SAC Workshop: Language Sampling: A Rich Source of Data for Children of All Ages With Phonological, Language, and Literacy Impairments

In Person
Kelly Farquharson, PhD, CCC-SLP
June 16 2017
Event Type: 
Live Event
Speech-Language Pathology
SAC Event: 
CEE Eligible: 
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Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

City: Ottawa, ON

Venue: The Courtyard Marriott, 350 Dalhousie St., Ottawa, ON

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Regular Registration Fee

Regular Registration Fee

$279 member

$429 member

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$309 communication health assistant associate

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$214 student associate

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given after May 16, 2017. A $60 administration fee will apply to ALL refunds. All refunds will be issued after the workshop.

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Intended audience: Speech-language pathologists

Age groups: Pre-School (0-5) and school-aged (6-17)

Level: Intermediate (Assumes general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)


This workshop will reinvigorate clinicians’ use of language sampling. Language samples provide a rich source of data to inform assessment and treatment decisions. The first half of this workshop will focus explicitly on new clinically-relevant research as it applies to collecting and analyzing language samples. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for a hands-on demonstration of a quick analysis approach. In the second half, participants will dig into the connections between phonology and literacy for children with speech and language impairments. Specifically, participants will discuss children with speech sound disorders and dyslexia. Participants will round out the afternoon by considering how language samples can be used for data collection and progress monitoring for all children of all ages and disorder areas.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the empirical data that supports the relevance and importance of collecting language samples.
  2. Describe a quick and efficient method for collecting language samples and how this approach may change in various stages of development.
  3. Discuss the role of phonological representations in building literacy skills for children with speech sound disorders and those with dyslexia.

This workshop is eligible for SAC CEEs.

Presenter Biography

Kelly Farquharson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Kelly Farquharson is a speech-language pathologist and director of the Children’s Literacy and Speech Sound Lab at Emerson College in Boston. Her research interests include the effect of phonological and language disorders on the acquisition of literacy skills and the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to those disorders.