AIM Institute for Learning & Research

Understanding Profiles of Reading Difficulty

How Understanding Profiles of Reading Difficulty
Can Help You Help Your Child

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Join Dr. Spear-Swerling for a discussion of reading profiles oriented primarily toward a parent audience. After a brief explanation and several examples of each profile, the focus will be on the value of this information for helping parents understand their children’s academic difficulties (in writing and math as well as reading), and consequently, their educational needs.


Expert Speaker: Louise Spear-Swerling is Professor of Special Education and Area Coordinator for the Masters Concentration in Learning Disabilities at Southern Connecticut State University. Her research interests focus on children’s reading development and reading difficulties, as well as teacher preparation in reading, and she has published widely on these topics. Her most recent book is The power of RTI and reading profiles: A blueprint for solving reading problems, published by Brookes. Dr. Spear-Swerling has prepared both general and special educators to teach reading for many years, and she consults regularly for Connecticut school districts, mostly on cases involving students with severe or persistent literacy difficulties. In 2009 she served on the working group for the International Dyslexia Association that helped to produce national IDA professional standards for teachers of reading.