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Fall Workshop

Duquesne University

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Research-Clinical Practice Workshop

"SLPs Role in Literacy Intervention"

Amy Moon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Brittany Horvath, M.S., CCC-SLP
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Place: Room 324 Fisher Hall


SLPs' understanding of phonology and normal versus disordered language qualifies them to play a direct role in the treatment of literacy disorders. Current research shows that many SLPs don't feel confident treating literacy. The foundations of literacy and the roles that phonological awareness, orthographic awareness, morphological awareness, and mental graphemic representations play in becoming proficient in reading and spelling will be discussed. The presentation will provide multisensory treatment techniques and strategies.

Brittany Horvath, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has experience evaluating and treating children and adults who have speech and language disorders. Brittany is passionate about working with children who have spoken and written language impairments and has presented on this topic at the local and national level. Given her specialized interest in literacy, she has co-developed and implemented several multidisciplinary language and literacy programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Amy Moon, M.S. CCC-SLP - is a senior speech language pathologist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Amy has several years of professional experience in treating children and adults with speech and language impairments. She has a particular interest in the relationship between spoken and written language and its relationship to speech sound production abilities. She has presented on this topic at the national and international levels. In addition, Amy has co-created and implemented three successful programs that target literacy and written expression at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Please register for the event by October 13, 2017.

Registration is free and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis; limited seating is available.

Registration policy: Each attendee must register separately.

For more information: slpconference@duq.edu or call: 412-396-1584 (Lori Marra)

Time Ordered Agenda:

10:00 - 10:05 Introductions and Disclosures
10:05 - 10:20 Literature Review and Background Information
10:20 - 10:45 Factors Impacting Spelling Development
10:45 - 11:30 Reading and Spelling Intervention Ideas
11:30 - 11:45 Summary
11:45 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe the SLP's role in diagnosing and treating children who struggle with reading and spelling abilities.
  2. Discuss differential diagnosis of Dyslexia versus Specific Language Impairment
  3. Provide specific therapy strategies and activities to incorporate literacy into intervention

ASHA: This program is offered for .2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). ASHA account number required for ASHA registry.

Who Should Attend: Speech-language pathologists treating children with language learning disabilities

FOR DIRECTIONS AND MAP. Registration does not include parking. Parking is available on the street or in Forbes garage.

ADA: Please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the program for accommodations.


  • Financial: Ms. Moon and Ms. Horvath are salaried employees for UPMC.
  • Nonfinancial: The speakers have no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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