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In this episode of The Talking DLD Podcast we’re talking about the power of storytelling as a tool for language growth for children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) with Dr Trina Spencer and Dr Doug Petersen, developers of Story Champs, CUBED Narrative Assessment, and the Predictive Early Assessment of Reading and Language (PEARL) screener.

Let’s not forget that children with DLD still learn language. DLD is not some kind of complete road block in the development of oral language. So parents of children with DLD can do these very same things and can expect language growth over time which translates to a lot of other growth in many other areas including academics.

About Trina D. Spencer, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Spencer is an associate professor at the Rightpath Research & Innovation Center, University of South Florida. Drawing from speech-language pathology, applied linguistics, education, and behavior analysis, she concentrates her efforts on the oral academic language that serves as a foundation to the reading and writing of primary-age students, with and without disabilities. Her interventions are used broadly in the United States, but also internationally. Dr. Spencer values researcher-practitioner partnerships, community engagement, and cross disciplinary collaborations to accomplish high impact and innovative applied research.

About Douglas B. Petersen, PhD

Dr. Petersen researches the measurement of language and reading learning-potential in school-age students, focusing on the development and validation of dynamic assessments and curriculum-based universal screening and progress monitoring assessments that mitigate cultural, linguistic, and environmental bias. He also examines the extent to which data-driven, multi-tiered contextualized language intervention leads to meaningful language and literacy outcomes.

Learn more about Story Champs HERE.

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