developed to help individuals improve their unique needs in reading and writing. Efforts are made to integrate the individual’s educational curriculum into therapy. Frequency of therapy services ranges from once a week to multiple sessions a week.

Faculty Interviews

Professor Barbara Ehren discusses adolescent literacy on the “For Your Health” show, produced by UCFTV.

Professor Jane Lieberman discusses disorders in language and literacy on the “For Your Health” show, produced by UCFTV.

Resources

International Dyslexia Society
www.interdys.org/

RTI Action Network (Response to Intervention)
www.rtinetwork.org/

International Reading Association
www.reading.org/

Florida Center for Reading Research
www.fcrr.org/

LD Online (Learning Disabilities)
www.ldonline.org/

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