Language & Literacy: Connecting Oral Language and Literacy in Therapy Sessions

4 modules


Course Length
2 hours

Continuing Education Department




As Speech Language Pathologists, connecting literacy skills to language goals is an enormous benefit to maximizing student progress across the educational setting. 
In this course, learners will critically assess the role of the SLP in literacy interventions, generate a literacy profile for a student, choose literacy components to incorporate into therapy sessions, and use a planning guide to develop target skills for therapy sessions. Learners will leave this course with tools to use tomorrow in sessions.

Instructors: Betsy Glover and Valyne Anderson 

Betsy Glover, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Partnership Manager

Betsy is an SLP with 19 years of experience across a variety of settings including public and private schools, private practice, hospital outpatient services and teletherapy. Literacy has been a passion of hers since graduate school where she completed her graduate thesis on the link between specific language impairment and phonological awareness skills in school aged children.  

  • Financial Disclosures: Employee of Presence and was compensated for the creation of this course
  • Non-Financial Disclosures: Member of ASHA and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), completed Orton Gillingham training through the Institute for Multisensory Education (IMSE), and has four children with identified communication disorders, three of which have also been diagnosed with dyslexia.  

Valyne Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, Owner Westside Therapy Associates 

Valyne has been a pediatric speech language pathologist for almost 25 years. Over the course of her career she has worked with children in homes, clinics, schools, and the telepractice setting and has had the opportunity to collaborate closely with reading specialists and special education teachers for the majority of her career. As SLPs, our role in literacy can be confusing and our expertise often overlooked. Through this course, Valyne hopes to support fellow SLPs in understanding and expanding their skills in literacy to support each client’s ability to thrive in the world around them.

  • Financial Disclosures: Contracted SLP with Presence and received compensation from Presence for development of this course, owner of Westside Therapy Associates, a speech and language private practice
  • Non-Financial Disclosures: Member of ASHA, trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program, exposure and experience with programs such as Phono-graphix, S.P.I.R.E, and the Spalding, she is neurodivergent and has three neurodivergent children. 

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists 

Education Level: Intermediate

Time Ordered Agenda: 

  • Introductions and Disclosures (5 minutes) 
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy (20 minutes) 

  • Therapeutic Foundations (20 minutes) 

  • Early Learner Scenario (20 minutes)

  • Advanced Learner Scenario (20 minutes)

  • Post-Secondary Student and AAC User Scenarios (20 minutes) 

  • Conclusion (5 minutes)

  • Assignment Submission (10 minutes) 

Contact Hours: 2 hours 

Cancellation Policy: 

Continuing education courses are offered at no cost to contracted and employed Presence providers. In the event a course is canceled, the participants will have the option to attend a rescheduled event offered within 60 days of the canceled course.
Please note: Registered participants who register for live courses but do not attend or cancel with less than 24 hours notice may have future course registration restricted after three documented incidents.

Accessibility Policy: 

Our courses are intended to be accessible by addressing the needs of not only people with mobility impairments, but also those with sensory impairments (i.e., hearing, speech, vision), and emotional or learning disabilities. Available accommodations include but are not limited to Closed Captioning, color contrast, transcription of auditory and visual information, as well as adjustable font sizes. Please contact the Continuing Education team at to request additional accommodations.

Complaint Policy:

Any course concerns should be directed to Presence's Continuing Education team at within two weeks of course completion.

Completion Requirements: 

To earn a course certificate, participants are required to complete entire 2 hour course, upload the included assignment, pass a quiz with 80% accuracy, (3 attempts are allowed), and complete a course feedback survey.

Please download your certificate upon completion of course.



  • Learners will critically assess the speech-language pathologist’s role in literacy interventions when presented with 4 scenarios.
  • Learners will generate a literacy profile for a student including the 6 necessary components.
  • Learners will choose 3 literacy concepts that can be incorporated into speech and language therapy sessions. 
  • Learners will use a planning guide to develop 2 target skills for therapy sessions. 


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Language & Literacy: Connecting Oral Language and Literacy in Therapy Sessions

Language and Literacy: Connecting Oral Language and Literacy in Therapy Sessions
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