Building language foundations through speech and language enrichments in the natural environments.

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Maria Matacia
Abby Foltz-Hottle

Abstract

By Maria Matacia, Communication Sciences and Disorders


Advisor: Abby Foltz-Hottle


Abstract: In collaboration with teachers and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), the Early Head Start (EHS) program serves as an early enrichment classroom for at-risk children. Speech-Language Pathologists aim to maximize language and literacy outcomes for academic success through the "influence of early stimulating environments...that could lead to better intellectual functioning later" (Sickman & Creaghead, 2006; Vernon-Feagans et al., 2003). SLPs build upon fundamental skills within the natural environment in hopes for the best academic and social success upon entering preschool, kindergarten, and beyond.

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Classic Poster (9:45-11:45 AM)