Specific Learning Disability Identification

Site: Colorado Education Learning Management System
Course: OD-Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties
Book: Specific Learning Disability Identification
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Date: Monday, 2 October 2023, 11:27 AM


This module is comprised of one session

Module 13

Module 13 Specific Learning Disability Identification is comprised of one session

Session Titles

13.1 Factors that may affect SLD identification 

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13.1 Factors that may affect SLD identification

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the key factors that may distinguish between a student with an SLD in reading vs. milder reading difficulties


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*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • Reading skills fall along a continuum with no natural cut off to signal a “disability”
  • Use of best practices to prevent and intervene in reading is not common, complicating the validity of identifying SLD in reading
  • The number of underlying skills that are deficient and the severity of those skill deficits can help inform the identification process
  • Clinical judgment will be needed, but more informed judgment should lead to more valid identification

Reflect & Connect

What are the key factors that may suggest that a student has an SLD in reading?