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John J. Heilmann, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Education

Ph D Communicative Disorders University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA Speech-Language Pathology University of Cincinnnati
BS Speech & Hearing Sciences University of Cincinnati

Speaker Topics

  • Children’s Language Development
  • Children with Language Disorders
  • Children with Disabilities (Emphasis on Language and Communication)
  • School-based Testing (Assessment/Measurement)

Interests & Expertise

John Heilmann’s research interests include the authentic assessment of all children experiencing language learning difficulties, including those from cultural and linguistic minority backgrounds. Authentic assessments are required for the accurate identification of language impairment and to provide a rich description of children’s language skills.

One of Dr. Heilmann’s research areas is improving the clinical feasibility of language sample analysis so that more clinicians can use this evidence-based procedure as part of the comprehensive initial assessment and as a curriculum-based progress monitoring tool.

A second line of research is documenting the multiple dimensions of language that can be captured using language sample analysis and using these dimensions to describe subgroups of children with language impairment.

Selected Publications

Finneran, D., Heilmann, J. J., Moyle, M., & Chen, S. (2020). An examination of cultural-linguistic influences on PPVT-4 performance in African American and Hispanic preschoolers from low-income communities. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 34(3), 242-255.
Heilmann, J. J., Malone, T. O., & Westerveld, M. (2020). Properties of Spoken Persuasive Language Samples From Typically Developing Adolescents. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, 51(2), 441-456.
Heilmann, J. J., Tucci, A., Plante, E., & Miller, J. F. (2020). Assessing functional language in school-aged children using language sample analysis. Perspectives of ASHA Special Interest Group 1: Language Learning and Education, 5(3), 622-636.
Heilmann, J. J., Moyle, M. J., & Rueden, A. M. (2018). Using Alphabet Knowledge to Track the Emergent Literacy Skills of Children in Head Start. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 38(2), 118-128.
Heilmann, J. J., Rojas, R., Iglesias, A., & Miller, J. F. (2016). Clinical impact of wordless picture storybooks on bilingual narrative language production: A comparison of the ‘Frog’ stories. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 51(3), 339-345.
Moyle, M., Heilmann, J. J., & Finneran, D. (2014). The role of dialect density in nonword repetition performance: An examination with at-risk African American preschool children. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 28(9), 682-696.
Heilmann, J. J., & Malone, T. (2014). The rules of the game: Properties of a database of expository language samples. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, 45(4), 277-290.
Heilmann, J. J., & Westerveld, M. (2013). Bilingual language sample analysis: Considerations and technological advances. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(2), 87-93.
Heilmann, J. J., DeBrock, L., & Riley-Tillman, T. C. (2013). Stability of measures from children’s interviews: The effects of time, sample length, and topic. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 22(3), 463-475.
Westerveld, M., & Heilmann, J. J. (2012). The Effects of Geographic Location and Picture Cues on Children’s Story Retelling Performance. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing, 15(2), 129-143.
Heilmann, J. J., Miller, J., & Nockerts, A. (2010). Sensitivity of narrative organization measures using narrative retells produced by young school-age children. Language Testing, 27(4), 603-626.
Heilmann, J. J., Miller, J., & Nockerts, A. (2010). Using language sample databases. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, 41, 84-95.
Wolfe, D., & Heilmann, J. J. (2010). Simplified and expanded input in a focused stimulation program for a child with delayed expressive language. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 26(3), 335-346.
Gouvousis, A., Heilmann, J. J., Golden, J., Kalinowski, J., Hudson, S., & Hough, M. (2010). Examining the attitudes and physiological responses preservice learners have towards children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4(3), 450-456.

Presentations

Pruitt-Lord, S., Finestack, L., & Heilmann, J. J. (November 2020). Enhancing Clinical Decision-Making through Language Sample Analysis – A Masterclass in SALT. Proposal accepted for the Annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA (convention canceled).
Moyle, M., Finneran, D., & Heilmann, J. J. (November 2020). Examining Sentence Diversity in Preschoolers who Speak AAE. Proposal accepted for the Annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA (convention canceled).
Heilmann, J. J., Bertone, A., & Veu, E. (November 2020). Facilitating Inclusive Service Delivery in School-based Settings: Insight from Expert SLPs. Proposal accepted for the Annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA (convention canceled).
Heilmann, J. J., Moyle, M., Sparrow, T., & Meurer, J. (November 2020). Using LENA Grow to Promote Early Head Start Teachers’ Use of Language Facilitation Techniques. Proposal accepted for the Annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA (convention canceled).
Heilmann, J. J., Moyle, M. J., Meurer, J., & Sparrow, T. (November 2019). Promoting Language-Rich Classrooms: Early Head Start Teachers’ Views of Language-Based Coaching Using LENA Grow. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.
Heilmann, J. J., & Bertone, A. (November 2019). School-Based SLPs’ Perceptions of Preservice Training & Professional Development Needs. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.
Heilmann, J. J. (November 2019). Using Functional Assessments to Plan for Evidence-based Treatments. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, .
Heuer, S., & Heilmann, J. J. (April 2019). Measuring functional communication: A conceptual model of communicative participation for people with communication disorders.. Center for Advancing Population Science, Seminar Series, Milwaukee, WI, USA.
Heilmann, J. J., & Malone, T. (November 2018). The Evolution of Descriptive Assessments for Older Students: Evaluation of Expository and Persuasive Discourse. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.
Heilmann, J. J., & Malone, T. (June 2018). Examining the Lexicon-Syntax Interface across Persuasive and Expository Discourse in Adolescents. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Heilmann, J. J. (November 2017). Taking a Snapshot of Children’s Discourse to Get the Big Picture of Language Functioning. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
Miller, J. F., Heilmann, J. J., Nockert, A., & Andriacchi, K. (November 2017). New SALT App Streamlines Eliciting Language Samples with Digitized Frog Stories. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
Heilmann, J. J., Moyle, M., & Finneran, D. (November 2017). Relationships Between Narrative Language Sample Measures & Dialect Density in Young AAE Speakers. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
Heilmann, J. J., Malone, T. O., & Andriacchi, K. (June 2017). Comparing Expository and Persuasive Discourse in High School Students with and without Language Impairment. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Finneran, D., Heilmann, J. J., & Moyle, M. (June 2017). Linguistic Diversity and PPVT-4 Performance for Young Children in Low-income Communities. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.