Associate dean for teaching and learning supports Obama’s push for higher education

Wasserman says the new plan “will help develop curricula for children with learning disorders… for all levels of education.”

Published Feb. 26, 2009

President Obama, in a speech to the House and Senate, said “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is a prerequisite.” The new president vowed to throw the weight of the federal government (and presumably, the American people) behind efforts to get the U.S. to the top of the high school graduation rate list by 2020, and to encourage all Americans to seek out at least one year of college – both moves that the associate dean of Lynn’s Institute for Achievement and Learning will have trickle down affect.

Ted Wasserman, a pediatric neuropsychologist and the associate dean for teaching and learning in Lynn’s Institute for Achievement & Learning, applauded the president’s focus and determination. “Higher education is the culmination of the development of our youth,” says Wasserman. “President Obama’s focus on education will call upon pediatric neuropsychologists to help develop curricula for slow readers and other children with learning disorders. With more students entering college with documented learning disorders, understanding how to remediate and compensate for these problems is vital.”

Pediatric neuropsychology, a field that is currently seeing tremendous growth, focuses its research on finding ways to take knowledge about brain functioning and make it applicable to both children’s learning problems in schools and to what happens to children after they have experienced a brain injury. “Most recently,” said Wasserman, “research has identified that there are not specific types of learning disabilities. Rather, there are classes of learning disorders – each one a bit different than the next.”

“These finding have major implications for higher education,” says Wasserman. “The research has indicated that many students come to University with a lack of understanding of the various classes of these learning disorders. Specifically, students seem to lack executive management and attentional planning skills. At the Institute for Achievement and Leaning, we are continuously developing programs and models of intervention that address these issues.” 

Source: Wasserman, the associate dean at the Institute for Achievement and Learning at Lynn University, is a Florida licensed pediatric neuropsychologist. He sees children from the ages of 0–18 with a full range of medical and developmental anomalies. Wasserman is regularly retained and appointed in both civil matters, providing expertise to the court to help in determining the extent or existence of neurological and psychological impairment in forensic matters. In this role, Wasserman often speaks to the media on issues related to attention and learning disorders and their impact on school function, child custody issues and school psychological practice, language and executive function, behavior management and cognitive behavior therapy, Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, atypical developmental delays, seizures and traumatic brain injury.