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Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP, is a clinical Speech-Language Pathologist, and founder and director of the Communication Development Center (CDC) in Madison, WI. Serving children with autism and others who benefit from sensorimotor supports, CDC has provided specialized speech, language, and social communication services for over 15 years. Marge is author of the book, Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum and she is author of the online CEU course, Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language, Level 1 and Level 2.
For more information, visit www.communicationdevelopmentcenter.com which includes links to Marge's articles and columns, which originally appeared in the Autism Asperger's Digest. Her article topics include language development in autism, language development for visual thinkers, language retrieval in autism, AAC in autism, language and self-regulation in autism, and speech development with dyspraxia in autism.
Financial — Marge Blanc is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; speaking fees are received by Communication Development Center.
Financial — Marge Blanc is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; royalties are received by Communication Development Center.
Financial — Marge Blanc is the author of the book, "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language"; she does not receive royalties, however, the non-profit Communication Development Center does.
Nonfinancial — Marge Blanc is the founder and director of the Communication Development Center (CDC) in Madison, WI; she does not receive any compensation in this role.
This program is offered for 0.25 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).
Offered for 2.5 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.
Content Disclosure: The presenter of this course is also the author of "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language" that is mentioned as part of this course. The presenter does not benefit financially from the sale of this book but the non-profit center, Communication Development Center (CDC), for which she is founder and director, does receive royalties.
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
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"I will be using this approach with all of my kids who are echolalic. I think it is the missing class from grad school for SLPs. I liked the practical strategies, but I was expecting more examples of targets for therapy." – S.S. (Feb. 2017)
"I appreciated extending my understanding of how to move through the stages during treatment. I liked the case studies." – L.K. (Jan. 2017)
"I liked the topic of what treatment looks like and all that is involved. I really liked the videos!" – M.C. (Dec. 2016)
"I enjoyed the sensory motor activity suggestions and how to incorporate them into therapy." – M.M. (Nov. 2016)
"The examples of goals/treatment recommendations were helpful. The presenter showed lots of videos where were helpful. This was a good e-course." – V.E. (Oct. 2016)
"I am currently using NLA with several clients. I read the book cover to cover, but doing this ecourse helped! It was great to watch the videos and hear things not mentioned in the book." – A.Z. (Oct. 2016)
"Covering how to support a child as he or she moves through the different stages was really beneficial. The course was very practical and easy to apply immediately to clinical practice. However, I expected her to go over how to use these principles in a different setting, such as in a school with minimal opportunities for physical supports." – A.D. (Sept. 2016)
"I enjoyed the treatment videos." – A.B. (Aug. 2016)
"It was ALL beneficial!" – R.O. (Aug. 2016)
"I appreciated the review of the stages of NLA in assessment." – A.A. (Aug. 2016)
"I love that I am more fully able to recognize and intervene effectively with 'gestalt' language usage. I feel more confident in making the case for progress, too. Thanks." – C.C. (July 2016)
"The discussion on sensory motor was really helpful." – P.A.G. (July 2016)
"Excellent presenter. I loved the new framework for understanding language development." – A.L.V. (June 2016)
"I liked the relevance to children with ASD. The treatment approaches were most useful." – M.S. (June 2016)
"The most beneficial discussion was analyzing and disecting the children's linguistic output and their responses. I enjoyed the videos." – D.H. (June 2016)
"I appreciated the coverage on how to use the gestalts to move forward." – J.V. (June 2016)
"I liked the speaker's knowledge regarding the course content and the incorporationg of sensorimotor input." – A.B. (June 2016)
"The discussion on redundancy not repetition was most beneficial. This therapy technique is easy for parents to understand and take home when SLPs explain what they are doing and model how to do it. I have found it highly effective in my daily practice at an outpatient clinic where I see many kids who are echolalic. I really liked the video examples showing how to implement the therapy." – J.S. (June 2016)
"Well-presented. I like that this answered questions about NLA." – M.R. (May 2016)
"Easy to listen to and understand and loved the use of video. I especially enjoyed the discussion on which contractions she felt were the best ones to start with for mitigation. However, I expected some sample goals written out along with sample documentation." – K.B. (May 2016)
"I am rating this course as 'excellent' because this information should be required by any clinician working with ASD." – S.S. (Apr. 2016)
"This course gives me a framework for discussing goals and treatment with families. The most useful topic was how to mitigate or recombine gestalt language." – N.R. (Apr. 2016)
"I enjoyed Marge as the speaker/presenter." – S.D. (Apr. 2016)
"I really appreciated the discussion of gestalt language processors in neurotypical kids and ASD kids and to teach other professionals who work with these kids about this." – R.S. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked seeing the treatment videos, but I would like to see more treatment and development of specific goals." – G.J. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked the video examples and written samples of interactions during therapy." – B.M. (Mar. 2016)
"I just don't know of anyone else who is talking about kids with ASD/echolalia from a practical, yet clinically driven vantage point the way Marge is. Well done!" – J.S. (Feb. 2016)
"The information is accurate and clearly presented. As a practicing SLP with almost 20 years of experience in clinical and school settings, I have applied my growing knowledge of gestalt language processing to support my clients and students with autism. What Marge adds with this course is a masterful tie to the research — and an organizational framework to help SLPs feel confident that the research base in gestalt language development can be applied through treatment methods that are part of our field’s best practices. The play-based therapy that is embraced in my school district is a natural environment for applying the material gained in this course. Marge’s tool for assessing grammar, and her principles of treatment, give us a way to guide our therapy so that it is respectful of each student, supportive of children’s communicative intentions, and relevant to communicative functions beyond requesting." – K.S. (Feb. 2016)
"The course beautifully illustrates the application of the principles presented in the Level 1 eCourse on Natural Language Acquisition for autistic children who are gestalt language processors. I can hardly express how important this information is – it has the potential to revolutionize language therapy for autistic children all over the world. I hope it will become one of our field’s ‘best practices’ to embrace echolalia as the first step in the natural progression of language development for our clients with autism who are gestalt language processors." – L.S. (Feb. 2016)
"I believe ALL speech-language pathologists who work with children with autism should have to take this course – it’s that important. (I think it is telling that Barry Prizant recently praised Marge’s work in his recent book, Uniquely Human.) I plan to strongly recommend Levels 1 and 2 to my students and colleagues. I certainly hope there will be a Level 3 follow-up course, and that NLA will be a topic of discussion ASHA-wide!" – L.S. (Feb. 2016)
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