You can listen to this course for free on most podcast players (Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, etc.). Once you have listened to the episode / course you can access the post-test and earn your certificate / ASHA CEUs using the links above.
Handout: The Language and Literacy Connection: A Beginner's Guide for Pediatric SLPsAn outline several pages long that includes main episode points, a reference list, and online resources. Included in annual subscription.
In this episode we had the great pleasure of welcoming Liz Willis, MS, CCC-SLP/L-BCBA and Stephanie Willis, MS, Literacy Specialist onto our show to discuss all things language and literacy. Throughout this episode they remind us that foundations of language play a critical role in literacy development, and while we as SLPs can play a unique and critical role in helping clients and students in improving literacy skills. Liz and Stephanie are sisters with a shared passion for literacy. You can learn more about them and their professional backgrounds here.
According to a 2001 position statement by ASHA, “the reciprocal and multiple relationships between spoken and written language make it appropriate for SLPs to play an integral role in helping children become literate.” Based on this statement and other similar recommendations from ASHA, it appears as though knowledge in the area of literacy is just one more thing to add to the very long list of what we are responsible for as SLPs. But have no fear, we are here to provide you with the information you need to know! In this episode we will provide a beginner’s guide to literacy development for SLPs. We will start by discussing the connection between language and literacy (spoiler alert: it’s very intertwined, especially in the early years), and how the presence of speech and language disorders can impact literacy development. We will also share literacy milestones from birth through preschool age, so that you know what to look for in the assessment or therapy process. Lastly, we will describe the speech therapist’s role in the area of literacy, as well as provide some fun and engaging ways to incorporate literacy-based activities into therapy with your younger population. Our overall goal is to equip you with the foundational knowledge you need to feel confident and excited about supporting your EI and preschool age clients in this area!
Explain the connection between language and early literacy development, and how the presence of speech and language disorders may impact literacy development
Identify early literacy milestones from infancy through preschool
Describe the speech therapist's role in the area of literacy and how to incorporate literacy-based activities into therapy in early intervention through preschool
Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG.
Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Kate is an employee of a public school system and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.
Liz Willis financial disclosures: Liz is an employee of a public education entity and owner of Communication and Behavior Solutions. Liz Willis non-financial disclosures: Liz hosts the podcast “The Language and Literacy Collective.” Liz also is a Member of ASHA and the BACB.
Stephanie Willis financial disclosures: Stephanie is an employee of a public school system. Stephanie also owns a teachers pay teachers store (@theliteracyparty). Stephanie Willis non-financial disclosures: Stephanie hosts the podcast “The Language and Literacy Collective.”
10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures
20 minutes: Review of how to replicate on-site elements into a tele-practice environment
15 minutes: Review and discussion of ways to support engagement in a live, synchronous session
10 minutes: Review and discussion of on-site tools that can support tele-engagement
5 minutes: Closing Remarks
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2001). Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists With Respect to Reading and Writing in Children and Adolescents [Technical Report]. Available from https://www.asha.org/policy/ps2001-00104/
Roth, F.P., Paul, D.R., & Pierotti, A.M. (2006). Emergent Literacy: Early Reading and Writing Development. Let’s Talk: For People with Special Communication Needs, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Retrieved from: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/emergent-literacy/
Sices, L., Taylor, H.G., Freebairn, L., Hansen, A., Lewis, B. Relationship between speech-sound disorders and early literacy skills in preschool-age children: impact of comorbid language impairment. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2007; 28(6):438-447. doi:10.1097/DBP.0b013e31811ff8ca
Spracher M. M. (2000). Learning about literacy: Speech-language pathologists play key role in reading, writing. The ASHA Leader, 5(1), 1–19.
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Speakers were knowledgeable about connections between language and literacy. Resources were stated for further learning potential.
Speakers were knowledgeable about connections between language and literacy. Resources were stated for further learning potential.Read Less
It was very informative and I enjoyed listening to both ladies talk about how then collaborate and the benefits.
It was very informative and I enjoyed listening to both ladies talk about how then collaborate and the benefits.Read Less