Ellyn Lucas Arwood, Ed.D.

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Areas of Specialization

  • special education, learning, cognition, speech and language pathology


  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1968-1971.

  • B.A. Speech Pathology and Audiology, 1971.

  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1972-1973.

  • M.A. Communication Disorders, 1973.

  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1975-1977.

  • Ed.D. Division of Exceptional Children, Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1977. Who's Who in Education, Kappa Delta Pi.

  • Dissertation: The feasibility of speech acts as a language approach for emotionally disturbed children. Dissertation Abstracts International, 38, 3479B-3967B. (University Microfilms No. 77-30, 488).

Major Research Interest

  • The relationship between neuroanatomy, cognition, language and perception (learning) including effects of sensory or perceptual impairment (e.g., otitis media, abuse, etc.). Language representation includes development of oral, reading, writing assessment and intervention strategies.

Professional Certificates

  • Licensure for Oregon Speech and Language, 1987 to present

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Language

  • Pathology (CCC-SLP), ASHA, 1974 to present

  • Licensure for Texas State, 1984-1988

  • Basic Certification for Speech K-12, Oregon State, 1971

Published Textbooks

  • Arwood, E. (2015) Pro-Social Language: A Way to Think about Behavior. Portland, OR: APRICOT, Inc.

  • Arwood, E. (2010) Language Function - An Introduction to Pragmatic Assessment and Intervention for Higher Order Thinking and Better Literacy. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers USA.

  • Arwood, E. (2009) Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Language of Pictures. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

  • Arwood, E. (2007) Learning with a Visual Brain in an Auditory World: Visual Language Strategies For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

  • Arwood, E. (1991) Semantic and Pragmatic Language Disorders. (2nd ed.). Rockville, MD: Aspen Systems Corporation.

  • Arwood, E. (1983). Pragmaticism: Theory and Application. Rockville, MD: Aspen Systems Corporation. Reviewed in Journal of Reading and in the Volta Review (solicited textbook).

  • Lucas, E. (1980). Semantic and Pragmatic Language Disorders: Assessment and remediation. Rockville, MD: Aspen Systems Corporation. Reviewed in ASHA. (Solicited textbook had four printings).

Published monographs

  • Arwood, E. (1984). Pragmaticism: Treatment for Language Disorders. Clinical Series Monograph of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Volume 8, (solicited by NSSLHA).

Member, ASHA

  • Participating member and frequent discussion presenter at ASHA national conventions From the Fall 2009 Newsletter, University of Portland - School of Education: Dr. Ellyn Arwood has been selected as an ASHA Diversity Champion. ASHA stands for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Ellyn Arwood will be recognized as an ASHA and NSSLHA member who has worked to advance multicultural infusion in our profession and ASHA, served as an advocate or championed the cause of multicultural issues, demonstrated respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view, and/or has highlighted the impact of culture and/or language on speech-language pathology, audiology, or speech-language or hearing science. ASHA Diversity Champions were recognized as a part of the 40th Anniversary celebration at the Multicultural Concerns Collective (MC2) Meeting at the ASHA Convention in New Orleans, LA., November 19-21, 2009. Honored and recognized by the American-Speech-Language and Hearing Association in November 2014 for her 35 years of service as Continuing Education Administrator.

Member, OSHA

  • Participating member

Member, American Board of Disability Analysts

  • Charter Member, Senior Disability Analyst Diplomate