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Amy L. Weiss

Dr. Amy L. Weiss is a Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island where she teaches courses in language disorders of children across the age gamut from infants and toddlers (CMD 563) to preschoolers (CMD 584) through school-age children (CMD 564), phonological disorders (CMD 561), fluency disorders (CMD 592), and occasionally multicultural issues (CMD 493) when scheduling permits in the summer sessions. A former NIH grant recipient, Dr. Weiss is also a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language (ASHA), the author of two texts, Resource Guide on Preschool Language Disorders (Thomson Learning), and Perspectives on Individual Differences Affecting Therapeutic Change in Communication Disorders,an edited text published by Psychology Press, many book chapters, and more than 35 journal articles.

She is the past Chairperson of the then ASHA Board of Division Coordinators (following three years as coordinator for Special Interest Division 1: Language Learning and Education) and served as secretary of the International Fluency Association. A current member of ASHA's Continuing Education Board, Dr. Weiss just completed a three-year term as an associate editor for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Her career experiences in the clinic have included direction of a language-based preschool classroom, providing hospital-based services, and the clinical training of hundreds of graduate students at Purdue University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Iowa, prior to arriving in Rhode Island for the fall, 2004 semester. Dr. Weiss was first awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP in 1977 and has been a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Rhode Island since 2005. Dr. Weiss has been an ASHA Fellow since 2007.

Recent Publications

Weiss, A. & Theadore, G. (2011). (Eds.), Caregiver-Directed Approaches for Facilitating Social Communication Competencies in Children and Youth on and off the Autism Spectrum. Topics in Language Disorders, 31:3.

Weiss, A. & Theadore, G. (2011). Foreword: Caregiver-directed approaches for facilitating social communication competencies in children on and off the autism spectrum. Topics in Language Disorders , 31:3, 193-194.

Weiss, A. & Theadore, G. (2011). Involving parents in teaching social communication skills to young children. Topics in Language Disorders, 31:3, 195-209.

Theadore, G., Laurent, A., Kovarsky, D., & Weiss, A. (2011). Reflective practice: Using focus groups to determine family priorities and guide social pragmatic program development. Topics in Language Disorders, 31:3, 247-261.

Weiss, A. (2011). Communication in a multicultural society. In H. Schwartz (Ed.), A primer on communication and communication disorders (pp. 116-139). Boston: Pearson.

Weiss, A. (2011). A school-age child with Specific Language Impairment: A case of continuity. In S. Chabon & E. Cohn (Eds.), The communication disorders casebook: Learning by example (pp. 282-290).  Needham Heights, MA: Pearson.

Weiss, A. (Ed.). (2010). Perspectives on individual differences affecting therapeutic change in communication disorders. New York: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Weiss, A. (2010). Benefiting from speech therapy: The role of individual differences in treating children with speech sound disorders. In A. Weiss (Ed.). Perspectives on individual differences affecting therapeutic change in communication disorders (pp.151-169). New York: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Weiss, A. (2010). Comprehension of language. In B. Shulman & N. Capone (Eds.). Language development: Foundations, processes and clinical applications (pp. 297-328). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Weiss, A. (2009, 6th edition). Planning language intervention for young children. In D. Bernstein & E. Tiegerman-Farber (Eds.), Language and communication disorders in children (pp. 436-495). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Weiss, A. (2007). Personal factors and their influence on speech acquisition. In S. McLeod (Ed.), The international guide to speech acquisition (pp. 91-95). Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Weiss, A. & Kovarsky, D. (2007). Stories of origin and transition in the lives of persons who stutter. In J. Au-Yeung & M. Leahy (Eds.), Research, treatment, and self-help in fluency disorders: New horizons (pp. 313-319). The Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress on Fluency Disorders. London: The International Fluency Association.


The Department of Communicative Disorders is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Crais, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be our first guest speaker of the 2015-2016 academic year. The title of her talk is "Intervention for Children from Birth to Five with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please join us.
Her talk will take place on Monday, October 5th from 7-9 pm in CBLS 100.


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Orientation details for graduate students announced


New professor joins faculty in CMD


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