Remediation for a child with only a few sounds in error is a fairly straightforward undertaking in which error sounds are identified and targeted using motor-based intervention. However, using this approach, children with complex disorders and/or multiple errors may spend years in therapy before there is a substantial change in their overall intelligibility. This can result in very negative consequences related to academic achievement and/or social adjustment.
Participants in this course will learn how to analyze the entire phonological system as the basis for effective and efficient intervention. Participants will be guided through a case study using reusable templates with immediate feedback provided after each section. Following this, multiple strategies to address the resulting therapy targets will be demonstrated, including the use of children's literature to address phonological deficits. Participants will gain a wealth of new information that can be immediately applied to children on their caseload. The material presented is for participants working with age groups 24 months to 6 years. Offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs – 4 contact hours.
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*Analying the phonological system
*Design an individualized approach using results
*Implementing intervention strategies to meet targeted intervention goals
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.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Dean's Associate for Graduate Studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Robertson spent 18 years as a school-based SLP and special education administrator prior to obtaining her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recently served on the ASHA Board of Directors as Vice President of Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology. She owns several companies, including a publishing and a consulting business. Dr. Robertson has published numerous articles, book chapters, and clinical materials and presented hundreds of workshops at state, national, and international venues. She is dedicated to bridging the gap between practicing professionals and research through providing evidence-based, functional strategies with immediate clinical applications.
Financial — Shari Robertson is the presenter of an online CE course sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Shari Robertson is the owner of Dynamic Resources; receives a salary.
Nonfinancial — Shari Robertson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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:
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
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.
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.
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"I appreciated the treatment options / ideas at the end of the lecture. The course was very detailed and interactive." – C.L. (Mar. 2020)
"Shari has a nice voice, and her presentation was clear... I actually listened to it twice!" – B.B. (Jan. 2020)
"For the occasional very challenging clients, this course really helped break down how to effectively approach these clients. I liked the engaging structure to the course and how it was practically oriented." – G.R. (Dec. 2019)
"I loved the forms that were provided for the comprehensive assessment. They are just what I have been needing to gather more data. She was a great presenter and kept my attention." – J.H. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the basic strategies outlined for kids with Childhood AOS. I liked that the content of this course differed from traditional treatment approaches that are typically used by clinicians." – C.B. (Nov. 2019)
"I really appreciated the whole concept of contrast and the idea of using it so many ways. I liked the opportunity to try the analysis first and then to see what Ms. Robertson did." – V.T. (Oct. 2019)
"The step by step directions on how to complete a comprehensive phonological assessment were most beneficial. I liked the use of a case study as a hands on way to learn how to assess and analyze phonological disorders." – H.H. (Sept. 2019)
"Working in a school setting with kids who present with severe phonological disorders, this new way of assessing and targeting speech goals will really be helpful. The case study was helpful in putting the content into practice." – K.D. (Aug. 2019)
"The ENTIRE topic was eye-opening, and I believe I will begin re-writing my therapy goals! The course put into words what I already did in therapy but didn't really have the vocabulary to explain why!" – J.P. (Aug. 2019)
"This course gave me a more efficient way to analyze language samples. This includes being able to obtain more effective information to help students on my caseload. liked that the lecturer had me work on an example language sample and go through all the forms. The whole course was well organized, easy to understand, and had appropriate information to move forward in utilizing it in practice." – V.K. (Aug. 2019)
"I liked the perspective of starting with a mastered inventory. Well presented, to the point." – L.B. (July 2019)
"I appreciated the clinical assessment forms and practicing with a language sample. I benefitted most from the discussion on performing independent analysis and incorporating functional words in the child's goals." – L.M. (July 2019)
"I loved going through a case study. Also, the books were great ideas." – C.B. (June 2019)
"I liked that she included information about the variety of approaches most clinicians have at least since referenced in journal articles-- minimal contrasts, maximal contrasts, multiple oppositions approach. My graduate school only covered the traditional approach and phonological cycles. It's important to know that there are other approaches and to try different ones." – A.Y. (June 2019)
"I appreciated that it provided a different way to look at evaluating a sound system. Right now I have a little one that appears to understand and use a variety of language, but so many of her utterances are only CV. It gave me a different way to think about adding word forms." – S.Q. (Apr. 2019)
"I liked the therapy examples and case study. I especially enjoyed the sample therapy activities and going over how to analyze a speech sample." – P.M. (Feb. 2019)
"The discussion on the parameters of comprehensive analysis was most beneficial. I liked the specific information for evaluation and treatment." – M.L. (Jan. 2019)
"I loved this course! So much helpful information -- I especially appreciated the practicality and the focus on what the child can do. It makes so much more sense to focus on functional communication, increasing inventory, and contrasts rather than accurate productions. The instructor is super, and the handouts are excellent." – E.H. (Dec. 2018)
"As an SLP with many years of experience, I needed exposure to new approaches that will make my therapy both effective and efficient. This course helped me see a way to accomplish that goal." – L.G. (Dec. 2018)
"I liked the functional application and information used to target speech errors in a more detailed, comprehensive manner." – M.H. (Nov. 2018)
"The specific treatment strategies and demonstration of these strategies was most beneficial. Thank you!" – J.L. (Nov. 2018)
"I thought it was great! I liked the case studies with strategies provided!" – B.F. (Oct. 2018)
"The step-by-step case study analysis was very beneficial. I liked that this course covered more than just relational analysis. It covered areas that I have not included in my analysis in the past." – C.S. (Sept. 2018)
"I liked the idea of thinking outside our usual therapy techniques. This makes sense to do things this way for a child who is highly unintelligible. I liked the way the presenter presented the information and then gave techniques and examples and incorporated books." – E.G. (Sept. 2018)
"I liked the guide for assessment, practice, and model for interventions that were provided." – P.M.W. (Aug. 2018)
"All of the topics are valuable in my daily practice of working primarily with children ages 2-7. I was very pleased with this course." – D.S. (July 2018)
"I liked the inventory worksheets to map out the child's strengths." – E.C. (June 2018)
"The discussion and practice of a comprehensive assessment of the phonological system were most beneficial. This was a very thorough & very good course." – A.A. (Dec. 2017)
"The analysis was terrific. The pace and content were excellent but definitely, the opportunity to do the analysis and compare with the instructor's outcomes was terrific!" – K.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I truly appreciate the therapy suggestions of games and materials to use and ways to elicit various target sounds!" – A.W. (Dec. 2017)
"The discussion on how important phonemic awareness and auditory bombardment is to sound production was most beneficial. I liked that this course provided materials I can use immediately and provided examples of how to use the skills learned in therapy." – N.C.C. (Nov. 2017)
"I found the entire topic to be very beneficial for my daily practice. I enjoyed the practical suggestions the presenter provided and began incorporating some of her therapy ideas the same day I finished the course!" – M.R. (Nov. 2017)
"The handouts for completing my own comprehensive analysis were very beneficial. I also loved all of the book suggestions! I liked the interactive nature; it was nice to pause and DO and not just listen." – A.B. (Nov. 2017)
"The course was presented in a very systematic way so it was easy to follow. The Phonotactic Profile was most useful." – L.A.B. (July 2017)
"I needed this with my practice. The comprehensive assessment was especially helpful." – C.K. (May 2017)
"All very interesting and loaded with info that can assist therapists in their practice of assisting students who have multiple phonological errors." – M.N.T. (Apr. 2017)
"I liked the examples of books to use in therapy and the discussion on phonemic awareness." – S.M. (Mar. 2017)
"I appreciated the Key Concept: Opposition as well as the step by step completion of the complex analysis." – R.J. (Mar. 2017)
"I enjoyed the hands on evaluation process. Very knowledgeable speaker, hands on materials, great ideas to try." – A.G. (Mar. 2017)
"The utilization of the emphasized independent analysis instead of typical standardized testing to evaluation children with significant speech intelligibility issues was most helpful. I liked the opportunities to practice skills and the handouts provided. Also, the price is very reasonable for continuing education." – L.D. (Mar. 2017)
"I appreciated the case study work to apply the concepts to clinical decision making. I liked the focused content, but I expected more treatment examples and ideas." – M.W. (Mar. 2017)
"The discussion on how to use phonemic awareness to introduce new concepts was most beneficial. I liked the case study to practice the evaluation." – M.I. (Jan. 2017)
"I greatly enjoyed this course. The presenter's knowledge, pacing and engagement is admirable. I have found the content of this course very useful for my present clinical needs." – V.V. (Nov. 2016)
"This was an excellent in-service class. I enjoyed the analysis tasks and determining the discriminations for use at the word with consonant/vowels and the syllable levels." – J.R. (Oct. 2016)