2022 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium

09. Teaching reading using a speech-to-print approach: A new twist of the Reading Rope

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Session Dates

Tuesday June 14, 2022 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM - Webinar

What exactly is speech-to-print instruction, and why does it have a such a strong positive impact on learning to read, write, and spell? A “speech-to-print” approach puts spoken language first to leverage the brain's innate, biological wiring and organization for oral language. With “speech to print”, spelling is the gateway through which students learn how to read and write. Students first learn how to attend to the sound structure of spoken English words and then how to connect and combine sounds, letter patterns, and meanings to read and spell words. This is exactly how the brain works in good readers and writers and current reading science research, including brain-imaging studies, shows strong gains in reading and writing performance and added academic benefits for students receiving speech-to-print instruction vs. print-to-speech instruction. ALL students – and especially students who have or are at high-risk for reading and writing problems – can benefit from a speech-to-print approach to reading and writing. Whether you’re a classroom teacher, classroom aide, literacy coach or consultant, interventionist or other specialist, this two-part course will empower you with a purposeful understanding of speech-to-print instruction and give you specific and practical ideas that have a powerful impact on students’ reading and writing. You’ll see how easy it is to make everyday teaching practices more effective by giving them a speech-to-print tweak. You’ll leave with useful ideas that you can immediately put into action to quickly observe positive changes in your students' learning. (k-3)

Target Audience

Elementary Educators, Secondary Educators, Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Practitioners, School Leaders/Administrators, Reading Specialists, Teachers of English Language Learners, Literacy Coaches, Instructional Support Team Members, School Psychologists, Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Education Instructors, Paraprofessionals, and Families

Topics Covered: Literacy

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kelly Kapp, at 717-901-2271, or kkapp@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Dr. Jan Wasowicz PhD CCC-SLP BCS/SL

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp

Content Contact:

Pam Kastner

Additional Info

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