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Reading Proficiency: Supporting Success from an OT’s Perspective, On-Demand

Maude LeRoux, OTR/L

CEUs: 6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Course Level 
OT, PT, SLP, educators, mental health professionals, and interested others 
Course Description

This course will describe the different developmental aspects of building the skills necessary for reading ability. The participant will engage in learning about reading decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension, consider current research as well as the developmental building blocks for each. It is a “must have” course for anyone interested in creating academic proficiency in children considering school as an occupational function. The information provided will allow the therapist to plan effective intervention to bridge a students’ developmental profile in support of reaching reading proficiency as a goal. The need for a team approach will be emphasized as therapists also expand their vision of possibility in creating change that lasts.

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain 5 different components of reading proficiency.

  2. List the involvement of 3 prominent sensory influences in the skill of reading.

  3. Apply understanding of building working memory skills to influence reading comprehension.

  4. Recognize the importance of considering 7 developmental stages in building the readiness of reading skill.

  5. Implement intervention strategies to support reading proficiency


Reading 1: What is Reading? Fluency in Reading

Reading 2: Reading Comprehension

Reading 3: Assessment

Reading 4: Sensory Processing Tenets of Reading

Reading 5: Intervention Strategies

Instructional Methods

The speaker will be using a lecture with slides, videos, and case studies.


Mention will be made of the ReadLS program, which is a commercially available program through LSWorks in Canada. The speaker has no financial agreement with the organization in the US but has a financial arrangement in South Africa.

Course Requirements

Following completion of the entire course including a passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be issued a course completion certificate.

Course Requirements

6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs) awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607. Distance learning - independent self-study course is offered at .6 AOTA CEUs for introductory level, in the areas of occupational therapy service delivery and foundational knowledge. Course approval number: 03895. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click here to access our CEU policy information.

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