Krystal Werfel, Ph.D., CCC-SLPKeynote Speaker

    Keynote Speaker

    Krystal Werfel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Director, Written Language Lab

    Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

    Krystal L. Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP is an associate professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and director of the Written Language Lab at the University of South Carolina. Her research, funded by NIH, focuses on language and literacy acquisition in children with hearing loss who use amplification and spoken language.

    Literacy in Children with Hearing Loss: Understanding Acquisition to Improve Intervention

    The ELLA Study is a longitudinal investigation of language and literacy acquisition in children with hearing loss. The total sample includes 100 children with hearing loss and 60 children with typical hearing. Findings to date have shown that children with hearing loss exhibit delays across many early language and literacy skills relative to their peers with typical hearing. Additionally, children’s engagement with books and entry in early intervention by 6 months of age are associated with higher language and emergent literacy outcomes.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. About literacy outcomes for children with hearing loss.
    2. To describe areas of strength and areas of need in emergent literacy skills for children with hearing loss.
    3. Literacy intervention modifications and considerations for children with hearing loss.
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