69: What Do You Mean When You Say “Speech to Print”? with Angie Neal

What Do You Mean When You Say "Speech to Print"? with Angie Neal

Is there really a direct connection between difficulty with speech and learning to read?

There sure is, and Angie Neal is joining me in this episode to talk about this connection. We are also getting into why we need to be aware of this as SLPs, and how to help our students with literacy.

Angie Neal is the SLP Contact for the South Carolina State Department of Education, an adjunct instructor for the University of South Carolina, a Board Member for the South Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and she provides professional development across the United States on her favorites topics which include the /r/ phoneme, language, and literacy as well as social communication.  

She completed the inaugural ASHA Leadership Development Program for School-Based SLPs and has spoken at ASHA twice as well as the International Council for Exceptional Children conference twice. She received the Nancy McKinley Leadership Award from the Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition and is a former Teacher of the Year. She is the author of Spelling That Makes Sense, The Pirate Who Couldn’t Say Arrr (Tate Publishing), Simply Social At School (Super Duper Publications), and various products on TeachersPayTeachers! 

In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • The connection between speech and reading
  • Understanding what is appropriate in terms of phonics
  • Having an understanding of what is going on in the classroom
  • Partnering with teachers for verbal and language modality
  • The benefit of working with the school psychologist
  • Books and songs you can use with your students
  • Separating the phonological piece from a working memory piece
  • Defining goals based on the needs of the student

As SLPs, it is so beneficial to see all of the different ways that we can make an impact with our students, and I really feel like this is such an important gap to help fill in!

Angie gives such great advice in this episode as well as so many helpful resources that we can use to learn more about supporting our students with their speech-to-print connection! Make sure you check all of them out in the resources section below.

Are you sick and tired of professional development that isn't relevant to you in the field being a school-based SLP or an SLP that works with school-aged children? I’ve been there, and that is why I created the Speech Retreat conference which provides amazing professional development and practical and relevant information for school-based SLPs! It is on July 17th, but you should get your ticket ahead of time at speechretreat.com because we are already giving away tons of fun prizes in the exclusive Facebook group!


What Do You Mean When You Say "Speech to Print"? with Angie Neal

Joke of the Week:

Q:  What do you call a smelly fairy?

A: Stinker Bell


Q: What kind of clothes do ghosts wear?

A: Boo Jeans


Q: Why didn't the pirates see the movie? 

A: Because it's rated R


Resources Mentioned: 


Angie's TpT Store

Language and Literacy: A Collaborative Approach, Part 1    

Language and Literacy: A Collaborative Approach, Part 2



The Reading League on Instagram

Reading Rockets Website

The Science of Reading – What I Should Have Learned in College FB Page

SLPs Role in Language and Literacy FB Page



Language at the Speed of Sight- Seidenberg

Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties- Kilpatrick 

Equipped for Reading Success – Kilpatrick

The Reading Mind – Willingham

Speech to Print – Moats



LETRS Training – Voyager Sopris


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