Thinking with a Visual Brain in an Auditory World

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Presenters: Ellyn Lucas Arwood, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
Most people learn to think with a visual brain but live in an auditory culture. This workshop provides participants with the neuroscience behind how learners become literate through the Neuro-Semantic Language Learning Theory (NLLT). Participants will be provided with numerous examples of how to use language strategies for increased literacy across ages and populations. 


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

  • Define the Neuro-Semantic Language Learning Theory
  • Use rich language as part of cartooning
  • Explain how language mediates literacy (thinking, viewing, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and calculating)
About Ellyn: Ellyn Arwood, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon and has both national and international reputations for scholarship in the areas of language, cognition, learning, neuroeducation, and special needs. During the past 40 years Dr. Arwood has been on faculty at a number of universities, teaching and providing hands-on clinical experiences with all populations of communicatively impaired children and adults. She is the author of several textbooks and one monograph about the concept of pragmatism applied to communication disorders, learning, and using language to learn.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area) 

Course Timeline:
30 minutes: Drawing of NLLT in real time
60 minutes: Learning to think with a visual brain for how to be literate
30 minutes: Thinking with a visual brain 
75 minutes: Examples of how NLLT plus characteristics of non sound-based languages provides principles of application to literacy reading, writing, thinking, viewing, speaking, listening, and calculating)
75 minutes: More examples of strategies
30 minutes: Paradigm Shift and Questions/Answers

Disclosure statement:
Financial: Ellyn Arwood a speaker for and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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