Presenter: Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP
This NLA Level 2 Course serves as a follow up to the NLA Level 1 Course (see course #e82), which is a recommended prerequisite.
Building on the Level 1 course, which provided participants with the foundation to understand the principles of gestalt language processing in both neurotypical children and autistic children, this NLA Level 2 Course begins with a brief review of those principles and continues by presenting treatment considerations depending on the language level of the client.
It includes numerous videos of treatment sessions to describe and illustrate treatment for autistic children who use echolalia or who have used echolalia at an earlier stage in their language development. Treatment contexts, activities, and planning are illustrated through video clips, language transcripts, and discussion. Related language goals are considered, as well as ways of reporting progress.
Offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 contact hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:30:00
"Everything about this course is exceptionally useful in how I approach treatment plans for my autistic clients. The course was easy to follow, and videos to see treatments in action."
– S.B., course participant
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" that 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.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I like the videos." K.B. (Aug. 2022)
"The transcripts of the child's speech and interaction with the clinician was good." J.T. (Aug. 2022)
"Reviewing the scripts prior to the videos was helpful - knowing what it meant and what to look for in advance. Lots of repetition of the stages and what they look like. I also sincerely appreciate the acknowledgement that things aren't always easy to parse out." L.F. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the commentary and case studies." N.S. (July 2022)
"This was an Ah-ha moment for me that helped me understand how all language learners fit in! Break down gestalts into usable mix/match parts – non ASD kids use gestalts that sound like jargon and are usually able to break it down into component phrases or single words by the time they are intelligible, so we see those as “first words." The videos were helpful to see the therapists in action." M.K. (July 2022)
"I liked taking a deeper dive into NLA and how to incorporate it into therapy sessions." M.H. (July 2022)
"I liked the ease at which I can use this information in my daily practice with my students." T.O. (July 2022)
"The written examples of verbalizations at each stage of development with supporting videos were good." K.G. (July 2022)
"There were a few interesting "nuggets" surrounding gestalt language processing being considered a delay as opposed to a disorder, which was eye opening." G.K. (July 2022)
"The videos were cute and good examples." S.J. (July 2022)
"Super applicable right away." K.B. (July 2022)
"Information from previous course was reinforced. The videos showed ideas put into practice." T.H. (July 2022)
"I enjoyed watching videos and reviewing the stages of NLA again. I liked the format as it was easy to follow and the treatment section with examples the best." T.N. (July 2022)
"I liked the video examples which really allowed me to see the types of gestalts the clients were using in real time, also reinforcing that we need to follow the child lead and interests is key in working with autistic children. I also liked that I could go at my own pace , take notes, re-watch videos and listen to certain sections more than once." J.B. (July 2022)
"I learned the importance of self-regulation to set up a child’s readiness for language modeling during play routines. Easy explanation, the slow pace helped me stay connected to the topic." A.H. (July 2022)
"The need to cater to student interests and not focusing on compliance-based therapy is beneficial for my daily practice." A.Y. (July 2022)
"I learned the importance of self-regulation to set up a child’s readiness for language modeling during play routines. I liked the many examples Marge gave of clients." J.S. (July 2022)
"I enjoyed all the video examples and transcripts. Real life examples that were not perfect, but a realistic approach on how NLA can be applied." L.S. (June 2022)
"This course will help me when working with echolalic children. I enjoyed learning about the NLA protocol." M.I. (June 2022)
"The blending of the patient's sensorimotor needs with the language and social goals during treatment sessions were helpful." T.C. (June 2022)
"Knowing the stages of ALP and GLP (outlined in this course), I will be able to determine which kind of language processor my students are during assessments. If they are GLPs, I will now be able to take language samples and score them according to which stage they are in (most likely), using the 50% rule. I love the stories and videos Marge shares. It helps to SEE it in action, and then breaking it down afterwards is a HUGE help as well." S.P. (June 2022)
"The videos and explanations were good." S.C. (June 2022)
"I enjoyed the videos." B.G-M (June 2022)
"All of the course was beneficial. I like the pace and information." L.U. (June 2022)
"Very informative and real life examples." D.B. (June 2022)
"The real-life video examples were very helpful." J.W. (June 2022)
"The presenter appeared very knowledgeable about the content. I enjoyed that videos were included throughout the presentation as concrete examples. And stressing that therapy with these children is similar to play-based therapy for other children. It doesn't have to seem scary or overwhelming." M.N. (June 2022)
"I felt this built onto treatment plans introduced in Level 2 and I found the treatment videos helpful. I found it very functional and also I think an important component of working with ASD kids." K.K. (June 2022)
"I liked the overall emphasis on treatment with different children, and seeing therapy in action through videos." A.D. (May 2022)
"The discussion of letting a child have fun and seek what he/she says under the conditions of preferred sensorimotor experiences was good." M.S. (May 2022)
"I liked that it was broken up into sections with titles, has handouts, and audio can be made faster or rewound." R.K. (May 2022)
"The language sample analysis and case scenarios with videos and explanation from Marge were great." M.L. (May 2022)
"I appreciated all of the video examples and explanations of what was happening (and which stages various utterances were considered to be in)." C.R. (Apr. 2022)
"I really love Marge's affection for her students and her passion for the subject." J.V. (Apr. 2022)
"Discussion about stage 2 and stage 4 similarities, differences and considerations was beneficial. I liked the video examples." C.S. (Apr. 2022)
"The video clips provided good examples of sessions." H.Z. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the review of previous course information prior to starting Level 2, and the insights regarding gestalts and mindfulness needed when choosing language models. I also liked the video examples and thorough handouts." K.L. (Apr. 2022)
"I think the need to take gestalts and analyze them for the purposes of mitigation in order to move into stages 3 and 4 was particularly helpful." C.R. (Apr. 2022)
"The live videos were helpful to gain a greater understanding!" J.E. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the video examples with discussions." K.P. (Apr. 2022)
"The therapy videos and explanations were helpful. The easy to follow presentation style was my favorite." T.R. (Apr. 2022)
"I loved learning and understanding that the right therapeutic approach can make a huge difference in the child's development of language. I loved the videos and explanations of what is happening from a linguistic perspective." P.D. (Mar. 2022)
"Understanding that delayed echolalia is just a delay and not a disorder is beneficial to my practice. This gave me something to do in therapy for my students who use delayed echolalia." L.C. (Mar. 2022)
"Videos are very interesting and helpful in describing the language play/modeling." K.T. (Mar. 2022)
"Gestalt learners is very interesting. I need this information in order to treat my students effectively. I liked that I was able to take at my own pace." D.C. (Mar. 2022)
"This was a great course I love being able to watch these in practice." A.D. (Mar. 2022)
"I enjoyed having the different stages outlined of what therapy might look like. Having the ability to see how therapy works with NLA students was helpful." A.A. (Mar. 2022)
"I will be more likely to work with OT and get my students good and happy before completing a language sample. -good examples of how to score-warm and loving attitude towards children reminds me/shows me how to respond to dysregulated kids". J.B. (Mar. 2022)
"I could listen to Marge speak all day. The information she provides and the detail is exceptional." M.P. (Mar. 2022)
"Lots of examples with explaining how NLA therapy works during play." T.K. (Mar. 2022)
"The detail given in relation to the videos - so informative and makes one think. I love listening to passionate people." M.P. (Mar. 2022)
"Great to learn about a topic not many other providers are covering." A.W. (Mar. 2022)
"Lots of examples explaining how NLA therapy works during play." T.K. (Mar. 2022)
"It was easy to understand while offering new information." L.R. (Mar. 2022)
"The language samples written out and discussed before showing the videos helped me to understand what I should be watching for. There were multiple videos included to support the information." E.B. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the treatment and progress report ideas and the real life videos of treatment in action!" J.S. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the videos to help demonstrate treatment and assessment - Assessing children who are GLP and using intervention strategies paired with the videos." S.M. (Mar. 2022)
"Helpful intro to supporting a child moving from gestalt to self-generated language." J.R. (Feb. 2022)
"The videos are very helpful to see how these utterances are generated vs. just reading the generated utterances. Visual context is helpful." J.S. (Feb. 2022)
"Loved the video samples from sessions and appreciated the commentary, especially when speech productions were inaudible." L.K-L (Feb. 2022)
"I loved the videos of therapy that Marge included in the training. It is helpful to see what a therapy session looks like with our gestalt language processors." M.H. (Jan. 2022)
"I found it helpful to watch the videos and go through the transcripts. It was beneficial to see such individual difference between different children. I liked learning that we just need to adjust our play therapy a bit and just a good reminder that taking data is important so we know what the child is doing and saying and how the child is communicating-what level or levels they may be at developmentally. I also enjoyed seeing the mix of sensorimotor activities while using language/communication." L.C. (Jan. 2022)
"How to mitigate and move through the levels to help my students acquire language naturally." D.T. (Jan. 2022)
"All of the topics were helpful. I feel I am re-learning this process of treatment. The videos and illustrations with speech bubbles were helpful and kept things interesting. The simple Step charts and explanations were also helpful." R.M. (Dec. 2021)
"I love the instructor's voice and her love of her students." L.C. (Dec. 2021)
"The idea of gestalt language processing was new to me. I found the sequence of development especially enlightening and useful. The information was a new way of thinking about language development." S.B. (Nov. 2021)
"I love the instructor. Educated and passionate. The course is motivating." J.K. (Nov. 2021)
"The importance of sensory regulation and how it builds opportunities for communicative success was beneficial for my daily practice." J.P. (Nov. 2021)
"The presentation was clear and included repetition which helped with understanding the concepts." M.M. (Nov. 2021)
"The stages of gestalt processing and how you can sit across multiple stages was beneficial for my daily practice. I liked watching the videos and reviewing the progress of each child." K.S. (Oct. 2021)
"The importance of self-regulation in order for a child to be able to communicate and/or interact with the others appropriately was beneficial for my daily practice. I liked the videos along with language samples to see how the child and clinician interacted." C.K. (Sept. 2021)
"Everything about this course is exceptionally useful in how I approach treatment plans for my autistic clients. The course was easy to follow, videos to see treatments in action." B.S. (Sept. 2021)
"The discussion centered around matching language to the sensorimotor activities in the treatment considerations. The inclusion of videos of a wide variety of treatment sessions were good." M.T. (Aug. 2021)
"Mitigation examples for echolalia language provided by the SLPs were good." C.C. (Aug. 2021)
"How to define and work through NLA was helpful and the organization was good." R.V. (Aug. 2021)
"I appreciated the video examples with transcripts, an opportunity to see this approach in action. I enjoyed the pace and the fact that the course was broken up into segments. I find that in this day of zoom/webinar fatigue (thank you, Covid), some presentations really rush the information in order to make the courses shorter. However, I am finding that I attend better if I can watch short segments instead of racing through an hour chock full of information." D.M. (Aug. 2021)
“It supplemented the book nicely. This has been a somewhat difficult approach for me to wrap my head around with children who are significant scriptures. Where to begin, how to adapt my language to provide a better model, activities and language that break down the scripting and build it into more meaningful language units, etc. Understanding that there is a process to gestalt language development. It was all very helpful.” W.H. (Aug. 2021)
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.
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.
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