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The Relationship Between Reading Disorders and Language Impairments

  • 30 May 2019
  • 4:30 PM - 7:15 PM
  • NEA-NH Building, Concord, NH
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Mini-Skills Presentation

Thursday, May 30, 2019 

At the NEA-NH Building, Concord,NH


Evaluating and Supporting Students with Co-occuring Reading Disorders and Language Impairments

Presented by 

Zsofia Tengstrand, MA, CAGS, NCSP

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

5:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m

Registration Begins at 4:30 p.m.


NEA-NH Building, 2nd Floor

9 South Spring St, Concord, NH 03301   

Workshop Description

If you are a school psychologist or special education teacher, this training is for you. The training focuses on how to best support struggling readers at school who also show language weaknesses. More specifically, you will hear about the various core elements of reading that can be targeted when assessing children with (or suspected of) reading difficulties and how we can remediate these difficulties. The training will provide research-based strategies to assess and intervene with children with language based reading difficulties.


Learning Objectives

Participants in this workshop session will be able to describe:

    • Terms often used in identifying areas reading difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)
    • The connection between language and reading
    • How to assess and intervene for reading difficulties in the prism of language
    • The importance of collaboration among school staff
  • This training will be appropriate for staff who work with school-aged students from kindergarten through high school. 


Research Information

Zsofia Tengstrand (MA/CAGS/NCSP) is a certified school psychologist and is also a doctoral student at William James College and for her doctoral project, she is conducting research in how to best support struggling readers. As part of her project, she developed a training for school psychologists and  would like to kindly invite you to attend. Please feel free to bring your fellow special education teachers as well too!

As a practicing school psychologist, Zsofia often encountered situations in which she felt the need for additional training regarding assessments and interventions for students who had difficulties with learning to read. Hence, she developed a training for school staff to help them better understand the core elements of reading difficulties and what can be done to remediate these difficulties.

Your participation in this study would consist of attending a 2-hour session (total), during which time you will be provided with an informed consent, asked to complete an anonymous pretest and posttest (about 10 minutes each), and attend an informative training (70 minutes). You would also have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win one of the three $20 dollar Amazon gift cards. Refreshments, and snacks, will also be provided.

Your participation will be voluntary and no identifying information will be requested of you. If you decide to leave the session prematurely, you are free to do so without any consequences. This study involves no more risk than encountered in everyday life.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments at Zsofia_Tengstrand@williamjames.edu

About the Presenter

Zsofia Tengstrand is a doctoral psychology intern at the Center for Effective Child Therapy and the Manville School at Judge Baker Children’s Center. She received her B.A.in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Counseling at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She graduated from William James College with a M.A. in Professional Psychology and a C.A.G.S. in School Psychology. Currently, she is a third-year doctoral student in School Psychology at William James College.

Ms. Tengstrand is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a certified School Psychologist in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She is currently a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA), and the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists (NHASP). She has worked as a school psychologist in the Goffstown School District (NH). Throughout the years, she has provided services for children and adolescents struggling with anger management, emotion regulation, executive functioning, impulse control, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiance, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and autism. Ms. Tengstrand also has extensive experience conducting comprehensive cognitive, social-emotional and behavioral assessments.


  • 4:30 pm: Registration Opens
  • 5:00 pm: Informed Consent Overview and Pre-Test
  • 5:10-6:30 pm: Presentation Training
  • 6:30-7:15pm: Post-Test and Discussion 


The location is in Concord on South Spring Street.  Click here for location information offered by NEA-NH. 

Registration Information

Due to space at NEA-NH, this presentation will be limited to 40 people. Please register for the event for planning purposes. This event is of no charge to the participants. 

The NH Association of School Psychologists is supporting this research project. 

For questions, please contact Chris Nelson, NHASP President, cnelsonnhasp@gmail.com or

Research Chair, Jonas Taub, jonasjt@comcast.net 

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