Speech-language pathologists foster vocabulary development by embedding evidence-based practices within therapy activities. This course will discuss the well-documented relationship between vocabulary and reading and will present two approaches for selecting vocabulary words and nine techniques for teaching vocabulary. Therapy activities to infer meaning from idioms will be discussed. Participants will learn over 80 vocabulary intervention activities throughout this course, including 20 “ready-to-use” activities from preschool age through adolescent students. Participants will leave this course with a framework to enhance vocabulary development. Offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
Course Run Time: 2:30:00
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.
Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP, has worked in public school settings and a private pediatric clinic for over 20 years. Cathy is the founder of KidsVocabulary.com. Cathy is the author of WH Question Blast Off and Core Curriculum Articulation both published by Super Duper Publications, Inc. Cathy has presented to school districts and pediatric clinics across the nation on vocabulary intervention. In addition, Cathy has conducted a number of webinars. Cathy is an ASHA and TSHA presenter.
Financial — Cathy Alexander is a presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Cathy Alexander has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.25 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. 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.
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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 courses include closed captioning.
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.
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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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"While I work with preschool students, I understand the outcome for these students as they move through other grade levels. The handouts are amazing!" M.G. (July 2021)
"This course provided so many examples of specific goals, materials and strategies that can be easily implemented into my daily practice. There were also helpful video clips demonstrating effective collaboration styles with parents and educators. Excellent course!" - J.L. (May 2021)
“I liked that everything was thoroughly explained, the resources and materials are great as well!” – T.S. (Mar. 2021)
“I liked all the handouts regarding vocabulary to be learned at each of the grade levels. As well as numerous examples of meaningful evidenced-based activities to explicitly teach vocabulary and strategies to help children use context and morphology to problem solve the meaning of an unknown vocabulary word.” – S.G. (Feb. 2021)
“This entire presentation will be very beneficial to my daily therapy. It is the best presentation I have seen to date. I will be implementing these strategies immediately. I LOVE the pre-made materials ready to go!” – B.F. (Jan. 2021)
“This was such a powerful course. It incorporated review, knowledge, techniques, and a treasure trove of resources. it was so hands-on and provided so many examples and resources to use in therapy.” –E.M. (Dec. 2020)
“I absolutely loved how the presenter explained everything so thoroughly and in-depth and how she provided copious amounts of examples and resources as well. This course was so informative, and I am very pleased with the content that was presented.” – S.D. (Nov. 2020)
“I loved the sharing of numerous examples of lessons and materials used to show that vocabulary can be taught. This presenter used photos, videos, resources with pictures. The presentation was easy and friendly (with summary), and I feel like I really retained all of the information well as a result.” – A.F. (Nov. 2020)
“I loved everything! This has been one of the best courses I have ever taken! She was so thorough, and provided evidence-based information, examples and provided us with a plethora of excellent resources and ideas! Thank you” – C.G. (Oct. 2020)
“I loved EVERYTHING! So information and, I am walking away with so many strategies and so much information that I will implement TODAY. I even put this information into a newsletter/handout and presented it to the staff at my Elementary School because I loved it so much. It was awesome!” S.T. (Oct. 2020)
“I enjoyed all of the content. It was very detailed. I loved the examples of the books, and the handouts were phenomenal. Thank you for taking the time and providing us with such a useful and in-depth resource.” M.C. (Sep. 2020)
“The vocabulary and morphological awareness activities provided and how to use them during therapy will be very beneficial for my everyday practice. I like the course provided material and discussed how this material can be used in therapy.” – R.D. (Aug. 2020)
“The roots and base words were of greatest interest to me. When working with middle school students, I would differentiate between a "base" word as one that has meaning and is used in conversations, whereas a "root" word has meaning but is not used in conversation. This course is well organized and covers a myriad of EBP interventions.” – J.E. (Jul. 2020)
“This course offers an abundance of resources to enable SLP’s a complete library of content for vocabulary instruction! The presenter's various examples of how to implement the instruction at various grade levels and list of books/ resources for every grade level.” – L.P. (Jun. 2020)
"The morphological interventions were most beneficial. I love the visual examples with explanations. I'm thrilled with all of the handouts." – J.J. (May 2020)
"I liked the abundance of therapy resources and activity ideas tied to evidenced based practice. The grade level vocabulary lists will assist with lesson planning for my caseload." – E.S. (Apr. 2020)
"I appreciated the specific targets for goals and ideas for treatment activities. The instructor outlined everything very clearly. The charts and norms were really helpful." – R.E. (Mar. 2020)
"All of this course will be helpful to my daily practice. I liked all of her treatment strategies - especially the 9 strategies indicated." – D.M. (Feb. 2020)
"The emphasis on morphology in teaching vocabulary was most beneficial! I liked the resources and handouts!!!" – B.Y. (Feb. 2020)
"I enjoyed learning about the morphological awareness and the handouts were extremely helpful and will be used daily." – L.M. (Jan. 2020)
"Her repetition of information and practical therapy suggestions were fantastic." – D.W.K. (Jan. 2020)
"The course is full of great information about vocabulary and morphology. The information gives the SLP a direction in addressing vocabulary and morphology skills. I liked all the resources and the studies that support the topic." – K.T. (Dec. 2019)
"I enjoyed the discussion pertaining to early vocabulary acquisition. The course was very rich in resources and practical ideas." – L.C. (Dec. 2019)
"The knowledge about how to treat using comprehensive vocabulary development was very helpful. I already have ideas on how to incorporate some of these activities in my therapy sessions, but also on what really works to develop vocabulary in those students with language disorders." – M.A. (Nov. 2019)
"I appreciated the systematic approach to teaching prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Nice activities and resources. Very well organized and easy to follow. Practical and relatable." – S.P. (Nov. 2019)
"The activity ideas such as the visual imagery were very helpful. I really enjoyed the examples and the materials that are readily available - charts, book titles with activities, etc." – M.C. (Oct. 2019)
"I liked the materials and practical application to our practice. It was excellent to include all evidence based activities. I loved the course." – G.C. (Aug. 2019)
"I appreciated the continual referencing to EBP and the review at the end. The presenter was easy to follow and listen to. The information on root words and building with prefixes and suffixes was very helpful. I can see working this information into therapy." – M.S. (July 2019)
"The various techniques for teaching morphology and grade level expectations were most beneficial. I like that the course provided a wide variety of resources for intervention." – R.N. (July 2019)
"Loved ALL the ways to teach vocabulary and the practical focus of the course. It was a good course." – L.D. (June 2019)
"The evidence-based information, strategies provided with demonstrations that could be used across the multiple ages, grade population I have is going to be the most beneficial." – H.M. (June 2019)
"I liked all the resources, examples, and lists!!!! The blending of morphological, meaning, analysis, and tiers of vocabulary was helpful. Sometimes this all feels confusing, but I like that it was all bridged together so well." – G.R. (May 2019)
"Power words was a novel topic that I enjoyed learning about. I liked the demonstrations throughout about how to apply the strategies practically using sample content vocabulary." – M.D.C. (Apr. 2019)
"I loved the handouts, all research done, the nice ideas, and worksheets provided. The lists of most commonly used words provide a baseline of where to begin teaching words. Great course with a wealth of information!" – L.N. (Apr. 2019)
"It was a very comprehensive course. I liked the wide array of practical materials and strategies offered. For my current caseload, the discussion of a comprehensive vocabulary development program, especially the lexical depth was the most pertinent." – T.V. (Apr. 2019)
"I really enjoyed the breakdown of the prefixes, suffixes, and root words. The instructor really took her time to explain the details of how to build morphological skills with improving word knowledge. I liked the many examples used to increase vocabulary skills. I don't know how this course could be better; it was awesome as it was!" – F.G. (Mar. 2019)
"Lots of excellent information. I especially appreciated the evidenced-based strategies for vocab development and morphology information." – S.G. (Feb. 2019)
"I liked the topic very much as it is very much needed. It will help me in my daily practice with K-4 level children. The discussion on a specified level of vocabulary and suffixes and prefixes related to grade level was most beneficial." – T.C. (Feb. 2019)
"I appreciated the research-based strategies which can be used together to teach vocabulary words as well as the tips on organizing the materials for use in practice." – M.H. (Jan. 2019)
"I most benefited from the discussion of morphology and ideas for teaching it. I am also appreciative of the ideas for middle school/high school age students. I was glad to get a broad picture of how easy it is for students to get behind in vocabulary acquisition and how that snowballs as academic demand increase. Excellent overview of teaching vocabulary! I am thankful for all of the therapy ideas and handouts, thank you. I also appreciate that Ms. Alexander used repetition of information to highlight and reinforce key points." – T.M. (Dec. 2018)
"All the specific concrete examples and the giant handout were awesome." – L.G. (Dec. 2018)
"I thought this was an excellent and in-depth course. It will really increase my use of research-based systematic approaches to my work with children." – R.L. (Nov. 2018)
"I really enjoyed the different activities to increase lexical complexity (i.e., Venn diagrams) and also the different books that can support my lesson plans. I liked all of the resources and activities provided." – E.S. (Oct. 2018)