Presenter: Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP
– B.F., prior course participant
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.
Course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
This course includes 80 downloadable vocabulary and morphology interventions & activities!
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:30:00
This course includes downloadable, reproducible therapy resources.
– J.L., 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 enjoyed the book examples and therapy examples that were provided." S.S. (Nov. 2023)
"The books that support Tier 2 word activities and that provide multisensory strategies were beneficial. I liked the handouts." M.M. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked the facts about carryover." J.W. (Nov. 2023)
"Excellent resources offered with this course! I enjoyed being able to go right back into therapy and use these materials." S.S. (Oct. 2023)
"The examples and materials provided made it easy to see how I can add these practices to my current sessions. And how to incorporate EBP vocabulary practices into therapy." L.S. (Oct. 2023)
"Grateful for the vast amount of handouts. Very thorough course with a lot of information covered. The examples of EBP intervention for multiple activities were beneficial." R.S. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the printable handouts with all the therapy materials. And the research on vocabulary development." N.K. (Oct. 2023)
"Great handouts. I liked the grade-specific vocabulary work." K.O. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the handouts and the prefix/suffix training." G.Z. (Oct. 2023)
"The course downloads will be beneficial. I liked the conversation between parents and young children being important." K.C. (Sep. 2023)
"The sections that detail exactly how to support students in class according to their grade level were helpful. This course was very practical and with enough theory that I understood about the foundational vocabulary skills." N.P. (Sep. 2023)
"Many direct therapy ideas. I appreciated the many resources and ideas about teaching root words (and prefixes and suffixes)." J.C. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked all of the practical information, including activities and word lists. The Evidence-Based Practices for treatment at all grade levels were helpful." K.H. (Aug. 2023)
"I will use this course in my daily practice! There were so many examples and also visuals to help with the application of these strategies!" S.S. (Jul. 2023)
"Very good examples. Practical. I liked the morphology section." R.R. (Jul. 2023)
"Very practical tips." M.O. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked all of the resources that the presenter has accumulated. The resources and directions to introduce topics and exercises to increase learning were beneficial." T.D. (Jun. 2023)
"Beneficial information about vocabulary development in elementary school with components and suggested activities/books related to lexical depth. I appreciated all of the grade-level vocabulary word lists, the visual descriptions for 2nd and 3rd grade vocabulary, suggested books to help with teaching morphology, the list of common prefixes/suffixes, and other resources provided. These will be helpful in establishing a baseline, determining target vocabulary, and developing activities for my students." J.M. (Jun. 2023)
"Many examples for instruction. I liked the multiple examples and resources." J.M. (Jun. 2023)
"Good information on the relationship between vocabulary and reading. I liked the approaches and techniques for selecting and teaching vocabulary." B.K. (Jun. 2023)
"Amazingly detailed handouts to use for intervention. Practical information that can benefit a variety of school-age students with vocabulary and language impairments." P.S. (May 2023)
"Love all the materials and ideas, the vocabulary lesson, and the review of all the different strategies to teach vocabulary." S.H. (May 2023)
"Loved the resources provided. All aspects of this presentation were very valuable. Resources and examples were great." F.T. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked the language and reading strategies for morphological awareness in school-age children. And the therapy activities included in this course." A.D. (Apr. 2023)
"Teaching prefixes and root words was beneficial. Course was straightforward." K.F. (Apr. 2023)
"Lots of practical education and tips. Not filled with fluff. Vocabulary activity suggestions were beneficial." B.J. (Mar. 2023)
"I will use this in my therapy sessions. I liked the activity ideas and book resources to address the areas. The information about morphology, prefixes, and suffixes was quite useful." A.E. (Mar. 2023)
"Concrete examples for therapy. I found all of the information relevant." K.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Very detailed course with lists of examples and resources. Learning prefixes and suffixes was beneficial." L.C. (Mar. 2023)
"Amazingly rich set of resources! Comprehensive ways to teach vocabulary. Specific attention to instructing morphology with applications across all grade levels. Practical suggestions regarding teaching activities. The course outline and the course presentation were perfectly aligned." D.D. (Mar. 2023)
"Ready-to-go activities for teaching a wide variety of grade levels. I liked specifically the evidence-based vocabulary intervention techniques (LUMP CARDD)." C.S. (Feb. 2023)
"Strategies to help teach vocabulary goals. I liked the academic vocabulary and comprehensive vocabulary techniques and materials." S.B. (Feb. 2023)
"I enjoyed the fact that Cathy covered all ages from K-12 as this could be used by all school-based therapists. I also LOVED all the examples and activities. And she didn't just speak to research as so many presenters do." M.K. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the therapy ideas - root words, prefixes, suffixes." A.M. (Jan. 2023)
"Ways of informally assessing students were beneficial. I liked the examples." E.B (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the handouts and LUMP cards." M.S (Dec. 2022)
"This course provided so many strategies for teaching vocabulary across grade levels." C.P. (Nov. 2022)
"The instructor was excellent. She provided so many different ideas and activities." C.P. (Nov. 2022)
"Organized, thorough, great examples and resources. Building lexical depth." M.W. (Nov. 2022)
"Information was clearly stated and explained. The number of examples were helpful." A.M. (Nov. 2022)
"The age of acquisition for vocabulary, the examples, and materials were beneficial for my practice." A.K. (Nov. 2022)
"The information on what to expect for each grade-level was very helpful for me as I have students from K-12th. I loved the grade-specific information and the huge library of handouts." L.B. (Oct. 2022)
"Good examples and picture book recommendations. How to use tier 2 words in therapy." K.F. (Oct. 2022)
"The number of practical ready to go ideas and handouts were helpful." T.M. (Sept. 2022)
"Lots of specific examples and resources - made it easy to envision application." R.R. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the detailed activities to incorporate the course content into daily work with students. I liked the examples of activities for each section of the course." A.P. (Sept. 2022)
"I found the entire presentation to be invaluable. Important takeaways were the statistics about vocabulary and morphology size at each age/grade, specific treatment materials to use to address skills, printable materials to use immediately for tracking progress, and the depth and number of handouts. This is one of the most valuable courses I have ever taken. I can immediately print handouts and start using them to guide treatment with my children." M.H. (Sept. 2022)
"The different evidence-based strategies to effectively teach vocabulary were beneficial. I liked the many examples and resources provided." N.M. (Sept. 2022)
"I like the ability to take class on my own schedule, stop and start as needed, and the plethora of resources to refer back to." K.R. (Aug. 2022)
"All of the practical ideas as well as some of the evidence based facts to support therapy and goal choices were beneficial." D.J. (Aug. 2022)
"I appreciated the order of development constantly being referenced as well as the resources being provided." A.L. (Aug. 2022)
"Tons of suggestions and examples to incorporate into therapy; liked use of video examples." A.K. (Aug. 2022)
"I like that the course is self-paced." N.S. (Aug. 2022)
"This was such a thorough course - with excellent evidence-based underpinnings. I will certainly place morphology and lexical complexity higher on my target list for therapy after this presentation. The amount of examples given and resources was exceptional. The ties to evidence-based research, summarized in succinct paragraphs for each area, was also instructive and will be useful for applying techniques in therapy." S.L. (July 2022)
"The overall presentation and content is useful and relevant to the work I do with my students. I will share the evidence based vocabulary teaching strategies with teachers at my school, I am excited for this. I loved the way the information was broken down in to different sections." S.G. (July 2022)
"Loved the lists of commonly used prefixes, suffixes and root words by grade level." J.H. (July 2022)
"Loved the deep dive into how and why to teach vocab and morph. The blend of background and treatment information was great." S.R. (July 2022)
"The course was very informative and I know I can refer back to the resources." J.M. (July 2022)
"Information regarding the milestones for vocabulary acquisition was helpful. Great handouts and suggestions for treatment to increase vocabulary of students in grades kindergarten through middle school." A.K. (July 2022)
"The breakdown of each grade level and resource materials to use immediately in therapy sessions are beneficial for my practice. Learning the best way to teach and assure generalization and use of a target vocabulary word." S.L. (June 2022)
"Great examples of books to use in therapy." L.V. (June 2022)
"This is the best vocabulary course I have ever viewed. This should be a college course. I liked how she showed so many examples and gave so many book titles to use in therapy. I wish I would have taken a course like this earlier." L.W. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the discussion on books to use, specifically for synonyms and antonyms, since I have many students with goals pertaining to them. I liked all the suggestions she gave with prefixes and suffixes. I especially liked when she gave activities for "Active Engagement." L.W. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the specific activities provided for therapy and all that was provided throughout this presentation (e.g., specific procedures & display of the actual materials used)." V.D. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked all of it! Facts, explanations with interventions and examples." C.K. (Apr. 2022)
"Liked the grade level break down of roots, prefixes and suffixes for targeting specific vocabulary." V.D. (Mar. 2022)
"A ton of resources! Thanks!! Liked teaching Tier 2 vocabulary and powerwords." M.M. (Mar. 2022)
"The EBP treatments and activities! Learning the benefits of explicit vocabulary intervention and how SLPs can support this development in children." A.P. (Mar. 2022)
"Learning the acronym LUMPCARDD, what it stands for, and how to apply those evidence-based interventions. Course was well presented." L.D. (Mar. 2022)
"Liked the suggested books for targeting vocabulary. And the resources provided with ideas for use." V.D. (Mar. 2022)
"Gave many examples of resources and materials to use for various age groups." K.C. (Mar. 2022)
"I thought that the explanations of the vocabulary and morphology interventions were extremely helpful and that evidence was introduced. I also enjoyed the videos." A.J. (Feb. 2022)
"Very helpful, gave actual intervention practices with models for us to watch." D.B. (Feb. 2022)
"Great ideas for vocabulary activities based on grade level." T.C. (Jan. 2022)
"Strategies and activities to use with students in vocabulary and morphological therapy activities that I will incorporate in my therapy plans. I liked the thoroughness of the information and presenting the information in separate topic sections." A.B. (Jan. 2022)
"Many practical ideas that are going to be easy to use in therapy." L.L. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the number of specific intervention activities included in the handouts." R.R. (Dec. 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. 2021)
“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. 2021)
"I liked all of the handouts and books recommended." C.M. (Nov. 2021)
“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. 2021)
“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. 2021)
"I like the handouts and therapy ideas." K.S. (Oct. 2021)
"The explicit examples were most beneficial. I liked the interventions and approaches suggested. Also, the literacy component to the approaches!" H.F. (Oct. 2021)
"Therapy ideas for teaching voc. and the morphology techniques will help my daily practice. All of the handouts and (hard) examples of activities were great!" J.C. (Aug. 2021)
"The presenter was excellent. I appreciated the clear structure and format, as well as the clear examples." M.C. (Aug. 2021)
"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. (Jul. 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. This 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)
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.
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