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Speech-Language Pathologists: Strategies to Support Students with Reading and Language Deficits (Grades PreK-12)

Presented by MariBeth Plankers, M.S. CCC-SLP, ATP
Outstanding Speech Language Pathologist and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Working with Students in Grades PreK-12

  • Learn evidence-based strategies that work in-person and online to support reading, language and written skills for students with significant language-literacy disorders, dyslexia and language deficits
  • Gain insight into accessible education materials that will support your students across settings and situations, whether in the classroom or online, for reading, vocabulary and written language needs
  • Explore how intervention can be planned to incorporate literacy strategies into special and general education settings
  • Help students on your caseload/workload develop a positive growth mindset to increase their confidence and success with reading and writing
ASHA CEUs Available

Practical Ideas and Strategies

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, your expertise in oral language and literacy skills makes you an invaluable member of the literacy team at your school and in your online sessions and meetings. In thisseminar, MariBeth Plankers, an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Professional, will share practical methods for assessing and treating reading and writing skills in students with language disorders. You will learn effective, efficient and easy-to-implement techniques to identify children who are at risk for problems with decoding, reading comprehension and written language.

MariBeth will share with you evidence-based practice, from the ASHA (2016) evidence-based triangle, about the language skills that strongly predict learning deficits across settings and situations and provide strategies that will address these language skills in your daily therapy. This seminar will focus on practical strategies that can be implemented in the context of therapy, as well as generalizing across settings and situations, such as online learning and virtual classrooms.

You will leave with numerous ideas for reading, writing, language, and games to assist students with moderate to severe reading, writing and language deficits, as well as ways to maximize your effectiveness as an SLP in the school or online setting.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. What Every SLP Should Know About Reading Deficits and How They Relate to Students Whether They Are Learning In-Person or Online
    Learn the different types of language-based reading challenges you will see in students with significant language-literacy disorders, dyslexia (specific reading disorder), receptive and expressive language disorders, and autism spectrum disorders
  2. Expand Your School-Based or Online Learning Role as an SLP in Teaching Decoding and Spelling
    Utilize techniques such as morphology and word investigation to help children develop detailed lexical representations that include information about the word meanings, grammatical uses, spelling, and pronunciation within your current vocabulary lessons
  3. Learn the Impact of Oral Language and Written Language on Students' Reading Skills
    Gain practical information about language, reading and writing assessments and the different types of language skills that each assessment evaluates
  4. Determine the Best Methods for Assessment
    Address your language, reading comprehension and written language assessments to best uncover a child's unique language-literacy challenges whether you are working online or in a classroom
  5. Establish Yourself as a Key Team Member for Students with Reading Disorders
    Bring your unique expertise in language, literacy, phonology, and pragmatics (social interactions) to the table or virtual meeting in your consultations with classroom teachers and reading specialists
  6. Expand Your Toolkit of Therapy Ideas Both Inside and Outside the Classroom Setting
    Learn practical, engaging and effective techniques to systematically help your students generalize their language and literacy skills in reading across settings and situations
  7. Align Your Therapy with Evidence-Based Practice to Support Literacy Development
    Discover what research says about oral language skills that align with evidence-based techniques to build the language skills that will help your students become skilled readers
  8. Utilize the Most Effective Inclusive Practices for Implementing Language and Literacy Skills Whether You Are Working in Your Classroom or Online
    Maximize your time as an SLP by learning how to most efficiently use inclusion practices … When and how to work in the classroom and ways to coach teachers and paraprofessionals to address your language goals throughout the school day
  9. Implement Universal Design for Learning to Support Student Success at School and Online
    Manage behavior utilizing Universal Design for Learning principles and real-life examples, such as interactive games to support students with language disorders
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook and Electronic Resources
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital handbook and electronic resources that address language, reading and writing supports and strategies presented throughout the seminar

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical ways to incorporate reading and writing goals into all aspects of your oral language therapy whether it is accomplished in-person or online
  • Advanced strategies for addressing phonological awareness systematically and hierarchically
  • How to align your language therapy with the reading programs your students use in the classroom and in their specialized reading interventions
  • What aspects of reading/writing break down for children with typical communication disorders that SLPs treat every day
  • Efficient, practical methods for assessing reading comprehension and written language in the context of your language evaluations
  • Current technology resources that support both language skills and the development of reading and writing skills
  • Specific ideas and strategies to strengthen the core language skills that allow your students to become good readers
  • Practical therapy techniques that align with English Language Arts state standards
  • How your unique role as an SLP differentiates you from the literacy specialist and why you are such a key player on the team whether you are at school or working from a distance
  • Ideas for incorporating multi-disciplinary instruction, Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology in programs addressing language and literacy deficits
  • Generalization strategies to help teachers and paraprofessionals carry over the work you are doing in therapy
  • Various ideas for setting up collaborative treatment programs that are motivating for all learners
  • Ideas to make therapy motivating, engaging and effective for your students at school or in your virtual learning environment
  • Access supports from the Assistive Technology Professional to support learners from no-tech to a level of high-tech

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

For many years, I have worked with students who have a language disorder which leads to challenges in reading and writing. Knowing my own personal passion for reading and writing, I can't imagine any skill more important to teach! When I initially started working on literacy skills with students, I was frequently asked why the SLP should have anything to do with a student's reading growth. Our educational background and expertise in language is all the more reason for the SLP to be highly involved with reading and writing. Over the years our role as SLPs has expanded, and our expertise in language and literacy is now more widely acknowledged. We are able to assist with spelling, reading fluency and most importantly, reading comprehension and writing language whether your therapy sessions are delivered in-person or online.

It is imperative that we demonstrate a practical approach to addressing literacy skills along with our oral language goals. We don't need more work, but do need to address reading in the context of our current therapy programs. Our role is to provide effective strategies to teach other specialists what we know about language and literacy.

I have developed this seminar to share with you the best practices that we, as SLPs and other specialists, can use to support students with language and literacy deficits. We will explore the alignment of oral language and literacy skills and how valuable your expertise is to the school IEP team. We will explore the different types of reading challenges that your students with language disorders encounter across the curriculum. The emphasis will be on practical, doable methods to evaluate students and to develop individualized planned programs that may be implemented through direct intervention, the general education classroom and consultation.

My goal for this seminar is to send you back to your schools and online learning communities empowered with many new ideas you can put to practice immediately! We can lower the barriers in order to raise the level of success for our students.

MariBeth Plankers, M.S. CCC-SLP, ATP

P.S. I know how valuable your time is, so my focus for the day will be on sharing practical strategies that work in today's traditional or virtual schools with today's students.

Who Should Attend

School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists and Assistive Technology Professionals working with students in Grades PreK-12

About BER Live Online Events

With the current health challenges, all BER in-person PD events are currently being presented in a Live Online format:

  • Outstanding Instructors
    All programs are led by outstanding BER national trainers
  • Extensive Resource Handbooks
    You'll have access to an extensive digital Resource Handbook before, during and after your seminar
  • Highly Interactive
    You'll be able to ask questions in real time and interact with the instructor and other participants
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    As we have for 43 years, we guarantee the high quality of our programs. If you are not satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies before, during and after the seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Comprehensive descriptions of all the skills and strategies addressed throughout the seminar for your use at school or online
  • A review of research in reading and written language, including an extensive reference list
  • Engaging resources to address a variety of the skills discussed within the handbook and electronically
  • An extensive list of helpful materials and programs
  • An appendix with the strategies outlined in this program applied to literature used in the classroom

Consultation Available
MariBeth Plankers will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own speech-language pathology program.

CEU Info
This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs per day (Intermediate level, Professional area).

ASHA-Required Disclosure Statement for MariBeth Plankers:
Consultant for the Bureau of Education & Research and receives honorarium payments.
No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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