Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Conference 2023 - Applying the Science of Reading to Enhance Oral Language and Language Comprehension - Lynn Kuhn, M.A., CCC-SLP

April 17, 2023

Course Overview

We are born to speak, taught to read. Spoken language provides the foundation for the development of reading, writing, and communicating. As Dr. Moats (2010) shares, “Literacy is an achievement that rests on language competence at all levels, from the elemental sounds to the most overarching structure of text.” Oral language is not another component but requires an ever-present ongoing consciousness for learning and thinking. It is the entry point to concepts and comprehension. Oral language is central to every aspect of academic success and directly related to the essential ingredients for literacy. The discussion related to the oral-written language connection and the different levels of language processing, is critical to our ability to be informed observers, and as a result, to be more effective on planning instruction. In the words of Kate Nation (2019), “Language is literacy is language.”

Target Audience

Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Learning and Health Professionals

Learning Objectives

Review the relationship between aspects of oral language and literacy
Recognize the similarities and differences between oral and print language
Discuss the role of various aspects of language impairments to literacy acquisition and performance
Describe the dynamic interaction between aspects of language, and academic performance
Identify the meaning of the statement “Talking is not teaching.”

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.55 ASHA
  • 5.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/17/2023 - 8:30am MDT
Event ends: 
04/17/2023 - 4:00pm MDT

Monday, April 17, 2023

8:00 Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast (Live Location)

8:30 Welcome and Introduction

8:45 - 10:00 Address the Foundations of Oral Language for the Development of Reading, Writing, and Communication

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00 How Oral Language is Directly Related to the Essential Ingredients for Language Comprehension

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (Provided - Anschutz)

1:00 - 2:15 Weave the Knowledge of the Word as Part of an Assessment Portfolio

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 4:00 Planning for Meaningful and Dynamic Instructional Activities to Promote Language Use

4:00 Adjourn

Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

Hybrid Format - Live In-Person or Virtual - Select location with registration type.

2nd Floor Conference Center - Mt. Oxford Auditorium


Lynn Kuhn, M.A., CCC-SLP is a national and international language-literacy professional providing preschool through secondary teacher training, coaching, and consulting with building and leadership systems. She has master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology, Audiology and Communication Disorders, K-12 Learning Disabilities and Emotionally Handicapped and K-6 generalist teaching certificate. Her 23 years in public education included being a speech language pathologist and general and learning disabilities classroom teacher and interventionist supporting K through 12th grade students who struggled with oral and written language and reading and writing skills. During her last few years, she was a district level literacy facilitator and staff developer. Lynn’s next 20 years in the field of literacy included the development of a Colorado trainer of trainer multisensory structured language and literacy model; the Colorado Reading First Professional Development Coordinator, and lead consultant on a Federal Early Reading First Grant working with 17 preschool classrooms. She participated on numerous Colorado Department of Education committees addressing assessment, the Colorado state literacy plan, curriculum reviews and statewide literacy academies.
Lynn is presently Past-President of the International Dyslexia Association-Rocky Mountain Branch; received the Colorado and Western region's Council of Learning Disabilities Outstanding Professional of the Year Award and is a CERI certified structured literacy dyslexia specialist. She is a National LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), LETRS® for Early Childhood and LETRS® for Administrator’s Professional Learning Facilitator.
She continues to provide training and coaching in PreK–12 multisensory structured literacy, oral and written language instructional strategies and professional development workshops on issues related to teacher knowledge, language and literacy achievement, data conversations, educational interventions and school and system change. Lynn’s life passion centers on her family, colleagues and enabling access to high-quality instruction for every child.

Faculty Disclosure:

Financial: Honorarium for Conference
Non-financial: Member-Board of Directors-International Dyslexia Association. Past President – Rocky Mountain Branch (IDA-RMB

Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area.

ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

This program is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Attendees are expected to be present for the entire program. Individuals who are not present for the full program will not receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit will be provided.

Available Credit

  • 0.55 ASHA
  • 5.75 Attendance


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Required Hardware/software

Educational format is Hybrid.

Virtual learners should have audio-video capabilities. Virtual link provided 1-2 days prior to the course.


Cancellation Policy

A refund, minus a $25 processing fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by April 3, 2023. No refunds will be granted after this date or for non-attendance, although you may send a substitute.

The Planning Committee reserves the right to modify the agenda content while keeping consistent the time and content requirements for ASHA CEUs, or cancel this conference, or if minimum acceptable registration is not attained by April 12, 2023, with a full refund to participants.