Where to Start with Phonological Awareness

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 Corey Pollard, Mikayla Storey, Marisha McGrorty, M.S., CCC-SLP
In this podcourse, Corey and Mikayla from Ascend SMARTER Intervention break down phonological awareness for SLPs. They describe the phonological awareness hierarchy and provide practical strategies that SLPs can use to support a student’s phonological awareness in therapy.

By the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the SLP’s role in phonological awareness. 
  2. Describe the hierarchy of phonological awareness skills. 
  3. Describe three therapy activities that we can used when targeting phonological awareness.

Ascend SMARTER Intervention is a Denver-based educational consulting practice dedicated to getting SLPs the support they need to feel confident in structured literacy-intervention. Comprised of Corey and Mikayla, this duo is determined to get effective and accessible literacy intervention materials into the hands of struggling students everywhere. 

About Cory: Corey is a data-driven and analytical educational therapist and diagnostician who is deeply passionate about helping struggling readers close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.  She spent over ten years working at leading research and clinical institutes including Johns Hopkins University, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the University of Denver before opening her own practice, Ascend Learning and Educational Consulting, in 2015. 

About Mikayla: Mikayla joined the Ascend Team in 2017 and has been working as an educational therapist for the last two years.  She is a passionate and eager professional with a background in psychology and special education. Her passion is helping kids see that they are capable of learning and helping them change their lives. 

In addition to seeing their own students in the Private Practice, Corey and Mikayla work with SLPs and Private Interventionists all over the country through online professional development training programs.  You can learn more about how we support SLPs and educators here www.smarterintervention.com/for-educators

About Marisha: Marisha earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She has worked as a school-based SLP and shares therapy ideas and resources on her blog (SLP Now). Marisha also developed a membership for SLPs that includes digital tools and resources to streamline evidence-based therapy.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0-5 minutes: Introduction

5-30 minutes: The Literacy Processing Triangle & the SLP’s Role in Literacy

30-40 minutes: How to Identify a Student’s Core Deficit

40-45 minutes: Literacy Sprinkles: Therapy Ideas

55-60 minutes: Q&A

Disclosure Statement for Marisha McGrorty:

Financial: Marisha McGrorty is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Corey Pollard:

Financial: Corey Pollard is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Mikayla Story:

Financial: Mikayla Story is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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