71: Do SLPs Treat Dyslexia? with Jeannette Washington

Do SLPs Treat Dyslexia? with Jeannette Washington



Do you know how SLPs fit into the dyslexia intervention process?

In this episode, I am talking to Jeannette Washington about dyslexia and what an SLPs role is in treating children with dyslexia.

Jeannette Washington, M.Ed. has worked as both a Speech Language Pathologist and Software Engineer. Her experience working largely with dyslexic learners has earned her recognition in The Washington Post alongside the cofounder of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Jeannette is trained as a LETRS instructor which is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. 

Learning to code further ignited her passion for special populations in the tech industry and inspired her to write the book Technical Difficulties: Why Dyslexic Narratives Matter In Tech. Jeannette can always be found boasting the importance of accessibility, inclusivity, cognitive diversity (or neurodiversity), and equity in tech.

In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Viewing dyslexia as a language-based learning disorder
  • Early indicators of dyslexia
  • At what age a child can get a diagnosis
  • Why dyslexia is not one-size-fits-all
  • How to evaluate and determine the diagnosis
  • Ways you can move forward and help your students

Jeannette broke down some really helpful strategies for helping children that are dyslexic, working alongside colleagues that are also working with those students, and talking to parents about it. 

Remember, there are many states with laws in place for dyslexia, but there are still some that don’t. Make sure that you are keeping up with the laws where you live, so you can better understand your role as an SLP!

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Do SLPs Treat Dyslexia? with Jeannette Washington


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