A challenge for time-strapped SLPs is keeping up to date with the latest research on best practices for therapy. One way to continue education is by participating in on-line, on-demand courses. Tatyana Elleseff, MA CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare and director of Smart Speech Therapy LLC has developed excellent online resources for SLPs with over 70 informational packets and CEU courses on demand. Along with courses, she offers free resource information, such as this Strategies of Asking Help Chart, which we plan to start using for our Tier 1 mini-lessons.
At Speech Language Literacy Lab, we recently had the opportunity to review an ASHA approved CEU course on Smart Speech Therapy titled "Early Identification of Language-Based Deficits in Pediatric Populations."
The 3 hour course is in pre-recorded webinar format, with easily downloadable handouts to accompany the lecture and free links for more information on the Smart Speech Therapy website. The course describes the interconnections of language, executive function, and social emotional development in young children. The course is full of research documentation that supports the information presented. Ms. Elleseff also includes numerous examples to clarify her points.
Time Ordered Agenda
- 0min -45min Overview of Executive Functions (EF) and description of at-risk populations
- 45 min-1h:15min Discussion of the SLPs role in assessment/treatment of EF disorders
- 1h:15 min-1h:30min Description of intervention strategies to strengthen EFs in children
- 1h:30 – 2h Discussion of risk of emotional behavioral difficulties in language impaired children
- 2h-2h:30min Review of formal and informal assessment tools
- 2:30 min-3h Description of warning signs of emotional behavioral deficits
The course is full of “Use Now” resources including:
- Assessment Hierarchies and Milestones for executive function and language development
- Executive function milestones (9mos- 8 years old)
- Hierarchy for teaching problem solving skills
- Complex sentence developmental milestones
- Narrative language developmental milestones
- How to consider behavior and executive function development during language assessments
- Formal and informal assessments for executive function and behavioral issues often co-morbid with language disorders
- Critical behavioral observations to make during assessment
- Questions about social-emotional development to include in parent interviews when assessing young children
- Language therapy activities, accommodations, and modifications for children with executive function and behavioral difficulties
We found information in the course on the overlap of executive function, behavior, and language helpful. Many children with behavioral needs are now included in the general education setting. Therefore, it's important for school-based SLPs to understand the interactions of these three areas in order to provide research-supported therapy, as well as classroom modifications and accommodations.
We feel that this resource is an essential workshop for SLPs looking to learn more about the connections of social emotional development, executive function, and language development in young children.
For more great resources, please visit Smart Speech Therapy, LLC.