Accommodating dyslexia in school and testing environments

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Accommodating dyslexia in school and testing environments

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Educational accommodations are used in schools and in testing environments to improve the fit between that setting and the child's needs. So a very common educational accommodation is extra time on assignments and on tests. And the idea there is that if a child is a slow reader, they'll have enough time to read through the material carefully and complete the test in the same way that their peers who don't have reading problems can do within the regular time. Other accommodations include a reduced workload, or assistive technologies, so being able to listen to a book on tape rather than having to read it, and in some severe cases, an external reader who can be brought in to read the material to the child for tests and other sorts of testing situations.

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Sandra K. Loo, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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