The Rationale behind Screening for Reading Disorders in Preschool and Early Primary Grade Children

Janice C. C. Lepore, Psy.D. 

February 13, 2019
12:00 pm -1:30 pm

Columbia, MD or Online via Zoom

Workshop Level: Beginning to Intermediate

During this presentation, Dr. Lepore will provide an evidence-based rationale for conducting reading screening during early childhood and primary grades. Following a review of the development of early reading skills, including the foundational oral language skills that support literacy development, Dr. Lepore will describe the structure of a well-designed screening program, differentiate a screening model from more comprehensive assessment approaches, and identify some of the risks and benefits of screening. This information will be then applied specifically to the task of identifying children who may be at-risk for reading failure, including some of the potential negative effects of unaddressed reading struggles, and the benefits of early identification and effective intervention. 

After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to

  • Identify the major components of a well-designed screening protocol. 

  • Describe 3 key skills to be assessed in an early reading screening protocol. 

  • Identify potential risks and benefits associated with reading screening during early childhood.

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Janice Lepore, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Lutherville, Maryland. Her practice offers comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for children, adolescents and young adults, and serves as a source of consultation for both families and schools.  In addition to her direct clinical work Dr. Lepore actively participates in professional, personal and legislative advocacy to support the application of psychological science to educational program development and public policy. Dr. Lepore is a Board member for the International Dyslexia Association, a member of the MPA Legislative Advocacy Committee, and on the APA Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education.