College of Health Sciences' Scott to Share Speech-Language Research in Hong Kong

May 1, 2017

Cheryl M. Scott, PhD, professor emerita in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, will present a two-day workshop entitled “Building Language Complexity in School Children and Adolescents with Language and Literacy Disorders” in Hong Kong on May 24 and 25. 

Scott was invited to speak by the Hong Kong Educational Bureau, Speech and Hearing Section. Her work in grammatically based language treatments for older school-aged students is of interest to speech-language pathologists, teachers, and related professionals in Hong Kong, who are in the process of expanding services to secondary students with language and literacy disorders.

“There are very few evidence-based treatments for older school children with language disorders that impact school performance, and I’m anxious to share our results with international colleagues,” says Scott

At Rush University, Scott taught courses in pediatric language disorders and provided clinical assessments in the Rush Speech Language Hearing Clinic. In the clinic, she saw many children with a history of early speech-language disorder who were now struggling with the listening, speaking, reading and writing demands of school.

Her research has focused on identifying what specific features of school language present problems. At the end of her time at Rush, Scott was a co-principal investigator, along with Catherine Balthazar, PhD, at Governors State University, on a NIH-funded treatment study for this population of school children. They devised a protocol that targeted aspects of complex sentence structure. Students who completed the protocol (N=30) made progress in manipulating these sentences and also on pre-post language test comparisons. Scott will share results from this investigation with participants at the Hong Kong workshop.

Scott has published many articles and book chapters on grammatically based treatments and related topics and is a frequent presenter at meetings of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, or ASHA, and the International Dyslexia Association. She was a consultant for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Scott was awarded honors by ASHA in 2016.