SLPs and Literacy: What the heck are we supposed to be doing?

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Even though I don’t like to admit it, there have been times throughout my career that I’ve felt totally lost and confused about my role in language and literacy.

If you have experienced this too, you know that feeling this way can make it really hard to do your job.

That’s why I want to bring some clarity to this issue we’ve all faced at one time or another.

If you’re reading this, I imagine you are an SLP who might be getting slammed with referrals left and right with students who just aren’t making progress in reading.

You might have students on your caseload who can’t retain concepts across the board academically.

You probably have students who function poorly in the classroom because they can’t understand some of the vocabulary in academic tasks.

I’d guess that you really want to help all of these students and JUST DO YOUR JOB…but you’re so overwhelmed because you don’t know where to start.

Many of us feel this way because no one really gave us a standard protocol for delivering language interventions. Language is so complicated, and it’s difficult to find the root cause of these issues.

On top of that, even if we know what’s wrong, it seems impossible to address it in the little time we have with our students.

Over the past 10 years, I’ve had teachers come to me with referrals for students who couldn’t comprehend, couldn’t keep up with their peers in reading, and who were completely lost during classroom discussions.

Even though some of these students didn’t even qualify for any other special education support outside of what I was doing, they were falling way behind.

But eventually, I realized there was a common theme to these cases…and when I figured out what that was and how to address it…I finally started seeing results.

In this video, I share what that was and how to treat it efficiently and effectively in ways that are unique to your unique talents and skills as an SLP.

 Plus, I’ll share a free printable download with you at the end to help get you started.

You can watch the video here:

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