Using Writing to Build Language and Communication Skills. A CEC/DCDD Collaborative Webinar Series




Tuesday, Dec. 10
Thursday, Dec. 12
4-5 p.m. ET


This two-part webinar series explores the use of writing to help emergent writers with significant cognitive challenges, or students with subtle but significant specific language impairments or learning disabilities develop language and communication skills to meet the rigorous standards of the Common Core. In addition to learning about assessment techniques and how to use assessment data to identify goals and plan for intervention, you will also hear about classroom and individualized intervention strategies based on components of classroom writing programs.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Administer and analyze writing assessments to set goals and plan for both classroom and individualized interventions.
  • 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.

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.