LaGrange Area Department of Special Education

Multi-Tiered System of Language Support


All LADSE employees and our 15 member district staff and parents may attend free of charge.
To those outside of our membership area, an event fee of $100.00 per participant will be assessed for attending.


PRESENTER:  Douglas B. Petersen, PhD, CCC-SLP 

DATE:  Friday, November 3, 2017

TIME:  8:45 am - 4:00 pm  (Village Hall doors open at 8:30 am)

LOCATION:  LaGrange Village Hall, 53 S. LaGrange Road, LaGrange, IL  60525


Too many students do not sufficiently comprehend what they read, especially those with language impairment or who are culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse. Students who are at risk of reading comprehension problems can be identified and helped long before reading comprehension problems emerge. Multi-tiered models of differentiated instruction for decoding are ubiquitous in schools. However, educators and clinicians need measures and intervention curricula to be able to promote language comprehension with the same vigor as they do decoding skills. Without language tools, language differences and difficulties transform into reading comprehension problems. In this workshop, Dr. Petersen will introduce multi-tiered systems of language support (MTSLS), provide training on the Narrative Language Measures that monitor progress of listening and reading comprehension, and facilitate practice of small group narrative intervention using Story Champs, a multi-tiered intervention curriculum. Videos and audio samples will be used to promote hands on practice and interaction.



Continuing Education

Professional Development Clock Hours (ISBE): PD Clock Hours - 6
IDFPR (Continuing Education Units): Clock Hours - 7



LADSE is a Continuing Education Sponsor for Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists.

About Us


Dr Peterson


Dr. Petersen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University. He is a certified SLP with several years of clinical and research experience. His research is driven by a desire to greatly increase the prevalence of academic success for all children, including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. His research is focused on multi-tiered systems of support, principles of dynamic assessment, and their application to language and reading assessment and intervention. His work focuses on turning the complex arena of language into simple, efficient, and effective assessment and intervention procedures.


LaGrange Village Hall
53 S. LaGrange Road
LaGrange, IL 60525