Emergent Literacy: Just Push PLAY!

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Presenter: Diane Postman
ASHA states that “the rationale for SLPs to play a critical and direct role in the development of literacy…is based on established connections between spoken and written language…” From vocabulary to close, rhyming to retelling, syllables to sounds, early literacy lays the foundation upon which all oral and written language skills are built. Research tells us that exposure to these skills at an early age helps to develop readiness for future skills. While exposure is important, being purposeful and deliberate is even more so. This workshop will demonstrate ways that articulation and language therapy can overlap with emergent literacy skills. Participants will be shown ways to embed early literacy skills into the child’s natural environment – PLAY! Skills will be demonstrated and then practiced by the viewers as they discover the many activities and materials that can support the development of early literacy.


Following the course, participants will be able to:
1. describe the stages of development as a child acquires phonological awareness, the foundation of literacy, and the ways in which this awareness connects to articulation skills.
2. apply strategies that can be used by an SLP to support emerging literacy skills.
3. summerize the role of print awareness and beginning writing in the development of literacy skills

About Diane: Diane Postman holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Special Education. She spent 31 years in the public schools teaching early childhood and Early Childhood Special Education.  She has been a presenter for over 35 years.  Diane wears several hats in the field of education. Her business, Training Wheels Consulting,  (http://www.trainingwheelsconsulting.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/TrainingWheelsConsulting/ )  provides staff development workshops for public and private schools, daycares, and agencies such as Head Start and the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network.  Secondly, Diane is a Professional Development Specialist for The Council for Professional Development, providing verification visits for candidates working towards a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA.)  Diane’s third “hat” is serving as an early literacy coach for Child Development Resources, an infant/toddler program serving children with special needs and their families, as well as preschool providers. 

Additional Information

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

Course Timeline:

5 min: Introduction

30 min: print and vocabulary

45 min: phonological awareness

15 min: activity – using toys to practice phonological skills

30 min: alphabetic principle, phonics, concept of word

15 min: activity – ways to use a book to practice skills

15 min: applying phonological skills for writing

15 min: sound manipulation for older students

10 min: embedding literacy into therapy and advocacy 

Disclosure Statement for Diane Postman:

Financial: Diane Postman is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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