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Highly Effective Strategies to Help SLPs Support Students with Reading and Language Deficits

(Grades PreK–12)

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Specifically Designed for Speech Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK 12

  • Learn advanced strategies to support reading skills in children with dyslexia, executive function disorders and language deficits
  • Develop practical techniques to improve decoding, spelling and sight word reading during your regular SLP therapy sessions
  • Learn the oral language skills essential to reading comprehension and practical techniques to address these skills
  • Develop effective strategies to build reading comprehension across content areas
  • Learn the role executive functions play in reading and ways to help your students become strategic readers
  • Observe video clips of therapy with real students and receive a resource handbook containing practical therapy techniques that can be implemented right away
ASHA CEUs Available

Practical Ideas and Strategies

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, your expertise in oral language and phonological skills makes you an invaluable member of the literacy team at your school. In this seminar, Karole “Kerry” Howland, an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist will share practical methods for assessing and treating reading skills in students with language disorders. You will learn effective, efficient and easy-to-implement techniques to identify children who are at risk for problems with decoding or reading comprehension.

Kerry will review current research about the language skills that strongly predict performance on state literacy exams and provide strategies to address these language skills in your daily therapy. This seminar will focus on practical, workable strategies that can be implemented in the context of Tiers 2 and 3 service delivery models with a special emphasis placed on reading in the content areas. You will leave with numerous ideas for helping students with moderate to severe reading and language deficits as well as ways to maximize your effectiveness as an SLP in the school(s) where you work.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. What Every SLP Should Know About Reading Deficits and How They Relate to Students
    Learn the different types of reading profiles you will see in children with dyslexia (specific reading disorder), receptive and expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and executive function disorders
  2. Learn About the Role of Word Recognition, Oral Language and Executive Functions in Reading
    Gain practical information about the reading assessments that your literacy specialist use and the different types of language skills that each assessment demands … Tailor your language assessment to best uncover the child’s unique profile
  3. Discover Advanced Strategies for Teaching Phonological Awareness
    Practical techniques to build phonological awareness in children who are slow to respond to Tier 2 support … Learn which skills are most important to address and which are not
  4. Expand Your Role as an SLP in Teaching Decoding and Spelling
    Utilize techniques to help children develop detailed lexical representations that include information about the word’s meaning, grammatical uses, spelling, and pronunciation within your current vocabulary lessons
  5. Expand Your Toolkit of Therapy Ideas Both Inside and Outside the Classroom Setting
    Learn practical and effective techniques to systematically help your students become strategic readers
  6. Align Your Therapy with the State Standards
    Discover what research says about oral language skills that are most predictive of a positive outcome on state literacy examinations … Evidence-based techniques to build the language skills that will help your students become skilled readers
  7. Push-in, Pull-out and Consultation
    Maximize your time as an SLP by learning how to most efficiently use pull-out sessions, when and how to work in the classroom and ways to coach teachers and paraprofessionals to address your language goals all week long
  8. Establish Yourself as a Key Team Member for Students with Reading Disorders
    Bring your unique expertise in language, phonology and pragmatics to the table in your consultations with classroom teachers and reading specialists
  9. Observe Video Clips and Work Samples of Real Students During Treatment
    Powerful video clips that illustrate assessment and therapy techniques with children similar to your own students/clients … See how it all works in action
  10. Receive an Extensive Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive SLP handbook filled with resources, worksheets and strategies presented throughout the seminar

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The neurological substrates of reading and how you can capitalize on neural plasticity to maximize your success in therapy
  • Practical ways to incorporate reading goals into all aspects of your oral language therapy
  • Advanced strategies for addressing phonological awareness systematically and hierarchically
  • How to coordinate your therapy with the reading programs your students use in the classroom and in their specialized reading interventions
  • What aspects of reading breakdown for children with the common communication disorders that SLPs treat every day
  • Efficient, practical methods for assessing reading comprehension in the context of your language evaluations
  • Current research about the language skills that most strongly predict success on state literacy exams
  • Specific ideas and strategies to strengthen the core language skills that allow your students to become good readers
  • How, when and why to use content-based vs. strategy-based approaches to improve reading performance
  • Practical therapy techniques that align with state standards
  • How your unique role as an SLP differentiates you from the reading teacher – and why you are such a key player on the team
  • Ideas for incorporating multi-disciplinary instruction in programs addressing decoding and reading comprehension
  • Strategies to help teachers and paraprofessionals carry over the work you are doing in therapy
  • How to use an integrated approach to reading and language therapy so you can address all your goals in the limited time you have with your students
  • Various ideas for setting up collaborative screening, prevention and treatment programs
  • Ideas to make therapy fun, engaging and effective for your students
  • Strategies to help content area teachers understand the language challenges your students face in learning their subject
  • How to teach your students to be strategic learners and to independently use the skills you teach
  • Receive a comprehensive handbook full of ideas and resources about reading development and disorders

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

For the past 20 years, I have been working with children who have challenges in reading and writing – basically, any child who has a language disorder. I love reading and can’t imagine any skill more important to teach! When I first started working on literacy skills, many teachers and school administrators expressed skepticism about why the SLP should have anything to do with a child’s reading problems. I’m thrilled to see how much our role as SLPs has expanded, and how widely our expertise in language and phonology is now recognized. Still, we have a long way to go! Many teachers and reading specialists do not realize that SLPs know about more than just phonological awareness. We can help with spelling, reading fluency and most especially, with reading comprehension and writing skills. Just recently, a social studies teacher expressed surprise when I mentioned that the SLP might be helpful to her in working with LD students who were having trouble understanding the complex sentences in the textbook.

With the new focus on reading in the content areas that is built into state standards, our role in literacy will likely expand even further. With so much already on our plate, we need a practical approach to addressing reading along with our oral language goals. What we don’t need is more work! What we do need is an integrated, easy-to-implement way to address reading in the context of our current therapy programs and effective strategies to teach other specialists what we know about language.

I have designed this seminar to show you highly effective ways that we, as SLPs, can support students with reading and language deficits. During the seminar we will explore how intertwined oral language and reading really are and how valuable your expertise is to the entire school team. We will look at different types of reading difficulties that your students with language disorders encounter across the curriculum, from recognizing the words on the page to understanding the content of the passage. The emphasis will be on practical, workable methods to evaluate students and to develop individualized and specialized treatment programs that can be implemented via direct therapy, whole class instruction and consultation. We will explore exciting new research that pinpoints the critical role of language in all aspects of reading and that identifies the language skills that are the strongest predictors of success on state literacy exams! The focus will be on developing new, innovative and evidence-based therapy approaches that can be effectively adapted and implemented in a variety of school settings. My goal is to send you home empowered with many new ideas to implement right away!

Karole A. Howland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

P.S. I know how valuable your time is, so my focus for the day will be on sharing practical strategies that work in today’s schools with today’s students.

Who Should Attend

Speech-Language Pathologists serving students in Grades PreK-12.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • Comprehensive descriptions of all skills and strategies addressed throughout the seminar, for easy reference
  • A review of research in reading including an extensive reference list
  • Numerous skill hierarchies to address all aspects of reading from phonological awareness to spelling to reading comprehension
  • Engaging sample worksheets to address a variety of the skills discussed in the seminar
  • An extensive list of helpful materials and programs
  • An appendix with the strategies outlined in this program applied to literature used in the classroom

CEU Info
This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs per day (Intermediate level, Professional area).

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BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

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