Friday, September 20, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Puritan Conference and Event Center 
245 Hooksett Road
Manchester, NH 03110

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  • 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.



Bridging Phonological Processing

and Orthography

How to Improve Word Level Reading Skills in Struggling Readers



David Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

David Kilpatrick

Program Overview

Dr. Kilpatrick will show how phonemic proficiency and letter-sound proficiency are the driving forces behind orthographic learning, which is our ability to anchor printed words in our long-term memory for later, instant retrieval. Orthographic learning is not related to visual memory, as is widely believed. Instead, orthographic learning is based on proficiency in phonemic awareness skills because our writing system is designed to capture the phonemic structure of our spoken language.

In the morning session Dr. Kilpatrick will take participants through the research behind how word-level reading skills develop, and what interventions can help ameliorate reading difficulties. The hands-on afternoon session will be spent learning how to train students’ phonological awareness skills and to help children become better at remembering words. Participants will also learn how to administer and interpret the Phonological Awareness Screening Test and will leave with intervention strategies to promote the development of children’s sight-word

Registration fee includes one copy of Dr. Kilpatrick’s manual, Equipped for Reading Success.

Learning Objectives 

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

  •  Understand and explain how word-level reading skills develop and why some students struggle with those skills.
  • Identify the Tier 1 teaching approaches that will prevent a large portion of reading difficulties while minimizing the impact of those that remain.
  • Identify the three key intervention features found in studies with the strongest outcomes in the reading research literature.
  • Administer and interpret the Phonological Awareness Screening Test.
  • Teach and train students' phonological awareness from basic to advanced skills
  • Assemble a toolkit of intervention strategies to promote sight vocabulary development

 About David Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

David A. Kilpatrick, PhD is a professor of psychology for the State University of New York, College at Cortland. He is a New York State certified school psychologist with 28 years experience in schools. He has been teaching courses in learning disabilities and educational psychology since 1994 and regularly presents workshops for educators.

 David is a reading researcher and the author of two books on reading, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties; and Equipped for Reading Success.