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A Strengths-Based Approach to the IEP Process (On Demand Webinar) (PD102592)

Presenter(s): Kimberly A Murza, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Speech-language pathologists recognize that the students they serve have unique strengths and challenges. However, it can be difficult to use a strengths-based approach when eligibility determination and program planning usually focus on what students can't do. It is only when we acknowledge students’ assets and resources that we can support them in pursuing their life aspirations. This webinar explores tools for assessment, intervention, and post-secondary planning to help SLPs leverage students' strengths to support areas of need during the IEP process.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Use a context-sensitive, strengths-based assessment process throughout the IEP process 
  • Use a collaborative consultative model to leverage student strengths across settings 
  • Collaboratively write IEP goals and transition plans that focus on self-determination and niche construction

Presenter Information

Kim Murza, PhD, CCC-SLP, received her doctorate in Education: Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida, where she specialized in language and literacy with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. She is currently the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Affairs in the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado and previously served as a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Murza has worked privately and in the public school system as a speech-language pathologist with children and adolescents of all ages. She is passionate about supporting school-based speech-language pathologists to provide inclusive and collaborative services. Her main research area is the development, delivery, and evaluation of high-quality professional learning in the schools. Additional research interests include interprofessional collaboration in the schools, coaching of extenders, community-engaged learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. More recently, she’s been involved in the development and program coordination of the Greeley Treasure Chest Program and Project L.I.F.E. (Literacy for Immigrant Families Everyday).

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

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 and submit the learning assessment by May 19, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar date: May 17, 2023
End date: May 19, 2028

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102592
Available Through: May 19, 2028