SAC Webinar: Gender Differences in Early Literacy Development: What the SLP Needs to Know

Susan Rvachew, PhD, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow and Dahlia Thompson, PhD Candidate
November 4 2020
Speech-Language Pathology
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Registration deadline is November 4, 2020 – 11:30 a.m. (ET)

November 4, 2020 – 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (ET)

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Intended audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, speech-language pathology assistant

This session pertains to: School Aged (5-17)

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



Globally, there is growing concern about gender gaps in literacy achievement. We will discuss three probable causes of the wide-spread and persistent underachievement of boys relative to girls: gender differences in the trajectory of early language acquisition; the role of executive functions in literacy learning; and, social-environmental impacts on boys’ motivation to read. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Become alert to the risk of under- and over-identification of language and literacy concerns in girls versus boys;
  2. Develop an awareness of strategies for co-regulating boys’ emotions and behavior during learning activities;
  3. Understand how to be sensitive to common behavior management schemes that are potentially demotivating.


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biographies

Susan Rvachew, PhD, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow

Susan Rvachew is director of the school of communication sciences and disorders at McGill University. Her research is concerned with speech development from infancy through early childhood, evidence-based practice for the assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders and the prevention of literacy delays in this population.

Dahlia Thompson, PhD Candidate

Dahlia's research concerns emergent literacy and reading achievement. Currently, her research focuses on boys’ literacy learning and the role of self-regulation (executive function) skills in their learning outcomes. She also has a keen interest in cross-cultural awareness and competence in health sciences and education.


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