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Methods for Screening, Assessing, and Profiling Spoken Language and Emergent Literacy Strengths and Weaknesses in Children in Young Children

November 10, 2020
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Sponsored by Ventris Learning

​The National Early Literacy Panel (2008) identified a number of factors that predict later reading ability in preschool children, including alphabet knowledge, phonological processing skills (e.g., phonological awareness, phonological memory), concepts of print, and oral language skills. Recent research (Snowling et al., 2016) underscored the importance of assessing phonological processing skills early when language impairment is suspected given the implications for later oral language and literacy development. Phonological processing skills, the factors that connect oral language and literacy (Kovelman et al., 2012), underlie communication skills addressed on speech-language pathology screening and assessment protocols. Phonological processing skills and other related assessment areas (e.g., alphabet knowledge, concepts of print, oral language) for detecting early literacy disorder as well as the role of the SLP in the assessment process will be discussed during this online chat. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify factors that predict later reading ability in young children
  • Describe key methods for screening and assessing spoken and written language in prekindergarten through first grade children
  • Discuss different profiles of spoken and written language strengths and weaknesses in preschool through first grade children and directions for intervention


  • Jaumeiko Coleman, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director of Clinical Services, Atlanta Speech School
  • Laurie M. Gauger, PhD, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Program, Director of University of Florida, Reading Disabilities Program Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • SallyAnn Giess, PhD, CCC-SLP, Clinical Educator, Communication Sciences and Disorders, California State University
  • Sunshine Moss, PhD, Director, The Homeschool Resource Center, Clinical Educator, University of Florida, Univited Elementary ProTeach Dual Certification Program

This free event is open to ASHA members, non-members, and students. It is not offered for CEUs.

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