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Speech-Language Pathologists: The SLP's Unique Role in Supporting Students with DYSLEXIA and Other Language-Based Learning Disorders

NEW Seminar Presented By
Margo Kinzer Courter, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Speech-Language Pathologist, Author and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Grades K-12

  • Powerful, current techniques for SLPs to assess, identify and treat language-based learning disorders including dyslexia
  • Highly impactful therapy and instructional strategies that build foundational skills and support literacy success for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties
  • Practical and effective treatment strategies to serve students with dyslexia or literacy development delays due to language disorders
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook full of techniques, ideas and strategies you can use immediately to support students with language disorders

Practical Strategies and Materials

Amid state and national legislation and calls for screening students for dyslexia, SLPs can play a vital role in supporting students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders. Experienced speech-language pathologist, Margo Kinzer Courter, will share valuable strategies and information unique for SLPs. The focus will be on practical strategies you can easily implement for the areas of language needed for successful literacy development.

Receive practical strategies and therapy techniques that will enhance your collaboration with classroom teachers, resource teachers and other special educators. Explore insightful methods for supporting students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders. Discover some of the most highly effective treatment strategies that can positively impact students' language and literacy skills. You will gain practical strategies that can be utilized in the classroom or in one-to-one therapy treatment to support acquisition of core speech and language skills.

At the end of the day, you will feel better equipped for your role in literacy development and dyslexia and will be armed with an overflowing toolbox of powerful therapy strategies you can use immediately.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Highly Effective Strategies for Students with Dyslexia and Other Language-Based Learning Disorders
    Discover numerous ready-to-use therapy materials and strategies to promote students' literacy skills and academic success … Gain preventative, preemptive strategies for helping students avoid reading difficulty
  2. Help Your Students with Dyslexia Build Foundational Literacy Skills
    Explore the connections between morphology and phonology with reading fluency and accuracy, and important implications for your therapy intervention … Build the foundational literacy skills of students with language disorders and dyslexia
  3. Discover How Dyslexia Impacts Several Domains of Language
    Connect your language therapy with strategies for morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics, and metalinguistic skills … Expand your goals and strategies with an eye on the impact of these areas on reading and writing
  4. Support Language and Learning with Executive Function Treatment Strategies
    Learn how planning, organizing, sequencing and other executive functions impact reading and writing skills
  5. Increase the Success of Your Consultation, Tier III or Therapy Services
    Incorporate practical strategies to help you more efficiently and effectively provide consultative, multitiered systems of support or direct therapy services … Incorporate key language skills needed to drive literacy growth
  6. Improve Phonemic and Phonological Awareness Skills
    Learn about the skills necessary to discriminate sounds correctly for literacy development … Explore powerful and practical techniques you can use in your therapy
  7. Strengthen Literacy Development for Students with Speech Sound Disorders
    Explore the impact of delayed speech sound development on literacy skills … Strengthen highly effective morphology and phonology strategies into your articulation therapy
  8. Enhance Students' Sound/Symbol, Written Word and Vocabulary Usage
    Apply strategies for retrieval including visual phonics, vocabulary storage and retrieval … Understand rapid automatic naming and the implications for retrieval disorders
  9. Increase Support for Students with Dyslexia and Other Language-Based Disorders
    Specific strategies to strengthen the collaborative partnership and consultation with staff in better supporting students with language-based learning disorders such as dyslexia
  10. Receive an Extensive Language Therapy Resource Handbook
    You'll leave with a detailed language therapy resource handbook, specifically designed for this seminar and packed with step-by-step activities, materials and resources for supporting students with dyslexia and other language-based disorders

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Current, most pertinent information about the SLP's unique role in supporting students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders
  • Assessment tools for SLPs for phonemic and phonological awareness skills, plus resources to make information gathering easier
  • Comorbid disorders that impact language and learning
  • Retrieval strategies for sound/symbol, spoken and written words
  • Six spelling patterns to add to your strategies for phonological awareness, and phonics rules you can integrate into your therapy
  • Speech sound errors and the impact on phonemic and phonological awareness
  • How best to help your students through a multi-disciplinary approach … effective language disorder interventions and strategies you can equip school staff to use
  • The impact of morphosyntax on reading comprehension and strategies for phonemic and phonological awareness
  • MTSS/RTI strategies and interventions that are easily implemented into the classroom
  • Inflectional and derivational morphology and its impact on segmenting syllables and vocabulary knowledge
  • The educational impact of language skills on language-based learning disabilities like dyslexia
  • Ways SLPs can improve evaluation, treatment and management outcomes for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Dyslexia can be defined as a language-based learning disability. We know that students with dyslexia have trouble with morphology, phonemic awareness (sound recognition), and phonological awareness (blending, segmenting, and manipulating sounds) which then impacts reading accuracy and fluency. Students may also struggle with reading comprehension, spelling and writing, which relies on morphosyntax development.

According to ASHA, through our Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools, we are called to highlighting language and literacy as current research supports the interrelationships across the language processes of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

With our knowledge as speech-language pathologists of phonemic/phonological awareness and word retrieval, we can impact reading fluency and accuracy. With our knowledge in morphosyntax and metalinguistic skills, we can impact reading comprehension.
A few of the topics I will cover during our day together include:

  • Characteristics of language areas that impact literacy development
  • Powerful techniques to target morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics, retrieval and metalinguistic skills for literacy development
  • Detailed strategies for comorbid diagnosis such as executive dysfunction
  • Impact of speech disorders on literacy development
  • Specific ways in which you can be a more effective and supportive member of a multitiered systems of support team and/or collaborate more effectively with classroom teachers
  • And much, much more!

I am excited to share practical, timesaving ideas with you and to work with you to better serve students who struggle with literacy development. My goal is to use our time together in the most efficient manner. Therefore, the seminar day will be fast-paced and focused on specific ways to increase and enhance your effectiveness as an SLP working with this unique and exciting population, whether in a one-to-one situation or a whole classroom setting.

I promise, you will leave with an expanded toolkit of ideas and a fresh perspective on how to better serve children with dyslexia.

Margo Kinzer Courter

P.S. This seminar is filled with quick and easy-to-implement ideas that you can use immediately!

Who Should Attend

Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Grades K-12


This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

ASHA Approved

Special Benefits of Attending:

  1. You'll Receive an Extensive Language Therapy Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical, research-based therapy strategies and classroom activities for supporting students who have or may have dyslexia or other language-based learning disorders
    • Important information on what dyslexia is, what it isn't and how to better identify children at risk for reading difficulties
    • Tips and ideas for making your therapy strategies more supportive for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders
    • Effective ways to positively impact literacy achievement for students with speech and language disorders
    • Classroom strategies you can share with other educators to better support literacy development
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other SLPs interested in supporting students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Margo Kinzer Courter will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own speech-language program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.