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Special Education

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Dr. Carolyn Berenato

Dr. Carolyn Berenato

Interests: Language-based Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia

The effects of dyslexia, a learning disability, can alter a child's viewpoint on themselves in a variety of ways. It is estimated that twenty percent of students in the United States have some degree of a learning disability equating to 1 in 5 students. Dyslexia is the most common language based learning disability. Dyslexia is a neurologically based, often a familial disorder, which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. It varies in degrees of severity; shown by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing, in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic. In America, many schools are prepared to aid students with dyslexia. Unfortunately some American schools do not recognize the dyslexia and dismiss this language- based disability resulting in students falling behind in their reading skills. This unrecognized disability often leads to students dropping out of school.
Last summer, my summer scholar and I researched how families from Pennsylvania and New Jersey have handled the diagnosis of having child with dyslexia or a language based learning disability. We researched where families have found solutions for finding help when the diagnosis of dyslexia has been determined. We are in the process of creating a handbook of resources specifically in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This summer I will be expanding the research completed for Pennsylvania and New Jersey and hope to create a national study and a National Handbook.


Dr. Cheryl George

My primary research interest is examining the effects of aerobic exercise on the behavior, academic responding, and sleep patterns of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.