Telepractice Made Easy - William Connors, M.A., CCC-SLP, Certified TCC provider

This course will introduce the basics of providing services at a distance using telepractice. Practical skills, techniques, technology, and tools that a therapist can use to most efficiently and effectively use telepractice to treat patients will be discussed. This course will also discuss administrative concerns such as professional, regulatory, and technological information relative to telepractice. Since these issues are changeable and fluid, resources on how to stay up to date will be prov...
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Teaching Children To Take Responsibility for Their Schoolwork - Adina Soclof, MS CCC-SLP

Modern children are under a tremendous amount of pressure to succeed at school. Children who are struggling academically are working at a great disadvantage. Clinicians need to learn new techniques that can help support, motivate and encourage these students without enabling them. Clinicians can learn to help children develop academic skills that are self-directed relieving the pressure. Clinicians can offer support and teach these techniques to parent, so that they to can help children develo...
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Teaching Articulation to Special Populations - Linda D'Onofrio, MS CCC-SLP

An articulation disorder may stand alone, be the symptom of another underlying disorder, and can co-occur with developmental challenges. A thorough differential diagnosis, a prioritized treatment plan, and individualized care can help produce more effective outcomes. Participants learned how to discuss the importance of differential diagnosis, prioritize care within and outside the scope of practice, teach to the individual not the disability, and identify communication goals.
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Tackling Sensory Processing Issues, or Sensory Life Hacks as Told by an SLP - Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP

In a perfect world, each child’s IFSP Team would include all necessary team members, especially an OT, to tackle a child’s unique sensory processing issues. However, for some patients receiving early intervention services, that is unfortunately not the case. What is an SLP to do then to help their patient reach their maximal potential with respect to their ST goals, when these variables are at play? This 90 min course is designed to offer introductory “Sensory Life Hacks” or support...
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Systematic Frontal & Lateral "S" Remediation - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

Although considered by some as "simple" articulation errors, frontal and lateral sibilants can certainly pose a remediation challenge, even for the best SLP. Just how do you get the tongue back, encourage it to remain in place, and generate complete carryover? Some kids seem to move into placement and generalization fairly easily, but others don't. Just why is that? Char's comprehensive 3-hour online video course Systematic Frontal & Lateral "S" Remediation" provides practical answers to th...
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Supporting Written Lang. & Comp. Children with Impairments - Dr. Jennifer Larsen

School-aged children with language and learning impairments often experience significant difficulty as they learn to use language in academic, literate contexts. Two key areas of difficulty are reading comprehension and written language. These complex skills fall within the SLP scope of practice, but can be challenging to address. The first half of this presentation will focus on written language. We will review key areas of struggle as children with language and learning impairments work to d...
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Supervision: An Overview of Supervision Across the Spectrum - Ashley A. Northam, M.S. CCC-SLP

This presentation will cover the gamut of supervision with a variety of individuals including on site staff such as itinerate, and classroom based assistants. We will also discuss the legally mandated guidelines for supervision of SLPAs, including those that are students as well as those that are licensed. This presentation will also cover the requirements of supervising graduate student clinicians as well as those that are in their CFY year. Time will be given for questions and scenarios.
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Structured But Fun: Effective Practices for Early Childhood Classrooms - Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

Through presentation of highly engaging multimodality teaching strategies, participants will engage in activities that emphasize the best practices utilized throughout the day in early childhood settings that will allow for full participation of children at all ability levels. Music, movement, rhythm, visual supports, oral language and print literacy practices, transition practices, large group management and engagement will all be addressed. Handouts will give information that allows practic...
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Start Your Own Telepractice, Now! - William Connors, M.A., CCC-SLP, Certified TCC provider

Telepractice, providing treatment and services from a distance, represents a rapidly growing opportunity in the field of rehabilitation. This course will primarily focus on how to start or grow a telepractice. Practical skills, techniques, technology, and tools that a therapist can use to most efficiently and effectively use telepractice to treat patients and expand business will be discussed in detail. The course will demonstrate how to schedule, host, conduct and save notes for a telepract...
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SMARTER Steps to IEP Goals: Save Time and Optimize Outcomes - Killy Ott, MHS, MEd, CCC-SLP and Lara Wakefield, PhD, CCC-SLP

This course is a longer version of another course with a similar name. It includes more detail. This workshop will focus on teaching the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. steps framework that SLPs can use to develop IEP goals that align with legal mandates. These steps contain a variety of time-saving tips to help SLPs understand the legal jargon to become empowered in their roles on IEP teams. The presentation explores the following components of an IEP goal: 1) Specific; 2) Measurable; 3) Attainable; 4) R...
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SMARTER Steps to IEP Goals - Lara Wakefield, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kelly Ott, MEd, MHS, CCC-SLP

This course will focus on teaching the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. steps framework that SLPs can use to develop IEP goals that align with the 13 federal mandates. These steps contain a variety of time-saving tips to help SLPs understand the legal jargon to become empowered in their roles on IEP teams. The presentation explores the following components of an IEP goal: 1) Specific; 2) Measurable; 3) Attainable; 4) Research-based; 5) Teachable; 6) Evaluated and communicated to parents; and 7) Rele...
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Seven Sensory Strategies to Increase Artic-Therapy Success - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

The mouth is the only body part that interacts with itself, meaningfully. And the two primary forms of that meaningful interaction (for speaking, chewing, and swallowing) are tactile and proprioceptive in nature. Wouldn’t it be helpful for a child to be able to localize his front-tongue to elevate it purposefully and consistently for t, d, s, z, sh, zh, ch, j, and l, as well as for his back-tongue for the k, g, ng, and r sound? This one-hour course demonstrates practical techniques ...
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S Remediation Therapy - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

This 1-hour video course presents a condensed but informative version of effective strategies to analyze the child with a distorted /s/: Their oral stabilization and mobilization, their oral resting posture, and any potential production obstacles. Techniques are covered to establish an oral capability base to stimulate a good /s/ that contains appropriate external and internal stabilization and mobilization, several sound stim suggestions, and how to solidify the new production and establis...
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Robust School-wide Vocabulary Instruction: The Powerful Role of the SLP - Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

The achievement gap in reading and other academics, in most cases, is a vocabulary gap! Speech Pathologists have long been interested in adequate vocabulary skills for oral and written expression. How speech pathologists work collaboratively and individually to focus on vocabulary instruction for students at all levels of SLP services can be critical to how powerfully that gap can be narrowed or closed. How the field of education views vocabulary skills and the corresponding instruct...
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Response to Intervention & Multi-tiered Support Systems and the SLP - Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can play a number of important roles in using a Tiered Intervention model to identify children with speech and language differences and disabilities and provide needed instruction in general and special education settings. What fundamental shift in thinking needs to occur for SLPs to successfully engage in a three-tiered approach to speech-language and literacy interventions? What needs to change about the way we approach communication deficits and their fun...
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Reading Disorders: Visual-Perceptual-Spatial Disabilities - Judith Likavek Davis, MA, SLP

Reading disorders are complex and are comprised of difficulties across multiple domains. This course presents a categorical framework for the description and treatment of reading disabilities. Visual-perceptual-spatial reading disorders will be emphasized. Description, differential diagnosis, prognostic indicators, evaluation procedures, case studies and hands-on treatment strategies will be provided. This seminar represents part one of a four-part series.
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Reading and the SLP: Using Language to Build Reading Skills in Students - Sarah James, MS, CCC-SLP

Have you asked yourself if SLPs have a role in reading development? Join this session to examine the research-based areas for reading instruction and make connections to the specific language skills that help to build those areas of reading. The five aspects of Reading First as they relate to SLPs will be the focus of this session as well as related strategies, activities, digital tools and online resources.
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Reader’s Theatre: Creative, Engaging Language Instruction - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

This 2-hour video course focuses on how to strategically incorporate readers theatre into language therapy, primarily for second or third grade up to older students. Readers theater is an all-encompassing activity and generates the best of receptive and expressive language and literacy skills. It assists with reading and deep understanding, syntax, grammar, facial and body expressions, turn-taking, and more. We explore the differences between a “play” and readers theatre, and learn ...
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R Solutions: From Capability to Carryover - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

Most children and adults who distort the production, form the sound with labored puckered lips and a lowered, relaxed tongue. So just why do they do that? And whats an SLP to do to counteract these characteristics and replace the inaccurate sound with a desirable that generalizes with ease? In this 3-hour course"R" Solutions: From Capability to Carryover you'll discover how to apply practical, little known facts critical not only in analysis, but also to formulating a good and organizing a...
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R Remediation Therapy - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

This 1-hour video seminar presents an abbreviated, but thorough highly effective, sequential strategies on treating /r/ cases. It covers the three important components of /r/: the placement, tension, and the resonance chamber. It includes analyze, how to establish an oral capability baser to stimulate a good /r/ (back-up or retroflex), and how to solidify new productions and generate conversational carryover. It primarily focuses on the cognitively aware second grade child through e...
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Quality Interventions with Infants and Toddlers - Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP

Early Intervention is not for the faint of heart, especially with best practice updates, dynamic home environments, ever-rotating patient caseloads, and the influx of more medically fragile birth to 3 yo patients. This 90 min course is designed to educate learners about current best practice interventions that are based in policy and practices that do NOT require flashcards or a bag of toys! Join speaker Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP on a journey into the wild wide world of EI with a much need...
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Providing Access to Language and Curricular Content with Core Vocabulary - Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP

In this course, participants will learn why the provision and teaching of core vocabulary is a best practice when supporting individuals with complex communication needs. Instruction will be provided on where to find research-based lists of core vocabulary words that can be used to aid in appropriate vocabulary selection. Participants will learn about the principles of an important language teaching model called the Descriptive Teaching model (a method of teaching language within academic co...
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Principles for Working with Bilingual Children - M. Adalaida Restrepo, PhD, CCC-SLP

This workshop presented cultural and linguistic considerations in assessment and intervention of bilingual preschool and early school age children at different levels of bilingualism with a focus on Spanish-speaking children with language impairments. Attendees evaluated cultural considerations that impact language assessment and compared the different techniques for assessing children. Attendees also discussed case studies and intervention goals.
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Practical and Fun Ways to Run Social Skills Groups - Cheri Chin, MS, CCC-SLP

This course focuses on the use of social skills group for school aged children. Activity ideas and specific examples guide the professional on how to plan for groups while addressing student goals.
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Personal Narrative Film: Cog Rehabilitation After TBI - Cheryl Green MS, CCC-SLP

Cognitive rehabilitation addressing the impairment level after brain injury poses a challenge for generalization at the participation level. This presentation offers an example of community-based, self-directed cognitive rehabilitation in a natural setting through creating personal narrative-based films. Film content addresses deficits in context, providing a starting point for context-oriented treatment and a model for multi-faceted social communication intervention.
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Pediatric Focus: Approaches to Increasing Capabilities of Individuals with Attention, Auditory Processing and Aspergers Syndrome/Autism Spectrum - Judith Belk, PhD, CCC-SLP, CCC-A

This course will examine the role of some successful approaches to engage and support individuals who struggle to tune in to and process essential auditory and/or visual information and at the same time also tune out background or non-essential details. We will highlight means available to professionals to work with clients who have difficulty in self-regulating attention. There is some new thinking by people with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Aspergers Syndrome issues that helps them understand an...
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Pediatric Dysphagia for the Medically Complex Infant, Toddler, Child - Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP

The ability to eat with peers in during snack time, or participate in family mealtimes may be the norm for the general population, however there is a subset of the pediatric population that does not have the ability to independently or safely engage in these activities of daily living due to the presence and severity of their oropharyngeal dysphagia. This 6 hour course is designed to educate attendees on the intricate interplay of the pediatric Brain-Mouth-Gut connection and how errors in thi...
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Oromyofunctional Therapy: Change in Structure - Linda D'Onofrio, MS, CCC-SLP

Children in speech therapy, especially in school environments, often work on the same sound for years when their articulation is actually a symptom of a larger structural or functional issue. Correct differential diagnosis and treatment planning is essential for these children to get the most efficient and effective therapy.
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Oromyofunctional Therapy: Change in Structure - Linda D'Onofrio, MS, CCC-SLP

Children in speech therapy, especially in school environments, often work on the same sound for years when their articulation is actually a symptom of a larger structural or functional issue. Correct differential diagnosis and treatment planning is essential for these children to get the most efficient and effective therapy. Major Topics: Basics of Oromyofunctional therapy Lingual rest posture, muscle tone and range of motion Tongue thrust Swallowing saliva, liquids and food Measurin...
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Off the Page - Lesson Plan Implementation - Dr. Gale Gorke

This course will explore and demonstrates teaching methods that help create and implement effective lesson plans for students of diverse cultures, socioeconomic conditions, and abilities. It includes a study of how students learn, retain, and apply their knowledge. It teaches concepts that help in building academic skills and student motivation. This course will provide several examples of strategies and techniques that show how to get the learning off the page, into the classroom, inside the ...
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Navigating the Challenges of Stuttering Intervention - Dr. Jessica Fanning, CCC-SLP

Classic stuttering theories are reviewed in the context of how those concepts can be still be useful in experimenting with or describing stuttering to clients of all ages. Recent research in genetic, neurological, and motor bases of stuttering are discussed in order to provide clinicians with a solid foundation on which to evaluate research and select intervention approaches or programs. Methods for data collection and tracking are discussed so clinicians can maintain practice-based evidence w...
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Naturalistic Language Intervention Strategies for AAC Users - Robin Shobe, MS CCC-SLP

This course will briefly review typical language development and the ways in which language may be impacted when a child cannot produce natural speech. It will then discuss naturalistic strategies that promote language development with the use of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication device.
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Naturalistic Intervention With Young Children: How to Partner with Parents - Heather Moore, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Participants will learn how to teach and support parents’/caregivers’ use of naturalistic language-enhancing strategies during everyday routines. Strategies for increasing parent/caregiver responsivity, targeting new vocabulary, and increasing rate of communication will be reviewed through individual and group coaching procedures. Participants will also learn how to use technology to improve reflective practices.
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Mindful Aphasia-Apraxia Treatment: Exploiting Neuroplasticity - William Connors, M.A., CCC-SLP, Certified TCC provider

Estimates are that more than 2 million citizens of Canada and the USA continue to endure the hope-robbing and independence-depriving effects of aphasia and its related disorders. This highly interactive presentation shared with SLPs innovative treatment protocols, materials and technology-based tools that exploit neuroplasticity to enhance clinical skills and assist in the integration of existing scientific evidence and patient values into aphasia rehabilitation. The presentation format includ...
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Maximizing Outcomes in Patients with Cognitive Impairments - Dr. Robert Winningham

Patients with cognitive impairment often have difficulty with functional activities as well as learning or relearning behaviors in the clinic. Many clients are functioning below their potential, because of fear or other psychological barriers. In addition, depressed, unmotivated, apathetic and/or anxious clients often do not benefit from treatment as much as others. As you know, these patients often pose difficult challenges for therapists. In this exciting and unique 2 day course, we will lea...
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It's a Family Affair: Social Communication in Children with ASD - Amy Donaldson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Improving social communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often the focus of intervention. However, generalization of skills can be a challenge. Recently, two intervention methods for targeting social communication have been found efficacious: peer-mediated intervention and video modeling. At PSU's Speech, Language & Hearing clinic we have been combining these methods to create a 'hybrid' social communication intervention, where the sibling of the child with ASD ...
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iPods, iPads, & iPhones, Oh My! Cognitive Rehab - Dr. Rik Lemoncello

This course is for those professionals working in adult acute and sub-acute rehabilitation settings. (The apps can also apply to those working with preteen/teens in any setting) The course will review accessibility options on an iDevice to support adults with cognitive challenges, describe methods to provide reminders or prompts to adults with memory challenges and describe methods to support attention or executive functioning for adults with cognitive challenges.
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iPad Apps: Review and Application - Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP

In this course, participants will learn how treatment can be enhanced by using iPad apps. Lauren explores different apps that are low cost and engaging for use in speech and language therapy.
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iPad Apps: How to Search, Evaluate and Use in Treatment - Dr. Jessica Fanning, SLP and Mira Shah, MS, CCC-SLP

This 3 hour seminar helps take the guessing out of using iPad apps in treatment. Reviewing apps can be time consuming and confusing. This course will take you through a step-by-step process of critical thinking on how to find and evaluate apps used for treatment. Many apps will be reviewed by therapists who are currently using them effectively in treatment. There will be discussion on the broad and creative application of the apps, their limitations and how this all relates to evidence based p...
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Introduction to Tablets for Professionals - Lucas Steuber, MS, CCC-SLP, MA-T

This course will review the current state of iOS and Android technology for education. Essential cabling, setup, and configuration will be discussed. Finally, participants will be shown how to control the use of technology in the schools to best serve learning outcomes.
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Introduction to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy - Licia Coceani Paskay, MS, CCC-SLP and Joy L. Moeller, BS, RDH

The speech pathologist will be able to understand what oral myofunctional disorders are and why they are detrimental to patients, the history of the profession, learn an overview of assessment and etiology, what the goals of treatment are, possible members of the team needed to treat the disorders, and view some case studies. It also contains a review of both anatomy and physiology of the orofacial complex is intended to bring all attendees at a common level of knowledge, granted that each pro...
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Increasing Capabilities in Adults with Attention, Auditory Processing and Aspergers Syndrome/Autism - Judith Belk, PhD, CCC-SLP, CCC-A

Adults diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder, once they begin on a path to explore how to operate more successfully in this quite noisy, socially competitive world, may be advised to consult clinicians about overly sensitive hearing, difficulty regulating attention, and numerous co-morbid issues, including anxiety, depression, limited goal-setting skills and poor ability to understand social cues. This course will examine a variety of approaches to reducing specific challe...
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Functional Communication in Aphasia: Creating the Path - Susan Ginley, MA CCC-SLP

This course is designed to assist medical Speech-Language Pathologists who work with clients with aphasia to begin incorporating functional communication goals and activities into their intervention no matter the site or the level of care. The concepts of functional, or purposeful, communication, treatment protocols that focus on functional communication and how to write goals that include work on functional communication will be addressed.
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Finding an Ethical Place to Work - Ashley A. Northam, M.S. CCC-SLP

Professional Responsibility: a. Ethical decision making from a variety of profession standpoints. b. State License Administrative Rules c. Confidentiality d. Competence Ethical Scenarios a. Assessment b. Client Relationships c. Scope of Practice d. Welfare to Clients e. Professional collegial relationships Advocacy and Awareness a. Ethics resources b. Establishing appropriate relationships with clients and co-workers
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Executive Function Skills & Multiple Intelligences: Research to Application - Sarah James, MS, CCC-SLP

Both the Executive Function Skills and Multiple Intelligences research has been around since the ‘80’s, but it is making a resurgence for application in 21st century education. Increase your awareness of how these two bodies of information can be used both to help students thrive in busy and fast-paced learning environments as well as a user-friendly guide for everyday differentiation, modifications and adaptations.
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Evidence Based Cognitive Communication Treatment-Parkinsons Patients - Aimee Mooney, MS, CCC-SLP

Parkinsons Disease is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects 1.5 million people with an additional 60,000 new diagnoses made annually. Over 85 percent of the diagnoses are made in individuals over age 50. With the Baby Boomers increasing in age, Speech and Language Pathologists need to be ready to treat this population. The presentation of the disease is individualized and multifaceted, including both motor and non motor symptoms. It is unpredictable and complex, ...
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Effectively Using a Multidisciplinary Team - Linda D'Onofrio, MS, CCC-SLP

Many school SLPs and field clinicians may feel cut off from the cleft palate, developmental team, or specialty team. Their client may be of an age where team care or follow up is less frequent. Developing relationships with the team and with local doctors and dentists helps ensure effective and appropriate care at the right time.
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Effective Communication Techniques & Counseling Skills for SLPs, OTs and PTs: Part 2 - Adina Soclof, MS CCC-SLP

The second part of this course continues with focusing on ways for clinicians and other professionals who work with young clients and their families to identify techniques to improve and enhance effective communication and counseling skills. The presenter will also provide ways to engage the young client’s cooperation, develop his listening problem solving skills, and ways to praise children to build self-esteem.
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Effective Communication Techniques & Counseling Skills for SLPs, OTs and PTs: Part 1 - Adina Soclof, MS CCC-SLP

Healthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective communication techniques and respectful conversational skills. Clinicians and other professionals who work with children and their families can benefit from adding to their repertoire by learning communication techniques that improve the quality of these relationships. The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians effective and practical communication and conversational skills to use in the classroom and in one-on-on...
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EBP/PBE: What Do I Do When There is No Evidence - Dr. Rik Lemoncello

This course provides learners with an understanding of the purpose, procedures, and limitations of evidence-based practice (EBP) in clinical decision-making applied to speech-language pathology. Participants will learn about the important role of practice-based evidence (PBE) and how it complements EBP to support management decisions for individual clients. Practical strategies and resources will be presented so that learners can implement course ideas immediately into practice.
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