21-16 The Speech-Language Pathologist in Long-Term Care

Skilled nursing facilities have unique challenges for healthcare professionals. Multiple federal regulations, a complex billing system, and the long-term nature of skilled nursing facility residents make this a setting that requires an orientation to its unique traits. This course provides an overview of skilled nursing facilities as a work setting for speech-language pathologists. The structure, organization, and reimbursement structure of skilled nursing facilities will be described. The ave...
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21-17 Communication with Elders

With the increasing number of older people in the United States, it is vital for healthcare professionals to communicate effectively and respectfully with elders. This course provides an overview of aging changes that affect communication, dysfunctional communication habits to avoid, and strategies for appropriate communication with elders.
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Managing Speech and Swallowing with Trach/Ventilator Dependence - Rik Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP

This workshop will provide SLPs with important information to understand, assess, and manage speech and swallowing challenges with adult patients who have tracheostomy tubes and/or use ventilators for respiratory support. Dr. Lemoncello will present in a dynamic format with hands-on demonstrations with tracheostomy tubes, ventilator circuits, and speaking valve placement. An adult living with a tracheostomy tube who uses a speaking valve and nighttime ventilator will also share her experiences...
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Language Assessment in Young Children: Partnering with Parents/Caregivers - Heather Moore, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Participants will learn about measures and practices that can be used to assess young children (under age 3), which promote parent/caregiver engagement and help to identify meaningful goals and strategies that can be used for naturalistic interventions.
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Feeding Tubes and Implications for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing - Michelle Dawson, MA CCC-SLP

Due to medical advances, there is an increase in children who use a feeding tube to meet their daily nutritional needs. Are you aware of what the difference in the tube placement means for their ability to eat and swallow? Are you aware of the unique complications that each tube can present? Do you know how to be vigilant against these complications? This course is geared towards educating the therapists and caregivers of these children about the unique needs that feeding tubes bring to thei...
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Evidence Based Treatments for Word Retrieval Impairments in Aphasia - Anastasia Raymer, PhD, CCC-SLP

This course reviews several perspectives that influence aphasia treatment for word retrieval impairments in aphasia, including the animal models of neuroplasticity, the World Health Organization (WHO) Model of Functioning, Disability, and Health, cognitive neuropsychological models of word retrieval, and methods of evidence based practice. Recent research will be highlighted contrasting restorative and reorganization approaches to the treatment of word retrieval impairments in stroke induced ...
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Dysphagia Therapy in Adult Settings: Providing Skilled Services and Documentation - Amber B. Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP

Documentation of skilled services has never been more crucial for appropriate reimbursement. Attendees at this session will identify and analyze the provision of skilled services to patients with dysphagia. Participants will be educated on Medicare and insurance guidelines, including writing appropriate goals and skilled daily notes.
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You've got a job in EI! Now what? - Dr. Kara Medeiros

This course will review the service delivery models prevalent in EI, as well as terminology associated with EI. Family-centered assessment and intervention will be reviewed.
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YouTube for Social Learning: Teaching the Complexities of Cooperation - Anna Vagin, PhD

The concept of cooperation is exceptionally complex, yet it underlies academic and social success. Many students with social learning challenges struggle to understand and demonstrate cooperation in the many contexts in which it is called for. This webinar will introduce several wonderful YouTube videos in which characters demonstrate various forms of cooperation, accompanied by structured activities to support students first in talking about the characters and then in talking about themselves...
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Working with School-Age Children who Stutter - Glenn Weybright, M.S., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD

This course is intended for SLPs who work with school age children who stutter. We will cover treatment of stuttering. We begin with two assumptions: that stuttering is a motor speech disorder with a neurological base, and that once past eight years of age, most students who stutter will probably do so for some time. In other words, we cant cure stuttering or make it go away. For the SLP, this is liberating, because now we get to focus on what we do very well: teach communication-improving str...
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Working with Children with Hearing Impairment - Judith Belk, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Aud. and Leigh Leslie, MA

School-based speech-language pathologists and their assistants are prime players in managing therapeutic approaches for students diagnosed with unilateral or bilateral hearing loss and/or with auditory processing disorders (APD). While hearing impairment is a long recognized disability area recognized by special education law, auditory processing is not (yet) one of those areas. Technology has provided a changing landscape of possibilities for providing children with hearing loss with opportun...
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Working Memory Assessment and Intervention - Amy Costanza Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

This presentation will review theories of working memory, focusing on the relationship between working memory and language. Current research on the relationship of working memory and aspects of language development in typical children and children with language impairments will be presented. Working memory assessment measures for children will be discussed and practiced. Finally, clinical implications of working memory in intervention for children with language disorders will be reviewed.
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Voice, Breathing, and Digestion: The Triad Relationship and its Holistic Treatment - Ellen Friedman, MA, CCC-SLP

Digestive issues are responsible for many of the breathing and voice deficits we see in infants, children, and adults. While Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease affects millions of Americans, its serious illness potential is widely misunderstood. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a high contributor to esophageal, throat, oral,. And lung cancers, COPD, pnuemonia, nasal-sinus issues,and dysphonia. This workshop will outline the intricate relationship between GERD, breathing, and voice, for patients...
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Visual Supports for Students with Learning Challenges - Lorraine Maida, MA CCC-SLP

This course inspires us to use more and different visual supports. Visual supports are things we see that enhance our organizational skills, self-regulation, expressive and receptive communication, and ability to understand activity demands in the dynamic environments of school, home and community. Visual supports can be objects, printed words, pictures, body language, or environmental clues. Through concrete examples and lecture this practical course will share ideas about printed words, pict...
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Using Poetry to Increase Student Language and Literacy Skills - Sarah James, MA, CCC-SLP

Do you feel as though you’ve “been there, done that” and are you looking for new ways to motivate your students and get them engaged in learning? In this session, discover 10+ different types of poetry and how to use it to build language and literacy skills in a less intimidating and more confidence building way.
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Using Improv Theater Techniques in Speech/Language and Cognitive Treatment - Ruth Jenkins, MS, CCC-SLP

In this course, participants will have hands-on experience, backed by written instructions, in exercises that are challenging and engaging and yet require little planning/prep time. Many of the exercises address multiple goals, which make them particularly good for groups such as school aged students and stroke or head injury groups. They are most useful in the learning and generalization phases of skill acquisition. Each exercise will be explained regarding its format/rules and regarding its ...
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Using Free Google Tools to Increase Motivation and Achievement - Sarah James, MS, CCC-SLP

Efficient and effective use of Free Google Tools to increase student motivation and achievement!! This fast-paced session will provide a concise overview of SLP user-friendly and high impact Free Google Tools. Specific tools include: Search, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Voice, Maps, Earth and YouTube.
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Treatments for Feeding, Speech & Mouth Functions in Pediatrics - Diane Bahr, MS CCC-SLP CIMI

Early intervention and pediatric treatment are changing. There are not enough resources to serve the numerous children with feeding, speech/communication, and mouth function problems (e.g., those with prematurity, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, other congenital disorders, etc.). Occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, early intervention specialists, dieticians, pediatricians, nurses, and others need detailed information to make appropriate referrals, choose appropriate t...
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Treatment of Speech Disorders for Cleft Palate - Kerry Callahan-Mandulak, PhD, CCC-SLP and Barbara Moore, MA CCC-SLP

Dr. Kerry Callahan Mandulak and Barbara Moore will focus on the selection of appropriate management procedures and strategies, evidence-based practice, planning, selecting and documenting appropriate treatment goals and objectives and understanding how to administer such treatment for for the repaired cleft palate child.
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Treatment for Cognitive Disorders following TBI - Kristen King, PhD, CCC-SLP

In a TBI population, cognitive changes are often the most salient features after traumatic brain injury of any severity, and they typically contribute more to a persisting disability than do physical impairments. These changes may include negative impacts on attention, memory, processing speed, and multiple other aspects of cognition and language. However, the cognitive aspects of brain injury and their impact on language and everyday function are often overlooked for various reasons. This pre...
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Treating Voice Disorders in the Pediatric Population - Ellen Friedman, MA, CCC-SLP

The human larynx is ever changing, from the first cries of infancy, through puberty, and until full its maturation at age 18. As such, treating voice disorders in pediatric patients can be tricky, and the early vocal habits of children will affect the health and potential of their larynges forever. In this workshop participants will learn how to do a thorough clinical/perceptual evaluation of the pediatric voice using developmentally meaningful methodologies. Participants will learn how to dev...
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Treating R with Therapeutic Tools - Jill Tate, MS, CCC-SLP

In this course, Jill Tate presents a variety of therapeutic tools for treating /r/ (and other difficult-to-treat sounds) including: The Smart Palate Palatometer, tongue targets poster (palatography), auditory amplification tool, cheek-lip retractor, Speech Racer App, VowelViz App and a variety of practical methods designed to facilitate /r/ and R-blends in isolation, syllables, words, sentences, stories and conversation/generalization. This course contains lecture, demonstrations, videos, ph...
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Treating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Beyond the Symptoms - Linda D'Onofrio, MS, CCC-SLP

This 2-day workshop is an advanced survey course, in orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) for the experienced medical professional whose scope of practice intersects in the orofacial complex. Differential diagnosis and feeding, swallowing, and communication techniques will be featured throughout the workshop that can be incorporated into therapy immediately.
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Topics in the Delivery of Swallowing Services - Dr. John Tracy and Athena Nofziger, RDN, LD, CHC

The presenters are a clinical dietitian and a speech-language pathologist. This course will include issues related to the clinical swallowing evaluation, a demonstration of a clinical swallowing evaluation, criteria for recommending an instrumental evaluation, the role of the speech pathologist in identifying and evaluating esophageal disorders, life saving and end of life issues related to swallowing, artificial means of nutrition and achieving oral intake and hydration in those with dementia...
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Thinking with a Visual Brain in an Auditory World - Ellyn Lucas Arwood, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Most people learn to think with a visual brain but live in an auditory culture. This workshop provides participants with the neuroscience behind how learners become literate through the Neuro-Semantic Language Learning Theory (NLLT). Participants will be provided with numerous examples of how to use language strategies for increased literacy across ages and populations.
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The Nuts and Bolts of Supervision - Ashley A. Northam, M.S. CCC-SLP

This presentation will cover the gamut of supervision with a variety of individuals including site staff such as EA/IA, classroom based assistants, medical assistants, nursing staff, and levels of student clinicians in addition to other assistants. Best practice suggestions or a collaborative working relationship with different levels of assistants will be discussed. An overview of various state examples of the legally mandated guidelines for supervision of SLPAs, including those that are stud...
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The Brain: Learning and Thriving - Dr. Linda Caviness

This session is designed to aid all educators (including SLPs, PTs, OTs, classroom teachers and more) in understanding what current brain research reveals regarding the learning process. It examines and compares current educational practice with neuroscience findings, and it promotes development of methodologies and curriculum that incorporates holistic principles for learning in all disciplines and situations. Specific issues addressed include: connectivity from physiological, anatomical and ...
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Telepractice Made Easy - William Connors, M.A., CCC-SLP, Certified TCC provider

This course will introduce the basics of providing services at a distance using telepractice. Practical skills, techniques, technology, and tools that a therapist can use to most efficiently and effectively use telepractice to treat patients will be discussed. This course will also discuss administrative concerns such as professional, regulatory, and technological information relative to telepractice. Since these issues are changeable and fluid, resources on how to stay up to date will be prov...
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Teaching Children To Take Responsibility for Their Schoolwork - Adina Soclof, MS CCC-SLP

Modern children are under a tremendous amount of pressure to succeed at school. Children who are struggling academically are working at a great disadvantage. Clinicians need to learn new techniques that can help support, motivate and encourage these students without enabling them. Clinicians can learn to help children develop academic skills that are self-directed relieving the pressure. Clinicians can offer support and teach these techniques to parent, so that they to can help children develo...
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Teaching Articulation to Special Populations - Linda D'Onofrio, MS CCC-SLP

An articulation disorder may stand alone, be the symptom of another underlying disorder, and can co-occur with developmental challenges. A thorough differential diagnosis, a prioritized treatment plan, and individualized care can help produce more effective outcomes. Participants learned how to discuss the importance of differential diagnosis, prioritize care within and outside the scope of practice, teach to the individual not the disability, and identify communication goals.
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Tackling Sensory Processing Issues, or Sensory Life Hacks as Told by an SLP - Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP

In a perfect world, each child’s IFSP Team would include all necessary team members, especially an OT, to tackle a child’s unique sensory processing issues. However, for some patients receiving early intervention services, that is unfortunately not the case. What is an SLP to do then to help their patient reach their maximal potential with respect to their ST goals, when these variables are at play? This 90 min course is designed to offer introductory “Sensory Life Hacks” or support...
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Systematic Frontal & Lateral "S" Remediation - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

Although considered by some as "simple" articulation errors, frontal and lateral sibilants can certainly pose a remediation challenge, even for the best SLP. Just how do you get the tongue back, encourage it to remain in place, and generate complete carryover? Some kids seem to move into placement and generalization fairly easily, but others don't. Just why is that? Char's comprehensive 3-hour online video course Systematic Frontal & Lateral "S" Remediation" provides practical answers to th...
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Supporting Written Lang. & Comp. Children with Impairments - Dr. Jennifer Larsen

School-aged children with language and learning impairments often experience significant difficulty as they learn to use language in academic, literate contexts. Two key areas of difficulty are reading comprehension and written language. These complex skills fall within the SLP scope of practice, but can be challenging to address. The first half of this presentation will focus on written language. We will review key areas of struggle as children with language and learning impairments work to d...
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Supervision: An Overview of Supervision Across the Spectrum - Ashley A. Northam, M.S. CCC-SLP

This presentation will cover the gamut of supervision with a variety of individuals including on site staff such as itinerate, and classroom based assistants. We will also discuss the legally mandated guidelines for supervision of SLPAs, including those that are students as well as those that are licensed. This presentation will also cover the requirements of supervising graduate student clinicians as well as those that are in their CFY year. Time will be given for questions and scenarios.
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Structured But Fun: Effective Practices for Early Childhood Classrooms - Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

Through presentation of highly engaging multimodality teaching strategies, participants will engage in activities that emphasize the best practices utilized throughout the day in early childhood settings that will allow for full participation of children at all ability levels. Music, movement, rhythm, visual supports, oral language and print literacy practices, transition practices, large group management and engagement will all be addressed. Handouts will give information that allows practic...
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Start Your Own Telepractice, Now! - William Connors, M.A., CCC-SLP, Certified TCC provider

Telepractice, providing treatment and services from a distance, represents a rapidly growing opportunity in the field of rehabilitation. This course will primarily focus on how to start or grow a telepractice. Practical skills, techniques, technology, and tools that a therapist can use to most efficiently and effectively use telepractice to treat patients and expand business will be discussed in detail. The course will demonstrate how to schedule, host, conduct and save notes for a telepract...
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SMARTER Steps to IEP Goals: Save Time and Optimize Outcomes - Killy Ott, MHS, MEd, CCC-SLP and Lara Wakefield, PhD, CCC-SLP

This course is a longer version of another course with a similar name. It includes more detail. This workshop will focus on teaching the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. steps framework that SLPs can use to develop IEP goals that align with legal mandates. These steps contain a variety of time-saving tips to help SLPs understand the legal jargon to become empowered in their roles on IEP teams. The presentation explores the following components of an IEP goal: 1) Specific; 2) Measurable; 3) Attainable; 4) R...
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SMARTER Steps to IEP Goals - Lara Wakefield, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kelly Ott, MEd, MHS, CCC-SLP

This course will focus on teaching the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. steps framework that SLPs can use to develop IEP goals that align with the 13 federal mandates. These steps contain a variety of time-saving tips to help SLPs understand the legal jargon to become empowered in their roles on IEP teams. The presentation explores the following components of an IEP goal: 1) Specific; 2) Measurable; 3) Attainable; 4) Research-based; 5) Teachable; 6) Evaluated and communicated to parents; and 7) Rele...
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Seven Sensory Strategies to Increase Artic-Therapy Success - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

The mouth is the only body part that interacts with itself, meaningfully. And the two primary forms of that meaningful interaction (for speaking, chewing, and swallowing) are tactile and proprioceptive in nature. Wouldn’t it be helpful for a child to be able to localize his front-tongue to elevate it purposefully and consistently for t, d, s, z, sh, zh, ch, j, and l, as well as for his back-tongue for the k, g, ng, and r sound? This one-hour course demonstrates practical techniques ...
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S Remediation Therapy - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

This 1-hour video course presents a condensed but informative version of effective strategies to analyze the child with a distorted /s/: Their oral stabilization and mobilization, their oral resting posture, and any potential production obstacles. Techniques are covered to establish an oral capability base to stimulate a good /s/ that contains appropriate external and internal stabilization and mobilization, several sound stim suggestions, and how to solidify the new production and establis...
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Robust School-wide Vocabulary Instruction: The Powerful Role of the SLP - Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

The achievement gap in reading and other academics, in most cases, is a vocabulary gap! Speech Pathologists have long been interested in adequate vocabulary skills for oral and written expression. How speech pathologists work collaboratively and individually to focus on vocabulary instruction for students at all levels of SLP services can be critical to how powerfully that gap can be narrowed or closed. How the field of education views vocabulary skills and the corresponding instruct...
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Response to Intervention & Multi-tiered Support Systems and the SLP - Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can play a number of important roles in using a Tiered Intervention model to identify children with speech and language differences and disabilities and provide needed instruction in general and special education settings. What fundamental shift in thinking needs to occur for SLPs to successfully engage in a three-tiered approach to speech-language and literacy interventions? What needs to change about the way we approach communication deficits and their fun...
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Reading Disorders: Visual-Perceptual-Spatial Disabilities - Judith Likavek Davis, MA, SLP

Reading disorders are complex and are comprised of difficulties across multiple domains. This course presents a categorical framework for the description and treatment of reading disabilities. Visual-perceptual-spatial reading disorders will be emphasized. Description, differential diagnosis, prognostic indicators, evaluation procedures, case studies and hands-on treatment strategies will be provided. This seminar represents part one of a four-part series.
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Reading and the SLP: Using Language to Build Reading Skills in Students - Sarah James, MS, CCC-SLP

Have you asked yourself if SLPs have a role in reading development? Join this session to examine the research-based areas for reading instruction and make connections to the specific language skills that help to build those areas of reading. The five aspects of Reading First as they relate to SLPs will be the focus of this session as well as related strategies, activities, digital tools and online resources.
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Reader’s Theatre: Creative, Engaging Language Instruction - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

This 2-hour video course focuses on how to strategically incorporate readers theatre into language therapy, primarily for second or third grade up to older students. Readers theater is an all-encompassing activity and generates the best of receptive and expressive language and literacy skills. It assists with reading and deep understanding, syntax, grammar, facial and body expressions, turn-taking, and more. We explore the differences between a “play” and readers theatre, and learn ...
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R Solutions: From Capability to Carryover - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

Most children and adults who distort the production, form the sound with labored puckered lips and a lowered, relaxed tongue. So just why do they do that? And whats an SLP to do to counteract these characteristics and replace the inaccurate sound with a desirable that generalizes with ease? In this 3-hour course"R" Solutions: From Capability to Carryover you'll discover how to apply practical, little known facts critical not only in analysis, but also to formulating a good and organizing a...
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R Remediation Therapy - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

This 1-hour video seminar presents an abbreviated, but thorough highly effective, sequential strategies on treating /r/ cases. It covers the three important components of /r/: the placement, tension, and the resonance chamber. It includes analyze, how to establish an oral capability baser to stimulate a good /r/ (back-up or retroflex), and how to solidify new productions and generate conversational carryover. It primarily focuses on the cognitively aware second grade child through e...
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Quality Interventions with Infants and Toddlers - Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP

Early Intervention is not for the faint of heart, especially with best practice updates, dynamic home environments, ever-rotating patient caseloads, and the influx of more medically fragile birth to 3 yo patients. This 90 min course is designed to educate learners about current best practice interventions that are based in policy and practices that do NOT require flashcards or a bag of toys! Join speaker Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP on a journey into the wild wide world of EI with a much need...
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Providing Access to Language and Curricular Content with Core Vocabulary - Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP

In this course, participants will learn why the provision and teaching of core vocabulary is a best practice when supporting individuals with complex communication needs. Instruction will be provided on where to find research-based lists of core vocabulary words that can be used to aid in appropriate vocabulary selection. Participants will learn about the principles of an important language teaching model called the Descriptive Teaching model (a method of teaching language within academic co...
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Principles for Working with Bilingual Children - M. Adalaida Restrepo, PhD, CCC-SLP

This workshop presented cultural and linguistic considerations in assessment and intervention of bilingual preschool and early school age children at different levels of bilingualism with a focus on Spanish-speaking children with language impairments. Attendees evaluated cultural considerations that impact language assessment and compared the different techniques for assessing children. Attendees also discussed case studies and intervention goals.
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