Course Introduction

The ability to understand what you read is one of the most important outcomes of education. And, we know it’s one of the biggest challenges for our students with language and learning disabilities. Unfortunately, it’s also an area where we simply don’t have a lot of very effective interventions up our sleeves. No quick fixes here. Below, you’ll find a collection of recent research reviews that will give a little context around this topic (some people would call this “admiring the problem”), and then a lot of ideas for how to help. The focus here is less on packaged “programs” than on principles—what types of skills and strategies can you teach to have the biggest impact on the ultimate goal of reading comprehension?

Learning Outcomes & Details

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe evidence-based strategies for bolstering students’ reading comprehension.

  2. Describe the links between vocabulary and reading comprehension.

  3. Describe why inferencing matters for reading comprehension, and how to support it.

Course Type: Text; Web or downloadable PDF

Time: This is a half-hour course.

ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for .05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Completion Requirements: Read the full course, then take a quiz at the end. Must pass with a score of 80% or better (two attempts allowed).


Questions? See our frequently asked questions.


Course edited and compiled by:

Meredith Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP is owner of The Informed SLP and faculty at Rockhurst University. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from The Informed SLP and Rockhurst University. Nonfinancial Disclosure— Vice President of Speech–Language Pathology for the Kansas Speech–Language–Hearing Association Board; Board member of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice.

Karen Evans, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech–language pathologist at Intermediate District 287, and employee of The Informed SLP. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from Intermediate District 287 and The Informed SLP. Nonfinancial Disclosure— None.

Full research and writing team bios can be found here. The Informed SLP’s researchers and writers are prohibited from having any financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interest related to the content they research and report on.

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This course is offered for .05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).