American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

New ASHA Resource Strengthens Professionals' Outreach To Students

RTI In Action Stresses Collaboration For Oral Language Skills

(Rockville, MD - December 10, 2010)  

Providing a resource that is rich in ways speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and educators can combine forces to help at-risk students succeed is the aim of a new book from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Ultimately, RTI in Action: Oral Language Activities for K–2 Classrooms strives to enhance oral language skills, which are so critical to literacy and learning. Building those skills is often among the goals of "response to intervention" (RTI), a form of systematic outreach to struggling students that continues to gain favor with administrators and policy makers.

Designed for SLPs and teachers alike, RTI in Action is a handbook for how they can collaborate to maximize students' achievement and minimize problems in school.

"This timely resource is sure to populate the bookshelves of many school-based SLPs, classroom teachers who wish to work closely with SLPs, and professional development providers," Gary A. Troia, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor of Special Education at Michigan State University, says. "With the scaling up of RTI in school districts across the country, now is the time for a practical manual like this to help SLPs effectively collaborate with other educators and meet the needs of the children on their caseloads in a tiered approach to prevention and intervention."

"The format of the book is very practical, and the design enables SLPs to quickly locate information and evidence-based instructional strategies that can be matched to students' unique needs. The activities can easily be implemented by busy teachers within the classroom," Jean Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP, Vice President, Therapy Programs and Quality for Progressus Therapy, says. "Thumbs up for this resource!"

Leading experts in education, RTI, and speech-language pathology coauthored RTI in Action. Hear two of the authors, Diane Paul and Deborah Adamczyk, discuss the book and RTI.

RTI in Action has specific strategies that can be modified to meet student learning needs, plus practical oral language activities that are based on general education curricular standards.

In addition, the book comes with a CD that has downloadable activities and direct links to websites, a PowerPoint presentation that can be used for in-service training, and informative handouts about RTI for teachers and administrators. RTI in Action also contains a developmental milestone checklist, a cultural competence checklist, graphic organizers, an RTI intensity grid, and charts for monitoring progress.

RTI in Action: Oral Language Activities for K–2 Classrooms is available to the public for $64 by calling ASHA Product Sales at 888-498-6699 or visiting the ASHA online store at www.asha.org/shop. Discounts for ASHA members and volume discounts are available.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech, language, and swallowing problems.

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To find an audiologist or speech-language pathologist visit www.asha.org/findpro.

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