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Phonological Awareness Assessment and Intervention - Online

Friday, 1 April '22   9:30am – 4:30pm BST
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Phonological Awareness is a crucial set of skills that underpin speech, vocabulary and literacy development. It is a frequent component of both speech and language therapy and classroom interventions for children with speech, language and literacy difficulties. This course will tackle the practicalities of assessment and intervention, developing our clinical decision making in this area. We will consider how speech and language therapists can work collaboratively with parents and schools to improve phonological awareness and school readiness. We will focus on the theory and evidence that underpins phonological awareness assessment of and intervention for children with speech sound disorder and how it impacts on vocabulary and literacy development. We will consider how phonological awareness develops in different language environments and how that informs assessment and intervention

Course Topics

During the day we will cover:

  • Theory relating to the role of phonological awareness in developing speech, language and ultimately literacy
  • The interaction of different language environments with phonological awareness development
  • Clinical decision making in the management of children with phonological awareness difficulties
  • Assessment approaches, including standardised, criterion referenced and dynamic
  • The evidence for phonological awareness intervention for children with speech and language disorders
  • Intervention approaches, goal setting and collaborative service delivery, including for children who speak languages other than English.

You will have free access to the Newcastle Assessment of Phonological Awareness (NAPA) and the Newcastle Intervention for Phonological Awareness (NIPA) for use in your own practice and for sharing with colleagues.

More Details

This course is presented by Dr Helen Stringer, Senior Lecturer and Speech and Language Therapist in Speech and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK

Dr Helen Stringer is a dual qualified speech & language therapist and teacher. Helen has nearly forty years’ experience working with children and young people with a wide range of developmental speech & language disorders in special schools and units, the NHS and overseas. Helen was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in 2013 for distinguished contribution to the profession.

For the past decade and a half Helen has worked at Newcastle University, specialising in research and teaching in developmental speech sound disorders, behaviour change and evidence based practice. Most recently Helen was Head of Speech and Language Sciences, leading delivery of Newcastle's high ranking pre-registration speech and language therapy degree programmes. She is a member of the Child Speech Disorder Research Network (UK and Ireland) and actively engaged in research collaborations in speech, language and communicative participation. You can read more about her work here:


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