Hey! If you are reading this post, you are probably heading into Extended School Year (ESY) too! This is my fifth year working ESY and while I always dread it a bit as ESY approaches, I am usually happy that I worked it. ESY is more relaxed with a summer camp feel. I love being able to stay connected with a few of my students during the summer. Some districts have more intense ESY programs than others, but for me, it is just a couple of hours, just a few days a week to help me keep a little bit of a schedule during the summer.
Here is how I get ready for ESY each year!
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Let me know if you are working Extended School Year this year!
I hope that we spend most of this summer relaxing, but it is a great time to earn some CEUs or build up knowledge in an area of growth. Here is a list of current summer 2021 continuing education opportunities for SLPs.
AAC in the Cloud
AAC in the Cloud is a massive free online conference focused on spreading the knowledge of best practices in AAC so families, teaching staff, practitioners and AAC users themselves can learn and improve. AAC in the Cloud just concluded on June 24, 2021, but all of the sessions are available hosted through YouTube. Best of all, past AAC in the Cloud conference sessions are also available.
Click here to check out the AAC in the Cloud schedule.
From Speech to Print: The Role of the SLP for Literacy – Free Course from SpeechTherapyPD.com
As SLPs, we often question our role for students with literacy issues including dyslexia. Each domain of language plays a vital role to move from speaking and listening to reading and writing. This session concentrates on morphology, phonology, and syntax. Evidence-based practices and specific strategies are provided that link speaking and listening with reading and writing.
This webinar is available for .1 ASHA CEU with ASHA reporting included. Click here to check it out.
If you are not a member already you can take one free course on Speechpathology.com using promo code 1FREECourse.
Building Better Readers Through Early Collaborative Partnerships is a one-hour webinar available on-demand on Presence Learning.
Description: Progress in creating literate learners is the cornerstone of education and a high-stakes yardstick by which academic performance is measured. Silos of school-based services are how we’ve traditionally helped students with special needs who are at-risk for reading failure. But now, there’s a new collaborative and results-oriented approach: parents and educators working together to provide individual early reading experiences that develop literacy skills for every learner. During this webinar, we’ll explore why, how, and what we read in shared reading interactions with young children and how to develop critical foundation skills for reading success. You’ll see examples of books, techniques, and practical ways to help young learners succeed.
The Leaders Project offers self-study courses for 0.5 ASHA CEUs. Current topic offerings include Grammar Fundamentals for a Pluralistic Society, Differential Diagnosis in Preschool Evaluations: A Case Study, Disorder, Difference, or Gap?: A School-Age Disability Evaluation, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate EI Evaluations, and Evaluation and Treatment of Speech Impairments Due to Cleft Palate.
Check out the webinars available by Pearson to help improve your assessment skills. Click here to check it out.
Ethical Decision-Making: A Public Health Emergency and Unprecedented Challenges by Theresa H. Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Course Description: Response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolved rapidly with the public health emergency forcing speech-language pathologists to change the very manner in which services are delivered. Regulatory agencies and professional organizations provided needed guidance including information on changes to long-standing professional practice standards precipitated by the pandemic. Personal protective equipment (PPE), billing and reimbursement, informed consent, supervision, telepractice, confidentiality, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) compliance are some of the topics which presented dilemmas and potentially ethical challenges for speech-language pathology professionals. This session will highlight information on these topics including scenarios that will be analyzed and deliberated by participants.
Available for .1 ASHA CEU. Click here to check it out.
Power Up SLP Literacy Conference August 5-6, 2021
The Lavi Institute is offering 1.4 live ASHA CEUs or 14 professional development hours sharing the latest EBP clinical tools from the field’s leading experts in literacy. The conference videos are available to watch for free. To receive ASHA reporting you would need to sign up for the Lavi Institute CEU Hub ($125/year), which includes 40 additional pre-recorded webinars available for ASHA CEU Reporting.
Free practical continuing education delivered by SLPs. SLP Summit offers 8 one-hour webinars available live or on-demand for a limited time. The specific webinar lineup has not yet been announced, but the following topics were listed on the website: caseload management, stuttering, family-centered intervention, dynamic assessment, service delivery, AAC, anti-ableist practice, narrative intervention. The webinars are available for free with certificates. ASHA reporting is usually available for an affordable price.
Click here to sign up for updates as more information is released.
Unbelievable Deal: Unlimited CEUs with ASHA Reporting from SpeechTheraoyPD.com
If you need to get a lot of high-quality CEUs with ASHA reporting this summer, make sure you check out SpeechTherapyPD.com. SpeechTherapyPD.com has over 1148.5 hours of courses with new live and interactive courses being added weekly. Enjoy automatic CEU reporting and a huge variety of courses presented in different formats for a super reasonable yearly cost.
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Let me know if you check out any of these CEU opportunities! Thanks for reading!
Video-modeling is an evidence-based intervention strategy that integrates visually cued instruction and the processes of observational learning.
Visually cued instruction is simply using visual cues (pictographic or written) to support understanding. Many of our students with language impairments demonstrate relative strengths processing information visually. Ganz et. al (2008) found that the use of visually cued instruction increased imitation skills and decreased reliance on physical and verbal prompts in children with Autism and other developmental delays.
Observational learning is the process of learning through watching others, retaining the information, and then later replicating the behaviors that we observed. There are four processes involved in observational learning: attention, retention, production, and motivation.
Video modeling (VM) supports the processes of observational learning in the following ways:
Attention: VM improves the attention of students by selectively focusing their attention on relevant stimuli and effectively removing extraneous visual/auditory stimuli and the pressures of social interaction.
Retention: VM improves memory and recall by offering repeated viewings and therefore frequent, consistent repetition of the targeted skill.
Production: VM intervention procedure requires practice of the targeted skill after each viewing offering active learning opportunities through production of the skill.
Motivation: ”Several researchers posit that VM interventions by virtue of the visual medium are inherently motivating and naturally reinforcing” (Corbett & Abdullah, 2005). A study by D’Ateno, Mangiapanello, & Taylor (2003) demonstrated the effects of VM absent of physical prompting, error correction, and extrinsic reinforcement from adults—essentially exposure to the video models and increased opportunity to access the materials/situations presented in the videos was enough to cause improvements in the targeted skill.
Benefits of Video Modeling (VM)
VM leads to faster acquisition and greater maintenance of skills compared to in-person modeling and discrete trial training.
VM results in greater generalization across settings, stimuli, and communication partners.
VM is associated with increased spontaneous, unscripted verbal behavior.
VM offers predictability which reduces anxiety and supports emotional-regulation necessary for learning.
VM supports the development of self-visualization, which is an important executive functioning skill necessary for self-regulation and increased autonomy.
Video Modeling Example
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Bellini, S., & Akullian, J. (2007). A Meta-Analysis of Video Modeling and Video Self- Modeling Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Exceptional Children, 73(3), 264–287.
Corbett, Blythe & Abdullah, Maryam. (2005). Video Modeling: Why does it work for children with autism?. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention. 2. 10.1037/h0100294.
D’Ateno, P., Mangiapanello, K., & Taylor, B. A. (2003). Using video modeling to teach complex play sequences to a preschooler with autism. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5(1), 5-11.
Delano, M. E. (2007). Video modeling interventions for individuals with autism. Remedial and Special Education, 28(1), 33-42.
Ganz, J. & Bourgeois, Bethany & Flores, Margaret & Campos, B.. (2008). Implementing Visually Cued Imitation TrainingWith Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Delays. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. 10. 10.1177/109830070731
Hine, J. F., & Wolery, M. (2006). Using point-of-view video modeling to teach play to preschoolers with autism. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 26(2), 83-93.
Lequia, Jenna & Wilkerson, Kimber & Kim, Sunyoung & Lyons, Gregory. (2014). Improving Transition Behaviors in Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. 17. 10.1177/1098300714548799.
Behavior routines are sets of expectations consistently implemented and reinforced in order to support attention, self-regulation, and autonomy.
Why use behavior routines?
First, establishing behavior routines frees up cognitive resources allowing you and your students to focus on what is really important–the intervention. As with anything, when you are learning to do something it requires attention and effort, but after you do it CONSISTENTLY and REPEATEDLY it becomes automated. Once your students have learned the behavior routines, they will implement them automatically allowing them to focus their effort and attention on you and the skill you are targeting.
Second, establishing behavior routines supports self-regulation and increases autonomy. I can relate to my students who feel disregulated when things are unexpected or outside of my control. Establishing routines provides your students with consistency, which supports self-regulation. Additionally, once the routines are established your students do not need to rely on you to know what to do, which gives them autonomy and a sense of control.
What do behavior routines look like in speech therapy?
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My school district uses the Responsive Classroom Model, which is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. It is evidence-based and emphasizes building interest in learning through engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness. I use many of the components in my own behavior routines.
One component of classroom management that they teach is the idea of using “teacher language” to effectively communicate expectations to your students. I use “teacher language” (i.e., reminding language, reinforcing language, and redirecting language) to consistently reinforce the routines I have established with my students. They have an excellent book about this topic called The Power of Our Words by Paula Denton Ed.D. I wrote a four-part blog series about how it applies to Speech Language Pathologists, if you are interested you can check that out here.
In my description of my personal speech therapy routines above, I mention two resources that I incorporate into my routines that help establish a rhythm to the session: goal nameplates and speech bins. You can read more about those tools here: goal name tags & speech bins.
What do behavior routines look like in your speech therapy sessions?