Robust School-wide Vocabulary Instruction: The Powerful Role of the SLP

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Presenter: Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP
The achievement gap in reading and other academics, in most cases, is a vocabulary gap!  Speech Pathologists have long been interested in adequate vocabulary skills for oral and written expression.  How speech pathologists work collaboratively and individually to focus on vocabulary instruction for students at all levels of SLP services can be critical to how powerfully that gap can be narrowed or closed.     

How the field of education views vocabulary skills and the corresponding instruction needed to effectively increase those skills in all learners has changed dramatically in recent years.  In this practical seminar you will learn how those changes have impacted the type of vocabulary we teach and how to choose that vocabulary.  Practical strategies based on brain research will give SLPs tools to use that enhance the long term storage and retrieval of the vocabulary needed for school success.  Functional, engaging activities to address vocabulary needs at varied stages in the acquisition process will be presented in ways that are “ready to go” for sharing with other staff as well as using with students in all school settings and therapy environments. 


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate current research in the field, evidence-based techniques and understand over 75 easy-to-use strategies for teaching vocabulary
  • Identify the vocabulary most important to teach.  
  • Outline the key steps/ components of effective vocabulary instruction
  • Apply strategies to both school-wide , small group and individual student efforts to strengthen vocabulary instruction and growth.
About Lorraine: Lorraine Maida, MA CCC-SLP has worked in the educational field for over 30 years.  Her experience spans a broad range of roles including Speech Pathologist, special education teacher, administrator, university instructor and educational consultant. She has worked with students and developed programming for all ages and abilities.

Lorraine has been invited to provide hundreds of training opportunities at local, state and national venues related to provision of educational services in schools.  She is currently working as a public school SLP, a seminar provider and education consultant.  She is also adjunct faculty for Central Washington University and a guest lecturer in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Washington.
She has written a handbook titled Response to Intervention and the Role of the SLP published by The Bureau of Education and Research.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

10 minutes: Introduction
20 minutes: Research in the area of vocabulary
20 minutes: Relationship of vocabulary to school success
30 minutes: Promoting a school-wide team approach hurdles and successes
90 minutes: Strategies and resources to use in Vocabulary instruction
30 minutes: Steps in using strategies for weekly planning of good vocabulary instruction

Disclosure Statement for Lorraine Maida: 
Financial: Lorraine Maida is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exists.

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