Learn new strategies for mapping out story content and structuring a basic written summary!
This course will explain the importance of narrative competence, provide a short literature review of narrative difficulties with children on the autism spectrum, explain narrative types, and present a method of structured narrative teaching to help children with ASD comprehend and retell fictional and personal narratives (true stories).
Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
Course Run Time: 2:00:40
Course presenter is also author of the Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool (NBT) published by Northern Speech Services. Presenter will use the NBT in this presentation to illustrate story mapping. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Nicole Gerami, MA, CCC-SLP, lectures on treating children on the autism spectrum and provides in-service training to educators on effective methods for teaching language comprehension from printed material. Nicole treats children with a wide range of delays and disorders and is best known for her work with children with autism spectrum disorders, including her Narrative Builder approach for teaching children with autism and other developmental disabilities to comprehend what they read.
Nicole is co-creator of the Program for Establishing and Enhancing Relationships through Social Skills (PEERSS™) and Friendship in Teams (FIT™), and she is a founding member of Nicole Gerami, LLC. Nicole is a frequent lecturer for the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Milestones, and the Cuyahoga County Special Education Service Center. Nicole received her master's degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where she is currently an adjunct instructor. She is the author of Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool.
Financial — Nicole Gerami is the presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Nicole Gerami is the author of Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Nicole Gerami has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.2 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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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.
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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.
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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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"I appreciated seeing various students use the visuals to tell a narrative as well as the scaffolding that helped them be successful. It was very structured and organized to give pertinent information as well as practical, useful examples of HOW to implement successful narrative therapy." C.H. (Aug. 2021)
"I liked the review of the stages of narrative development. I also found the information regarding common core extremely helpful. I thought it was interesting to see how you can work on narratives in subjects other than ELA."
It was very organized and informative! Multisensory story mapping is a great resource to use to help organize narratives and improve comprehension. I really enjoyed this course. There was a lot of information covered. Excellent, Excellent. I thought this was a great course." M.B. (June 2021)
“It was very organized and informative! Multi-sensory story mapping is a great resource to use to help organize narratives and improve comprehension.” – M.B. – (Mar. 2021)
“I liked how the videos highlighted the explanations of how to use the storyboard.” – J.T. (Feb. 2021)
“I liked the Executive Function and Central Coherence. Also, the research on differences between narrative skills of children with ASD and specific language disorder.” – L.C. (Dec. 2020)
“Although I use story grammar elements when teaching narrative skills, I did not always talk about internal states of the characters or internal states of my student during personal narratives. I will use this element more often. I also thought the videos were very helpful in explaining how to use the Narrative Builder.” – S.H. (Jul. 2020)
"Everything was beneficial! The course is so well organized!" – D.A. (May 2020)
“The information was concise, easily understood, and examples were supportive. I especially enjoyed the discussions on the Theory of Mind, Executive Functioning, and Central Coherence and how these relate to ASD.” – D.P. (Apr. 2020)
“It was so easy to follow and was presented in such a logical manner. I liked how it was all brought together at the end by explaining how the material aligns with the Common Core Standards. Much of the language used will be helpful in developing parts of Individual Education Plans for children with ASD as well; i.e., why we do what we do. The video clips were extremely useful.” – L.K. (Mar. 2020)
"Just good solid information about narrative development and ways to help elicit this information in children. Very well presented, lots of good video examples." – W.S. (Feb. 2020)
"The specific examples were helpful. The course was informative, well organized and it flowed." – M.W. (Dec. 2019)
"I appreciated going over the Development of narratives and components necessary for narratives." – M.G. (Dec. 2019)
"The presentation was well organized and clear. The types and stages of narratives as well as intervention are useful and relevant to my practice." – M.L. (Nov. 2019)
"The use of the narrative and discourse builder tool / story mapping was the most beneficial to my practice. The presenter kept my attention and used many videos to support what she was saying." – L.L. (Oct. 2019)
"This is just what I needed at this time. So many parents of my students with ASD just want so much for their children to be able to talk with friends and share stories of events between home and school. This course provided clear definitions of terminology and reinforced the importance of narrative intervention for students with ASD. The course was great! I will recommend it to my colleagues!" – J.K. (Oct. 2019)
"I love that I'll be able to introduce more story grammar elements with my clients in a clear visual format. I love the way they introduced the clear idea of story mapping -- and although they do have a product that they are suggesting, they also gave enough information and encouraged you to make your own if you are able to and weren't able to purchase at this time. This was a really great course." – K.C. (Sept. 2019)
"The videos were very helpful to compare typical narratives to narratives of children with ASD. Going over the ways to use multiple modalities when teaching a child to retell a narrative was most beneficial." – J.G. (Aug. 2019)
"I found the discussion on how to use the narrative builder tool helpful. I liked the structure with all of the background." – L.D. (July 2019)
"I liked the various examples and how she supported them in each case. I appreciated the discussion on barriers to a child with ASD acquiring this skill set." – A.T. (May 2019)
"I enjoyed the discussion about multisensory story mapping and how it helps with reading comprehension, story retelling and creating a written summary of a story. Each one of the skills it focuses on will help students become better at story narratives. Everything was covered! The course was perfect!" – L.F. (Apr. 2019)
"Getting low tech ideas about story mapping was most beneficial. The speaker was engaging and well organized." – J.S.M. (Mar. 2019)
"I like that it's useful for therapy immediately!" – J.H. (Feb. 2019)
"I appreciated learning about the interconnection of theory of mind, executive functions and central coherence in understanding narratives." – D.M. (Jan. 2019)
"Clear and concise information. The course was pleasant to follow and convenient being online. The methods for teaching students and children how and what parts to include in a narrative was most helpful." – J.N. (Dec. 2018)
"The content was presented clearly and was very functional. I especially enjoyed the stages of storytelling for narrative development." – C.S. (Nov. 2018)
"I liked going over the importance of theory of mind and executive functions to help develop narrative development." – M.M. (Oct. 2018)
"I work with several children who are higher functioning autistic and also have issues with comprehension and story retelling. These ideas will help me within my therapy sessions." – A.W. (Oct. 2018)
"I enjoyed the detailed videos with children. I especially enjoyed seeing a child attempt to retell a story on her own and then how it improved after utilizing the Narrative Builder." – A.S. (Sept. 2018)
"I found the discussion on the link between reading, narratives, and academic performance most beneficial. I liked the relevant information that I can use immediately in therapy sessions." – K.D. (Aug. 2018)
"I have heard about narrative language, but have never seen it taught and didn't know where to start with this idea. I like the live models of how to use this idea." – A.S. (July 2018)
"I enjoyed seeing how well the story board worked on books and personal stories." – L.D. (June 2018)
"I really appreciated this CEU. It was extremely applicable to my practice as I work primarily with children with ASD. I liked the video examples of the narratives done by both typically developing and children with ASD. I also enjoyed the section on intervention where you modeled use of the narrative builder." – C.F. (May 2018)
"The use of the Narrative Builder Tool with the ASD population was very useful. I liked the course pace and visuals. Great background research." – C.L. (Apr. 2018)
"I liked learning the different techniques and how to use story boards." – K.F. (Mar. 2018)
"This course had something to use tomorrow at work. I loved the examples of typical narrative development with an age attached to them." – R.N. (Feb. 2018)
"I liked the video examples and the discussion on the narrative story builder." – H.D. (Jan. 2018)
"The entire course was excellent and can be easily applied to my work as a SLP in a public Middle School. I have seen great success using this theory/product/technique with my students." – A.G. (Dec. 2017)
"The use of the multi-sensory approach to assist with the acquisition and generalization of skills for children across a variety of levels was most beneficial. I liked the use of videos to demonstrate the skills." – E.M. (Nov. 2017)
"I work with preschool students, and find that simple visual cues for sequencing and retelling are most helpful in my practice. The storyboards featured in this course are a great idea. Organizing and retelling narratives with visual cues will be most helpful for me. I work with preschool students, so more picture cues would have been helpful, but overall, excellent course." – M.S. (Nov. 2017)
"I found the learning technique utilized to most beneficial. Also positive that the presenter provided multiple low-cost methods to create a multi-sensory technique to use with students. I enjoyed the multiple real-life scenarios presented to see how the resources are utilized." – J.M. (Oct. 2017)
"Going over how to break down stories so that children, even at a young age, could understand and retell them in an organized, cohesive way was very helpful. I enjoyed the video clips that demonstrated what the speaker was describing." – D.H. (Sept. 2017)
"I like that it gave many concrete examples with use of video clips. The strategies like story mapping were most beneficial." – E.R. (July 2017)