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A webinar with Dr. Nickola Wolf Nelson

Planning Interventions for Students with Orla & Written Language Learning Needs

Join us for this webinar live on May 17th, at 11am EST, or watch the recording, which will be distributed to all registrants.

Meeting the needs of students with specific learning disabilities involving oral and written skills requires a firm grasp of how sound/word knowledge and sentence/discourse (plus vocabulary) knowledge interact as two separate but essential dimensions of language ability.

The Simple View of Reading (SVR), combining word-decoding and language comprehension, offers a way to understand how oral and written language abilities interact, with implications for explaining these relationships to parents and teachers.

Without basic language comprehension skills for spoken language, students may read aloud with a degree of competency, yet not understand what they are reading and be unable to answer language comprehension questions on a test (often called specific comprehension deficit, although it may affect language expression in parallel fashion). Without age-level reading decoding skills, on the other hand, students may comprehend grade level discourse when it is spoken or read aloud to them, but not when they are trying to read themselves (often called dyslexia). Or they may have oral and written language learning deficits with varying combinations of these skills (called OWL-LD by Virgina Berninger).

In this session, participants will learn to use a quadrant model based on the SVR, and apply it to information from case examples for students assessed with the Student Language Scale (SLS; Nelson, Howes, & Anderson, 2018), Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS; Nelson, Plante, Helm-Estabrooks, & Hotz, 2016), and curriculum-based language assessment (Nelson, 1989) to show how to combine information from these varied sources to plan efficient and effective interventions for students with diverse but connected language and literacy learning needs.

This webinar is FREE to LDA Members, and $30 for nonmembers.

Dr. Nickola Wolf Nelson Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Dr. Nickola (Nicki) Nelson is Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University who currently lives in Wichita, KS, with her husband, Steve Nave. Nelson has conducted research and published widely about language and literacy development and disorders, writing process approaches to language assessment and intervention, and curriculum-based collaborative language assessment and intervention. Nelson is first author of the Student Language Scale (SLS; Nelson, Howes, & Anderson, 2018) and Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS; Nelson, Plante, Helm-Estabrooks, & Hotz, 2016), both of which will be discussed in this presentation. Her honors include Fellow of ASHA and the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, Honors of the ASHA, and the Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award from the ASHFoundation. She currently serves on the Child Language Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.