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“Is this Dyslexia, ADHD, or something else?”

If you often ask yourself this question when caring for children in your daily practice, join us for this half-day workshop to expand your knowledge of developmental and acquired disorders of reading in elementary school-age children. You will learn how to identify and differentiate common disorders and misdiagnoses, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and other types of reading disabilities. Through case study analyses and self-assessment of your clinical practices, you will be able to apply what you learn to the pediatric patients you treat on a daily basis..


At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  
  • Define and describe disorders of reading (acquired and/or developmental).
  • Differentiate between reading disorders and common misdiagnoses.
  • Identify predictors of reading difficulty, and associated risk factors, from birth through high school.
  • Understand the importance of acquired reading impairments in school aged children.


All medical and health care professionals who care for children on a regular basis – including physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and others – who want to either screen for or gain a better understanding of developmental and acquired reading disabilities.


Joanna A. Christodoulou, EdD

Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Director of the Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Team, MGH Institute of Health Professions

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Dr. Christodoulou integrates roles as clinician, developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and educator, focusing her work on: 1) identifying risk factors from school and home contexts associated with learning challenges; 2) investigating effective identification of learning difficulties across clinical and research settings; and 3) optimizing intervention practices for struggling students. She teaches courses in the Language and Literacy Certificate and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology programs at the MGH Institute.

Read more about Dr. Christodoulou.


Amy J. Maguire, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Amy Maguire is a certified speech language pathologist dedicated to serving the needs of patients with acquired oral and written language disorders and their caregivers/families. She practices at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she has worked for the past seven years providing both inpatient and outpatient evaluation and treatment services, specializing in cancer-related cognitive impairment. She is a member of the Society for Neuro-Oncology and volunteers with the Boston chapter of the National Brain Tumor Society.


8:00 – 8:30 AM: Registration/Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM: Developmental Reading Disorders

10:00 – 10:15 AM: Break

10:15 – 11:20 AM: Acquired Reading Disorders

11:20 – 11:50 AM: Case Study, Resources and recommendations, Q&A

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM: Evaluations


Recognizing Developmental and Acquired Reading Disorders in Children

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MGH Institute of Health Professions
Charlestown Navy Yard, 1 Constitution Wharf
Boston, MA 02129



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