Languages Department
Learning Differences Conference 2013

Pratt, Susan, Ph.D.
Academic Development Center
Salve Regina University, RI, USA

Dr. Susan Pratt has been working with students with learning and other disabilities since 1981, from elementary school through graduate school. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and a Doctorate in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Susan worked/administered a college program for students with learning disabilities in Boston for over 20 years, and now serves as Director of the academic support programs, including services for students with disabilities, at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.

Although a program director by day, Susan considers herself to be a learning specialist and student advocate at heart, making intense study of how learning occurs in the normal-developing brain as well as in the brain that struggles to process information in traditional ways. Using a strength-based, person-centered and brain-compatible approach to learning, students learn to take charge of their lives and their learning and are then able to follow their dreams wherever they lead - be it college or elsewhere.  It is at this juncture between high school and college that students with learning differences may sometimes falter, due to the daunting and confusing process, the documentation dilemmas, the dramatic changes in academic environments and the many expectations. Susan’s extensive experience in this area along with her pragmatic, compassionate and student-centered approach makes this process comprehensible to students, their teachers and their families, and offers students the very real hope of making strong, happy and successful transitions to the next stage of their lives.