Presenter: Trina Spencer, PhD, BCBA-D
Participants in this course receive access to the NSS Narrative Intervention Network. This group will meet quarterly for live, online video discussions led by course presenter, Dr. Trina Spencer. These 90 minute presentations will include additional narrative intervention related topics as well as discussion of participant submitted cases and questions.
Upcoming meeting: February 2023.
Earn Competencies in Narrative Instruction.
Oral storytelling is a pivotal skill for academic and social success. Not all students have mastered it or can apply word, sentence, and discourse patterns to learn other content. Communication scientists have explored, developed, and investigated innovative ways of using oral storytelling to teach vocabulary, expressive language, inferencing, listening/reading comprehension and writing. The key teaching procedure is retelling, which is backed by an impressive body of learning science.
This competency course presents 10 principles of effective narrative intervention – providing clear and easy to implement recommendations for children, with and without disabilities, in preschool and elementary grades. Learn what's special about oral language and what's special about stories. Learn deficits that oral storytelling can help solve. Learn how oral storytelling instruction can effectively address the cluster of skills that are at the core of everything literacy related. Stories are everywhere. Why not harness their power?
Offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs – 5 contact hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 5:00:10
"I feel I have a new tool that I can use immediately in my practice. Course was well organized and informative. I enjoyed the videos."
– G.S., prior course participant
"Trina is such a great teacher. I felt compelled to try new things in my therapy setting. She is easy to listen to and well educated on this topic."
– K.B., prior course participant
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. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I appreciate the detailed information on how assessment and intervention could look with doing narrative intervention. The variety of videos, visuals, and examples were useful." A.G. (Jan. 2023)
"I appreciated the topic related to repeating, repairing, recasting, and expanding when a child makes an error during therapy sessions. I liked the concept of re-telling stories and the way the presenter taught the audience to facilitate this for better learning." A.K. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the breakdown of teaching the narrative intervention and how it is critical to use stories that have the essential ingredients (character problem, feeling, action, and ending). I have used these components when working on listening and/or reading comprehension, but not with oral language. I will definitely be doing some things differently." G.S. (Dec. 2022)
"How to implement teaching narrative stories was beneficial. Liked enthusiasm of presenter, and the videos." Z.N. (Dec. 2022)
"The storytelling aspect is very practical to incorporate into my therapy - will look into cubed and story champs for my practice. I found course informative in an area I wasn't super familiar with." K.K. (Dec. 2022)
"I feel I have a new tool that I can use immediately in my practice. Course was well organized and informative. I enjoyed the videos." G.S. (Nov. 2022)
"Learning overall how to approach narrative skills. I liked the free resources." L.M. (Nov. 2022)
"Lots of video examples. I liked the free Storybook Supports." H.W. (Nov. 2022)
"Stewart's video with fading visual supports was very helpful. And learning the steps for teaching oral narrative and how to model/prompt." J.F. (Nov. 2022)
"I found the information specific to story champs and how to implement this program very helpful. I enjoyed the videos, which helped to illustrate the speaker's points well." H.R. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the relationship between listening and oral language AND reading and writing. The organization and speaker were good as well." H.H. (Oct. 2022)
"The structure for implementation of training narratives and specificness of strategies and guidelines were helpful. I liked the repetition of the content with video examples." D.G. (Oct. 2022)
"The ways to encourage active participation and responses was good information." T.B. (Oct. 2022)
"The supports of narrative intervention and the hierarchy were good. I liked the examples and videos." C.F. (Oct. 2022)
"The CUBED resources will be very helpful." M.W. (Oct. 2022)
"Very thorough coverage of the topic - including instruction in oral language - sentence complexity as well as vocabulary in narrative instruction." K.I. (Sept. 2022)
"Trina is such a great teacher. I felt compelled to try new things in my therapy setting. She is easy to listen to and well educated on this topic." K.B. (Aug. 2022)
Trina D. Spencer, PhD, BCBA-D, is an associate professor at the Rightpath Research & Innovation Center in the Department of Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida. She is also affiliate faculty in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. She earned a specialist degree in School Psychology and a PhD in Disability Disciplines from Utah State University with emphases in language and literacy and early childhood special education. She has been a board certified behavior analyst since 2001. Dr. Spencer has worked with culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse children as well as children with disabilities, their teachers, and their families for 20 years. She has published 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, and 22 non-peer reviewed articles, briefs, or encyclopedia entries. She has two current Institute for Education Sciences (IES) funded projects related to academic language and literacy interventions for at risk students. Her publications and editorial service span a number of disciplines including applied behavior analysis, speech-language pathology, early childhood education, special education, applied linguistics, and school psychology. She serves as the chair for the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice (CRISP), leads a national network of early childhood researchers who study Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), and serves as an editorial board member for Language-Speech-Hearing Services in Schools. Benefitting from strong collaborations with practitioners and other researchers, Dr. Spencer maintains a spirited research agenda to improve the academic and social outcomes of the nation’s most vulnerable students.
Financial — Trina Spencer is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Trina Spencer is owner of Language Dynamics Group, LLC; ownership interests; Intellectual Property Rights.
Nonfinancial — Trina Spencer has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.5 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.
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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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