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


Maria Matacia
Abby Foltz-Hottle


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.


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