#029: How to Target Phonological Awareness Goals

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In this week’s episode I got to sit down with Nicole Allison, an SLP who works with students from preschool to high school and authors the blog Speech Peeps, where she shares resources, activities, and ideas that engage students *and* save busy SLPs time.

For the last two weeks we’ve been talking about getting started with literacy and phonological awareness — now we’re going to tie it all together really nicely with a conversation about strategies for targeting PA In therapy sessions.

There’s so much goodness packed in this hour, and you’ll walk away with a new confidence in your abilities to write goals that target phonological awareness, strategically select progress monitoring assessments, and choose appropriate (and effective!) therapy activities to tackle those PA goals.

So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a chai tea latte!) put your feet up, and listen in.

Key Takeaways

– What led Nicole to learn more about phonological awareness
– The whole child approach
– Working on articulation alongside other skills
– Research around pre-reading → Targeting PA improves articulation
– Tips for identifying students who might benefit from this approach
– When the best time to start therapy is
– Foundational skills required by the student
– Choosing activities and building on skills
– How Nicole approaches assessments + progress monitoring
– How to write goals + give examples
– Nicole’s favorite (fun!) treatment activities
– The importance of communication, and the research that supports it

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Gillon (2005) article
Nicole’s blog post
– Find Nicole on Facebook and Instagram
Nicole’s Phonological Awareness Resources

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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