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The SLP’s Role in Contributing to Early Successful Literacy Development in Young Children At-Risk for Academic Difficulties

September 23, 2020
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Sponsored by Ventris Learning

Years of research indicate that robust listening and speaking skills (i.e., oral language) are key factors in reading and writing development (i.e., written language, a.k.a., literacy) (Chang & Monaghan, 2019; National Early Literacy Panel, 2008). Speech-language pathologists’ (SLPs’) strong background in oral language makes them important members of teams that identify and treat early signs of later literacy difficulty. SLP provision of preschool-based oral language therapy in areas, such as oral narrative skills and vocabulary acquisition, within language facilitation models, such as milieu teaching and responsive teaching, can add notably to efforts to bolster pre-literacy and early literacy abilities (Suggate et al., 2018; Walker et al, 2020). Addressing oral language and literacy difficulties early is paramount given that they are the primary vehicles for K-12 academic achievement. During this online chat, the role of the SLP in pre-literacy and early literacy efforts will be discussed.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss key components of models and frameworks that highlight the interconnection between spoken language (listening and speaking) and written language (reading and writing).
  • Describe the role of speech-language pathologists in early identifying spoken language disorders and indicators of reading difficulty and disability.
  • Locate ASHA resources that address assessment and intervention of spoken and written language disorders.


  • 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 all ASHA members. It is not offered for CEUs.

Check out our pre-meeting from last week.

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