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Geri Theadore

Geri Theadore, a clinical associate professor, has been at URI since 1990. Her clinical interests include dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. She teaches courses in testing and measurement in speech-language pathology, multisensory approaches to language and literacy, pre-practicum in speech-language pathology, and counseling in communicative disorders. She supervises graduate students in child diagnostic and therapy clinic, and advises undergraduate students at University College.


Ms. Theadore is a Fellow-in-Training (FIT) of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). Under the supervision of Susan Santora, Fellow/AOGPE and director of Learning House in Guilford, Connecticut, an academy-accredited training program, Ms. Theadore is currently providing Orton-Gillingham training through the Communicative Disorders Department at URI. In addition to Orton-Gillingham coursework, the department is offering a specialized clinic for individuals with dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities using the Orton-Gillingham approach, with practicum opportunities for graduate students trained in this approach.


Ms. Theadore was involved in the implementation of two major federal grants, one for pre-service preparation in early intervention, and the other focused on an instructional approach for language and literacy development in Head Start classrooms. In addition to membership in ASHA, RISHA, and AOGPE, Ms. Theadore is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, and a licensed speech-language pathologist in Rhode Island and Connecticut.


Prior to coming to URI, Ms. Theadore worked as a speech-language pathologist at Bradley Hospital, a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in East Providence, RI. Ms. Theadore received her Bachelor's degree in elementary education and her Master's degree in speech-language pathology from URI.

Recent Publications

Weiss, A. & Theadore, G. (2011). (Eds.), Caregiver-Directed Approaches for Facilitating Social Communication Competencies in Children and Youth on and off the Autism Spectrum. Topics in Language Disorders, 31:3.


Weiss, A. & Theadore, G. (2011). Foreword: Caregiver-directed approaches for facilitating social communication competencies in children on and off the autism spectrum. Topics in Language Disorders, 31:3, 193-194.


Weiss, A. & Theadore, G. (2011). Involving parents in teaching social communication skills to young children. Topics in Language Disorders, 31:3, 195-209.


Theadore, G., Laurent, A., Kovarsky, D., & Weiss, A. (2011). Reflective practice: Using focus groups to determine family priorities and guide social pragmatic program development. Topics in Language Disorders, 31:3, 247-261.


Courses Taught

  • CMD 492 Special Problems

  • CMD 565 Pre-Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

  • CMD 569 Test and Measurement in Speech-Language Pathology

  • CMD 586X Multisensory Instruction in Language and Literacy (currently a Winter Term course offering)

  • CMD 594 Counseling in Communicative Disorders (every other fall semester)

  • CMD 598 Special Problems


The Department of Communicative Disorders is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Crais, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be our first guest speaker of the 2015-2016 academic year. The title of her talk is "Intervention for Children from Birth to Five with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please join us.
Her talk will take place on Monday, October 5th from 7-9 pm in CBLS 100.


Congratulations are in order to our graduates


Welcome to new and returning students


Orientation details for graduate students announced


New professor joins faculty in CMD


M.S. program re-accreditation details


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers