Saturday, October 26, 2019  Check-in and continental breakfast at 8:00 AM, program begins promptly at 8:45 AM, professional development certificates distributed  at 1:00 PM EDT

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Keeley's Banquet Center 
178 Warren Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Payment due in full 7 days prior to the event.
  • Cancellations should be made in writing.  A full refund will be made for cancellations postmarked or sent via email 7 days before the event. No refunds will be given for requests received after that date or for "no shows."
  • We DO accept substitutions at our conference.  Advanced notification is appreciated.  Please email or call in your substitution at least 24 hours prior to the event.
  • All registrations are subject to this Cancellation/Refund Policy.  Cost of registration fee is still liable whether payment is paid or unpaid, unless NHIDA receives notice of cancellation at least 7 days prior to the event.



Assessment of

Phonological Challenges


Elaine Holden, Ph.D.


~  Program Overview  ~

This workshop will focus on understanding the first pillar of reading -- Chall's Stage Zero -- phonological processing.  Challenges in this area seriously impact expected growth in early pre-reading and impede developing reading skills.

Dr. Holden will briefly discuss phonological challenges and then move on to examine the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP, 2nd ed.) and the Test of Auditory Processing (4th ed.). 

Once a diagnosis has been formally made, tracking the student's response to direct instruction is imperative.  Therefore, in this workshop we will explore the continuum of skills within the first pillar, examine a lesson plan template that addresses this continuum, and then match that lesson plan to an informal assessment process.

~  Learning Objectives  ~

After participating in this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand and explain Chall's Stage Zero -- Phonological Processing
  • Identify phonological challenges
  • Understand phonological processing measures
  • Teach and train students' phonological awareness following a continuum
  • Integrate phonological awareness instruction in the lesson plan
  • Informally assess phonological processing progress

~  4 Professional Development Hours  ~

~  About Elaine Holden, Ph.D.  ~

Dr. Elaine Holden, co-founder and current director of The Reading Foundation in Amherst, NH, has been a reading specialist/consultant in New England for over 45 years.  Currently, she provides educational evaluations in the area of reading and related language disorders, directs tutorials at The Reading Foundation, hosts two radio shows, The Holding Hour, and Turning Pages With Elaine, on WSMN 1590, and writes a bi-weekly column for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript newspaper.

Dr. Holden sits on the governing board of the Association of Specialists in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (ASAIF), the governing board of the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Nashua, NH, and is serving her third term as the vice-chair of the NH Supreme Court Professional Conduct Committee. She is the New Hampshire Director of the National Right to Read Foundation, and was the first New Hampshire Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.