Topic Areas: Language and Learning in School-Age Individuals

Topic Chairs: Emily Hamuka and Christina Yeager Pelatti

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include aspects of language and learning in school-age children and adolescents and also includes supports and services for individuals with histories of childhood language disorders. Proposals on the oral language and learning of adults with developmental disorders in public education programs who are still receiving services, are appropriate for this topic area. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to language and learning in school-age individuals should be included in this topic area.

Research

  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to language and learning in school-aged individuals with normal hearing
  • Evidence-based practice and outcomes research for language disorders in school-age individuals with normal hearing

Professional Education

  • Psychometric properties of instruments designed to measure basic abilities or changes in language; including standardized testing and progress monitoring tools
  • Second-language acquisition and/or use in school-age individuals with normal hearing
  • Cultural and linguistic/interprofessional issues in school-age individuals with normal hearing. Proposals discussing broader approaches that include outcomes at the system level should be submitted to the Influence of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area
  • Prevalence of language disorders and language-learning disabilities in school-age individuals with normal hearing
  • Etiologies of language disorders and language-learning disabilities
  • Language disorders in school-age individuals with normal hearing with co-morbid disorders (psychiatric, genetic, maltreatment, etc.)
  • Prevention of language disorders and language-learning disabilities
  • Telepractice approaches implemented due to COVID-19 closures for assessments and intervention that include outcomes related to school-age children
  • Technology as it relates to language and learning in school-age individuals (e.g., mobile applications, devices, software, )
  • Innovative service delivery models as it relates to language and learning in school-age individuals through telepractice technology
  • Language assessment, intervention, supports, and long-term outcomes for normal hearing individuals with histories of language disorders in childhood
  • Pedagogy and clinical education aspects of curriculum and training specific to preparing professionals to work effectively with school-age individuals with language disorders and normal hearing, including interprofessional education

Related Topics

Proposals involving this population but with primary emphasis on:

  • Telepractice for service delivery should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.
  • Auditory processing disorders as they relate to language and learning should be submitted to the Neuroaudiology/Central Auditory Processing topic area.
  • Written language and learning for literacy assessment or intervention in school-age individuals with normal hearing should be submitted to the Literacy Assessment and Intervention topic area.
  • Autism spectrum disorders should be submitted to the Autism Spectrum Disorders topic area.
  • Children with hearing loss should be submitted to the Listening, Language, and Speech in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing topic area.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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