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Promoting Language via Oral Storytelling

Storytelling is a sophisticated and academically important language skill that combines both comprehension and expression. The importance of storybook reading is often emphasized over oral storytelling, but when books are less accessible, the power of oral storytelling can be used to promote children’s language skills. Read More

Bilingual Assessment Webinar

When we evaluation bilingual children who are suspected of having DLD, it is important to consider both languages. Yet, given the shortage of bilingual SLPs it is important to know what we can glean from testing in one language and how reliable that information might be given children’s level of exposure to their home language and the school language. Dr. Elizabeth Peña will talk about instances in which we can make fairly good diagnostic decisions when testing in English and how the home language can be considered in making diagnostic decisions. Read More

A Comprehension Check-Up

Comprehension is a complex task that involves multiple processes and skills. Informed instruction is only possible when educators understand how written language conveys meaning. Take a few minutes and check your comprehension fitness with this coffee chat from Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed. Read More

Essential Co-Teaching Tip Sheets

Share these four practical tip sheets—adapted from How to Co-Teach by Elizabeth Potts & Lori Howard—with fellow co-teachers during the school hiatus, and use them to help enrich your teaching partnerships when classes resume! Read More

5 Language & Literacy Tools You Might Not Know About (But Should!)

Did you know there’s a reliable assessment tool for determining whether a young bilingual child’s language difficulties are due to a delay or limited exposure to English? We’ll introduce you to BESA™ (Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment™) and four other essential screening and assessment tools in this month’s feature article. Read More

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Read this excerpt from Augmentative & Alternative Communication to get a preview of the first chapter: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Processes for Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs. Read More

8 Tips for Book Reading with Young Children

Reading with young children can help to support their language and literacy development in early childhood. Use these tips, adapted from Connecting Through Talk, to help you make the most of your shared reading time with your young ones. Read More