Strategies for Developing Oral Language Through Use of Books

September 21, 2016, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The goal of this presentation is to present strategies on how to use books and stories as a foundation to help children improve their understanding and use of oral language. Books and stories are used to develop a “setting” or context for targeting skills in a meaningful and functional manner. The child is encouraged to relate the ideas and topics in the stories to his own experiences. Thus, the language skills taught from using stories is expanded for use in telling about one’s own experiences and interests. This narrative ability is the foundational skill in being able to have conversations with others.

Presentation Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Understand the link between oral and written language
  2. Describe how to choose books that best meet a child's needs
  3. Learn how to use books to expand vocabulary and oral language
  4. Understand how to modify text and adapt books to match a child's language level
  5. Identify strategies for improving narrative and conversational skills.

Deborah Crawford, MS, CCC-SLP Deborah is a certified speech-language pathologist and manager of Clinical Speech-Language Services at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She has served as a clinical reviewer for the CDC-funded Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

For more information:

To register, visit or call Hanna Hutter at (443) 923-7596

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