$197.00 USD

97% rating - reviews

1.05  ASHA CEUs

Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language, Level 3 #e286


Presenter: Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP

NLA Level 3 Course

Strategies for Individualizing Treatment for Gestalt Language Processors

This comprehensive course covers every aspect of supporting gestalt language development, and includes strategies for individualizing treatment for gestalt language processors.



This course builds on information presented in the NLA Level 1 and NLA Level 2 courses. These two courses are recommended as prerequisites prior to enrolling in this Level 3 Course.


This NLA Level 3 Course presents an all-new look at Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) treatment. This comprehensive program (10.5 hours) covers every aspect of supporting gestalt language development, including physical supports for self-regulation. Presented are strategies for individualizing treatment for gestalt language processors of any age – from 18 months to 28 years.

After a short review of the Stages of Natural Language Acquisition, four case examples are presented to illustrate the variety of considerations in individualizing treatment. Extensive videos, language samples, and goal-writing examples are included, complemented by a look at the groundbreaking work in the neuroscience of relationship. An in-depth study of the juxtaposition of NLA Stage 3 and the pre-sentence grammatical structures that support self-generated language will provide the SLP with a solid foundation for supporting developmental grammar. A separate section addresses language gestalts as carriers of meaning and emotion.

The final section features comments from a variety of individuals about their experiences with NLA and their hopes for the future. The resounding feeling is of optimism, and a future in which gestalt language acquisition is well-understood as simply one kind of natural language acquisition – so that treatment can more fully address clients' individual profiles. Course is offered for 1.05 ASHA CEUs – 10.5 contact hours.

Enrollment in this course includes the opportunity to join the Natural Language Acquisition Practitioners.

Course Overview

  • The Process of Gestalt Language Development (55:44)
  • Individualized Treatment (2:02:37)
  • Supporting Individualized Treatment (1:49:18)
  • Grammar Development in Gestalt Language Processors (2:45:04)
  • The Hidden Messages in Scripting (1:12:54)
  • What We Have Learned; What We Want for the Future (1:09:49)
  • Post Testing (self-paced)

"This course is a phenomenal in-depth deep-dive into all the areas the first two courses left you wondering about. We can truly wrap our heads around Stages 3 and 4, and it all makes so much sense! The case studies are incredible, and really help solidify and put into action all that Marge teaches. Every single pediatric SLP needs this information. It really should be required coursework in graduate school."

– A.Z., prior course participant

The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. The presenter of this course is also the author of the text, "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language" which is mentioned as part of this course. The presenter does not benefit financially from the sale of this book, however, the non-profit center, Communication Development Center (CDC), for which the presenter is founder and director, does receive royalties.

Course Format

Video presentation. Downloadable handouts and other resources are included. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.

Reviews

"I work with autistic students so everything that was discussed is beneficial to my daily practice.  I loved the visuals."  S.H. (Aug. 2022)

"Learning to listen carefully to scripting and to read between the lines (and talk to others on the team) to figure out the meaning was beneficial for my practice." M.M. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked that I could take the course at my own pace." M.L. (July 2022)

"Highly applicable to supporting my students." L.W. (July 2022)

"I found the information about sensory integration very important. Also the explanation of individual treatment sessions was helpful. I really liked the perspective coming from a mother. MAN, her smile could light up the world." J.R. (July 2022)

"Learning about the hidden meaning in gestalts, learning how to individualize treatment for GLPs. I like that it targets an area that I really needed to learn more about!" M.M. (July 2022)

"I feel that the bulk of my caseload consists of NLA processors and I can already see that shifting my focus of intervention is improving their willingness to engage and communicate in the context of treatment sessions." L.G. (July 2022)

"The entire course was very helpful. This gave me a structure of how to educate my co-workers about gestalt language and how to describe this best to families. The course will definitely help me with better goal writing and focusing more on mitigation and stage 3, when the kids are ready. The grammar section was great - I had no idea that you can introduce verbs too early, and this will be the biggest shift in my practice." E.K. (July  2022)

"Extremely detailed and informative. I liked all of the content." D.T. (July 2022)

"This course was enriching and inspiring." R.S. (July 2022)

"Oh my goodness. ALL of it. I wish that I had this all ten years ago. I knew the term gestalt and that some kids learned language as "wholes" but I never knew what to do with that information. The DST and DSS were also new to me (or maybe long forgotten?). This is a game changer in my work with autistic students!" S.C. (June 2022)

"I loved the videos of clinicians at work with kids." K.C. (June 2022)

"The section on sensory regulation was very helpful. It was also very useful to learn a bit about how AAC can be used with GLPs.  I loved how in-depth this course was. I also really appreciated all of the case studies/real-life examples." J.W. (June 2022)

"Big emphasis on relationship and connection was very well portrayed throughout." T.S. (June 2022)

"Everything was great! From the basics to the client videos and especially the parent perspective. I appreciated so much that Marge presented primarily from her speech center and not from behind a desk." S.L. (May 2022)

"I liked learning about the differences between gestalt and analytic language processors as well as employing more appropriate language strategies for gestalt language processors." S.L. (May 2022)

"I liked both the specific 'how to' of scoring the NLA and DSS, and also the more general perspective of respecting gestalt processors. The guest speakers helped break up the course." G.H. (May 2022)

"I liked the real life examples – seeing it in action is so much more beneficial than hearing what to do." K.M. (May 2022)

"I am astonished that I have been practicing for almost 25 years with this population and knew nothing about NLA. I liked Marge's easy, loving, joyful, sensory-filled approach to therapy. I began in a rehab center collaborating with OTs and PTs and have felt that it was right for my kids. I did not always get a lot of support even when that positive results were evident. Now, I have the validation and immediately added a trampoline and BIG JOE pillow to my not very big, but very fun playroom." K.K. (May 2022)

"I liked all of it, especially the information on moving into stage 3 and the grammar section with the DSS and DST." C.K. (May 2022)

"I liked the video examples and parent stories." H.J. (Apr. 2022)

"Enlightenment onto the importance of echolalia as acceptable, part of a child's development, and how vital they are for "connecting" to others. Seeing the PASSION in of all the therapists when doing their job, when connecting with their clients...the passion to succeed in communicating with ASD kiddos and adults." A.B. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the examples of how to mitigate at stage 3 - Marge's DSS chart." D.S. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the developmental sentence scoring, and the ease of access of the course. " J.C. (Mar. 2022)

"I currently have a student with Autism and he is echolalic. I now have the knowledge to teach him language." D.C. (Mar. 2022)

"I loved all of it! Especially the grammar section." J.S. (Mar. 2022)

"I currently have a student who needs to begin to move from Level 2 to Level 3. This course was very helpful in helping me plan my therapy. I liked the content because it addressed treatment and gave many examples of techniques being used. I also liked that it was recorded and that I could work at my own pace." M.C. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked how to model gestalts that can be easily mitigated to move a child from stage 1 to stage 2." K.P. (Feb. 2022)

"I appreciated the deep dives into various specific cases to see different ways GLPs can sound and different ways NLA approaches can be implemented. I love REALLY picking apart language development, and this course went full speech nerd with me."  S.L. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked all of it – real life examples. It was perfect!." D.B. (Feb. 2022)

"There was soooo much in this course that will impact my practice. I am re-visiting the way I write goals for my gestalt processors and trying to follow the NLA skill progressions. It's amazing how much more engaged children are when I follow their lead and don't force artificial/unreasonable expectations (e.g., all the sentence strips).  I appreciated the video examples and the parent input." D.M. (Jan. 2022)

"Level 3 of the NLA courses is a must for every SLP working with children who are gestalt language processors. Levels 1 and 2 allowed us to learn the NLA stages and guiding treatment principles. In this Level 3 course we learn how to individualize NLA intervention for specific clients with a host of differences, how and why to incorporate movement, and the power of grammar. Marge eloquently guides this course as we learn to tailor NLA intervention to meet the needs of real children and their families within meaningful and engaging contexts, ultimately fostering sincere and organic expression." C.H.

"With the background of knowing about NLA assessment and stages, the level three course gave me an understanding of how to incorporate this knowledge into treatment. I am able to set up an affirming environment for reciprocal, self-generated language without relying on frustrating techniques such as withholding items." E.F.

"Marge Blanc does it again! This course is a phenomenal in-depth deep-dive into all the areas the first two courses left you wondering about. We can truly wrap our heads around Stages 3 and 4, and it all makes so much sense! The case studies are incredible, and really help solidify and put into action all that Marge teaches. Every single pediatric SLP needs this information. It really should be required coursework in graduate school." A.Z.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe intervention strategies for gestalt language processors at various ages, language levels, and levels of self-regulation. (Sections 2, 3, 4, 5)

  2. Explain the rationale for intervention goals and strategies at each stage of Natural Language Acquisition. (Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  3. Contrast Stage 3, single-word combinations with Developmental Sentence Types (DST) of pre-sentence grammar. (Section 4)

  4. Describe the natural progression of early grammar at NLA Stage 4 through an understanding of Developmental Sentence Scoring (DSS). (Section 4)

  5. Explain individuals’ use of language gestalts (both early and remnant) at various ages and stages. (Sections 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

  6. Formulate some questions and/or ideas about the use of AAC for gestalt language processors. (Section 2, 5, 6)

Presenter & Disclosures

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 the author of the book, Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum and she is the author of the online CEU course, Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

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.

Presenter Disclosures:

Financial — Marge Blanc is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; royalties are received by the 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.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 1.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Support: Please phone 888.337.3866 or email info@northernspeech.com.

Course Completion Timeframe:

You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.

However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.

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 My Online 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 Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.

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 currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at info@northernspeech.com or fax to 888-696-9655.

What is an Online Course?

Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.

Receiving CEUs:

Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.

Registering for an online course:

You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.

Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:

You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.

Testing requirements:

Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.

Number of CEUs offered:

We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.

State licensing boards and online CEUs:

NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs 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 CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.

Course formats:

Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.

Course handouts:

Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file. 

Group discounts:

Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.

Computer requirements:

For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.

Course Cancellation Policy:

A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded. 

Special Needs:

Please click here for any special needs requests, and we will do our best to accommodate them. 

Contact Us |