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Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

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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.  Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of: visual, hearing, or motor disabilities; intellectual disability; serious emotional disability; cultural factors; environmental or economic disadvantage; or limited English proficiency.

8 Academic Domains of SLD:

  • Oral Expression
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Basic Reading Skill

  • Reading Fluency Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematical Calculation
  • Mathematical Problem Solving

What's New

 Frequently Asked Questions about Dyslexia

What About Maths? 

Two 45 minute live webinars that will address the use of formal and informal assessment to drive student feedback to improve math outcomes for struggling students. 

  • Elementary Focus on November 18, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM.
  • Secondary Focus on November 18, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM.

SLD Literacy Professional Development Webpage

SLD Specialist has put together a new webpage that covers common questions about the two SLD Literacy Moodle Courses, Accessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties and Equipped for Reading Success

Literacy Professional Development Webpage

Equipped for Reading Success (EfRS) - Fall 2022

Registration is now open for our new online course Equipped for Reading Success! A comprehensive, step-by-step program for developing phonemic awareness and fluent word recognition. This course follows the content presented in the book by David Kilpatrick, PhD. This course was created by CDE in collaboration with David Kilpatrick Ph.D. and Deb Hoesterey, educational consultant and literacy specialist. 

The course consists of 16 modules.

Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (APORD) - Spring 2022

Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties is an on-demand eLearning series that was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.

Content of the webinar series was originally included in the book Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Wiley, 2015).

Worried that you cannot complete all the requirements of the course but interested in viewing all or a few of the modules? Check out the other free, on-demand course for Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties through guest access via our CDE Moodle site. 


Webinar: What about Maths? Providing assessment and promoting engagement for students with disabilities in 2020.

Two 45 minute live webinars that will address instructional practices and tools to increase engagement for elementary and secondary students with math difficulties and disabilities learning in remote, in-person and hybrid models.

View What about Maths? Elementary Focus

View What about Maths? Secondary Focus

Determining SLD Eligibility: An Overview

This 40-minute video will discuss:

  • the differences between MTSS and RtI and how they are interrelated.
  • how to to build a body of evidence through an RtI process in order to determine eligibility for Specific Learning Disability.
  • review considerations for English Learners during the eligibility process for special education services.

View the video on the CDE Professional Development Portal.


[SLD General Resources]

In this section you will find information on the following:

  • Cultural/Linguistic Diversity
  • Eligibility and Guidance
  • Language and Literacy
  • Math
  • MTSS, UDL, AT, RtI
  • Parents and Families
  • Social / Emotional
  • Transition, School, Career


Specific Learning Disability Listserv

The Colorado Specific Learning Disability (SLD) listserv shares resources, professional development and training opportunities and provides information including current trends, research, and ongoing topics of interest related to SLD. The purpose of this network is to facilitate connections, awareness, and access to information, learning opportunities, and resources that will better the lives of students with Specific Learning Disability and benefit the families, communities, and professionals who support them. Sharing of information is encouraged; however, it is at the discretion of the CDE what information will be posted. This service is chat-free and does not include advertisements from vendors or contract-based companies. To subscribe to the CO-SLD Listserv, please follow the directions below. 

Join the CO-SLD Listserv

To subscribe to the CO-SLD listserv:

  • Open a new email.
  • In the “To” field, type the email and send the message.
  • Once added, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • If you have a problem, email Veronica Fiedler at

To unsubscribe from the CO-SLD listserv: 

Listserv Disclaimer:

A variety of learning opportunities, information, and resources are provided on this listserv. These materials do not represent an exhaustive list, nor are they required or endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The identification or description is for the purpose of providing information and resources and does not constitute CDE's endorsement. Every effort has been made to identify the citation for the resource; please maintain the citation and/or authorship when adapting or modifying these materials.

For more information, please contact:

Veronica Fiedler
Phone: 303-866-6863
Email Veronica Fiedler


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