School-based speech-language pathologists are increasingly being expected to relate their intervention with their state’s education standards. The Common Core State Standards are the most common standards, adopted in over 40 states. The session will briefly review the history of the standards and present a method for analysis of standards to plan for intervention for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). By analyzing grade level standards, with an eye on those standards that will be challenging for children with ASD, SLPs can then incorporate student strengths and needs with the expectations of the curriculum. This foundation allows for successful intervention planning. After a review of the characteristics of ASD, and how these characteristics will impact students’ acquisition of education standards, two case studies are presented. These case studies present elementary aged students with different communication challenges. The analysis model enables planning for positive outcomes for both students. Case studies are included. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 contact hour.
Course Run Time: 1:10:30
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 in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Peggy C. Agee, SLPD, CCC-SLP, has facilitated children’s language and literacy development for the past 38 years. Dr. Agee began her work as a speech-language pathologist in a rural school division and later entered the classroom as an early childhood special educator and later as a teacher of at-risk 4-year-olds. Most recently, she has served as an associate professor in communication sciences and disorders at Longwood University, teaching and supervising graduate students as they evaluate and treat children and adolescents with language and literacy-learning challenges, including autism spectrum disorder. In 2010, Dr. Agee received the Louis M. Di Carlo Award for Clinical Achievement from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation for her work in planning and conducting Camp JumpStart, an emergent-literacy-focused initiative for preschool children. Dr. Agee has presented frequently at the state and national levels on topics related to both autism and literacy.
Speaker Financial Disclosures:
Financial — Peggy Agee is the presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Peggy Agee has no relevant nonfinancial disclosures.
Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the communication sciences and disorders program at Longwood University in Virginia. Among the courses she teaches is public school methods, which focuses on supporting children's mastery of the language expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
Prior to joining the faculty at Longwood, Dr. Power-deFur worked at the Virginia Department of Education in special education, student services, and policy, where she first developed her interest in analyzing the language and communication expectations of the general curriculum.
Dr. Power-deFur is a Fellow of ASHA and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia and regularly volunteers for the profession. She has served as a state education advocacy leader and as a member of numerous education-related committees at ASHA. She is the ASHA 2014-2016 vice president of standards and ethics in speech-language pathology. Additionally, she received The ASHA Leader Outstanding Service Award for her 2011 article on special education eligibility.
Financial — Lissa Power-deFur is the author of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Lissa Power-deFur is employed by The University of Florida; receives a salary.
Financial — Lissa Power-deFur receives funding through a Pathway To Independence K99/R00 Award through the National Institutes of Health; receives grant funding.
Nonfinancial — Lissa Power-deFur has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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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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"I liked the two case studies that highlighted children with very different needs. Going over the standards analysis and intervention design provided a step by step approach to bridging the gap between present levels of performance/IEP goals and academic standards was most beneficial." – J.D. (Apr. 2020)
"The 5-step Standards analysis was interesting." – L.C. (Mar. 2020)
"I appreciated going over aligning the common core standards to what goals." – R.B. (Jan. 2020)
"The portion on the DLM standards was most helpful. I liked the case studies as well." – K.V. (Oct. 2019)
"Excellent discussion on how to approach using the standard with the more involved students. I liked the explanation of the steps to take in order to select the appropriate standard." – D.W. (Sept. 2019)
"I liked how deconstruction is so explicitly demonstrated. I also liked the case studies!" – D.W. (July 2019)
"The course was very clear and covered all topics. I liked the practical examples discussed and the portion on how to determine the needs and possible IEP objectives for a student." – J.B.W. (June 2019)
"I enjoyed the specific strategies presented and how current the material was." – S.B. (Jan. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion of how to deconstruct the common core skills to individual speech therapy goals. Loved the examples." – A.B. (Dec. 2018)
"The intervention provided for kids with Autism was most beneficial." – M.d.C.C. (Dec. 2018)
"I really liked the Dynamic Learning Maps and case studies." – N.M. (Dec. 2018)
"Going over adapting core standards so they are accessible to children with special needs was very helpful. I liked the use of DLM." – M.M. (Oct. 2018)
"It gave me some ideas on how to look for alternative common core standards for my students with ASD." – K.G. (Sept. 2018)
"The case study with the severely autistic student was very helpful." – C.L. (Aug. 2018)
"The framework of steps for addressing the use of standards when determining the most appropriate goals and interventions for students with Autism was very beneficial and well organized. I was not aware of the 'Developmental Learning Maps' and will now refer to then when developing IEP goals, strategies, and interventions for students on my caseload. The use of the case studies was very thorough and beneficial in demonstrating the use of the 'steps' framework." – T.V.N. (July 2018)
"I liked the case studies especially because they were so different from each other. The case study of the student who has more severe characteristics and needs was most beneficial." – A.M. (June 2018)
"Excellent course!!!! I felt this course was extremely beneficial as a SLP in a school setting. The presenters did an excellent job of helping me connect the common core standards to my students with ASD. The case studies were very helpful, and there was a great deal of practical information in this course. I especially liked the information related to IEP goals!" – G.J. (Apr. 2018)
"It was informative learning how to plan intervention for ASD students according to the Common Core Standards. The course was very user-friendly and had practical information that can be incorporated into intervention planning." – S.R. (Apr. 2018)
"The topic that will be beneficial for my daily practice is the topic of goal writing and incorporating common core standards into our teaching. The presenters were extremely knowledgeable about relating the standards into speech and language sessions. The case studies were helpful. I also liked the explanation of the DSM and the criteria and impairments that are required for students to get diagnosed with ASD. I found this class to be very insightful." – P.D. (Apr. 2018)
"Excellent course." – R.S. (Mar. 2018)
"The case studies were most beneficial." – H.S. (Nov. 2017)
"The use of the Dynamic Learning Maps (which I was just introduced to during this course) was most beneficial." – S.B. (Oct. 2017)
"The Five Step process was well laid out, and I thoroughly enjoyed the practical application of examples which went the Five Step process. Thank you!" – R.D. (Aug. 2017)