Seattle Course# 20-Evaluating and Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems (Part 1)

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Thursday- March 8, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #20 -Evaluating and Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems: An Update- Part 1      

by Barbara Williams Hodson, PhD, SLP, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Wichita State University

About the Speaker
Barbara Williams Hodson, PhD, has focused her professional career on developing more effective assessment and intervention procedures for children with highly unintelligible speech in order to expedite intelligibility gains. She has published two phonology tests (one in Spanish), a computer software phonological analysis program, and three books, the most recent being Evaluating and Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems: Research and Theory to Practice (2010). In addition, she has published a number of research articles in scholarly national and international journals, as well as chapters in textbooks. Hodson also has given several hundred Clinical Phonology presentations nationally (50 states) and internationally (New Zealand,

Iceland, Panama, Puerto Rico, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and most of the Canadian provinces). Prior to joining the faculty at Wichita State University, Hodson taught at San Diego State University and the University of Illinois (the institution where she received her PhD). Her major research interests have been: Applied Phonology and Metaphonology, Early Literacy, and Spanish Phonology. Hodson’s major recognitions include: Frank R. Kleffner Life- time Clinical Career Award (American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation) Excellence in Research Award (Wichita State University), and the highest award of the profession, ASHA Honors. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Hodson receives speaking/ teaching fees and royalties for her publications from ProEd. Nonfinancial- Dr. Hodson continues to serve on ASHA committees and to give guest lectures at various universities. In addition, she still assists doctoral students in the process of publishing their research and also continues to help with highly unintelligible clients in the University Clinic.  Dr. Hodson has invited Lesley Magnus, PhD, CCC-SLP, a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Minot State University, North Dakota to assist her during her presentation. Dr. Magnus presently teaches graduate and undergraduate coursework in applied phonetics, early intervention, language development, adolescent language disorders, clefting, and assessment in speech-language pathology.

Target Audience (who should attend):  Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Target Age Range: Preschool to any age if intelligibility is an issue


Course Description: The focus of this two-day course is on expediting intelligibility gains in children with severely impaired phonological systems (including those who have been labeled as having Childhood Apraxia of Speech). Procedures will be explained so that Speech-Language Pathol- ogists will know how to identify phonological deviations, clar- ify speech “acquisition norms,” determine severity ratings, select optimal phonological pattern targets, understand phonological pattern cycles, and document progress. A number of exercises will be provided to help attendees understand how to implement and adapt phonological intervention. Because children with highly unintelligible speech often experience difficulties in the domain of early literacy, information about evaluating and enhancing metaphonological skills also will be discussed. In addition, assessment results and outcome data for a preschool client with highly unintelligible speech (along with video clips) will be provided to exemplify evidence-based practices. Adaptations for Spanish-speak- ing children also will be explained and a video will be shown. Attendees are invited to bring along information about a child with highly unintelligible speech from their caseloads to share client examples.

This is Day 1 of this 2-day course.

 What You Will Learn

Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• Identify and categorize phonological deviations

• Critique and interpret speech acquisition “norms”

• Determine severity ratings

• Select optimal phonological pattern targets for expediting intelligibility gains

• Plan phonological pattern cycles