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Reading Comprehension

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

CE Credit: 4 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

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

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are uniquely positioned to address reading comprehension for students. Their language expertise makes them well-suited to help improve children’s reading abilities (Catts & Kamhi, 2017). The comprehension of spoken and written language and the ability to coherently express ideas are intrinsically linked to reading comprehension skills (Wallach & Ocampo, 2017).

The course provides explicit strategies for teaching vocabulary and sentence structure, building background information, visualization skills, and boosting working memory. The course also provides information on metacognition, inference, prediction, and summarizing, as well as the use of graphic organizers, discussion, and digital literacy for teaching the main idea. This includes defining reading comprehension, outlining reading disorders, and reviewing assessment guidelines for reading comprehension disorders. The techniques outlined may be used across a variety of settings and to support children aged 6 months to 15-years old.

Ultimately, it is hoped that as children learn strategies for comprehending text, they will also develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.

Course #40-52 | 2021 | 92 pages | 25 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Specify six fundamental components of reading comprehension
2. Name three methods of fostering a culture of literacy at home and at school
3. Identify four best practices for teaching vocabulary
4. Explain six methods for building background knowledge in students
5. Describe four specific techniques to teach reading comprehension strategies
6. List three strategies for facilitating comprehension of online information

ASHA CE Approved Provider
Introductory Level | 0.4 ASHA CEUs | ASHA credit is available until 1/31/2026. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the monthly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider (#AAUM5170). Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the month in which the course was completed.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


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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