It is estimated that 1 in 5 students have dyslexia. In this episode, we’ll talk about how speech-language pathologists successfully diagnose and treat reading disorders and the book I co-authored – The SLP Guide to Dyslexia.

The fascinating field of Speech-Language Pathology is not well known. It is dedicated to improving the communication abilities of individuals with speech, language, and swallowing disorders. And it offers a wide range of opportunities for those interested in making a positive impact on people's lives. 

Courtney Overton, a Speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist will share about her journey to becoming a speech language pathologist. Since it is a lesser-known field specially for people of color she will discuss the percentage of black speech pathologists and how SLP’s diagnose their patients. Courtney discusses how children can be diagnosed with dyslexia at an extremely young age and what steps parents should take to ensure their child receives appropriate care.

Listen to this episode to gain more insight on how Speech Language Pathologists can make an impact in the lives of children with dyslexia!

Highlights and Resources:

  • Courtney’s journey to becoming a Speech Language Pathologist
  • The percentage of black Speech Language Pathologist
  • About SLP’s and having that ability to diagnose
  • What parents need to do to find the right SLP for their child
  • What the process of working with a SPL looks like
  • Her experience or working with colleagues and what is the youngest age that kids can be diagnosed with dyslexia?
  • About the book SLP Guide to Dyslexia
  • About Courtney’s practice

About Courtney Overton

Courtney Overton, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Literacy Specialist. She is the Owner and Founder of Speech of Cake, Inc., a private practice in Alexandria, Virginia that specializes in treating speech sound disorders and dyslexia. With a passion for shaping future clinicians, Courtney also serves as a Clinical Fellowship Mentor at Speech of Cake, a Clinical Supervisor at The George Washington University, and an Adjunct Professor at Emerson College & the University of Maryland. Courtney continues to advocate for neurodivergent students and students of color by providing seminars, workshops, and keynotes on a national level through her organizations, DiverCity SLP and The SLP Guide to Dyslexia.

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About the SLP Guide to Dyslexia

The SLP Guide to Dyslexia is a resource for speech-language pathologists to successfully diagnose and treat reading disorders.

The SLP Guide to Dyslexia was written by SLPs and educators. Other professionals that may benefit from this book include reading specialists, dyslexia specialists, psychologists, and anyone with an M.A., M.S., M.ED., Ed.D., or Ph.D. degree in education, reading, speech-language pathology, school psychology, psychology, or neuropsychology.

Authors: Dr.Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein, DeJunne’ Clark Jackson, Brittany Zucker, Danelle Augustine, Jeannette Roberes, Courtney O

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