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Oct. 24: Workshop for Speech-Language Pathologists

The workshop is an introduction to reading and writing, development, assessment and intervention – targeting culturally and linguistically diverse children who have language-learning disabilities.

2015-10-26
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-20-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services will host a professional workshop specifically designed for speech-language pathologists on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus in Armstrong Hall (Room 7).

The workshop is an introduction to reading and writing, development, assessment and intervention – targeting culturally and linguistically diverse children who have language-learning disabilities.

The workshop will address foundational knowledge of literacy, and development of school-age language/literacy. Additionally, practitioner roles and other educational / clinical issues related to reading and writing will be covered.

Continuing education units are available, and participants may register in advance online or on the day of the workshop with a check or cash payment. Cost of the conference is $150. The cost for faculty is $50, and the cost for students is $15. Registration information is available online.

The conference presenter is Megan Mahowald, an assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State Mankato. She specializes in school-age language and literacy development, and assessment and intervention in special populations (children with disabilities, culturally and linguistically diverse students and struggling readers and writers).

Mahowald earned master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. Her master’s degree is in speech-language pathology, and her Ph.D. is in literacy education with a minor in speech, language & hearing sciences. During her graduate education, Mahowald served as a research assistant on a large federal grant designing large-scale accessible standardized reading assessment for children with disabilities. Additionally, her dissertation received finalist status for the Outstanding Dissertation award given by the International Reading Association.

Currently, Mahowald is engaged in several research projects coordinated with large school districts exploring language and literacy connections and professional development in the area of literacy. Mahowald has developed unique skills and understanding of language and literacy links and is regarded as one of the leading experts in the state of Minnesota in this area.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Talent Development by phone at 507-389-1094.

The Department of Speech, Language & Rehabilitation Services is part of the College of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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