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Evaluation of Learning Differences and Related Disorders; Laure Ames, Ph. D., LPC-S

  • 11/01/2019
  • 12/31/2030



Laure Ames has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.

Dr. Ames has extensive clinical experience, having served on the staffs of the Dallas Child Guidance Clinic, Terrell State Hospital, and Green Oaks Hospital. A personal commitment to understanding and helping learning different children led her to join the staff at the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas in 1993. Her duties there include co-authoring the character education curriculum Choices and serving as Director of The Shelton Evaluation Center beginning in June 2009.

Dr. Ames has lectured extensively on assessing learning different students, fostering self-esteem in learning different children, the development of social competence in learning different children, the implementation of the Choices social values curriculum, becoming an advocate, and the need for appropriate teacher preparation.

Dr. Ames is a past president of the Park Cities Learning Disabilities Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Dyslexia Association.

There are many reasons why a student might struggle in school, and an evaluation is often helpful to determine if learning, attentional, language, emotional, and/or social difficulties are impacting school performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the diagnostic criteria for the most common learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. A typical battery of tests used to evaluate these difficulties will then be discussed. Particular emphasis will be given to the batteries used to identify dyslexia. A case study will also be presented, and the interventions that are most appropriate for each disorder will be outlined.

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