Working Memory Assessment and Intervention

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Presenter: Amy Costanza Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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This presentation will review theories of working memory, focusing on the relationship between working memory and language. Current research on the relationship of working memory and aspects of language development in typical children and children with language impairments will be presented. Working memory assessment measures for children will be discussed and practiced. Finally, clinical implications of working memory in intervention for children with language disorders will be reviewed.


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

  • Define working memory and summarize its role in language development.
  • Complete assessments of working memory and interpret results as they relate to language performance.
  • Integrate working memory strategies into language intervention approaches.
About Amy: Dr. Amy Costanza-Smith served as an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and the Training Director for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University. Her research and clinical area of interest is childhood language disorders with a focus on assessment and family support. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area)

Course Timeline:

60 minutes: Working memory definitions and theory
30 minutes: Working memory in typical development
30 minutes: Working memory in children with language impairment
60 minutes: Assessment of working memory
15 minutes: Case studies
90 minutes: Intervention and working memory
15 minutes: Case studies
30 minutes: Closing summary

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial: Amy Costanza Smith is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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