Diagnosing English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities

In the following webcast bilingual speech-language pathologist Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan discusses effective assessment and instruction strategies for ELLS with learning disabilities and presents ways to help encourage their parents to be actively involved in their education.

Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan is director of Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, TX, and author of the Esperanza Program, a Spanish multi-sensory reading, writing, and spelling program. She was one of the two principal investigators of a longitudinal study examining oral skills and literacy development of Spanish-speaking children in both English and Spanish. This research was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Institute of Education Sciences.

Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Leadership Texas. She has served on the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and the International Dyslexia Society.

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