Meet the exact needs of your staff with a live presentation or webinar.
Our team of speech-language pathologists has been providing ASHA-approved continuing education to speech pathologists around the country since 2002.
Receive valuable therapy and evaluation resources with every presentation.
Our assessment and intervention products and books help speech-language pathologists make accurate diagnostic decisions and effectively serve English Language Learners with speech and language impairments. We are dedicated to providing speech-language pathologists with great resources on second-language acquisition and cultural diversity.
Do you want to reduce your caseload? Improve therapy outcomes with diverse students? Efficiently manage the referral process?
We present on a broad range of speech and language topics.
Below are descriptions of our most popular workshops.
- Difference vs. Disorder: Language Development in Diverse Populations
Our Difference vs. Disorder: Language Workshop is great for teachers and speech-language pathologists. Your team will walk away with a thorough knowledge of the building blocks for bilingual language development, normal bilingual developmental acquisition patterns, and a new framework for understanding the interactions between languages in bilingual development. Our framework helps educators determine whether a bilingual child’s errors are normal or require a referral for evaluation or services.
- Difference vs. Disorder: Speech Development in Diverse Populations
Our Difference vs. Disorder: Speech Workshop is valuable for teachers and speech-language pathologists. Your team will walk away with a thorough knowledge of the building blocks for bilingual speech development, normal bilingual developmental acquisition patterns, and a new framework for understanding the interactions between two speech systems in bilingual development. Our framework helps educators determine whether a bilingual child’s errors are normal or require a referral for evaluation or services.
- Success with Speech Sound Disorders
Research shows that differentiated treatment for speech sound disorders results in greater progress, translating to earlier dismissal from special education. This presentation is designed to assist speech-language pathologists in classifying students with speech difficulties into more specific groups in order to apply a treatment more specific to their needs. We will discuss how to recognize and treat errors specific to various subgroups of speech sound disorders including delayed phonological, consistent deviant, inconsistent deviant, articulation disorder, and other errors due to the presence of a structural anomaly or cleft lip and palate.
- Improving Proportionality through a Framework for Understanding Bilingual Development
Sometimes results from academic testing and speech-language testing seem contradictory. In this workshop we lay the results on the table to understand the differences. We also explore differences in the practice of testing bilingual students across speech-pathology and school psychology. It is critical that we work together and interpret testing results with consideration of data collected from all members of the assessment team. In this workshop we traverse through a group of case studies that help us collaborate every step of the way.
- SLP-Teacher Collaboration: Facilitating the RTI Process with Monolingual and Bilingual Students
Since the introduction of the Response to Intervention Model, teachers have been asked to implement speech and language interventions and track progress while maintaining their classrooms of 20+ students. Many teachers would benefit from additional training on what data to track, how to design an intervention, and how to include meaningful data that will help drive decisions about what steps to take next. This workshop provides SLPs and teachers with the tools to work together in a meaningful and efficient way. Participants will walk away with easy-to-use tracking sheets that provide meaningful data.
- Ethical Considerations for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
When faced with the challenge of assessing and treating CLD students, many SLPs have questions about the legal and ethical issues related to serving this population. Following this workshop, SLPs will have a greater understanding of ASHA’s Code of Ethics as it applies to working with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. We will explore modern-day ethical violations, the public’s response to such violations, and the repercussions endured by those with unethical behavior. We will also discuss how to address differences between school expectations and a family’s cultural views. Numerous case studies will also be reviewed in order to help guide staff through an ethical decision-making process through real-life examples.
- Literacy-Based Intervention: From Theory to Practice
Our workshop on Literacy-Based Intervention is great for teachers and SLPs. We cover all of the great reasons research has given us to use books to support speech and language development. We share our coveted Lit-Kits, which include activities for use before, during, and after shared reading. The activities address a wide range of speech and language goals. We provide templates that allow participants to develop their own lit kits with minimal effort. Kids love stories. This workshop combines the power of stories with a refined set of tools and templates that will drive speech, language, and narrative development.
- Where Communication and Reading Difficulties Meet
In the school and clinic settings, oral communication and reading are often addressed by different professionals. In this workshop we review the foundational skills that underlie both reading and oral communication. We identify goals that can be addressed by the SLP, the reading specialist, and the teacher so students struggling with oral communication and reading can have consistency in their support. We use case studies to show how to maximize efficiency in the intervention process. We also address concerns about reading development in bilingual children, and highlight differences between the phonemic systems of Spanish and English.
- Improving SLP-Diagnosticians/LSSP Collaboration in the Evaluation Process
Many districts face disproportionality of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education. This occurs either because of over-referral due to errors that are actually typical of normal bilingual development, or due to under-referral to “wait and see” if progress is made once English proficiency increases. We can determine how your campus or district fares with proportionality in Special Education and provide strategies for improving the referral process for English Language Learners. This presentation will outline a framework for bilingual development to minimize over– and under-identification of students. We categorize errors that bilingual children make, two of which are acceptable categories of errors that are normal in the process of bilingual development. The third category of errors includes those that are indicative of speech-language impairment.
- Typical Language Development in Bilingual Children
This workshop addresses how children acquire two languages. It covers the developmental process of phonological, vocabulary, grammatical, and pragmatic skills, to help speech pathologists, teachers, and other professionals recognize normal developmental patterns of English language learners. Participants will learn to identify facts and myths about bilingualism, explain environmental and cultural influences on language development, and explain how two languages interact. We consider the rules and uses of code-switching, as well as dialect. Workshop participants will be able to identify patterns of phonology, vocabulary, and grammar that are typical in the development of bilingual children.
- Language Assessment of Bilingual Children: Meeting the Challenge
This workshop provides information on language differences versus disorders, best practices for assessment of language skills in bilingual children, and alternative assessment methods including dynamic assessment and narrative assessment. Workshop participants will be able to recognize warning signals and false alarms of language difficulties in case studies of English language learners, as well as identify common signs of language impairment in bilingual children. We will integrate the necessary sources of information to make appropriate referrals and diagnoses. Participants will evaluate the appropriateness of formal and informal testing procedures and how to use test modifications to obtain more information for accurate diagnosis. Guidelines for working with interpreters are also presented in this workshop.
- Language Development in Bilingual Infants and Toddlers
This workshop provides information on how learning two languages influences early cognitive development. We review the building blocks of speech and language development and their similarities across children in monolingual and bilingual environments. We present research on early dual language learning and discuss how to increase parent involvement to improve treatment outcomes.
- Bilingualism, Cognition, and Academic Achievement
This workshop provides information on how learning two languages influences cognitive development and discusses the implications of bilingualism on academic achievement, including vocabulary, narrative skills, and literacy. We discuss patterns of bilingual language acquisition and learn to evaluate language proficiency more thoroughly. We also discuss the influence of educational programs on language development and evaluat factors that positively enhance literacy skills in bilingual children.
- Working with Interpreters
Working with interpreters is becoming more common, and is often a necessity, when providing services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Gain important skills needed to train qualified interpreters. Skills include appropriate vocabulary and cultural considerations necessary for effective communication with parents regarding disabilities, services, and rights.
- The Kids are the Easy Part. I Have to Work with Grownups?!
You’re a communication expert. Why is it often so challenging to communicate productively with colleagues and parents? Because you’re human, and effective communication, like any other acquired skill, must be explicitly learned. We will identify strategies to foster colleague interactions and discuss simple skills to resolve adversarial situations. Join us as we discuss proven and productive relationship-building approaches that help communication-savvy individuals collaborate more effectively with others.
Participants will be able to:
List personal and professional needs within interdisciplinary teams
Identify strategies to foster positive and productive colleague interactions
Identify productive strategies to resolve adversarial situations
Discuss elements of case studies