Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education SIG 1 has 5,769 affiliates. Many of our affiliates provide assessment and intervention services for individuals with written language disorders. The SIG 1 coordinating committee is working with ASHA to promote the role of speech-language pathologists in these services. This year, two coordinating committee members lobbied on Capitol ... SIG Spotlight
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Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education
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SIG Spotlight   |   April 01, 2016
Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.21042016.np
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.21042016.np
How many affiliates does your SIG have?
SIG 1 has 5,769 affiliates.
Is there an important new issue surrounding your SIG’s subject matter right now? Highlight a timely event or trend.
Many of our affiliates provide assessment and intervention services for individuals with written language disorders. The SIG 1 coordinating committee is working with ASHA to promote the role of speech-language pathologists in these services. This year, two coordinating committee members lobbied on Capitol Hill for the inclusion of SLPs as legitimate support personnel for students with literacy disorders. In response to requests by our affiliates, we recommended additions to the ASHA consumer pages to highlight the role of SLPs in literacy assessment and intervention.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
SIG 1 focuses on assessment and intervention practices and policies related to language-learning and literacy disorders throughout the life span. As such, SIG 1 offers our affiliates continuing education opportunities on a wide range of topics. This year, our CE convention activities focus on young children and early intervention, and we are more than excited about our lineup for the 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia.
Our three-hour short course speaker, Megan Roberts, will discuss her work with parent-implemented interventions, and she will provide specific strategies for coaching parents to facilitate young children’s communication skills. We also have invited Roberta Golinkoff, a widely published developmental psychologist who has appeared on CNN and other venues, to discuss her innovative work from the Infant Language Project. She will provide a one-hour seminar titled, “Lessons from the Crib: What’s New in Language Development?” These presentations promise to deliver state-of-the-art information about working with young children and supporting caregivers.
Looking even further ahead to 2017, we intend to focus on school-age literacy at the request of our affiliates who want specific guidance about the role of SLPs in supporting the decoding skills of students in elementary school.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
If you are an avid SIG 1 Perspectives reader, you know that we have many excellent contributions, making this a pleasantly challenging question! For example, our November 2015 Perspectives provided four must-read articles about vocabulary assessment and intervention. One article, “Selecting Vocabulary Words to Teach” by topic editor and contributor Shelley Gray and her co-author Hui-Chun Yang, provided a review of six approaches to selecting vocabulary words and the pros and cons of each approach.
The remaining articles provided practical strategies for vocabulary intervention. T. J. Ragan, SIG 1’s professional development manager who works with elementary students, was so inspired by the strategies in this issue that she wrote a blog about the content and created a comprehensive lesson plan to illustrate how to use the strategies. Explore her blog and lesson plan, Tips to Maximize Your Vocabulary Instruction.
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