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Partnering With Families in Educational Settings: School-Based Virtual Parent Coaching (PD102519)

Presenter(s): Kristin N Schaaf, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT; Shannon Sharma, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Course Description

School-based speech-language pathologists are challenged every day to effectively engage and involve families in students’ school therapy programs. AG Bell’s Auditory-Verbal Principles for Educators state that our role as professionals is to guide, coach, and collaborate with families. We know that consistent and high-quality family involvement is critical to achieve listening and spoken language outcomes; however, involving families in schools has its unique challenges. This session demonstrates how to provide “school-based virtual parent coaching”: a solution to family involvement in school-based intervention. Speakers present a roadmap to providing best-practice parent coaching through this adaptation of the teletherapy model.

This course is a recorded technical session from the 2021 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 4066V).

Content disclosure: This session focuses on working with families through "school-based virtual parent coaching" sessions and will not discuss other types of intervention models outside of asking participants to consider how they currently provide intervention in schools.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Explain family involvement as a critical component in a child’s speech, language, and listening development, and list the LSL Principles that highlight the importance of parents as partners 
  • Identify at least three roles that a family member can have within a school-based virtual parent coaching session, and explain the value of each role 
  • Incorporate virtual parent coaching in your school-based services to maximize family involvement, empower and coach families, and improve listening and spoken language outcomes

Presenter Information

Shannon Sharma, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd (Presenting Author), is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Auditory Verbal Educator, and Speech-Language Pathologist practicing in Northern California. She works in OPTION Schools, partnering with families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to support the development of listening and speaking skills. Shannon presented internationally at the AG Bell Global LSL Symposium and was featured in podcast "Telepractice Today." In 2020, she was recognized by ASHA as a Distinguished Early Career Professional.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Weingarten Children's Center employee, OPTION School

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member
  • AG Bell Association member

Kristin Schaaf, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT (Presenting Author), is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Auditory Verbal Therapist, and Speech-Language Pathologist at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf - Indianapolis, coaching parents to develop their child’s listening and spoken language in naturalistic ways in their home environments. Kristin’s 14 years of experience span working with toddlers and primary-age children who are deaf and hard of hearing who are learning to listen and talk and who have cochlear implants and hearing aids.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employed at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf - Indianapolis

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Member of ASHA
  • Member of the Hearing First Professional Community

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by December 14, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2021
End date: December 14, 2027

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): PD102519
Available Through: December 14, 2027