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Webinar: Teaching Narrative Language and Discourse

DateFriday, January 1st, 2016
Time 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Course Number1077
LocationDistance Learning via GoToWebinar
Course Description

This 90 minute webinar will dive into the assessment and treatment of impairments in discourse and narrative language in school age children. Difficulty with oral narration is frequent, even in children whose oral language is unimpaired at the sentence level. This can impact academic achievement and writing, social interactions, and even overall quality of life. This webinar will look at important background information on prevalence and consequences of impaired discourse, will look at the importance of different genres of discourse (e.g., procedural, personal, fiction, expository, conversation), and how to assess discourse. Treatment options will be discussed, including existing curricula and individualized literature-based intervention.

This webinar has been prerecorded. To purchase, please email proflearning@sterncenter.org.


Shaun Stephens, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, Instructor

Shaun Stephens, M.S., CCC-SLP, Evaluator and Instructor, provides speech and language services in the areas of social cognition, fluency (stuttering), motor speech, language, and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to learners of all ages. His areas of expertise include social communication, language impairments, speech fluency disorders and discourse impairments in children and adults. Prior to joining the Stern Center, Shaun worked extensively in schools, medical centers, skilled nursing facilities and in private practice.

He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont. Currently, Shaun is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at UVM through the College of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science program, where he is researching discourse impairments in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Published articles include:

  • Prefrontal cortical activity during discourse processing: An observational fNIRS study, Topics in Language Disorders, 36(1): 65-79.
  • Discourse characteristics and neurovascular activation in four genres. In submission, Journal of Neurolinguistics.

He lives in central Vermont and enjoys hiking, biking, playing fiddle, and cooking with his family.

Required MaterialsAccess to GoToWebinar via a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smart phone.
AudienceTeachers, Reading Specialists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Other School Staff
Grade LevelK-12
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