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Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

Definition: Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

Professional Development Opportunities

No Trainings at this time.


Documents related to the Identification of SLD

Presentations/Resources from SLD professional development sessions

  • SLD Eligibility and Identification Process: Slideshow Presentations (2014)
  • Oral Expression and Listening Comprehension as Areas of SLD
    PowerPoint presentation addresses eligibility in these two areas and considerations to assist in the determination of primary disability for students who may be considered eligible for both SLD and SLI (Speech-Language Impairment).
  • SLD Webinar: Basic Reading Skill Assessment and Specialized Instruction
    Melody Ilk, literacy consultant, led this session that addressed the assessment of basic reading skills, as well as the effective implementation of research-based instruction for improving the achievement of students with this most commonly-identified type of Specific Learning Disabilities. The presenter coordinated a six-year, multi-building, literacy project that resulted in extraordinary achievement gains in high risk schools and among students with disabilities. This PowerPoint presentation outlines the content covered by the presenter. There is no recording of the auditory portion of this Webinar.
  • SLD Identification: Body of Evidence Related to the 2 Key Criteria in Areas of Literacy and Math - 2010-2011
    • Presentation 1 (PDF)
      Introduction and Four Areas of Literacy (Basic Reading Skills, Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension and Written Expression)
    • Presentation 2 (PDF)
      Two Areas of Math (Calculation and Problem Solving, Determining Progress and Measuring Fidelity)

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Determining a child’s response to scientifically, researched-based intervention as required in the identification of a Specific Learning Disability is critical. However, Response to Intervention as a statewide systems’ reform initiative is being promoted across the Colorado Department of Education to improve learning results for ALL students, not just those who may be identified as having a Specific Learning Disability. The follow link will provide access to the RtI Guidebook, sample brochure, training presentations, videos and other resources.

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For more information, please contact:

Jill Marshall
Phone: (303) 866-6883

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