Workshop Description

Slow Processing Speed and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

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 meet the challenges that sluggish cognitive tempo poses.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the biology and neuropsychology of processing speed.
  2. Explain how processing speed manifests in the classroom, learning, and home environments.
  3. Summarize how processing speed can affect social relationships.
  4. Apply methods to accommodate and help students with slow processing speed.


Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D.
Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D.

Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D., 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 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 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.


Save the Date!

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
(Registration and Continental breakfast at 8:00 AM)

Location of Workshop:
Access Living
Fourth Floor Gallery
115 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654

This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level, Professional area).

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


This workshop is designed for professionals who are looking to implement effective interventions for students with slow processing speed or sluggish cognitive tempo.

  • Educational Therapists
  • Learning Specialists
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Developmental Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech/Language Therapists


The Association of Educational Therapists (AET) is the national professional association for educational therapists. AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.

AET Advisory Board

Dorothy Ungerleider, M.A., BCET, FAET - AET Founder
Joan Axelrod, ME.d.
Jane Holmes Bernstein, Ph.D.
Mary Byrne, Ph.D., LICSW
Edwin Ellis, Ph.D.
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D
Doris J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Barbara Keogh, Ph.D.
Phyllis Maslow, Ph.D., FAET
George McCloskey, Ph.D.
Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.
Betty Osman, Ph.D.
Patricia Quinn, M.D.
Marshall H. Raskind, Ph.D.
Michael Spagna, Ph.D.
Maryanne Wolf, Ph.D.