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An Expert Takes a Fresh Look at Dyslexia Support

A discussion with speech-language pathologist Dr. Nikosi Darnell

Dr. Nikosi Darnell is a speech-language pathologist and founder of Clearview Speech and Consulting Services. She’ll be sharing her expertise in two sessions at the 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), heading to Miami in January.

Her efforts are helping to increase the understanding of dyslexia and other speech-language disorders and the individuals most impacted. Although there has been an increased awareness of dyslexia in education, Dr. Darnell believes further advances are possible. By expanding the role of speech pathologists to work in collaboration with coaches and teachers, students can reap the benefits.

“From a speech pathology perspective, we focus a lot on what we call the ‘phonological awareness’ and the development of that aspect of communication. Whenever we see children having difficulty with rhyming, segmentation, or pre-linguistics skills, we see the possibility of dyslexia. Sometimes, there are precursors that speech pathologists see before students even get into the classroom on a consistent basis.”

A working relationship between student, pathologist, and teacher should be a constant classroom objective. Dr. Darnell has witnessed positive results. “The students I have worked with have definitely been included in their classrooms by their teachers who request more interaction and collaboration between therapists,” she says.

The field of speech pathology has slowly seen a paradigm shift in the thinking of how technology can be integrated. Dr. Darnell refers to the change as “augmentative and alternative communication devices” that help students who are nonverbal speakers. But for the most part, the field has relied on tried and true approaches.

She enjoys taking part in tech conferences in the hopes of being exposed to newer ideas. “Whenever I attend conferences such as FETC, I’ve gained a different perspective that is much more advanced than [what is available] in our field at this time,” she adds.

Dr. Nikosi Darnell will be presenting at the following sessions:

Tech Tools: Dyslexia — the Hidden Superpower

Enhancing Executive Skills Through Mindfulness

About Dr. Nikosi Darnell

Dr. Nikosi Darnell is a speech-language pathologist and developmental specialist with over 17-years of experience working with individuals across the lifespan in clinical, non-clinical, online, and hospital settings. She is a qualified and proven clinician with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders, clinical supervision, virtual learning, telepractice, child growth and development, executive function skills, educational technology, parent and caregiver education, and professional development.

Dr. Nikosi has enjoyed teaching online and blended courses for university-level students, and continues to instruct parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists through seminars, webinars, and conferences. Follow Dr. Nikosi Darnell on Twitter

The 40th anniversary Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) will take place January 14-17, 2020 in Miami, Fla. Registration is now open at Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)

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