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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. (2019). An examination of cultural-linguistic influences on PPVT-4 performance in African American and Hispanic preschoolers from low-income communities. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 1-14.
Heilmann, J. J., Moyle, M. J., & Rueden, A. M. (2018, August). 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, May). 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.
Heilmann, J. J., Miller, J., & Nockerts, A. (2010). Language sampling: Does the length of the transcript matter? Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 41(4), 393-404.
Heilmann, J. J., Miller, J., Nockerts, A., & Dunaway, C. (2010). Properties of the narrative retells in young school-age children. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19(2), 154-166.
Heilmann, J. J. (2010). Myths and realities of language sample analysis. Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Education, 17(1), 4-8.

Presentations

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, .
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.
Heilmann, J. J., Moyle, M., Lawson, C., Eisner, A., Woolever, B., Arends, J., & Mikenis, R. (June 2017). The impact of a vocabulary and narrative intervention implemented within the children’s museum experience. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Woolever, B., Eisner, A., Arends, J., Mikenis, R., Moyle, M., Heilmann, J. J., & Lawson, C. (April 2017). Facilitating Narrative Discourse in Parent-Child Dyads within the Children’s Museum Experience. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.
Moyle, M., & Heilmann, J. J. (June 2016). Concurrent and predictive relationships between executive functions, working memory, and literacy in young, at-risk English language learners.. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Heilmann, J. J., Malone, T., Andriacchi, K., & Westerveld, M. (November 2015). Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: Persuasive Discourse of High School Students. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, Co.
Lund, S. K., Heilmann, J. J., Heuer, S., Erdmann, K., Oswald, K., Schimek, R., & Zuba, K. (November 2015). Outcome Measure Use Among Speech-Language Pathologists. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.