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Reversing the COVID-19 Slide: Narrative Intervention for Recovery From Academic & Social Emotional Learning Loss (PD102649)

Presenter(s): Linda M Lafontaine, MA, CAGS, CCC-SLP; Maryellen R Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP
Course Description

All children need the ability to express themselves in difficult social situations. The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have resulted in what is termed the “COVID-19 Slide.” This slide is representational of academic skills and social abilities lost, in spite of valiant efforts by teachers, specialists, parents, and all caregivers. The focus on technology, and in turn, the lessening of in-person interactions, calls for attention to social-emotional learning (SEL) as well as academics. The presenters share a method using the metacognitive approach, Story Grammar Marker®, with selections of children’s literature including “Listening With My Heart” by Gabi Garcia and others that target all five SEL competencies—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making—through a narrative development lens.

This course is a recorded session from the 2021 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 2177V).

Content Disclosure: This session focuses on the Story Grammar Marker approach.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of academic and social emotional learning loss (COVID-19 Slide) and how narrative intervention can address both areas of learning loss 
  • Choose a selection of children’s literature that tackles topics addressing the five social emotional learning competencies 
  • Discuss how lessons can be designed that align elements of story grammar, critical thinking, problem-solving, and perspective-taking with SEL competencies

Presenter Information

Known for creating the Story Grammar Marker Approach in 1991, Maryellen Rooney Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP (Presenting Author), founded MindWing Concepts, Inc. in 1994 to help children think, communicate, and learn. In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership/service/achievement in helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities. Maryellen is an international presenter and has published more than 63 tools, guides, and resources involving discourse and thought development.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Creator of Story Grammar Marker Approach
  • Founder and owner of MindWing Concepts, Inc.
  • Presents and trains SLPs, other professionals, and parents/caregivers on the use of the Story Grammar Marker Approach

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships relevant to the content of the session

Linda M. Lafontaine, MA, CAGS, CCC-SLP (Presenting Author), is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist. She has practiced in hospitals as well as public and private schools. Linda is the former Principal of the Curtis Blake Day School for students with dyslexia/LLD. She has presented at the Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association and ASHA conventions. Currently, Linda uses her 25+ years of experience with Story Grammar Marker®, ThemeMaker®. and MindWing’s other methodologies as a trainer, presenter, and co-author on new publications.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Paid consultant for Mindwing Concepts, Inc.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships relevant to the content of the session

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 9, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2021
End date: December 9, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102649
Available Through: December 09, 2027