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- Translation of Interdisciplinary Research into Educational and Clinical Practice
- Narrowing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap for Underrepresented Groups and Children and Youth Living in Poverty
- Interdisciplinary Frameworks for Cross-Disciplinary Communication and Collaboration in School and Clinical Settings: Cognitive Science, Developmental Science, Psycholinguistics, Computer Science, and Neuroscience, Educational Professionals (General and Special Educators, Principals, and School Administrators), Clinical and School Psychology, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Occupational and Physical Therapy, and Various Specialties in Medicine
The University of Washington Interdisciplinary Learning Disabilities Center (Principal Investigator, Virginia W. Berninger), which does interdisciplinary research on defining and treating specific learning disabilities, is in its fifth year. The recent findings document instructionally relevant brain and behavioral differences among children during middle childhood and adolescence in dysgraphia (impaired handwriting), dyslexia (Impaired word reading/decoding and spelling/encoding), and oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD, impaired syntax in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral expression, and/or written expression).The computerized instruction has shown that children with these diagnoses respond to instruction tailored to the language skills with which they struggle. See:
1. Berninger, V., & Richards, T. (2015, October). Research confirms what many teachers know: Learning disabilities is a plural word. Examiner, International Dyslexia Association.
2. Wolf, B., & Berninger, V. (2015, March 20). Specific learning disabilities: Plural, definable, diagnosable, and treatable. Dyslexia Connections, International Dyslexia Association Newsletter for Parents.
Professor Virginia (Ginger) Berninger is a licensed psychologist and former teacher (general education, special education, and reading specialist) with extensive experience in school-related assessment, consultation, and research. She is currently Professor of Educational Psychology (Learning Sciences and Human Development) at the University of Washington, Learning Disabilities Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Human Development and Disability (2000-present), and the Principal Investigator and Director of the NICHD-funded, University of Washington Multidisciplinary Learning Disability Center and Center for Oral and Written Language Learners (OWLs). Her recent awards recognizing her contributions include the Lifetime Achievement Award, School Neuropsychology Society on July 10, 2013, and the Alan S. Kaufman “Excellence in Assessment Award,” Fordham University, May 10, 2013. Other recent awards and honors include the Samuel Orton Award, received on October, 2015, from the International Dyslexia Association, the Slingerland OWL Award for Outstanding Work and Leadership in the UW COE Center for OWLs (oral and written language learners) from the Slingerland Institute, and election as a Fellow in the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities
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