Seminar Series

The HESP Department sponsors a series of talks on current research in the areas of hearing, speech, and language by visiting researchers or members of the HESP faculty. All students, faculty, staff, and affiliates are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you would like to join the email distribution list for all upcoming HESP Seminar Series talks, email Dr. Matt Goupell at

Certification Maintenance Hours can be earned by attending these talks.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017


Michelle ErksineUMD HESPCan we predict phonological awareness in children as young as 2 ½-years- old?
Phonological awareness provides an important foundation for learning to read.
Children who demonstrate poor phonological awareness skills often experience difficulty
learning to read. Previous cross-sectional and longitudinal research has shown that
phonological awareness is among the best and most reliable predictors of subsequent reading ability (Bird, Bishop, & Freeman, 1995; Chang, 1995; Wood & Terrell, 1998; Stuart, 1999). However, it is exceedingly difficult to measure phonological awareness in preschool children who are younger than 4-years- old. Using an alternative approach that examines correlates of phonological awareness, this study investigates whether individual differences in measures of vocabulary size, articulation, speech perception, and pseudoword repetition in children as young as 2 ½ to 3 years of age, predict phonological awareness one and two years later. The results of this study suggest that the best predictors of phonological awareness are receptive vocabulary size and pseudoword repetition accuracy. Interpretations and implications of these
findings will be further discussed in the seminar.
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Certification Maintenance Hours:

Those who attend these seminars will be awarded Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs). A CMH is 60 minutes of time spent as a learner and participant in a non-ASHA CEU professional development activity. CMHs are different from ASHA-approved CEUs, which are also offered through the department. ASHA permits the use of CMHs for the purpose of maintaining your CCCs. However, you are responsible for maintaining documentation verifying completion of each activity. Documentation will not be maintained on the ASHA CE Registry. For additional information about CMHs and ASHA certification requirements, please click here. Please be aware that state regulatory agencies and boards of education might not recognize or accept CMHs.