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Best Practices for Assessment & Treatment of Speech Development in Early Intervention (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning October 31, 2020) will explore the nature and typical development of speech sound production in children under age 3 with and without language delays or disorders. The speakers will discuss best practices for assessment of speech abilities in young children as well as family-centered strategies to facilitate speech sound development within everyday activities and routines in early intervention.
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Preparing Kids With Spoken Language Disorders for Reading
Format(s): Streaming Video
Children with spoken language disorders often experience difficulties with reading as well. SLPs – particularly those working in school-based settings – have a responsibility to prevent, assess, and treat reading impairments. In this video course, presenter Kelly Farquharson will discuss how SLPs can approach this important clinical need from a robust and empirically supported theoretical framework, the Simple View of Reading.
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Teaching Self-Regulated Strategy Development for Writing (On-Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar explains self-regulated strategy development (SRSD), an instructional approach for strengthening students’ writing abilities. Speaker Michael Hebert introduces and models the approach and discusses how to implement it effectively.
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Vocabulary Learning Strategies for Adolescents
Format(s): Journal (Online)
A 2019 Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools forum, Vocabulary Across the School Grades, presented evidence that strong vocabulary is important for students’ literacy and overall academic success across grade levels. The articles in this journal self-study course describe effective instructional strategies for facilitating vocabulary growth and improving reading comprehension in middle and high school students. The authors present recommendations and implications for practice.
Developmental Language Disorder/Specific Language Impairment Terminology in Practice
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives (SIG 1) forum focuses on developmental language disorder (DLD), including the history of terminology changes in the field, the relationship of specific language impairment and DLD, diagnostic criteria in the field of speech language pathology, and an examination of DLD through a school-based lens.
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Fundamentals of Assessing Writing Samples (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar focuses on how to identify strengths and weaknesses in written language samples by conducting written transcription analyses. The speaker discusses how to assess written language skills of children and adolescents with developmental language disorders at the word, sentence, and discourse levels. The speaker also highlights how to observe and identify the cognitive, linguistic, and motor skills that need improvement for a student to engage successfully in the writing process.
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Working With Children Who Have Dyslexia: The SLP’s Role (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning October 23, 2020) will discuss identification of and intervention for dyslexia, focusing on the critical role the SLP plays on the school-based literacy team. The speaker will dispel myths about dyslexia diagnosis and treatment, discuss how to apply criteria to identify dyslexia in the context of other disorders, and identify evidence-based practices for treating children with dyslexia.
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Foundations of Writing for School-Age Children and Adolescents (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning September 18, 2020) will discuss the core elements of the writing process to inform SLPs’ work with school-age children and adolescents with and without developmental language disorders. The speaker will highlight theoretical frameworks and current research that speak to the acquisition and improvement of cognitive, linguistic, and motor skills that are required for writing. This is a companion webinar to the “Fundamentals of Assessing Writing Samples” webinar.
Neurobiology of Language
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives (SIG 1) forum focuses on neurobiological factors associated with language learning. The first article describes a model of causation by which environmental factors influence neural and cognitive development. The second article examines learning contexts and their impact on verb learning. The third article discusses early motor deficits and their relationship to speech/language outcomes, and the final article reviews morphological processing in normal and clinical populations.
Supporting Morphological Skill Development for  School-Aged Children and Adolescents
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
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.
Six Principles of Intervention for Children With Hearing Loss (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Early intervention programs and technological advances have made it possible for children born with hearing loss to attain levels of spoken language proficiency not previously possible. But these children need appropriate intervention to acquire spoken language at their optimal level. This webinar explores six principles of intervention that can effectively facilitate the acquisition of spoken language. Speaker Susan Nittrouer discusses relevant research and case studies to support the six principles and their role in maximizing outcomes.
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Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Dyslexia: What SLPs Need to Know
Format(s): Journal (Online)
As a result of recent laws and regulations, more SLPs in schools are treating children with dyslexia. The journal articles in this self-study – from an October 2018 Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools clinical forum on dyslexia – provide “state-of-the-science” information to help SLPs understand dyslexia in relation to other speech and language disorders, as well as ways to identify, assess, and treat this disorder. Clinicians will find practical tips that they can immediately incorporate into practice.
Childhood Maltreatment: Communication Outcomes and Services (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists may or may not be aware that an individual has been exposed to one or more types of maltreatment, including emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse and/or neglect. Maltreatment influences an individual’s neurobiological structure and function; cognitive processes such as attention, memory, social cognition, and executive function; as well as communication development and behavior. This webinar will explore the incidence of maltreatment; developmental outcomes; assessment, intervention, and prevention strategies; and the role of communication professionals.
Getting the Most Out of Language Sampling and Analysis (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Robust language sampling provides a treasure trove of information about children’s syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic skills. But time is a challenge when completing this form of assessment. This webinar describes strategies busy SLPs can use to squeeze the most information from a language sample in an efficient manner. The speaker reviews five essential language sampling assessment steps: Collect-Listen-Decide-Analyze-Compare.
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: What SLPs Can Do With Images (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs face busy schedules, varied client needs, and little time to plan. Visually cued instruction is an evidence-based practice that can include using photos and drawings to target a variety of client needs. Images make language more visible to our clients in order to scaffold language comprehension, expression, and other objectives. This webinar will highlight easy-to-use free and low-cost ($5 and less) technology tools, accessible via multiple platforms, that SLPs can use to incorporate images into their clinical practice.
Adolescent Language: Beyond the Classroom
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes five recorded sessions from the 2018 online conference “Spoken and Written Language in Adolescents: Fresh Solutions.” Taken together, these sessions provide strategies and tips to address communication needs to help adolescents succeed not just in school but beyond the classroom setting. Specific topics include: conversing with peers, transition planning for adolescents moving to secondary education or vocational settings, increasing resilience, and more. The conference included a total of 14 sessions, with the broad goal of presenting practical, holistic strategies to address the communication and emotional well-being of adolescents. Conference sessions focused on targeted approaches to treat adolescents with various language and literacy challenges at different severity levels—from mild to severe.
Adolescent Language: Reading and Writing
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes three recorded sessions from the 2018 online conference “Spoken and Written Language in Adolescents: Fresh Solutions.” These sessions explore working with adolescents with and without language impairments on written language; the writing process; vocabulary development; and breaking down complex language in texts. The conference included a total of 14 sessions, with the broad goal of presenting practical, holistic strategies to address the communication and emotional well-being of adolescents. Conference sessions focused on targeted approaches to treat adolescents with various language and literacy challenges at different severity levels—from mild to severe.
Adolescent Language: Success With the School Curriculum
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes five recorded sessions from the 2018 online conference “Spoken and Written Language in Adolescents: Fresh Solutions.” Taken together, these sessions provide strategies and tips to help adolescents access the school curriculum and achieve academic success. The conference included a total of 14 sessions, with the broad goal of presenting practical, holistic strategies to address the communication and emotional well-being of adolescents. Conference sessions focused on targeted approaches to treat adolescents with various language and literacy challenges at different severity levels—from mild to severe.
Capitalizing on Children’s Learning Patterns for Fast, Effective Language Intervention
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Taking into account children’s learning processes is important when SLPs design interventions aimed at teaching new skills or expanding abilities. This journal self-study – based on a special issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools – focuses on the type of learning that happens implicitly and quickly, without effort or even the knowledge that we are learning. This type of learning – known as statistical learning – refers to the way that children recognize patterns in the world around them. As language is full of patterns, this type of learning plays a large role in how children learn sound production, words, grammatical structures, and more. The articles in this selfstudy explore how SLPs can capitalize on implicit learning processes during intervention to help learning happen faster.
Perspectives, SIG 1, Vol. 3, Part 3, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This articles focus on contemporary issues regarding African American English (AAE) in children and adolescents across the school-age years. Articles discuss inherent challenges of the “language differences” paradigm and provide new lenses through which to view cultural, social, and pragmatic aspects of AAE. Specialized topics such as theory of mind, speech acts, and cultural-linguistic features of AAE are given special attention in this issue.
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Working Memory in School-Age Children
Format(s): Journal (Online)
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.
Exploring Curriculum-Based Language Assessment and Interventions
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Spoken and written language skills underlie all aspects of the school curriculum and are essential for school success. This journal self-study, which includes articles from a Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools clinical forum, addresses ways SLPs can assess and treat language disorders within the context of the school curriculum. The goal of the articles is, as noted in the introductory article, “to establish the school-based SLP as the language and literacy expert for curriculum-based interventions and assessment” (Bourque Meaux, 2018, p.138). The authors in the clinical forum discuss alternate service delivery options and tools for school-based SLPs to use and also explore how SLPs can mentor and educate other school professionals to better support language skills within the school curriculum.
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Reaching Success: Expository Text for Secondary Students
Format(s): Streaming Video
Students in grades 6–12 frequently struggle with both the content and use of academic language. As they move through the secondary grades, they are confronted with increasingly more expository language, as opposed to the mostly narrative language they saw in elementary grades. This course will explore the fascinating relationship between these two language structures, which provides a strong basis for our therapeutic interventions as speech-language pathologists. The presenter will provide examples of linking narratives to expository text to ultimately help students successfully use academic language at the secondary level. The presenter will share strategies to use in different service delivery settings (one-on-one intervention vs. in the classroom).
Perspectives, SIG 1, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives focused on current issues in the treatment of individuals with autism. The authors offered practical strategies for clinicians and families, answers to frequently asked questions, and information about specialized topics such as bilingualism and African American English.
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Assessing and Treating Grammatical Deficits in Children and Young Adults
Format(s): Journal (Online)
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.
Perspectives, SIG 1, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives focused on language sample analysis (LSA) in children and adolescents across the school-age years. Articles discussed methods for collecting, analyzing, and using language samples to aid practitioners in differential diagnosis, selecting intervention goals, and monitoring progress. Specialized topics such as African American English, social pragmatic disorder, and LSA for written language samples are given special attention and several case studies are included.
Perspectives, SIG 1, Vol. 2, Part 4, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives addressed special issues for speech-language pathologists serving English language learners with language and literacy needs, and included information and strategies for promoting language and literacy skills in preschoolers, early elementary, and special populations such as those with autism spectrum disorders.
Assessing School-Age Children With Language Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
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.
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Early Literacy: Intensive, Individualized Interventions
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will focus on how to select early literacy interventions for students with language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia. The presenter will describe approaches to individualizing interventions based on student assessment data and discuss the implications for and roles of the SLP.
Improving Reading and Writing Outcomes in Young Children
Format(s): Journal (Online)
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.
Preschool Language Disorders: Identification and Outcomes Reporting
Format(s): Journal (Online)
A child’s early language development can be used to predict later language and literacy skills, as well as school readiness and academic success. It has long been a challenge to distinguish children who are “late talkers” and will eventually develop age-appropriate language skills from those who might have a language delay that requires intervention. This journal self-study primarily examines issues related to assessing language disorders in preschoolers, in an attempt to identify those children who may be at risk for language and learning difficulties and would benefit from support. Specifically, articles examine risk factors for being a late talker, alternative methods of screening for language impairment, and the usefulness of parent and teacher reports when screening bilingual children. One final article discusses collecting and reporting outcomes for preschool children with speech and language disorders. Clinicians can use this information to improve their approach to language screening and outcomes reporting for preschoolers on their caseload.
Reading Comprehension Is Not a Single Ability
Format(s): Journal (Online)
In this journal self-study, which includes articles from a Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools clinical forum, authors address the problem of declining reading comprehension in the United States. The lead article argues that reading comprehension is complex and multidimensional, varying based on reader ability, text, and task. The remaining articles focus on the implications of this view, including ideas related to assessment, intervention, and the critical role SLPs play in evaluating and addressing reading comprehension difficulties.
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Language Impairment in Adolescents: Impact, Assessment, and Intervention
Format(s): Streaming Video
This video course provides much-needed information on the nature of language development and impairment in adolescents, including the impact of language impairment on adolescents’ academic experiences and interpersonal relations as well as implications for their vocational and social success as adults. Using evidence and case studies, the course offers guidelines and tools for assessment of adolescent language impairment and presents key principles and strategies for intervention.
Gesture Use in Young Children With Atypical Language Development
Format(s): Journal (Online)
It is well-established that the use of gesture is a precursor to language development. But what exactly is the relationship between gesture and language, and can the nature of this relationship be used diagnostically to better understand a child’s language development? This journal self-study examines these questions across a few populations. Two articles look at young children with specific language impairment or delay, and the combined results of these studies offer a complimentary view of the relationship between gesture and language based on the observed linguistic deficit (receptive or expressive). Another article compares gesture use between children with impaired hearing vs. peers with typical hearing. Findings from this study not only describe the use of gesture in young children with hearing impairment but also provide clinically useful information about caregivers’ responses to these gestures. The final article examines gesture use in girls with Rett syndrome. In addition to providing a helpful tutorial on a lesser-known population, the authors suggest how factors such as motor skills and genetics also contribute to the relationship between gesture and language.
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Interventions to Improve Young Children’s Early Literacy Skills
Format(s): Streaming Video
Young children with communication impairments, especially language disorders, face elevated risks in developing reading problems. SLPs play an important role in helping young children with language disorders develop foundational literacy skills that can enhance their literacy and reading trajectories. This video course provides evidence-based guidance on how to modify treatment to improve the foundational literacy skills of young children with language disorders.
Using Curriculum-Based Language Assessment to Evaluate School-Age Students
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
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.
Using Curriculum-Based Language Intervention to Meet Individualized Goals
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
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 will focus on how to use information from curriculum-based language assessment to provide curriculum-based language intervention in classroom or pull-out settings. The course will discuss 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 will offer case studies of students across grade levels (and encourage 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 will include how to decide when pull-out approaches might be necessary to supplement intervention in classroom-based contexts.
Using iPad Apps to Increase Student Motivation and Engagement During Language- and Literacy-Focused Intervention
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will discuss exciting iPad apps that can increase the motivation and engagement of school-age children with various communication difficulties during treatment sessions. The presenter will share creative ideas and specific examples of how to use the highlighted apps during language and literacy-focused intervention. Participants will engage in discussions related to skills and foundational knowledge.
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Teaching Approaches to Vocabulary and Word Learning
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
A strong vocabulary is essential to social, academic, and professional success. Many people on the SLP's caseload learn words slowly and, as a result, accrue a small, limited vocabulary. The good news is that word learning is a fairly tractable problem space. In this webinar, we will explore different approaches to word learning and how best to tailor word teaching to your clients.
Specific Language Impairment in Special Populations
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Proper diagnosis of specific language impairment (SLI) in children is essential for elucidating possible causal pathways of language impairments, assessment for identification of language impairments, linguistic dimensions of language impairments, and long-term outcomes. This journal self-study contains articles from a Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research supplement that describe SLI in detail, as well as highlight a few clinical areas in which this approach has been applied. Increased knowledge of SLIs together with evidence-based assessment strategies can assist practitioners in identifying and overcoming challenges faced by children with concomitant health conditions or nonmainstream language backgrounds.
Using Language Sample Analysis to Assess Adolescents
Format(s): Journal (Online)
This journal self-study discusses what is known about how early speech sound disorders and language impairments—whether resolved or not—may affect language and literacy outcomes during adolescence. In addition, this course explores how spoken and written language sample analysis can be conducted with teens, considerations for including critical thinking tasks during language sample analysis, and what information can be obtained from such analyses. Clinicians will come away with a better understanding of ways to implement language sampling in their clinical practice and of the importance of going beyond standardized testing to fully assess adolescents.
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Improving Phonological Awareness Skills in Preschool Children
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Phonological awareness – the ability to identify and manipulate sounds in words – has been shown to predict a child’s later reading ability. But phonological awareness does not always develop naturally and thus requires instruction. However, many preschool teachers lack sufficient knowledge of phonological awareness and how to teach it. This journal self-study explores ways to improve phonological awareness instruction in preschools and provides suggestions on how SLPs can help teachers improve their phonological awareness knowledge. Clinicians will find practical tips for working directly with children with phonological awareness deficits and their families or with children enrolled in early education programs who need additional instruction to improve phonological awareness.
Language in Kids Who Are Maltreated or Exposed Prenatally to Drugs or Alcohol
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Children who experience stress and trauma in utero and early infancy, as well as those who are maltreated as they grow up, are at a higher risk for many medical, developmental, psychological, and emotional problems, including deficiencies in language skills due to brain dysfunction or lack of adequate stimulation. SLPs should be aware of the impact that maltreatment and prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol can have on a child’s development to ensure appropriate assessment and treatment. This journal self-study includes research articles that explore the effect of maltreatment on language as well as what impact prenatal exposure to cocaine, alcohol, and other medical and environmental factors may have on language development. This information will help clinicians tease out small language differences that may relate to social and academic difficulties that cannot be explained otherwise.
Improve Older Adults’ Communication Through Memory Mining
Format(s): eWorkshop
There is a pressing need for creative, therapeutic approaches that appeal to a culturally and linguistically diverse population of older adults. One such approach is memory mining, a developmentally and culturally appropriate intervention strategy that can increase the communicative engagement of older adults with cognitive-communicative challenges. This presentation provides a foundation for understanding age-related demographic, cognitive, and linguistic changes and how memory mining, also known as facilitated reminiscence, can lead to better communication outcomes for this population.

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