Barbara Culatta – Language & Literacy Interventions for Engaging Young Children: Play, Art & Movement-Based Strategies to Strengthen Academic and Social Success
Courses Content :
- Barbara Culatta
- 6 Hours 14 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Mar 31, 2017
Play-, Art- & Movement-Based Practices to Strengthen Language, Literacy and Social-Communication Skills
- Draw upon emotion, meaning, and engagement to facilitate language literacy and conversational skills
- Key words that exemplify targeted skills
- Integrate social-interactional, language and literacy goals
Child-Centered Interventions for Children with ASD, ADHD, LLD and ELL
- Provide frequent but varied and playful opportunities to teach and practice skills
- Incorporate multi-sensory materials in highly participatory activities
- Make personal connections to the content
Strategies to Increase Phonological Awareness, Decoding and Spelling Skills
- Expose children to phonic and phonological awareness skills
- Blend, segment and manipulate sounds in key words
- Play with words in contexts that exemplify a phonic pattern and signal meaning
- Meaningful and engaging activities that permit children to read and write about their experiences
Strategies to Facilitate Vocabulary, Oral and Written Language Abilities
- Support retelling of stories and scripts designed to highlight targeted content and key words
- Make connections between characters’ mental states and their goals and plans
- Scaffold processing of language to obtain information, problem solve, and understand explanations
- Scaffold reading and writing about experiences that were designed to highlight targeted skills
Strategies to Promote Social-Communication Skills
- Respond to, elaborate, and incorporate children’s contributions into interactions
- Support conversational turn taking in theme-based scripts and role play
- Scaffold turn-taking using narrator, character and stage manager voices
- Arrange for activities that require cooperative participation and reasons to communicate
Strategies to Address Cognitive and Sensorimotor Underpinnings to Learning
- Use emotion and engagement to ensure attention to and memory of learning events
- Incorporate highly sensory and tactile experiences into instructional contexts
- Integrate information from varied sensory and motor inputs
- Arrange for high levels of child participation
- Make connections across contexts and activities to deepen concept knowledge
Barbara Culatta, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an international expert and author on language and literacy interventions. She has been working with children in clinical and educational programs for 45 years. Dr. Culatta is renowned for creating a highly acclaimed language and literacy program (Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy) that utilizes the arts, representational play, and interactive activities as the basis for teaching language and literacy skills; and she has conducted research on the effectiveness of this program with children with ASD. She is well respected for her work in using scripted play, story enactments, and hands-on experiences as contexts for language and literacy instruction and intervention.
Dr. Culatta has written books (Language and Literacy Instruction in the Classroom and Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy), chapters, and publications on language and literacy instruction and interventions. She has received federally-funded professional development and intervention grants to document the effectiveness of innovative instructional approaches. Dr. Culatta’s research revolves around evaluating playful and personally-meaningful language and literacy interventions. She has conducted evidence-based interventions in English and Spanish-speaking settings that included children with challenging behaviors.
Dr. Culatta, professor emerita of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University, completed her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a postdoctoral fellowship from Johns Hopkins University.
Financial: Barbara Culatta is a professor at Brigham Young University. She is the author of numerous chapters and articles and receives royalties from Plural Publishing. Dr. Culatta receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Barbara Culatta is the creator of the SEEL (Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy).