ASHA Learning Pass

Log in and check out the Dashboard to view featured courses.

Go Back

Building Semantic Access to Increase Reading Comprehension in Young Students (PD102734)

Presenter(s): Nichole A Bierman Mulvey, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Addressing the vocabulary learning needs of your students can be daunting. Where do I start with vocabulary target selection? What is the best way to teach my students to efficiently learn vocabulary for language and reading comprehension? This session explores semantic learning expectations for academic success and shares evidence-based practices for providing opportunities to increase vocabulary knowledge and use. Learners will walk away with information on how to build a strong foundation in semantics to set the stage for meaningful reading comprehension assessment that leads to appropriate interventions.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022/2023 online conference “Assessment, Eligibility, and Dismissal in Schools: Strategies, Tools, and Decision-Making.”

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Explain semantic learning expectations for success in school 
  • Compare semantic learning strategies of children who demonstrate language deficits compared with their typically developing peers 
  • Outline an intervention plan focusing on increasing semantic learning

Nichole Mulvey, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). She worked as a school-based SLP for 10 years before joining the faculty at EIU and continues to provide services as an early intervention therapist. She teaches graduate courses in early childhood and school-age language disorders and supervises graduate student clinicians, focusing on remediation of language and literacy deficits in a variety of childhood and adolescent cases. Dr. Mulvey's research interests include social development, language sampling, narrative and literacy abilities, and curriculum and instruction for language-based skills.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Associate Professor, Eastern Illinois University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by April 11, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: October 12–24, 2022, February 1-13, 2023
End date: April 11, 2028

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102734
Available Through: April 11, 2028