Sounds In Motion

Development of phonemic awareness, listening, early literacy, vocabulary, and articulation skills through movement

Focus on: Grades Pre-K – 1
Course Number: TEWS693N

This workshop is designed to teach educators a unique, engaging, and evidence based program that helps early learners in both regular and special education classes acquire phonemic awareness, listening, early literacy, language, and articulation skills through the use of body movements. The program, which also addresses the phonemic awareness skills designated for Pre-K - 1st grade in Common Core State Standards, has been shown to be beneficial to children who are English Language Learners, students who qualify for Title 1 schools, and children who have special needs.

Attendees will learn body movements for 40 phonemes, along with techniques for teaching developmental listening and language skills. Since SOUNDS IN MOTION is supplemental and interventional, it can be used in conjunction with most reading programs.

August 9 and 10
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
1 CEU $275 (not offered for credit)
Materials fee $50
Registration Deadline 8/2

Workshops- Day 2

Workshop 1: SIM adapted to children who have special needs and/or who are English Language Learners

Christina Maiello, MSEd, MS, CCC-SLP, works at P.S. 503 providing speech therapy, evaluating student performance and progress, and helping her students reach their speech and language, and academic goals. Her elementary education background has allowed her to become familiar with classroom management and pedagogical skills as she implements the Sounds In Motion program in the 12:1:1 and ICT (Integrated Co- Teaching) settings, as well as with English Language Learners. SIM has also helped reduce the referral rate for special services since it is applied as an effective RTI program, providing instruction to prevent students from suffering academically. Christina received two master’s degrees in Elementary Education, and Speech- Language Pathology from St. John’s University.

Stephanie Light Kuhnel MS, CCC-SLP, is a highly-qualified clinician with more than 13 years of experience working in various settings including early intervention, schools, and private practice. She has experienced the benefits of SIM with her students while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team at an independent school for children with special needs in Manhattan, and currently at ECLC of Ho-Ho- Kus in New Jersey where she works with moderate to severely impaired students ranging in ages from 5 to 21 years. Stephanie holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and dual state certifications as a speech-language pathologist in New York and New Jersey.

Pen-Pen Chen, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE, is a bilingual Mandarin Chinese-English speech and language pathologist and evaluator in the New York City Department of Education. She has been using Sounds in Motion with her students at PS 503 for the past two years and has been so excited to see the impact it has on the bilingual special education population. Ms. Chen is also an instructor in the English Department at the United Nations and is an adjunct lecturer in the Curriculum and Teaching and Bilingual/Bicultural Department at Hunter College. She is a graduate of the Johns-Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese-American Studies, and was recently named as a member of the second cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators.

Workshop 2: SIM as used throughout the day in the Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms, and with children who are exhibiting reading delays or disorders

Lisa Robbins, EdD, has worked as a reading specialist/special education teacher for over 25 years and is currently working in a public elementary school in Montclair, NJ with grades k-2. She also directs her school’s parent-volunteer literacy tutoring program. Lisa has taught SIM for the past 7 years with all kindergarten and 1 st grade students and believes it has made a powerful impact on her instruction. She has observed that for children who struggle with literacy, SIM has been a valuable intervention strategy to help them learn to decode and spell. Lisa earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees at Teachers College, Columbia where her focus was dyslexia and early literacy.

Molly French, MS, A life long educator, was introduced to Sounds in Motion 10 years ago when she began teaching at Horace Mann School. Since then, Molly has used the SIM program as a teaching tool in her Kindergarten and first grade classrooms as another tool in the toolbox to help reach children with reading and writing. “I have noticed significant improvement in confidence and ability when using SIM,” Molly reports. “ I only wish I knew of it earlier in my career! ”She is thrilled to be participating in this program. She earned her MS in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.