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Presenter(s): Colleen K. Worthington, MS, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: Language is a highly complex human behavior, and yet SLPs often are expected to assess children for language disorders by administering a single, standardized test. However, this "one-size-fits-all" approach often yields inadequate results. This webinar will describe steps to help SLPs develop clear rationales and clinical decision-making strategies to assess fundamental language skills more effectively and facilitate intervention planning. The speaker will identify and discuss models that align the clinical questions underlying an evaluation with desired diagnostic outcomes.
Credit(s): PDHs: 3.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.35
Summary: While the definition of executive function (EF) varies in the literature, it includes, at its core, the skills people use to plan, organize, problem-solve, and set and achieve goals in their daily lives. EF skills start developing in early childhood, and children with EF dysfunction experience social and academic difficulties. This journal self-study explores issues related to the development of EF skills as well as principles and practical strategies for EF assessment and intervention in preschool and school-age children. It also presents an argument for the role of EF in social communication and discusses ways that SLPs can address these skills in treatment. SLPs working with children with EF deficits can use this information to improve assessment techniques and plan intervention strategies to better meet the needs of these children.
Credit(s): PDHs: 5.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.55
Summary: English grammar develops in a fairly predictable sequence, and errors are common as children learn grammar rules. Children with language impairments often demonstrate continued difficulty with grammatical morphemes. This journal self-study explores issues related to grammar development, as well as factors to consider when assessing and treating grammar deficits. Clinicians can use this information to improve intervention and optimize grammar development in children with language disorders.
Presenter(s): Meher Banajee, PhD, CCC-SLP; Tom Buggey, PhD; Teresa Cardon, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D; Christina R. Carnahan, EdD; Donna S. Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP; Pamela Williamson, PhD
Credit(s): PDHs: 5.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.5
Summary: This course includes five recorded sessions from the 2018 online conference “Children With Autism: Matching Interventions to Communication Needs.” Taken together, these sessions highlight practical interventions to support school-age students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), from video modeling to narrative text to behavior-based interventions. The conference included a total of 13 sessions, with the broad goal of presenting current best practices in intervention for school-age students with ASD. Conference sessions focused on tips and strategies SLPs can use to choose the most appropriate interventions for each child using an evidence-based approach that balances family preferences, research, and clinical judgment/expertise.
Credit(s): PDHs: 9.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.95
Summary: This journal self study explores the nature of working memory and its relationship to language and learning. The articles – from a recently published Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools clinical forum – discuss working memory and how it relates to language development; executive functions and working memory as they relate to bilingualism, math, and decoding; and practical assessment and treatment strategies related to working memory and language. Clinicians can use this research to improve their assessment and intervention processes to help students with memory deficits succeed.
Presenter(s): Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: Curriculum-based language assessment and intervention is one way for SLPs to create a comprehensive picture of a student’s oral and written language needs and pinpoint areas to target in intervention. This webinar focuses on how to use information from curriculum-based language assessment to provide curriculum-based language intervention in classroom or pull-out settings. The course discusses techniques such as using actual curricular materials to target students’ individualized goals while meeting core curriculum standards in classroom-based writing labs and small group contexts. The course also offers case studies of students across grade levels (and encourages participants to reflect on their own examples) to illustrate techniques for addressing problems of word structure knowledge, vocabulary, sentence structure, and discourse formulation and comprehension across all modalities. Discussion includes how to decide when pull-out approaches might be necessary to supplement intervention in classroom-based contexts.
Credit(s): PDHs: 5.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.55
Summary: Communication disorders in children may affect social interactions and lead to negative emotional and behavioral outcomes. This journal self-study explores well-being, resilience, and emotional competence in school-age children. The articles discuss ways to identify risk factors to emotional well-being (including victimization and bullying), assess emotional competence, and support emotional expression in children who use AAC. The final article explores counseling and the role the SLP plays in addressing emotional issues as a part of intervention.
Presenter(s): Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: Curriculum-based language assessment is one way for SLPs to create a comprehensive picture of a student’s oral and written language needs and pinpoint areas to target in intervention. In this webinar, the speaker will discuss how to perform curriculum-based language assessment, beginning with the selection of areas of the curriculum to work on. Participants will explore how to use dynamic assessment to identify a student’s particular strengths and weaknesses and answer four questions based on selected curricular tasks: (1) What does the task require? (2) What does the student currently do when attempting the task? (3) What does the student need to do differently to be more successful at the task? (4) What, if any, modifications to the task are needed to support the student’s success? The course will demonstrate how to integrate formal and informal assessment data to understand students’ individualized needs and plan intervention that can improve language/literacy skills and foster better academic outcomes.
Credit(s): PDHs: 5.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.55
Summary: Literacy skills begin to develop in early childhood, and addressing deficits in reading and writing skills early may prevent later problems in school. This journal self-study explores special situations that may affect literacy skills, including the presence of speech sound disorders, hearing impairment, and cultural and/or socioeconomic differences. It also includes articles that discuss intervention techniques to improve phonological awareness, an important emergent literacy skill. Clinicians can use this information to improve reading and writing assessment and treatment techniques for preschool and early elementary school children.
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: This Perspectives (SIG 1) forum focuses on supporting students in a school setting in improving morphological skills. Authors discuss key components of intervention, collaboration with other professionals, and practical strategies for clinicians.
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