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Early Reading Skills

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP; Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT

CE Credit: 4 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Early Reading Skills is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE) course that discusses the latest research to help young children develop strong reading skills.

Children who have limited exposure to literacy in their early years tend to be at a disadvantage when starting school. This gap widens as they fall further behind with each passing year. This may be because children who are poor readers have had less exposure to written text (and advanced vocabulary and grammar) which hindered the development of fluency and automaticity.

This course focuses on three stages of reading development (the emergent pre-reader, the novice reader, and the decoding reader) and specifies the essential skills required at each.

The author explores how to lay the groundwork for a positive learning environment and how to encourage children who have difficulty learning to read. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and clinicians will review evidence-based practices for teaching reading skills and supporting parents or colleagues across a variety of settings.

Focus will be given to the importance of SLPs and clinicians sharing their expertise with fellow professionals when considering strategies for reading remediation and intervention. The author highlights the impacts of digital media on children’s literacy skills and provides recommendations for student use.

Course 40-56 | 2021 | 93 pages | 25 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List ten assessments that should be undertaken when reading deficits are suspected
2. Describe five strategies to foster early literacy and motivate children to learn
3. Identify five techniques for building vocabulary
4. Name the five skills necessary to develop phonological awareness
5. Specify six activities that can be used to practice encoding and decoding words
6. Explain four methods that help children improve reading fluency

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLPis a Parent Educator, Professional Development Instructor and Speech-Language Pathologist working with children in a school setting. She received her B.A. in history from Queens College and her M.S. in communication sciences from Hunter College. Adina is the founder of ParentingSimply.com. She delivers parenting classes as well as professional development workshops for Speech-Language Pathologists, teachers and other health professionals. Adina is available for speaking engagements. You can reach her at asoclof@parentingsimply.com or check out her website at www.parentingsimply.com.

Financial: Ms. Soclof receives royalty payments from Professional Development Resources on sales of her courses.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 

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