Using Writing to Build Language and Communication Skills: Intervention


12/12/2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

12/12/2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, Dec. 12
4-5 p.m. ET


In this program, you’ll learn about both  classroom and individualized strategies to support using writing to build language and communication skills in students with a wide range of abilities and challenges.. The speakers will discuss how basic components of a classroom writing program—such as group and personal mini-lessons, author’s chair, peer conferencing, and intervention scaffolding can be used in special education or general education classrooms. Their examples will encompass techniques for addressing multiple language levels and communication contexts.

Learner Outcomes:

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe how to use the basic components of a classroom writing program to promote language and communication abilities for students with a wide range of disabilities
  • Compare and contrast uses of writing activities to promote spoken and written language and social communication in varied intervention contexts.

Presented By:

Janet SturmJanet Sturm
is a professor in the department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University. Dr. Sturm's research and clinical interests include developing writing instruction for students with developmental disabilities, computer-supported literacy, tying together literacy assessments and instructional strategies, and classroom communication.


Nickola NelsonNickola Wolf Nelson is a professor in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Director of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD program at Western Michigan University. Dr. Nelson conducts research in language-literacy development and disorders. She is Editor of Topics in Language Disorders, an ASHA Fellow, and recipient of the Kleffner Clinical Career Award and Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.