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Phonemic Awareness – Summer Institute 2020

Research verifies the importance of phonemic awareness (the ability to think consciously about and manipulate individual sounds within words) as a precursor to successful reading. Many students, especially those with language-based learning disabilities, need to be explicitly taught strategies to improve phonemic awareness skills. This course uses published materials developed by Charles, Patricia, and Phyllis Lindamood to teach participants to identify individuals with poorly developed phonemic awareness, and to enhance these students’ ability to perceive, compare, and manipulate sounds within words.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Develop techniques students can use to perceive and represent the sameness or difference, number, and order of speech sounds both in sequences of isolated sounds and in syllable units.
  • Explain how students can associate speech sounds with the alphabetic symbols that represent them, and use these sound-symbol associations to spell and read real words, including multisyllable words.
  • Summarize strategies for handling student errors.
  • List methods to aid students in perceiving minimal changes within and between syllable units as one syllable is maintained and compared with another.
  • Develop effective lesson plans for students working at a variety of levels within phonemic awareness instruction.
  • Summarize the importance of pacing within the scope and sequence of phonemic awareness instruction.



The Lindamood – Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (Fourth edition ed.). (1998). Austin: ProEd. (This can be purchased through Amazon or ProEd.)



This course is most suitable for K-12 educators who address phonemic awareness as part of their curriculum appropriate for educators at the elementary level, but can be adapted for other levels



Graduate credit is included in course tuition and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.


This course is offered for 3.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
3.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 13-17, 2020
8:30am - 4:00pm
$800 $750

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About the Instructor

Meghan Sebens

Meghan is the reading supervisor, testing coordinator, and an academic advisor at Landmark’s Elementary•Middle School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College. Meghan has taught a variety of subjects at the middle and high school levels during her time at Landmark.


Financial: Mrs. Sebens receives a speaking fee.
Nonfinancial: Mrs. Sebens states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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