Dr. Pat Van Slyke is an engaging, highly qualified and well respected speaker, retired - professor, writer and provider of clinical services.  Her expertise and services span over forty years in schools, universities, hospital clinics, private practice, workshop/in-service speaking and consulting.  She is the president of  Speech Pathology Consultants, LLC. Her specialized area of research is Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. Please choose this link to view her work in this area.  Dr. Van Slyke is National Secretary and Advisory Board PCORI Research Grant member of the CSWS Epilepsy & Landau Kleffner Syndrome (ESES) Foundation.

Mission:

Our professional mission is to promote through teaching, speaking and writing the following three things: 

1. The connection between language and literacy.

2. The relationship that language foundations have in future academic learning.

3. The link between academic success, early identification, and appropriate differentiated instruction that matches a student’s learning style.

The last seven years have been a passage from darkness to light for my son who is now a less frustrated, a more animated and productive person.
— Parent V. T.

 

Dr. Van Slyke’s abbreviated vita:

VITA

Pat Van Slyke, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Retired Associate Professor and Chair - Department of Diversity in Learning &
     Teaching 

National – Louis University
Wheeling, Illinois

Education:
   Ph.D.  Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
   M.S.   Speech Language Pathology, Illinois State University
   B.S.    Speech Language Pathology, Illinois State University
   B.S.    Learning Disabilities, Illinois State University                

 

 Current Courses Taught:     

  • Language Development and Challenges in Children and Adolescents
  • Language Development and Challenges in Early Childhood
  • Introduction to Exceptional Children and Adolescents
  • Frameworks and Perspectives in Special Education
  • Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children & Adults
  • Critical Literacy
  • Collaborative & Consultative Teaming and Teaching
  • Clinical Literacy
  • Seminar in School Age Language Disorders

Selected Publications:

Van Slyke, P. (2008). “Response to intervention: Effectively intervening with students who struggle with literacy and language skills before they fall too far behind (Grades K-6)”.  Bellevue, WA.: Bureau of Education & Research.

Van Slyke, P. (2004). “Modifications for classroom instruction for children with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome”.   ASHA SID: 16: School Based Issues Publication.  

Van Slyke, P. (2002). “Classroom instruction for children with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome.”  Child Language Teaching and Therapy.  Vol. 18, #1, 23-42.

Grote, C., and Van Slyke, P., Hoeppner, J.B. (1999). “Language outcome following multiple subpial transection for Landau-Kleffner Syndrome.” Brain, 122, 561-566.

Van Slyke, P. (1998). “Language growth after multiple subpial transection on children with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome”.  Ann Arbor, MI: Bell & Howell Information Company.

 

Selected Presentations:

Peer Reviewed:

Curda, S., Fox, T., Grace, E., Mc Donald, E., Van Slyke, P., & Rademaker, L. (2011).       Evaluating teaching quality: Balancing student course evaluations and professional development. International Conference for Academic Disciplines. Las Vegas, Nevada; March, 2011.

Ligon, J., Olson, P., Anderson, P., Van Slyke, P. & Roth, K. (2009). Certification through a standards-based program. Association for Teacher Educators, Annual National Meeting, Dallas, Texas. 

Wakefield, D., Van Slyke, P. & German, D.  (2008). Language difficulties: Technology intervention within an RTI model. Seminar Presentation, American Speech-Language – Hearing Association, Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois.

Van Slyke, P. (2008).  Language/Literacy and Response to Intervention. Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Rosemont, Illinois.

Van Slyke, P. (2006). Connecting Language to Literacy for Teachers: It Works. Poster presentation at the Schools 2006 American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona. 

Van Slyke, P. (2005). SLP’s Connecting in the classroom: Language and literacy. Poster presentation at the Schools 2005, American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Van Slyke, P. (2003). Modifications for classroom instruction for children with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. Poster presentation at the Schools 2003, American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, California.
 

Invited presentations:

Van Slyke, P. (2015). Curriculum Strategies for Children with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. Wisconsin School for the Deaf, Delevan, Wisconsin, October 2015.

Van Slyke, P. (2014). Vocabulary Strategies and Classroom Support for Language Challenged Students. South Cook Speech Language Hearing Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 2014.

Van Slyke, P. (2013). Challenges for Children with Landau Kleffner Syndrome.  Arrowhead School, Billings, Montana, November 2013.

Van Slyke, P. (2011). Response to Intervention: A Framework. Kelvyn High School, Chicago, Illinois, June, 2011.

Van Slyke, P. (2009).  Integrating language/literacy within Response to Intervention. Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization, Des Plaines, Ill. September ’09.

Van Slyke, P. (2009). Integrating language literacy within a Response to Intervention model. Will - Grundy County Speech Language Hearing Association, Joliet, Ill.  April ‘09.

Van Slyke, P. (2009). Language - Literacy: Empowering children with communication challenges.  P.G. Chambers School. Cedar Knolls, NJ.  March ’09.

Van Slyke, P. (2009). Language / Literacy connection: Intervention within RTI. Educational Resources, Staten Island, NY. (two day workshop). January ’09.

Van Slyke, P. (2008).Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: Assessment & classroom implications. Redwood City, California Public Schools, Redwood City, CA. December ’08.

Van Slyke, P. (2008). Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: Differentiated instruction in the classroom. San Jose, CA Public Schools, San Jose, CA.  December ’08.

Van Slyke, P. (2008).  Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: A tutorial for classroom intervention. Weller Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio, October ’08.

Van Slyke, P. (2008). Response to intervention: Language & literacy. Missouri Speech-Language Hearing Association, Columbia, MO., October ’08.

Van Slyke, P. (2008). Language literacy connection. Northern Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association, Rockford, Ill., September, ’08.

Van Slyke, P. (2008). Integrating language & literacy within response to intervention. Central Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association, Springfield, Ill., September, ’08.

Van Slyke, P. (2008). Response to Intervention: Effectively Intervening with Students Who Struggle with Literacy and Language Skills Before they Fall too Far Behind. Bureau of Education & Research, Presentations:  Columbus, OH., Cleveland, OH., Manchester, NH., Providence, RI. May, ’08.

Van Slyke, P. (2007). Language/Literacy Connection: Impact on Communication Difficulties. Invited speaker for Therapies in the School Conference: December '07, Framingham, Massachusetts.

Van Slyke, P. (2007). Response to Intervention. Invited speaker for Therapies in the School Conference: December ’07, Framingham, Massachusetts.

Van Slyke, P. (2007).  Curriculum Modification in the Classroom. Invited speaker for half day workshop Chicago Public Schools: August ’07, Chicago, Illinois.

Van Slyke, P. (2007).  Response to Intervention and the SLP. Invited speaker for half day workshop Therapy Solutions Unlimited: August ’07, Dearborn, Michigan.

Van Slyke, P. (2007). Language/Literacy Connection.  Invited speaker for full day workshop Geller Educational Resources, Inc.: June,’07, Niles, Illinois.

Van Slyke, P. (2006). Literacy: Empowering Children with Communication Challenges. Two day workshop for Professional Programs: May ’06, Madison, Wisconsin.

Van Slyke, P. (2006).  Language/ Literacy Connection: Impact on Children with Communication Difficulties. Invited speaker for Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association, half-day workshop, April ’06, Jackson, Mississippi. 

Van Slyke, P. (2006).  Language/ Literacy Connection: Impact on Children with Communication Difficulties. Invited speaker for District U-46, full day workshop, March ’06, Elgin, Illinois 

Van Slyke, P. (2006).  Language/ Literacy Connection: Impact on Children with Communication Difficulties. Invited speaker for Winter Conference, Indiana Speech – Language - Hearing Association, full day workshop, February ’06, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Van Slyke, P. (2006). Language/ Literacy Connection: Impact on Children with Communication Difficulties. Invited speaker for Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization, half day in-service, January ’06, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Gable, S., German, D., Van Slyke, P. & .Wu, X. (2005). Universal Design: How It Affects Your Classroom. Invited speakers for Fall Connection, National – Louis University, Lisle Campus, Lisle, Illinois. 

Van Slyke, P. (2005). Language and literacy connection: Every professional is a teacher of literacy.  South Cook County Speech and Hearing Association, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Selected Work in Schools & Community:

  • Local and national presenter on Language/Literacy Connection and Response to Intervention
  • National consultant for students with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (LKS) 
  • President and clinical service provider -  Speech Pathology Consultants, LLC 
  • Volunteer at Saint Francis DeSales Catholic School

 

 Research Interests:

Language/Literacy Connection

Typical and Atypical Literacy Development

Response to Intervention

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome

 

EDITORIAL CONSULTANT:

National ASHA Continuing Education Provider Approved Status (2003-2011)

Child Language Teaching & Therapy, 2008 -2012

Journal of Allied Health, 2005-2008

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2000-2003.

 

HONORS:

Illinois Speech - Language - Hearing Association Fellow – 2008

Cambridge Who’s Who, Honors, 2006-2007

Distinguished ALUMNI 2005 Award- Illinois State University