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Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

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Definition: Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.  Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of: visual, hearing, or motor disabilities; intellectual disability; serious emotional disability; cultural factors; environmental or economic disadvantage; or limited English proficiency.

8 Academic Domains of SLD:

  • Oral Expression
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Basic Reading Skill

  • Reading Fluency Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematical Calculation
  • Mathematical Problem Solving

What's New

Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (APORD) online course is coming again this fall!

This is a self-paced, online course designed by David Kilpatrick Ph.D. and follows his book by the same title. Through engagement in this series of 13 on-demand webinars, participants will understand the current research, implications, and the essential elements necessary for assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties. If you are not already part of the CDE SLD listserv, you may want to join because this is where the opening of that course will be announced sometime in August. The directions for joining the SLD listserv are at the bottom of this page. The other option is that there is an ongoing on-demand version of this course that is accessible right now. It does not include the assessments or the discussion forum and the CDE credit hours are not available for this course, but it is a great companion piece to Dr. David Kilpatrick's book. You can join as a guest through the CDE LMS.

Learn More & Register for APORD

Determining SLD Eligibility: An Overview

This 40-minute video will discuss:

  • the differences between MTSS and RtI and how they are interrelated.
  • how to to build a body of evidence through an RtI process in order to determine eligibility for Specific Learning Disability.
  • review considerations for English Learners during the eligibility process for special education services.

View the video on the CDE Professional Development Portal.

Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties

Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties is an on-demand eLearning series that was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.

Content of the webinar series was originally included in the book Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Wiley, 2015).

Click here to learn more about this on-demand series.

Resources

[SLD General Resources]

In this section you will find information on the following:

  • Cultural/Linguistic Diversity
  • Eligibility and Guidance
  • Language and Literacy
  • Math
  • MTSS, UDL, AT, RtI
  • Parents and Families
  • Social / Emotional
  • Transition, School, Career

 


Specific Learning Disability Listserv

The Colorado Specific Learning Disability (SLD) listserv shares professional development and training opportunities and provides information including current trends, research, and ongoing topics of interest related to SLD. The purpose of this network is to facilitate connections, awareness, and access to information, learning opportunities, and resources that will better the lives of students with Specific Learning Disability and benefit the families, communities, and professionals who support them. Sharing of information is encouraged; however, it is at the discretion of the CDE what information will be posted. This service is chat-free and does not include advertisements from vendors or contract-based companies. To subscribe to the CO-SLD Listserv, please follow the directions below. 

Join the CO-SLD Listserv

To subscribe to the CO-SLD listserv:

  • Open a new email.
  • In the “To” field, type the email SLD-join@web.cde.state.co.us and send the message.
  • You will receive a confirmation email. You will not be added until you respond to this email.
  • If you have a problem, try using “plain” text or check with the technology people in your district.

To unsubscribe from the CO-SLD listserv: 

  • Open a new email.
  • In the “To” field, type the email lyris@web.cde.state.co.us and send the message.
  • In the body of the message write, “unsubscribe CO-SLD.”
  • You will automatically be unsubscribed.

Listserv Disclaimer:

A variety of learning opportunities, information, and resources are provided on this listserv. These materials do not represent an exhaustive list, nor are they required or endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  The identification or description is for the purpose of providing information and resources and does not constitute CDE's endorsement. Every effort has been made to identify the citation for the resource; please maintain the citation and/or authorship when adapting or modifying these materials.

 


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Veronica Fiedler
Phone: 303-866-6863
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