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Course #: 2140

Multi-Sensory Instruction To Improve Speech Intelligibility, Phonological Awareness and Language Comprehension in Children with Developmental Disabilities

Location Date Price
San Antonio, TX
November 2, 2012

CEUs: 0.6

1 person:$169.00
2-4 people:$159.00
5+ people:$139.00
*Groups MUST register at the same time to qualify for the group rate.
Thank you for your interest in this seminar. We are unable to take further registrations as the seminar date has already past. Please feel free to view other uplcoming seminars by clicking here or contacting our office at 888-337-3866.



  • Learn how using print in therapy can dramatically improve phonological awareness.
  • Learn how story-mapping techniques can improve language and narrative comprehension.
  • Learn why many of the children you discharge from therapy are at high risk for reading failure.


This continuing education speech-language pathology conference is offered for 0.6 CEUs.  Discussed in detail will be evidence-based, multi-sensory interventions that can be used effectively to improve speech intelligibility, phonological awareness and language comprehension. The importance and rationale for using printed cues (orthographic instruction) in therapy will be explained including discussion of why pictures should not be introduced until after letter/sound association has been firmly established. In addition, multi-sensory story mapping methods and techniques will be explained and demonstrated to improve reading comprehension, narrative comprehension and writing skills. By the end of the conference participants will have learned techniques to simultaneously build communication competencies while establishing foundational literacy skills. Participants will leave with skills to effectively participate in RTI programs and classroom consultation and to more effectively teach to the district curriculum.

CONTENT DISCLOSURE: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of Literacy Speaks!® and Narrative Builder. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.


Cancellation Policy & Late Registration

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Tuition will be refunded less a $25 processing fee if emailed notification is received by NSS up to two weeks prior to the seminar date. Two weeks to 72 hours prior to seminar date: 50% refund; 72 hours or less: no refund. NSS reserves the right to cancel the event up to 7 days prior to the seminar date. If cancelled by NSS full tuition refunds will be issued. Substitutions are permitted if NSS is notified in advance by phone or email.

Late Registration Fee:

Add $20 to tuition rate if registration is received within
2 weeks of the seminar date.

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7:30-7:50      Check In and Onsite Registration (Coffee and Tea)

7:55-8:00      General Conference Information

                        The following topics will be presented by Keli Richmond

8:00-8:30       Key factors that contribute to the development of communication and literacy competency
                     in children with developmental disabilities

8:30-9:00       Brain processors and their effect on communication and literacy competencies

9:00-9:30       Orthographic instruction and effects on speech intelligibility and phonological awareness

9:30-9:45       Break

9:45-11:00     Improving language decoding skills using orthographic instruction including printed cues hierarchy

                                  1. Sound/letter(s) in isolation including “single” sound/letter and digraphs

                                  2. Sound/letter(s) in words including segmented words and blended words

                                  3. Words in phrases

                                  4. Words in sentences

                                  5. Words in books

11:00-11:15    Supplemental materials and final questions

11:15-12:15    Lunch on Own

  The following topics will be presented by Nicole Gerami

12:15-12:45    Reading Comprehension Challenges in Language-Impaired Children: What The Literature
                     Tells Us About Evidence-Based Interventions

12:45-1:15      Language Domains Essential For Effective Reading Comprehension, Paragraph Writing,
                     and Oral Narration

  1. Morphosyntax
  2. Semantics
  3. Pragmatics
  4. Higher Order Language

1:15-1:45       What is a Narrative and Why is Proficiency in this Area Essential For Communication
                     Competency and Academic Success?

1:45-2:00       Developmental Milestones: Understanding and Producing Narratives

2:00-2:15       Break

2:15-2:45       Teaching Six Story-Grammar Elements That Boost Oral And Written Language

  1. Character
  2. Setting
  3. Initiating Event and Problem
  4. Climactic Event
  5. Resolution
  6. Internal States

2:45-3:20       Multi-sensory Story Mapping Techniques That Increase Attention During Therapy
                     And That Help Build
 Language Comprehension

3:20-3:30       Final Questions

       3:30       Adjourn, Sign Out and Certificates

Speaker Profile

Keli Richmond, MS, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist specializing in early literacy development. She has a Teaching License as well as a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and a Minor Focus in Special Education. Her career began in the medical field with an emphasis on neurological disorders; then, she continued to expand her experience by providing therapy and promoting literacy skills for preschool through middle school students. 

Keli conducts in-service training for school-based personnel, presents continuing education seminars nationwide for Northern Speech Services (NSS), and speaks at Speech-Language-Hearing Conventions, Educator Conferences and related events.

Some highlights of Keli’s career are receiving the “Professional Achievement Award in Recognition of Advancement of Knowledge in Clinical Practice” from the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA); the “Award for Continuing Education” (ACE) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); and the “Award for Top 100 Websites for Speech-Language Pathologists”. The ISHA award is based on outstanding professional development and community involvement. The ASHA award is based on commitment to lifelong learning. The Top 100 Websites award is based on the best available websites for anyone with an interest in speech-language pathology.

She was a founding member of the United Way Women’s Initiative. The Women’s Initiative is an organization dedicated to closing educational gaps through early literacy development. 

Keli is the author of the Literacy Speaks!® program. Literacy Speaks!® is a comprehensive program driven by orthographic instruction (printed cues) designed to improve speech intelligibility, enhance phonological awareness and expand language skills while establishing a strong literacy foundation.

For more information on Keli Richmond visit www.LiteracySpeaks.com.       

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Keli Richmond is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Keli Richmond is author of the Literacy Speaks!® materials published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Keli Richmond has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Nicole Gerami, MA, CCC-SLP, lectures on treating children on the autism spectrum and provides in-service training to educators on effective methods for teaching language comprehension from printed material. Nicole treats children with a wide range of delays and disorders and is best known for her work with children with autism spectrum disorders, including her Narrative Builder approach for teaching children with autism and other developmental disabilities to comprehend what they read.

Nicole is co-creator of the Program for Establishing and Enhancing Relationships through Social Skills (PEERSS™) and Friendship in Teams (FIT™), and she is a founding member of Nicole Gerami, LLC. Nicole is a frequent lecturer for the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Milestones, and the Cuyahoga County Special Education Service Center. Nicole received her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where she is currently an adjunct instructor. She is the author of Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool.

Speaker Disclosure:

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

Financial — Nicole Gerami is the author of Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Nicole Gerami has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Location & Lodging

Seminar Location:

Norris Conference Center
at Wonderland of the Americas Mall
4522 Fredericksburg Road, A-100
San Antonio, TX 78201

Phone: 210-738-0040
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Note:  The Norris Conference Center is located within the Wonderland of the Americas Mall,
adjacent to the Target.


SpringHill Suites San Antonio Northwest
3636 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78201

Phone: 210-737-6086
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Accommodations:  The Springhill Suites is adjacent to the mall. Please mention the Norris Conference Center for possible room discounts.  Directions.

Intended Audience

  • Teach/Educ
  • Parent
  • SLP


ASHA: This program is offered for .6 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

TSHA: This program has approval for 6 clock hours of continuing education credit by TSHA. TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

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 provide their eligibility on the ASHA CEU Participant Form or inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.  



First Content Focus: Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Second Content Focus: Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes

AOTA: Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. #4095.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

More Offerings by: Keli Richmond


  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e64 Simultaneously Improve Speech Intelligibility, Enhance Phonological Awareness and Develop Language/Literacy Skills with Orthographic Instruction
Keli Richmond, MS, CCC-SLP
0.4 $79.00
e65 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Build Speech, Language and Literacy Skills With Orthographic Instruction!
Keli Richmond, MS, CCC-SLP
0.25 $35.00


  Title Price  
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 1  $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 2 $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 3 $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 4 $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 5 — Blends $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® 5-Kit COMPLETE SET $371.00

More Offerings by: Nicole Gerami


  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e132 Tell Me What Happened! Teaching Children With High Functioning Autism To Comprehend and Retell Narratives
Nicole Gerami, M.A., CCC-SLP
0.2 $31.00


  Title Price  
Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool $71.00

Past Participant Comments

"It makes me wish I knew this 30 years ago when I began working in the schools."

 "Liked that both teachers and SLPs were able to benefit from the material."

 "Very knowledgeable. Showed how to implement skills learned in class into therapy."

"What SLPs are looking for is a functional, practical approach. This was superb and the approach will help me to deliver my therapy and be more successful. This approach will have a dramatic positive influence on my program."

"Good mix of practical knowledge and research-based info. Excellent ideas — implement-ready — nicely organized."

 "Can't wait to go to work to incorporate what I learned."

 "Wonderful, energetic, and extremely functional."

 "Great workshop and ideas that I can use during therapy and I liked the fact that we could take the ideas to teachers."

"In almost 30 years, I've never yet been to an NSS seminar that wasn't informative, stimulating, and wonderfully organized." 

"NSS has been consistent in providing interesting and educational opportunities — thanks!"

"NSS = class act! Informative, contemporary and pertinent clinically relevant seminars."

"I like hearing research that supports treatment approaches. Also practical treatment ideas that I can use on Monday."

"Always do a great job; I don't worry about organization and content of your courses."

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