Fourth graders made significant gains in understanding word meaning when taught by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) compared to a regular classroom teacher, according to researchers who will be presenting their findings during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention in Philadelphia this week.
ASHA member Barbara Ehren and her colleagues will discuss how the SLPs used a language-rich approach that integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing tasks when preparing students for their science and social studies instruction.
The researchers will discuss their findings on Saturday, November 20, at 9:30 a.m. in Rom 114 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Value Added by SLPs to Vocabulary Instruction With Older Students, Session 2089).
Their presentation is part of ASHA's Annual Convention, which begins November 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Convention will feature 3 days of workshops, paper sessions, poster presentations, and the Keynote Session by Nancy Goodman Brinker (Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation), plus the Annie Glenn Award, which will be given to performing artist and "New Kid on the Block" Joey McIntyre. The Convention runs through Saturday, November 20.
These important findings are one example of the research being discussed during ASHA's Annual Convention. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, as well as other speech, language, and hearing scientists, gather every year at ASHA's Convention to share their research with their colleagues. This sharing of information results in better care for the people they serve.
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 and language problems including swallowing disorders.