UMaine to host talk by language and reading specialist

Candice BrayThe University of Maine Special Education program and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, along with Reading Matters to Maine, are hosting a free presentation on Tuesday, April 26, by Dr. Candice Bray, an international literacy and learning difficulties specialist.

Bray’s talk, “Language & Reading: How does oral language development impact the process of learning to read?” will begin with an overview of the five domains of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics). She will cover topics such as effects of phonological processing issues on the development of early reading skills; effects of vocabulary delays on reading fluency and comprehension; relationships between social skill issues and reading comprehension; and the importance of morphology in both the early and late stages of reading development. Dr. Bray will also share her thoughts on collaborations between teachers and speech-language pathologists, including examples from case studies. Finally, she will take questions from the audience.

Bray has been working in the field of education for more than 25 years. Her focus is on learning disabilities and other language processing issues that affect communication and learning. She is based in Maine and works with PreK-12 teachers to implement literacy initiatives across curricula.

Her free presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 107 of the Donald P. Corbett Business Building on the University of Maine campus. Certificates of attendance for 2 contact hours will be available.

Janet Spector, Associate Professor of Education; 207.581.2459;