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Laura DeThorne, PhD, CCC-SLP

Laura DeThorne Instructor Bio:
Dr. Laura DeThorne is an associated professor of Speech & Hearing Science at the University of Illinois and an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Her work over the last 20 years has focused on understanding individual and group differences in language development and the potential implications for education and intervention practices. With the intent of bridging biomedical and social models of disability, Dr. DeThorne's clinical research has centered on children diagnosed with autism, developmental apraxia of speech, and users of augmentative and alternative technology (AAC). She also collaborates with Dr. Megan-Brette Hamilton to raise awareness regarding how race and culture intersect with our understanding of disability. Dr. DeThorne has presented her work internationally, published over 40 papers, and been funded by multiple agencies, including the National Institutes of Health.

Laura DeThorne's Continuing Education Courses

I Don’t See Color: How Your Own Cultural Identity Shapes Your Clinical Practice

I <strike>Don’t</strike> See Color: How Your Own Cultural Identity Shapes Your Clinical Practice

Do you see race and cultural identity when you look at your clients? Chances are you do, and we suggest that you should. Race and cultural identity have a substantial influence on communicative practices, and to ignore such key aspects… Read Morearrow_right

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Eyes on the Prize: Supporting Communicative Competence in Children

Eyes on the Prize: Supporting Communicative Competence in Children

How would you define communicative competence? Would you know it if you saw it? As a speech-language pathologist it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that successful communication is a lot more than speech and language skills. This… Read Morearrow_right

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Focusing on Friendship: Building Social Groups That Work for Children with Autism

Focusing on Friendship: Building Social Groups That Work for Children with Autism

Are you interested in developing social groups that support children with autism in building friendships? This course will provide the “nuts and bolts” of creating social groups that bring together children with shared interests. Specifically,… Read Morearrow_right

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