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Ep. 7: Frankie Strickland, Ed.S, CCC-SLP "Teacher Collaboration: Where to Begin"

Within the school setting, collaboration of SLPs, teachers, support staff, and administrators is a key—sometimes a hidden key—to academic success. Typically, the SLP initiates the first steps and forges the way to shaping working-relationships and collaboration connections. This PodCourse explains how to do just that. She suggests starting the process with presenting at the school staff meeting; she details the topics and the process. She covers collaboration and therapy scheduling tips,...


Ep. 6: MariBeth Plankers, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP "How to Share the Gift of Communication Through Augmentative Modes"

In this one-hour episode, MariBeth shares a wealth of practical AAC information and resources to use with children and adults. She covers details about aided and unaided communication components, specifically how to do an environmental communication assessment (as part of the assessment team), as well as the process to determine an individual’s personal language needs. She explained and recommended resources for no-tech and low-tech tools, as well as static and dynamics devices and several...


Ep. 5: Ruth Jenkins "Using Improv Theatre Activities in Speech, Language, and Fluency Treatment"

In this Episode Char speaks with Ruth Jenkins, an SLP from Portland, Oregon who started a successful improv comedy troup with her husband and since has learned to use improv techniques to motivate and engage children with articulation, language, and fluency difficulties. The creative techniques can be modified for almost any aged student (elementary through high school).


Ep. 4: Cheri Chin, MS, CCC-SLP "Maximize Your Time and Effectiveness with Speech Room Routines"

This episode is about routines: what they are, why they’re beneficial to our therapy-kids, and how to create them. You learn systematic details of how to generate routines during transition time from the classroom to the therapy room, efficient ways to begin the therapy session, and beneficial routines to conclude the session, as well. Ms. Chin shares practical methods to maximize and utilize therapy-time as well as increase therapy effectiveness.


Ep. 3: Maribeth Bradshaw, MA, CCC-SLP "I Need a Picture!”: Using Visuals to Increase Communication and Compliance in the Pre-School Classroom

Every speech-language pathologist uses pictures in therapy. This podcourse, however, offers a twist on how to include pictures, graphics, and symbols not only in pull-out therapy, but in the classroom. In this case, pre-school is the primary focus, but the techniques can be applied to almost any lower-aged special education class. You’ll learn to use visual references as a critical piece to increasing receptive and expressive language to help children comprehend classroom expectations,...


Ep. 2: Margo Kinzer Courter, MA, CCC-SLP - Dynamic Ways to Increase Vocabulary and Retrieval: From Basic Concepts to Academic Success

In this Podcast, you’ll learn a direct and systematic approach to increase vocabulary acquisition and heighten retrieval in language disordered children. For young children, basic concept knowledge is needed to advance to high-frequency words and curriculum-based instruction. You’ll learn details about what basic concepts to teach, Beck’s Tier 1, 2, and 3 vocabulary words, and several informative and practical strategies on how to implement vocabulary instruction in a sequential,...


Ep. 1: Karen Dudek-Brannon, Ed.d, CCC-SLP - Three Secrets to Expanding Sentences and Building Vocabulary

It can be challenging to get students with language disorders to use longer, grammatically correct sentences. In this podcast, Dr. Dudek-Brannon delves deeply into the topic of vocabulary as it relates to syntax. It’s especially frustrating when we want our students to correctly use target vocabulary words in sentences and they struggle; you’ll learn why they struggle and what to do about it. In addition, you’ll learn the secrets to troubleshooting and getting students to add complexity to...


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