Portland, ME – Laurie Mack, Northeast’s Executive Director, and Tara Jacquet, Clinical Team Leader, were chosen to present their program, 5 Books – 5 Strategies: An Innovative Approach to Phonological Awareness Training for Early Childhood Educators, at ASHA’s upcoming National Convention in Philadelphia on November 18, 2016. Out of hundreds of submissions for this prestigious opportunity, Mack and Jacquet were selected based on the compelling topic of their proposal and the innovative approach of their program.
Mack and Jacquet will present 5 Books – 5 Strategies to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) from all over the United States attending the industry’s national gathering. Their program will provide attendees with the tools to teach early childhood educators about phonological awareness (PA) and oral vocabulary using a set of 5 common children’s books. SLPs will learn how to structure training sessions targeting specific PA and oral vocabulary strategies using demonstration, group practice, and video coaching/feedback.
“It is so exciting to be selected to share this information with a national audience,” stated Mack. “We are hopeful that speech-language pathologists will leave our training with the ability and desire to share this information with early childhood educators across the U.S. to help our preschoolers to be more ready for learning to read when they enter kindergarten.”
Support for the development of 5 Books – 5 Strategies was provided from The Davis Family Foundation, the Francis Hollis Brain Foundation, and the Welch Charitable Fund.