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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T4 - Early Screening Is Possible, Is Predictive, and Is Promising!

Nov 9, 2017 10:00am ‐ Nov 9, 2017 11:00am

Standard: $20.00


Typically, dyslexia screening is not considered until a child has fallen behind his or her peers in reading. Recently, a new screening tool was released for use with preschool children. Using a dynamic assessment approach, the Predictive Early Assessment of Reading and Language (PEARL) can be used to predict which children will struggle with phonological-awareness skills. With the ability to predict which students will struggle attaining reading-readiness skills, it is now possible to offer earlier intervention to prevent students from having reading difficulties in later grades.

Learning Outcome:

  • ASSESSMENT: Examine issues related to the assessment of dyslexia and how assessment results can inform the selection of academic interventions.

Disclosure: Katie Squires and Joanne Pierson have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Lauren A. Katz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Partner, Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute
  • Joanne M. Pierson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Founder and Partner, Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute
  • Katie E. Squires, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University

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Krisztina Shields
5/22/18 4:22 pm

The session was a good reinforcement of why early screening and intervention is important. For a dyslexia therapist there was not a lot of new information, so I would say the targeted audience for this session is teachers and administrators. I would have loved to hear a little bit about PAR, the first screening measure mentioned, as well as the language component of PEARL.