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8th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Symposium

Monday, March 27, 2017

Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom

Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

"What SLPs need to know about literacy for children"

Featured Speaker: Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a SLP and an assistant professor and director of the Children Literacy and Speech Sound Lab at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Her research interests include school-aged children with phonological and language disorders, the effect of those disorders on the acquisition of literacy skills, and the cognitive, environmental, and academic factors that contribute to phonological and language disorders. Prior to pursuing a research degree, she was a school-based SLP in Pennsylvania.


This workshop will discuss the role of phonological representations as they relate to the development of literacy skills for children with phonological disorders. For this purpose, phonological disorders encompasses both speech sound disorders and dyslexia. Discussion will include a review of relevant theories and application to clinical practice. Implications for assessment and intervention are included. Participants are encouraged to engage in discussions with the presenter and fellow audience members.

Learner Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of phonological representations
  2. Discuss the risk factors and outcomes for children with persistent or remediated speech sound disorders as well as those with dyslexia
  3. Describe the SLPs role in facilitating literacy skills for children with speech sound disorder and those with dyslexia

8:30-9:00 Registration and sign-in
9:00-9:15 Welcome and introduction
9:15-9:45 Literacy development, Components of successful reading
9:45-10:30 Defining phonological disorders: speech sound disorders and dyslexia
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Phonological awareness and introduction to phonological representations
12:00-12:50 Lunch
12:50-1:50 Phonological and orthographic representations; Working memory
1:50-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 SLPs role in literacy
3:00-3:15 Q&A

For more information:
Call: 412-396-1584
Email: slpconference@duq.edu

Registration policy: Each attendee must register separately. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

ADA: Please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the program for accommodations.

ASHA: This program is offered for .50 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). ASHA account number required for ASHA registry.

Speech Language Pathologists working with children and adults.


PARKING: Forbes Avenue Garage

Cancellations: Paid registration fees will be refunded if you contact us within 72 hours prior to the conference date. The registrant will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after that time. Duquesne University SLP Department reserves the right to cancel the course with due cause. In case of cancellation, a full refund will be given to enrolled participants within two weeks of scheduled conference.

Disclosure statement:
Financial: Dr. Farquharson is a salaried assistant professor and director of the Children Literacy and Speech Sound Lab at Emerson College. As the presenter of the CE event, she is receiving an honorarium as well as coverage for her travel costs to this venue from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Farquharson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.