Dr. Richard Cooper Profile
Richard Cooper, Ph.D., Director and Founder of the Center for Alternative Learning, earned his doctorate in Education at the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling at Inter American University in Puerto Rico. Richard Cooper is also the owner of Learning disAbilities Resources, a firm which produces and distributes educational and motivational materials for individuals with learning differences. He established these organizations to provide services for individuals with learning disabilities and their families, teachers and other professionals interested in learning problems.
Dr. Cooper is the author of a number of books and articles about learning disabilities, problems and differences. His most recent publication is Alternative Math Techniques: When Nothing Else Seems To Work, for elementary school teachers and teachers of special education students of all ages. He has developed a number of teaching methods and instructional tools for individuals who learn differently and he is internationally known as a speaker and instructor on a wide range of topics about learning problems and techniques for helping both children and adults to improve their skills. Dr. Cooper has presented at national and international conferences and summer teacher training institutes around the country. In addition he has conducted courses for adult education teachers and training workshops for facilities at many colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and around the country. Dr. Cooper is a frequent speaker at elementary, secondary and technical schools in-service days. He has developed a number of graduate level courses on learning problems for teachers which he has offered at Penn State University, the University of South Carolina, Louisiana State University, and Universities in South and North Dakota.
As part of his private practice, Dr. Cooper conducts screening for learning problems and disabilities, specialized tutoring for children and adults who learn differently and counseling to help individuals and families deal with the issues which often arise when a person has a learning problem. He is on staff at a mental hospital where he provides educational therapy. Since Dr. Cooper is bilingual he also provides these services and conducts training in Spanish.
Dr. Cooper is the past president and current treasurer of the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs; he also was a founding board member of this organization. Dr. Cooper was a member of the U.S. Observer Delegation to the 5th International UNESCO Conferences on Adult Education in July 1997 in Hamburg, Germany and spoke at the International Dyslexia Conference, August 2002, in Uppsala, Sweden.