Valley Speech Language & Learning Center serves communities, teachers, and students as a resource for successful academic language and literacy achievement.
Valley Speech Language and Learning Center was established in 1993 by Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan.
FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS:
We provide speech, language, and academic evaluations and therapy. Please call our offices to schedule an appointment.
FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS: We provide Spanish literacy and English transition programs for schools. Please contact us for professional development opportunities and for more information about our programs.
Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan can share her knowledge with your district on how these biliteracy programs can be implemented successfully in your area. If you are interested in a consultation for curriculum design and want guidance on how to structure your bilingual programs please contact us.
FOR TEACHERS: If you are interested in implementing one of our programs please feel free to browse our online store and contact us if you have any questions. If you would like to attend a professional development training, please take a look at our Presentation calendar and contact us to inquire about availability.
News & Publications
In June of 2014, the International Dyslexia Association adopted the term Structured Literacy to describe a comprehensive and systematic approach for teaching reading. Structured literacy includes instruction of phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension in an explicit, systematic and cumulative manner. The International Dyslexia Association also has an Educator Initiative which promotes certification of instructors who have the knowledge that is aligned to the IDA standards for literacy instruction and who can also implement evidence based approaches with significant literacy outcomes for their students. Read more about the IDA standards and IDA Educator Initiative at the IDA website.
The Institute for Education Sciences provides educators with Practice Guides for evidence based instruction for literacy, math, and for English learners and students with learning difficulties.
To read about the practice guides on the IEC website click here.