Day 1 – Thursday, April 28, 2022

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4:00PM - 5:00PM

Grand Rivers Terrace

Chapter Presidents Reception

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5:00PM – 7:00PM

Grand Rivers Terrace

Presidents Reception

Day 2 – Friday, April 29, 2022

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7:30AM - 8:15AM

LOWER LOBBY

Registration

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8:15AM - 8:30AM

COLORADO BALLROOM

President’s Welcoming Statements

Lynne Fitzhugh, Ph.D., CALT-QI
President, Academic Language Therapy Association

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8:30AM - 10:30AM

COLORADO BALLROOM

Reconceptualizing the Assessment and Intervention of Reading Comprehension

Dr. Hugh Catts
Researcher/Panelist

ABSTRACT:

The poor performance of American students on state and national tests of reading comprehension is a well-recognized educational challenge and one that is difficult to address. Poor comprehension represents a multifactorial problem that is impacted by numerous reader, text, and task factors. Among the reader factors, the role of background knowledge has been particularly absent in conceptualizations of comprehension problems. Also, the specifics of what is read and for what purpose are typically given little consideration. To address these issues, a multidimensional model of reading comprehension is reintroduced and its implications for the identification, assessment and intervention of comprehension problems will be discussed.

 

2.0 CEs

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10:30AM - 10:50AM

COLORADO GALLERY

Exhibits and Networking

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10:50AM - 11:50AM

COLORADO BALLROOM

Research Panel

 

1.0 CE

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11:50AM - 12:00PM

TBD

Break

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12:00PM - 1:30PM

COLORADO BALLROOM

Business Lunch Meeting with ALTA Awards

1.5 CEs

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1:30PM - 2:00PM

COLORADO GALLERY

Exhibits & Networking/coffee break with dessert

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2:00PM - 4:00PM

COLORADO BALLROOM

The Relationship between Executive Function and Reading Development and Disabilities: Neurobiological and Cognitive Processes

Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.
Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education, Psychology and Human Development, Radiology, and Pediatrics

ABSTRACT:

It is well known that in order to be a skilled reader, individuals must be able to recognize and decode words with efficiency, as well as engage in linguistic processes for discourse-level text (i.e., reading comprehension). Aside from these processes, studies have shown that domain-general processes, particularly executive function, are linked to reading success. However, our understanding of the exact role of this domain-general cognitive control system in the brain in reading development and disabilities, as well as in reading intervention, is still emerging. This presentation will review neuroimaging and behavioral findings that focus on understanding how executive function relates to reading development and disabilities. Implications for reading intervention will also be discussed.

 

2.0 CEs

Day 3 – Saturday, April 30, 2022

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8:30AM - 9:00AM

LOWER LOBBY

Registration

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9:00AM - 9:30AM

COLORADO BALLROOM

President’s Welcoming Statements

Lynne Fitzhugh, Ph.D., CALT-QI
President, Academic Language Therapy Association

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9:30AM - 11:30AM

COLORADO BALLROOM

The Syntax-Attuned Educator: Supporting Students’ Ability to Comprehend and Write Sentences

Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D., CALT
President, Literacy How, Inc.

ABSTRACT:

Syntactic knowledge, the ability to understand a variety of grammatical structures within the context of a sentence, supports students’ reading fluency and comprehension of text. This session presents research on syntax and explains its critical role in comprehending complex text. Armed with this understanding, educators learn how to teach their students the functions of sentence parts—words, phrases, and clauses—in order to show them how to unpack the meaning of sentences they encounter in text. Participants will also learn tips on how they can support students’ reading fluency and comprehension by teaching phrasing and sentence structure with a focus on oral language and written expression.

 

2.0 CEs

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11:30AM - 12:00PM

COLORADO GALLERY

Exhibits and Networking

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12:00PM - 1:00PM

COLORADO BALLROOM

Lunch

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1:00PM - 2:00PM

COLORADO BALLROOM

All About ALTA Chapters

Patricia Elkins, M.S.Ed., LDT, CALT
Chapters Chair, Academic Language Therapy Association

ABSTRACT:

ALTA Chapters are a great way to network with like-minded ALTA-certified professionals in your area. Are you in a leadership role in your state or regional Chapter? Are you interested in volunteering in a role for your Chapter? Would you like to start an ALTA Chapter in your area? This session will address how to start a Chapter as well as how Chapters function within ALTA. Participants will be briefed on policies and procedures for existing Chapters as well as learn more about the new Chapter Handbook.

1.0 CE

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2:00PM - 2:30PM

COLORADO GALLERY

Exhibits & Networking/coffee break with dessert

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2:30PM - 4:00PM

COLORADO BALLROOM

Evidence-based instruction in the classroom: How do we know what works?

Anna Middleton, Ph.D., CALT
Clinical Research Scientist, Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children

ABSTRACT:

The scientific literature surrounding the science of reading is vast and ever-growing. This presentation will focus on the following questions: What do we know about the science of reading? How do we know what we know? When should current evidence be weighed against previous findings? What considerations should educators make when interpreting and applying scientific evidence in their classrooms? We will discuss the current state of the literature, the basics of intervention science, and the appraisal of scientific evidence. This presentation will then conclude with a synthesis of evidence for treatment modifications that may help to support variable learner profiles.

 

1.5 CEs

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4:00PM - 4:15PM

COLORADO BALLROOM

Closing Remarks

Lynne Fitzhugh, Ph.D., CALT-QI
President, Academic Language Therapy Association

Day 4 – Sunday, May 1, 2022

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8:30AM - 10:30AM

Remingtons I

Board Meeting

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