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Course Description & Learning Outcomes

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! 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the connection between language and early literacy development, and how the presence of speech and language disorders may impact literacy development

  2. Identify early literacy milestones from infancy through preschool

  3. 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



Course Presenters

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Liz & Stephanie Willis

Liz Willis is a pediatric speech therapist and behavior analyst in Northern New Jersey. She works full time for an educational organization in Pennsylvania, wearing several different hats. She is currently a telepractice coordinator, providing training and ongoing support to special educators that are delivering a variety of special education services and supports virtually. She also provides coaching and training on the use of ABA strategies to preschool teams working with students with autism. Liz owns a small private practice called Communication and Behavior Solutions. She provides direct service and consultation to clients in both NJ and PA. She also enjoys sharing tips and strategies for parents in the areas of speech and language, play, social skills, and more recently in the area of literacy development. Stephanie Willis is an elementary school media specialist, literacy specialist and former classroom teacher, also from the Northern NJ area. In her first several years of teaching, Stephanie developed a passion for teaching reading and writing, which led her to pursue a Masters in literacy instruction from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She enjoys teaching the foundations of reading and supporting her students in their development of more complex literacy skills. She also enjoys working closely with teachers and helping them to enhance their literacy instruction in the classroom. Stephanie shares her passion for all things literacy related with other educators and parents on her social media @theliteracyparty. Liz and Stephanie have recently joined forces to share their love for both language and literacy in their podcast: The Language and Literacy Collective.

Speaker Disclosures

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.”



 

Time Ordered Agenda

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



References & Resources

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.

Online Resources

The Language and Literacy Collective Podcast

@languageandliteracycollective

Instagram accounts that review children's books:  

@theliteracyparty

@hereweeread

@toddlers.who.read

@sunnyseedco

MILESTONES OF EARLY LITERACY DEVELOPMENT

Getting Your Child Ready for Reading and Writing



Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!




Reviews

5 star rating

Perfect intro to Language and Literacy

Tessa Simpson Gonyea

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.

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Language & Literacy

Lynn Smallwood

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.

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