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About the Author of the Reading Screening

David P. Hurford is the creator of the Reading Screening. He received his doctorate with a major in Developmental Psychology from the University of Akron in 1988, where he specialized in reading difficulties/dyslexia. Over the course of Dr. Hurford’s career, he has developed many research-based strategies to help individuals with reading difficulties/dyslexia become competent readers. His experience in the development of reading strategies for children has been paramount to the success of the Reading Screening.

Dr. Hurford acts as the president for CARRD, Inc. a nonprofit dedicated to the assessment and remediation of reading difficulties/dyslexia. He also directs the Center for Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia (Center for READing), a university-based center at Pittsburg State University that engages in the research and development of assessment and intervention protocols. Families from the region in addition to school systems utilize the services of the Center for READing.

Along with his university students, Dr. Hurford has authored many articles which have been published in the most prestigious scientific journals related to reading. He was also the recipient of the distinguished Spencer Fellowship from the National Academy of Education. During his fellowship tenure, Dr. Hurford investigated the strategies that eventually became the basis for many of the programs used at the Center for READing and CARRD, Inc.

It is Dr. Hurford’s sincere hope that the Reading Screening will help identify your child’s reading difficulties and that this information will prove useful in your pursuit to provide the best possible reading training for your child.

Published Articles (Related to Reading):

Fehrenbach, L. A., Hurford, D. P., Fehrenbach, C. R., Brannock, R. G. (1998). Developing the emergent literacy of preschool children through a library outreach program. Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, 12, 40-45.
Hurford, D. P. (1990). Training phonemic segmentation ability with a phonemic discrimination intervention in second- and third-grade children with reading disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 23, 564-569.
Hurford, D. P. (1991). The possible use of IBM-compatible computers and digital-to-analog conversion to assess children for reading disabilities and to increase their phonemic awareness. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 23, 319-323.
Hurford, D. P. (1995). The prevention and remediation of reading disabilities. Pittsburg State University Magazine, 6(2).
Hurford, D. P., Darrow, L. J., Edwards, T. L., Howerton, C. J., Mote, C. R., Schauf, J. D., & Coffey, P. (1993). An examination of the phonemic processing abilities in children during their first-grade year. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 26, 167-177.
Hurford, D. P., Gilliland, C., & Ginavan, S. (1992). Examination of the intrasyllable phonemic discrimination deficit in children with reading disabilities, Contemporary Educational Psychology, 17, 83-88.
Hurford, D. P., Johnston, M., Nepote, P., Hampton, S., Moore, S., Neal, J., Mueller, A., McGeorge, K., Huff, L., Awad, A., Tatro, C., Juliano, C., & Huffman, D. (1994). Early identification and remediation of phonological processing deficits in first-grade children at risk for reading disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 27, 647-659.
Hurford, D. P., Lasater, K. A., Erickson, S. E., & Kiesling, N. E. (in press). Examination of the diurnal assumptions of the Test of Variables of Attention for elementary students. Journal of Attention Disorders.
Hurford, D. P., Lindskog, C. O., Cole, A., Jackson, R., Jones, S. & Wade, A. (2010).The role of school climate in school violence: A validity study of a web-based school violence survey. Journal of Educational Research and Policy Studies, 10, 51-77.
Hurford, D. P., Lindskog, C. O., & Mallett, S. L. (2001). School violence: Issues and strategies for prevention. In D. Sandhu (Ed.), Faces of violence: Psychological correlates, concepts, and intervention strategies (23-43). Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Hurford, D. P., Potter, T. S., & Hart, G. S. (2002). Examination of three techniques for identifying first-grade children at risk for difficulty in word identification with an emphasis on reducing the false negative error rate. Reading Psychology, 23(3), 159-180.
Hurford, D. P., & Sanders, R. E. (1990). Assessment and remediation of a phonemic discrimination deficit in reading disabled second- and fourth-graders. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 50, 396-415.
Hurford, D. P., & Sanders, R. E. (1995). Phonological recoding ability in young children with reading disabilities. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 20, 121-126.
Hurford, D. P., Schauf, J. D., Blaich, T., Bunce, L. & Moore, K. (1994). Early identification of children at risk for reading disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 27, 371-382.
Hurford, D. P., & Shedelbower, A. (1993). The relationship between discrimination and memory ability in children with reading disabilities. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 18, 101-113.
Khuvasanond, K., Sildus, T. I., Hurford, D. P., & Lipka, R. P. (2010). Comparative approaches to teaching English as a second language in the United States and English as a foreign language in Thailand. Proceedings of the International Conference on Lanugage, Society, and Culture in Asian Contexts. Centre for Study of Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India.
Lipka, R. P., Hurford, D. P., & Litten, M. J. (1992). Self in school: Age and school experience effects. In R. P. Lipka & T. M. Brinthaupt (Eds.), Self prospectives across the life span (93-115). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Lynch, S., Hurford, D. P., & Cole, A. (2002). Parental enabling attitudes and locus of control of at-risk and honors students. Adolescence, 37(147), 527-550.
Moore, C., & Hurford, D. P. (1998). Reactions of Students to a Brief Message Viewed on Commercial Television Concerning Homework. National Forum of Applied Educational Research, 11E(3) 113-119.

Paper Presentations (Related to Reading):

Dishman-Horst, M., Sagehorn, A., & Hurford D. P. (2009, October). School is a six-hour inconvenience Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Dubois, H. A., & Hurford, D. P. (2000, March). Phonemic discrimination training: Comparing computer presentation and person administration models. Paper presented at the Annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.
Hurford, D. P. (1989, April). Phonemic discrimination and segmentation ability in disabled readers. Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association 35th Annual Meeting. Houston, TX.
Hurford, D. P. (1990, November). The possible use of IBM-compatible computers and digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion to assess children for reading disabilities and to increase their ability to engage in phonemic awareness. Paper presented at the Society for Computers in Psychology 20th Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
Hurford, D. P. (1994, February). Research on phonological processing skills and predictors of reading problems. Paper presented at 13th Annual Central States School Psychology Conference, Tulsa, OK.
Hurford, D. P. (1995, November). The prevention of reading disabilities. Invited address presented at the Association of Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas Convention, Pittsburg, KS.
Hurford, D. P. (1998, May). The identification and intervention program. Invited address presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Hurford, D. P. (2002, November). Using the test of variables of attention in the assessment of ADHD. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Hurford, D. P. (2005, June). A web-based reading screening system designed for parents, teachers, and professionals. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Technology and the Classroom Conference, Galena, KS.
Hurford, D. P. (2005, November). Overcoming reading disabilities: The Center for the Assessment and Remediation of Reading Difficulties. Keynote address presented at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kansas Convention, Topeka, KS.
Hurford, D. P. (2007, January). The prevention of reading difficulties: Assessment and intervention. Paper presented at the United School Administrators of Kansas Conference, Wichita, KS.
Hurford, D. P. (2007, February). Assessment of reading difficulties should include evaluation of ADHD. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Kansas City, MO.
Hurford, D. P. (2008, March). Linguistic phonics: Teaching young children to read I. Paper presented at the Oklahoma Child Care Association Annual Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
Hurford, D. P. (2008, March). Linguistic phonics: Teaching young children to read II. Paper presented at the Oklahoma Child Care Association Annual Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
Hurford, D. P. (2010, November). Early literacy programs designed to eliminate reading failure. Paper presented at the Achievement Gap Conference, Chicago, IL.
Hurford, D. P. (2010, November). Results of a sensory linguistic phonics kindergarten curriculum. Paper presented at the Achievement Gap Conference, Chicago, IL.
Hurford, D. P., Bailey, P. M., & Bangera, A. D. (1988, November). Training phonemic segmentation ability with a phonemic discrimination intervention: A preliminary investigation. Paper presented at the Association of Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas Convention, Emporia, KS.
Hurford, D. P., Carlson, R. K., & Hartwig, M. D. (1989, March). Phonemic discrimination and phonemic awareness training in second- and third- grade disabled readers. Paper presented at the Kansas Psychological Association Convention, Topeka, KS.
Hurford, D. P., Dubois, H., & Keegan, B. (2003, November). The development of a web-based reading screening system designed for parents and professionals. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
Hurford, D. P., Dubois, H., Keegan, B., & Lumley, J. (2005, February). The development of a web-based reading screening system. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Hurford, D. P., Gilliland, C., & Ginavan, S. (1989, November). Phonemic processing in second-third-and fourth-grade disabled readers. Paper presented at the Association of Educational and Psychological Research in Kansas Convention, Pittsburg, KS.
Hurford, D. P., Hurford, T. E., & Elliott, A. C. (2011, September). Do you think that your child might have Dyslexia or ADHD but you are not sure? Everything that you wanted to know about the relationship between Dyslexia and ADHD but no one would answer. Paper presented at the 9th Biennial International Conference on Children and Youth with Behavioral Disorders, New Orleans, LA .
Hurford, D. P., Hurford, T. E., & Elliott, A. C. (2012, January). Teaching all children to read: The Secret Codes curriculum. Paper presented at the United School Administrators of Kansas Conference, Wichita, KS.
Hurford, D. P., Hurford, T. E., Elliott, A. C., & Butts, S. R. (2012, February). The vital role of an objective measure of attention to assess ADHD: Administering and interpreting the TOVA. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO.
Hurford, D. P., Keegan, B. F., & Evans, C. (2003, February). Assessment and remediation of reading difficulties: The prevention of many social dilemmas. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO.
Hurford, D. P., & Lasater, K. A. (2008, November). Overcoming reading disabilities/dyslexia: The Center for the Assess and Remediation of Reading Difficulties. Paper presented at the Developing Successful Youth Conference. Springfield, MO.
Hurford, D. P., & Lasater, K. A. (2009, January). ADHD: What administrators need to know. Paper presented at the United School Administrators of Kansas Conference, Wichita, KS.
Hurford, D. P., & Lasater, K. A. (2009, February). Teaching all children to read: The case for linguistic phonics. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Hurford, D. P., & Lasater, K. A. (2009, September). Why do dyslexia and ADHD get confused: What parents, teachers and administrators need to know. Paper presented at the Developing Successful Youth Conference. Springfield, MO.
Hurford, D. P., & Lasater, K. A. (2009, November). An unfortunate confusion of dyslexia and ADHD: What parents, teachers and administrators need to know. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
Hurford, D. P., & Lasater, K. A. (2010, October). Why an evaluation of ADHD is critical for a diagnosis of dyslexia: What parents, teachers and administrators need to know. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Hurford, D. P., & Lasater, K. A. & Erickson, S. E. (2011, February). Fidelity to a comprehensive evaluation of reading difficulties/dyslexia and attention eliminate the potential for misidentification. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Hurford, D. P., Lasater, K. A., Erickson, S. E. & Hurford, T. E. (2011, January). Using the Reading Screening to assess reading problems. Paper presented at the United School Administrators of Kansas Conference, Wichita, KS.
Hurford, D. P., & Lumley, J. (2004, November). The prevention of reading difficulties in young children: The IIP. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Hurford, D. P., Lumley, J, & Ibbetson, A. (2005, November). Assessment of reading difficulties should include an assessment of ADHD. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference, Denver, CO.
Hurford, D. P., & Neidhardt, K. (2010, October). Is it possible to prevent reading difficulties? The results of a multisensory, multi-tier linguistic phonics kindergarten curriculum. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Hurford, D. P., & Swopes, R. M. (2008, January). Assessment of reading difficulties should include the evaluation of ADHD. Paper presented at the United School Administrators of Kansas Conference, Wichita, KS.
Lindskog, C. O., Hurford, D. P., Burks, J., & Sack, D. (1994, February). Environmentally disadvantaged kindergartners: The effects of an extended day program and social skills training. Poster presented at 13th Annual Central States School Psychology Conference, Tulsa, OK.
Lindskog, C. O., Hurford, D. P., Burks, J., & Bures, J. (1996, March). Skills training for environmentally-deprived kindergartners. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.
Lindskog, C. O., Hurford, D. P., Butman, M., & Cunningham, R. (1998, April). Skills training for environmentally-deprived kindergartners. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.
Runyan, K., Sparks, R., Hurford, D. P., & Lipka, R. D. (1994, October). Needs assessment to train preservice teachers using a factor analytic assessment instrument. Paper presented at the Midwestern Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
Runyan, K., Sparks, R., Lipka, R. D., & Hurford, D. P. (1995, October). Using a needs assessment instrument to train preservice teachers: Using a factor analytic study to refine a needs assessment instrument. Paper presented at the Midwestern Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
Runyan, K., Sparks, R., Hurford, D. P., & Lipka, R. P. (1996, October). Developmental stages of preservice and early career teachers through needs assessment. Paper presented at the 1996 annual meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
Runyan, K., Sparks, R., Hurford, D. P., Lipka, R. D., McDougle, K., & Adams, S. (1997, February). Identification of preservice and early career teacher developmental stages through needs assessment. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators, Washington, D. C.
Runyan, K., Sparks, R., Hurford, D. P., & Lipka, R. P. (1997, October). Developmental stages of teaching: Moving from establishing structures to the art of teaching. Paper presented at the 1997 annual meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
Wood, J. & Hurford, D. P. (2006, November). The ADHD assessment clinic for physicians. Poster presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Curricula (Related to Reading):

Hurford, D. P. (2010). Secret Codes. A reading curriculum for young children. Pittsburg, KS: DEPCO, LLC.
Hurford, D. P. & Hurford, S. K. (2010). Literacy component of the Block Academy: Preschool Curriculum. Pittsburg, KS: DEPCO, LLC.

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