Reading Readiness Intervention for Preschoolers

The ROW-Lab has developed a 6 week intervention for improving reading readiness in preschoolers with speech and language impairments. We are looking for speech language pathologists who would be interested in applying this intervention protocol to preschool children. In short, we will provide you with the session plans for implementation and simply ask you to complete a short feedback form about what you thought of the intervention. The intervention utilizes accepted evidence-based approaches so it can easily be integrated into ongoing services.

For more information, please contact Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas via e-mail


Remote Instruction for Struggling Writers

Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas, director of the Reading, Oral Language, and Writing Lab (ROW-Lab) at Seton Hall University is conducting a study on how to improve writing skills in elementary school students who struggle with writing. The study will take place entirely through remote video-conferencing platforms meaning that you can participate from the comfort of your own home. Participating families will be able to select the days and times for participation in the study that fits their schedule. The study will be provided by graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology with special training in supporting written language outcomes for schoolchildren.

Elementary school students in grades K through 8 who are struggling with writing are welcome to participate in this study. Struggling writers are children whose teacher has indicated that the child struggles with one or more areas of writing. The study will take approximately 8 weeks and require that the student login to remote sessions once or twice per week. Parents/caregivers will be required to complete short surveys and support their child to login to sessions.

If you are interested in enrolling your Elementary school child into the study, or have questions about the study, please contact Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas at 973-275-2865 or

Title of Research Study: Remote Instruction for Struggling Writers
Principal Investigator: Anthony D. Koutsoftas, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor
Department Affiliation: Speech Language Pathology
Sponsor: This research is supported by the Reading, Oral Language, and Writing Lab (ROW-Lab) in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall University


The ROW-Lab begins Project WILLD

The ROW-Lab is happy and excited to announce that Project WILLD (Writing in students with Language-based Learning Disabilities) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Koutsoftas is the Co-Project Director along with Dr. Cynthia Puranik at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. The funding is is $1.4 million over 4 years and will include funding for graduate students and a full time project coordinator to run the study.


Speech and Language HW Videos

The ROW-Lab is happy to share the following which includes links to three videos designed to support parents and caregivers complete speech and language HW. These videos alone will not support home practice but can be included with additional instructions from SLPs to families. The goal of these videos is to provide a model that parents can follow, SLPs should provide stimuli specific to each child.

Reach out to Dr. K with any feedback or suggestions for more videos and topics.


The topics include:

– Reading with your Child

– Speech Articulation

– Phonemic Awareness and Spelling

7 tips for teaching an online course…

In light of the major shift for educators at all levels (K-12 through college and beyond), many of us have had to shift our teaching to an online platform. This shift in platform comes with a shift in our thinking of the delivery of instruction, and whether we like it or not we have to rethink how we teach our students. The video link below provides 7 tips for creating an online course and is geared towards individuals in higher education. However, these tips can be considered by all educators as we re-think the delivery of instruction. You need something to do, and your students need you to ensure continuity in learning.


Dr. K of the ROW-Lab provides ASHA CEU Webinar series.

ROW-Lab Director, Dr. K is providing an ASHA CEU webinar on writing in the Fall of 2020. This is a two part series for professionals who want to gain foundational knowledge about writing and also gain skills with assessment. Click the link below to access the ASHA store and register for the course.

Type ‘koutsoftas’ into the search bar and both courses will appear.

ROW-Lab is Summer Writing!

Don’t worry, the ROW-Lab is still going strong and we have been writing up lots of studies and grant proposals. We hope to update you with some new findings in the fall, until then, stay cool!



ROW-Lab @ ASHA 2018.

The ROW-Lab at Seton Hall University had a great showing at the annual ASHA convention…check out the conference presentation section of this website for downloadable versions of this work.

Collaboration with Dr. Dunn Davison and students from Queens College on a project about the linguistic complexity of children’s books.
Project Write to Learn program scholars and faculty present outcomes from the first year of the project. Check out: for more details about the program.