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Progressive and Systematic Speech and Language Training for Children on the Autism Spectrum

# e133   Progressive and Systematic Speech and Language Training for Children on the Autism Spectrum

by Tamara Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA

0.9 CEUs

$ 129.00

$ 103.00

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Learn to use non-verbal communication
to jumpstart verbal communication
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Over 99% of past course participants would
recommend this course to a colleague. 

 

This comprehensive, intervention-focused course discusses how children with autism develop speech and language and how best to initiate interventions for children who have limited functional communication. Presented from the perspective of a practicing SLP who is also a board certified behavior analyst, this course features effective interventions drawn from both fields with video examples of implementation included throughout the presentation.

Content presented will support the SLP in making critical intervention decisions, including whether intervention should focus on the development of vocal language or on an alternative method of communication, variables that must be considered to teach an alternative communication system (with focus on sign language), and how and when to transition a child from an alternative communication system to vocal communication.

Participants will also learn how to use non-verbal communication to jumpstart verbal communication, how to select first words to build language, how to use word simplification techniques to promote speech acquisition, and how selection of appropriate motivators is critical to gain progress in therapy. Also presented will be systematic social communication training from dyadic facilitated peer play, to various social communication groups, to "Friends and Fitness" (a social communication class with a fitness emphasis), and direct instruction in work related social skills.
Offered for 0.9 ASHA CEUs – 9 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. State criteria to use in determining a form of communication.
  2. State conditions under which sign language might assist in the development of communication skills.
  3. Explain the rationale for using motivators during the intervention process.
  4. List core vocabulary to include in early verbal training.
  5. Identify methods for identifying appropriate early vocabulary.
  6. List the words that should be avoided during initial communication training and the rationale for avoiding these words.
  7. Identify basic procedures of errorless teaching.
  8. Understand key principles to increase vocal communication attempts.
  9. Identify variables to consider when selecting initial multiple word combinations.
  10. Identify additional uses of sign language for more advanced learners.
  11. Select method of analysis to determine motivational barriers or skills deficits to development of conversation.
  12. List the motivational variables and skills that are necessary for conversation.
  13. Identify the components of behavioral skills training model.
  14. State the components of a social skills program.

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order 
to receive a certificate of completion.

Tamara S. Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years experience working with children with challenging behaviors. Tamara's commitment to the children she serves led her to pursue treatment methods outside the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Under the mentorship of renowned Behavior Analyst Dr. Vincent Carbone and his protégé, Tamara became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has also completed advanced training in application of Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, Greenspan's DIR approach, and Kaufman's strategies for apraxia of speech.

Tamara is a frequently invited international lecturer, having treated clients and trained professionals in England, Ireland, Greece and other countries. She enthusiastically shares her unique approaches and her innovative intervention techniques that are successful in building functional verbal behavior for children on the autism spectrum.  Tamara is also Director of The Center for Autism Treatment near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a center which provides personalized ABA intervention plans for children as well as consulting services and workshops to autism treatment teams in the United States and abroad. Tamara's publications include the K&K Sign to Talk materials and Speak with Sign. She is a past recipient of the Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Association’s Clinical Achievement Award. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Tamara Kasper is presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Tamara Kasper is author of treatment materials published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial Tamara Kasper is Owner and Director of The Center for Autism Treatment; ownership interests.

Financial — Tamara Kasper is author of treatment materials that are self-published; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Tamara Kasper is a student mentor with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; receives no compensation.


Intended Audience

  • BCBA
  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.9 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 9 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 content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

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:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

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.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.  
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education.  Provider #1654.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 06/30/2015.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: 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.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

  • More FAQ: Please click here.

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"This eCourse by Tami Kasper is amazing!" - Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP (Creator of the Kaufman K-SLP Treatment Materials)

"This was one of the most helpful courses I have ever taken! It was great!  The sections on manding for information and peer interaction were most beneficial, but I liked EVERYTHING!" – K.J. (Dec. 2016)

"All of it was excellent! My son has autism and most of my caseload at the clinic I work at have autism. It was a great course!" – A.L. (Dec. 2016)

"Much of this course will apply in the therapy I provide daily to preschoolers in the public schools. I liked the group class examples and game/teaching ideas to promote connections and interactions, since I run a social group with my students. I liked the video examples and the realistic approach with ideas that I can immediately apply in my therapy." – C.R. (Dec. 2016)

"I liked everything! This is an outstanding course with great strategies to implement in any setting. The videos were awesome and very helpful!" – A.G. (Dec. 2016)

"I really appreciated the instruction on teaching initial signs/requesting and shaping vocal responses. The presenter directly addressed many of the issues that I've run into working with children on the autism spectrum and provided evidence based ideas that I feel will help improve the efficacy of my services for these children." – L.J. (Dec. 2016)

"Learning how to elicit mands initially with non verbal children with ASD, but also progressing from mands to phrases, to conversational skills was very beneficial. Watching the videos helped demonstrate teaching new skills." – E.E. (Nov. 2016)

"I really felt that the set up of the topics were organized and very easy to implement due to the specific details and videos." – K.C. (Nov. 2016)

"I liked how she had videos that were related to what she just covered. She also gave good suggestions for vocabulary and good ideas for assessing motivators (which is difficult for some kiddos sometimes). I also liked how she implemented typical aged peers in the therapy for social skills. This is a great idea, one that would not be permitted at my location, but something that made me think." – S.G. (Oct. 2016)

"I love the social groups portion, especially the Friends & Fitness!!! The videos are priceless in demonstrating the application of techniques presented. I wish I had some constructive criticism, but I don't. Great presenter, great presentation!" – K.T. (Oct. 2016)

"Loved the discussion on signs not to teach initially and why! Loved the pieces on pairing reinforcers with other items and people to expand reinforcers. Have already started this discussion with my team." – L.M. (Sept. 2016)

"The portion on choosing a communication system for learners with extremely limited vocalizations was really helpful." – D.M. (Sept. 2016)

"The instruction on selection of initial vocabulary and in identifying strong motivators that will be conducive to learning was most beneficial. I liked the video samples to illustrate concepts and the sheer amount of EBP information provided." – T.F. (Aug. 2016)

"I liked that I have not seen this content presented/discussed anywhere else. It covered more than I expected!" – J.D. (Aug. 2016)

"I found many of the topics interesting; one was establishing a Functional Communication System using the Sign to Talk program would be useful for students to shape their speech intelligibility. Another topic of interest was the workings of the Social Skill groups and how they were facilitated to increase conversational skills. The video clips demonstrating Tammy Kasper's approaches with the ASD students were helpful reinforcement to maintain my attention to this lengthy training." – K.A. (Aug. 2016)

"I really liked all of it. The combination of ABA techniques and speech language pathology principles is something that I have been seeking. I feel it is essential to look at motivators, reinforcers and to collect pertinent data. The delivery of the course with evidence based information, current research, and relevant video clips was great!" – K.B. (Aug. 2016)

"For me, the most useful portion was about establishing reinforcers and examining qualities of preferred items to expand the child's preferred items. I liked the very detailed step-by-step information. The video examples were helpful." – S.P. (Aug. 2016)

"The presenter was extremely knowledgeable and easy to follow. She gave specific directions and provided clear examples. Fantastic CEU!!" – C.F. (Aug. 2016)

"I learned about the importance of teaching patients to ask WH questions and how this greatly influences their conversational skills." – A.C. (Aug. 2016)

"All topics were great, but the one I found most beneficial to me was the topic on first words / combining words. I enjoyed the videos. They were great examples on how to apply the different strategies." – E.G. (Aug. 2016)

"I found the discussion about social groups beneficial. I have many students with autism who have good verbal skills but poor social skills that would benefit from social groups." – K.W. (Aug. 2016)

"Since I am new to working with children with autism, I felt the whole thing was important for me to see from teaching children how to speak up through social communication skills. I loved all of the video samples. In addition, the presenter appeared to love working with these children. I admired her ideas and ownership of errors that helped make her better at her job!" – S.P. (Aug. 2016)

"I appreciated the variety in examples of complexity of levels of speech of children with autism accompanied with videos." – E.H. (July 2016)

"The information on how to establish initial mands was quite beneficial to me. This was a very thorough and interesting presentation." – T.B. (July 2016)

"The discussions on building motivators and selecting vocabulary were most helpful. The presenter was engaging and offered fresh ideas to use with autistic students based on research. I liked the use of video examples to enhance learning." – L.E. (July 2016)

"There was so much included in this training that picking just one topic is challenging. I loved all of it. The first thing I plan to incorporate is the physical activity and partner work in my social skills groups. The videos were extremely helpful." – C.A. (July 2016)

"I loved how she spoke about all of the different assessment tools that she used with her clients. I was glad to review them and see which one(s) will work best with the students on my caseload." – J.S. (July 2016)

"I took this e-course with a specific student in mind that I wanted to use the Sign to Talk program with. I found many other topics applicable to other students that I work, such as peer interaction, use of pivot phrases, and selecting initial vocabulary." – K.W. (June 2016)

"I appreciated how the speaker showed the progression of her clients improved communication skills and socially appropriate behavior over time. She demonstrated many methods and activities that can be used even in the public school setting. I enjoyed this course and thought it was presented very well." – P.G. (June 2016)

"This whole course was absolutely amazing. I have taken numerous courses on AAC and this just showed me a different way to teach communication to kids with ASD and they do have a chance of becoming verbal." – K.K. (May 2016)

"I enjoyeded all topics, but really enjoyed choosing first words and moving beyond single words and basic requesting. It provided a lot of ideas to use in my daily sessions." – J.D. (Apr. 2016)

"My favorite discussions were on reinforcer assessment, determining words for initial vocabulary, use of Kaufman noun/verb cards, and training asking of "WH" questions. I like that all of the information and strategies presented are things I can immediately put into practice with my current clients. The strategies were well organized and presented, easy to follow." – J.L. (Mar. 2016)

"The successive shaping of words was the most useful topic. I liked the video examples." – J.H. (Feb. 2016)

"I liked the practical applicability to my daily practice. I really appreciated the material on finding motivating reinforcers and giving reinforcer more quickly for more accurate verbalizations." – K.S. (Feb. 2016)

"Very thorough. Married ABA with strategies used for speech/language therapy (communication development)." – S.S. (Feb. 2016)

"This course is good. I especially liked the discussion re: behaviours and communication." – K.G. (Feb. 2016)

"I found all of the information relevant. Everything from shaping verbal behavior to the social skills training! I liked the video models and examples. It helped me identify with the material and relate it to other learners and situations that I've encountered and helped me to pre-visualize what I might do in similar situations." – V.D.A. (Feb. 2016)

"The discussion on what to include for initial vocabulary was really beneficial." – K.O. (Jan. 2016)

"I liked the use of videos and examples. The additional classes offered for social interaction (fitness, etc.) were very helpful." – J.S. (Jan. 2016)

"The info on initiating communication/speech with children on the spectrum was most beneficial. The course was very functional and useful immediately." – J.H. (Jan. 2016)

 

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