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Reading Comprehension Intervention: Differentiating Knowledge, Skill and Strategies

presented by Kimberly Murza, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Kim Murza receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kim Murza has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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As speech-language pathologists well-know, language forms the foundation for reading comprehension. For students on our caseload with reading comprehension deficits there may be myriad factors contributing to their difficulties comprehending text. In this course, participants will learn how to begin to differentiate among the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to comprehend text. Specifically, clinicians will learn how to use a dynamic assessment approach to determine students' areas of strengths and challenges with text comprehension while also considering the level of support they require to be successful. The course concludes with a discussion of the factors to consider when designing treatment plans to address deficits in the areas of reading comprehension knowledge, skills, and strategies.

Meet Your Instructor

Kimberly Murza, PhD, CCC-SLP

Kim Murza, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received her doctorate in Education: Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida, where she specialized in language and literacy with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado teaching undergraduate…

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1. Reading Comprehension Assessment Considerations

This section of the course is designed to introduce foundational information on the process of reading and specifically what it takes to comprehend text. Participants will compare the simple view of reading with the multicomponent approach. They will also consider the factors that impact text complexity as well as unintended reading comprehension test requirements.

2. Determining the Deep Why

This section of the course challenges participants to consider the “deep why” to determine the reasons a student is having trouble comprehending text. The presenter will discuss additional questions the SLP should answer before treatment planning. Participants will also learn how to break down (unpack) educational standards into language and cognitive underpinnings.

3. Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

In this chapter, the presenter will define knowledge skills and strategies and discuss how these concepts should be considered during dynamic assessment. Participants will also learn about a research-validated approach to teaching students to be strategic.

4. A Case Example: The START Strategy

In this chapter, the presenter will present a case study to walk participants through the process of considering assessment information to determine needs in the areas of knowledge, skills, and strategies. Participants will learn about the START Strategy for thinking aloud and determine the necessary instructional targets if teaching this strategy to students with reading comprehension deficits.

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