Today we are continuing the conversation about language skills and development, but this time we’re discussing how speech-language therapy helps students with dyslexia. In previous episodes we’ve talked about speech and language development and we’ve talked about dyslexia, but now we combine the two because they are certainly linked.
My guest today is Nancy Rose Steinbock, an absolute expert in the field of language and literacy disorders. In our conversation today, Nancy talks in length about the connection between language development and literacy and the unfortunate truth that some teachers and educators are not equipped or prepared to effectively support students who are struggling. Nancy gives fantastic tips on what to look for in the early years before school begins for a child, even when pediatricians and caregivers are saying “wait and see”.
All this and more in this conversation today with Nancy Steinbock.
[3:01] – We often talk about language development and literacy separately, but they are closely linked.
[4:36] – The key to mitigating language disorders is early identification and intervention.
[5:49] – Nancy describes research that demonstrates what to look for in early stages of language development.
[7:50] – While being told to “wait and see”, there are things we can look for before professional intervention.
[9:02] – Non-verbal communication is a form of language.
[11:30] – We need to be careful about discerning the difference between a child who has a language development disability and one who is progressing differently.
[13:06] – A parent’s concern should always be considered as they know their child better than anyone. Don’t always buy into the “wait and see” approach.
[14:13] – There are times that language development plateaus and makes it appear that some are catching up when there is still an issue.
[17:11] – Many children miss out on early intervention due to the lack of understanding of the link between language and literacy.
[19:35] – One of the mistakes we’ve made in teacher education is that we’re not training teachers in the last decade in language.
[21:18] – Nancy shares the problems she ran into when working with students and teachers virtually.
[24:03] – Nancy demonstrates speech to print vs. print to speech.
[26:30] – Language encompasses reading, writing, and speaking and these are developing simultaneously.
[28:46] – Because language has been a struggle, children who have not had support become less attuned to listening and experience learned helplessness.
[31:08] – Nancy describes some of the other behaviors that develop when a student has not received the help they need.
[32:51] – This is not a quick process. This could take years.
[34:28] – Asking indirect questions when a student is engaged is much more effective.
[36:01] – It is important for students to engage with a story.
[37:40] – Connect with Nancy to learn more.
About Our Guest:
As a speech language pathologist, Nancy Rose Steinbock, M.A., CCC-SLP is an expert in the field of language and literacy disorders. Over 40 years’ experience in the field and engagement with experts in the fields of language development and disorders have developed her expertise in diagnosing and treating spoken and written language skills.
She was fortunate to complete four years of doctoral study at City University of New York, CUNY, when children identified as ‘learning disabled’ were seen to be ‘language disabled.’ Connections between early childhood speech-language development and academic under-achievement were studied across disciplines in the program.
Knowing that prevention is key to mitigating language disorders, Nancy has created numerous programs and strategies to work with teachers and students who are at risk for developing these disorders. Focusing on bilingual language acquisition and interventionist methods, she founded Inglese Dinamico, an innovative bilingual education project in Venice, Italy, where she provided extensive teacher-training in speech and language development disorders for nearly 15 years. Her ’intervention methodology’ for EL teaching has been carried over into her EL teaching for adults in her practice located on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
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Links and Related Resources:
- Episode 102: Everyday Activities That Help Build Language Skills with Stefanie Trenholme, MS, CCC-SLP
- Dyslexia Article
- 6 Quick Questions for Parents Concerned About Dyslexia
- Episode 21: What You Know and Don’t Know About Dyslexia with Dr. Lauren McClenney Rosenstein
- Get Reading Support
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