"We talk a lot about language socialization. Students are always learning language in their social environment. They're inherently connected. It’s really impossible to disconnect a student’s socialized experience as they’re learning language."

About Indigo Young, MS, CCC-SLP

Indigo Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute. She is an ASHA-certified Speech Language Pathologist and owns a private practice which specializes in pediatric speech and language disorders and anti-oppressive practice. She also holds multiple state licenses in addition to holding an initial teaching license in Massachusetts for Speech Language Pathology.

Indigo’s experience includes school-based speech, language, and literacy intervention. She is particularly interested in providing culturally proficient care to diverse children and families.

Indigo Young, MS, CCC-SLP joins The Windward Institute faculty in 2022, teaching the new workshop, Inclusive Classroom Language on Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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What to expect from a workshop on “Inclusive Classroom Language”

This workshop offers specific strategies to address the needs of linguistically diverse students, including English Language Learners and dialect speakers, as well as techniques to create inclusive classrooms for all.

Ms. Young applies her expertise and experience as a speech-language pathologist specializing in anti-oppressive practices to explain/illustrate the complexity of language and implications for reading instruction, focusing on promoting equity and inclusion. This workshop will enable participants to: 

  1. Differentiate language differences versus a language disorder  
  2. Explore personal beliefs and biases about linguistic diversity 
  3. Identify specific strategies for teaching components of language
  4. Create an additive (rather than subtractive) classroom environment that will support all students  

Listen to Indigo Young on Episode 19 of the READ Podcast: “Inclusive Language Instruction with Indigo Young.”