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About the Speakers
Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP
Jesse works in both private practice and the public schools in the Tampa Bay area. He has dedicated his career to working with families and children with Dyslexia and other learning differences. He is an active member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). His areas of expertise include assessment and remediation of Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, and other conditions that may affect an individual’s ability to learn.

He has presented numerous workshops for parents, teachers, and administrators on topics including phonological awareness assessment and intervention, the simple view of reading as an instructional framework, anxiety and attention difficulties in children with Dyslexia, and navigating the response to intervention process for parents.

Colleen Crooms, Ph. D., NCSP
Colleen completed her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology: School Psychometrics. She has worked in private practice settings for the last six years in North Florida/South Georgia before she relocated to Clearwater. As a private practice psychologist, Colleen specializes in the evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. These include Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disorders, Attention Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Colleen is passionate about the assessment process as well as differentiating diagnoses in order to guide the most appropriate treatment. While at Oklahoma State University, she was member on several research teams to advance the knowledge on academic and behavioral interventions in the classroom. In addition to providing comprehensive evaluations, Colleen provides empirically supported treatment, school consultation, and/or service coordination.


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Mission: IDA-FL will be the state leader in the awareness and dissemination of current knowledge, research, and resources regarding dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities. We will provide guidance, based on the Science of Reading, that informs appropriate assessment, Structured Literacy instruction, and intervention. This information will be available to all stakeholders, including children and adults with dyslexia, their families, teachers, and related professionals.

Dyslexia is a language-based specific learning disability, that is neurobiological in origin. It affects the phonological component of language. Characteristics include difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, spelling, and decoding abilities. Students with dyslexia require Structured Literacy instruction, based on the Science of Reading. Click on What is Dyslexia above for a complete definition and more information.

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