As former school-based speech-language pathologists, Drs. Katz and Pierson have working knowledge about the incredible challenges you face as teachers, particularly when it comes to meeting the needs of your students with language/literacy disorders and learning disabilities.

From our first-hand experiences in working alongside teachers in the schools, coupled with our graduate degrees in both speech-language pathology and special education (with a specialty in Literacy, Language, and Learning Disabilities), we have a unique understanding of the roles that spoken and written language play in academic success and how teachers might promote the language and literacy skills of all students in the classroom setting.

Like you, we want all of our students to be successful—academically and in life. However, we know that making this happen can feel nearly impossible, especially when coupled with the ever-changing educational landscape.

Drs. Katz and Pierson, have provided professional development seminars and workshops to teachers and other school personnel in an effort to make reaching all students feel less daunting.

We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach; we believe that different teachers and different schools have unique challenges. We value the knowledge and experiences that you, as teachers, have (and that we don't), and we believe it is important to listen carefully to your challenges so that together we can develop professional development experiences that really take your specific needs into consideration.

Drs. Katz and Pierson can cover topics that might increase your understanding of the relationship between oral language and literacy, how to identify signs of language/literacy disorders, how to promote language and literacy across the curriculum, and how to collaborate effectively with speech-language pathologists. 

If you are a teacher who is looking to learn more about reaching students with language/literacy disorders and/or learning disabilities, we can design professional development experiences that meet your or your school's interests and objectives.

Specific topics might include:

  • Early Warning Signs of Language/Literacy Disorders at the Preschool Level

  • Signs of Language/Literacy Disorders in the Early Elementary Years

  • How Oral Language Affects Learning to Read, Spell, and Write

  • How Literacy and Language Use/Needs Change Over the Course of Schooling

  • Signs of Language/Literacy Disorders in Middle/High School

  • How to Address the Needs of Students with Language/Literacy Disorders in the Classroom

  • How to Build and Maintain Collaborative Relationships with Speech-Language Pathologists

  • How to Adjust the Curriculum to Meet the Needs of Students with Language/Literacy Disorders

  • How to Create Learning Contexts that Meet the Needs of Students with Language/Literacy Disorders

  • Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Language/Literacy Disorders


For more information, please contact us.