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Workshop Description

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 B. Braaten, PhD

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.

Disclosure: Financial – Dr. Braaten receives honoraria from AET and royalties from Guilford Press for writing and publishing. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Registration: 7:45 am
Presentations Start: 8:45 am
Event Ends: 4:15 pm
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219
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This program is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level, Professional area).

This program is offered for:
AET: 6 CE hrs.
ASHA: 0.6 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
NASP: 6 hours of CPD
ALTA: 6 CEU hrs.