Webinar: How to get the most out of TILLS

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Original broadcast: December 10, 2015

The Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills™ (TILLS™) is a groundbreaking new comprehensive assessment that can be used to diagnose language and literacy disorders, including learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia), among school-age students ages 6-18 years who are struggling with language and literacy in academic or social contexts.

Nickola Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Presented by Nickola Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, TILLS Lead Developer

This webinar focuses on using design features unique to TILLS that allow you to assess a student’s oral and written language using a scientifically sound quadrant model. This model is based on research that shows that contrasts based on language levels (i.e., sound/word versus sentence/discourse) are more useful for differentiating students’ strengths and needs than earlier contrasts, such as receptive versus expressive or oral language versus written language.

In this webinar, participants will learn

  • how TILLS subtests assess language levels using parallel tasks across communication modalities
  • how to interpret patterns of students’ strengths and needs, and
  • how to use information from the Student Language Scale to know what to prioritize when planning intervention.

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Learner objectives: After participating in this webinar, learners will be able to

  • Sketch and describe the components of the quadrant model based on sound/word and sentence/discourse language levels and discuss the patterns and implications of the four quadrants
  • Look at example TILLS profiles and decide whether they suggest the need to prioritize intervention focused on sound/word level abilities, sentence/discourse/vocabulary abilities, or both
  • Discuss other factors, including SLS input, the student’s age, and grade-level Common Core curriculum standards, that may influence priorities about what to do next