Developing Oral Narrative Skills

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Presenter: Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

In this participatory and lively workshop, you will engage with new, entertaining ways to develop vocabulary, language processing skills and prerequisite skills for oral narrative in young children. Walk away with a better understanding of the developmental sequence of narrative growth in children as well as over 25 new ways to present children's classic stories through song, movement and hands on visual imagery. Each participant will receive materials and ideas for exciting activities you can use to support communication growth tomorrow!

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

  • Identify the critical communication skills that are emphasized in early literature.
  • Understand why narrative development is core to functional comprehension and the development of print literacy skills.
  • Explain the prerequisite oral language skills required to adequately develop print narrative skills.
  • Adapt any children's classic story to emphasize a variety of speech and language skills through movement, music, rhythm and/or puppetry.
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 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area) 


Course Timeline:

15 minutes: Introduction: The importance of storytelling in early childhood

45 minutes: Story adaptations : multi-dimensional experiences

15 minutes: Early activities to develop listening and attending through music, rhythm, chant, movement: examples and demonstration

90 minutes: Developmental levels of participation in storytelling narrative : Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 examples and demonstrations. Audience Participation.

15 minutes: A specific focus on robust vocabulary development in storytelling

30 minutes: Question and Answer Session

Disclosure Statement: 

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

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