OCSLHA

Oakland County Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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HERE'S WHAT WE CAN DO

Prevent Written Language Problems

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help to foster language acquisition and pre-literacy (pre-reading)

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either directly or indirectly

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phonology and phonological processing

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joint book reading

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 sense of story - beginning, middle, end, plot, characters - listen to it, talk about it

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hook up writing and speaking early - draw pictures, add words -  include more print during therapy

  Identify Children at Risk for Reading and Writing Problems

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collaborate with teachers and parents to show them the connection between talking and reading/writing

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track students who you suspect might have difficulty down the road

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participate on pre-referral teams

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observe in classrooms to see the language involved in a particular curriculum

Assess Reading and Writing

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can be formal or informal depending on your comfort zone, i.e. if you administer the OWLS you might also administer the written portion; if you’re familiar with the CTOPP, that might help the team

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contribute all you know about the student’s sound awareness, discourse skills, listening abilities, see where they might fit into the reading and/or writing process, such as decoding, comprehending, spelling, organizing discourse, formulating thoughts

Provide Intervention and Document Outcomes for Reading and Writing

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make sure your therapy goals are relevant to the curriculum (vocabulary, developmental, discourse)

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match your intervention goals to the student’s areas of weakness for reading and writing, i.e. phonological, sequential, formulation

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teach self-advocacy skills to older students, it’s similar to students who have processing difficulties, “Can you show me what I have to write?”, “You said to write about x, I don’t understand what you mean.”

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document what works and doesn’t

Assume Other Roles

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collaborate with school literacy projects

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provide assistance to teachers, parents and the community showing the link between spoken language, reading and writing

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Literacy Survey

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Literacy Interventions

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Early Identification

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Here's What We Can Do

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SLP Role in Reading and Writing

 

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