We live in a world where quick responding is considered an essential skill; however, many children
feel left behind. This talk will provide educational therapists and learning disabilities specialists
with an overview of processing speed and its relationship to today's quick-paced lifestyles, classroom
environments, and home lives. Difficulties with processing speed cut across disorders such as learning
disabilities, developmental disorders and ADHD. The program will provide an overview of these issues,
including the biology and neuropsychology of processing speed, how it manifests in classrooms and social
relationships, and what professionals can do to accommodate and help their students compensate.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the biology and neuropsychology of processing speed.
- Explain how processing speed manifests in the classroom, learning, and home enviroments.
- Summarize how processing speed can affect social relationships.
- Apply methods to accommodate and help students with slow processing speed.
Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)
at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Associate Director of The MGH Clay Center for Young
Healthy Minds. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has
been affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital since 1998. Dr. Braaten is widely recognized
as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment,
particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and attentional disorders. She is
the co-author of Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, a book that has become a
classic for parents and professionals. She has also written The Child Clinician's Report Writing
Handbook, which has been called "the most comprehensive child assessment handbook available."
Dr. Braaten also published Finding the Right Mental Health Care for Your Child in 2009, and her
newest book, Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up was published in 2014. She is also frequently asked
to write articles for parenting and consumer publications and maintains an active speaking schedule.