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This page introduces the topic of slow processing, what we believe to be one of the least understood and least researched phenomena of learning disability and emotional and behavioral disturbance.  At the same time we believe it is one of the most significant contributors to student failure and behavioral disruption.  As of September, 2010, as we create this page, we have found very little literature on the topic and no actual research. 

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Virtual Consultant is here!   We are actively developing the section of the website that will allow families to use this website in lieu of a private consultant.   Follow the link at the beginning of this paragraph to keep current on the development of that service. 

For that reason, we are turning this section of our website into an online symposium on this topic.   We solicit articles from educators, psychologists, parents, and last but not least, students who have survived slow processing.  We welcome comments from the general public.  Please bring to our attention relevant articles elsewhere on the web so we can link them, and references to non-web publications that are relevant, so we can call attention to them. 

Our latest major addition to this symposium is from Dr. Justin Carter at Telos.   Dr. Carter has pointed out that rigidity is a possible product of a slow processing issue and that can lead to a misdiagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder. 

We are particularly grateful to Merridee Michelsen, Ph. D., for contributing our first on-point written explanation for publication from a true expert, allowing us to get this  discussion topic off the ground. 

We appreciate the recent suggestion from Educational Consultant Lucy Pritzker that we include a link to information on slow processing from the Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario.   We believe the grounding in this article might persuade some skeptics. 

As of August 2013, we will be putting our internal information on this topic in the new Members' Area, but articles from outside contributors remain open to the general public. 

We  begin with the following items.  Please send us more.  We are especially interested in research, case studies, and first person accounts of students who have experienced difficulties with slow processing.  But anything on-topic will be welcome.   Alternative points of view are particularly welcome. 

You can also view this page in the Members' Area of this website, whether or not you are a current member. Click on this paragraph to do so. 

Members may see schools and programs that we believe adhere to recommendations of Dr. Michelson and of FamilyLight by clicking on this sentence.  (Non-members will go to promotional page for membership) 

Original Articles:

Merridee Michelson, Ph. D., on Slow Processing

Tom Croke on Slow Processing

Justin Carter, Psy.D., on Slow Processing and Rigidity

Analogy Describing Experience of Child or Young Adult with Slow Processing Speed

Outside Links to information on Slow Processing:

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario on Slow Processing 

Tutorial: Slow Information Processing (due to brain injury)  This was prepared by The Brain Injury Association of New York State

Supportive Resources:

Assistive Technology

Rick Lavoie's Fat City and other resources

Feedback is invited. Submissions are invited. We will publish feedback in good taste. See our Rules for Submissions.  Email

Disclaimer: No  program review, no matter how positive, is a blanket endorsement. No criticism is a blanket condemnation.  When we express our level of confidence in a school or program, that is our subjective opinion with which others might reasonably disagree.  When we assert something as fact, we have done our best to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that all of our information is accurate and up to date. When we address compliance with our guidelines, you need to remember that these are only OUR guidelines -- not guidelines from an official source.  We have also set the bar very high, and do not expect any school or program to be in total compliance.  It is not appropriate to draw a conclusion of impropriety (or even failure to live up to conventional wisdom) from our lack of confidence in a school or program or from less than perfect conformity to our guidelines.  Some will say we expect too much. Readers are responsible for verifying accuracy of information supplied here prior to acting upon it. We are not responsible for inaccuracies.


Last updated 8/19/2012, main text; box revision 2/4/2013;minor edit 8/5/2013; Link to search function for members added on 1/2/2014


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