$69.00 USD

96% rating - reviews

0.3  ASHA CEUs


R Made Simple: Methods That Address The Challenges Of Pronunciation, Spelling And Dialect #e134

Presenter: Nancy Geruntino, MA, SLP

Learn an entirely different approach to 'R' remediation.


"This course has really changed the way I work on the /r/ sound. I have found it very effective! I liked the examples of how to break down words for specific motor planning."

– E.H., course participant

Participants will learn the concept of the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet. This method is easy to teach, fun to learn, and most importantly it reduces the number of contexts that need to be taught! It can be applied to any word with the 'R' sound, including all dialects, plus has application to language and literacy skills.

This methodology teaches students to analyze words for the sound that precedes the R, and identify that sound as an Up sound, a Down sound, or a Slide sound – regardless of spelling. Each sound category has a corresponding tongue position that students learn and use to successfully execute the production of R.

This approach, combined with sound discrimination training and motor planning instruction, will help students master 'R' pronunciation at the conversational level, plus address barriers related to spelling, pronunciation and dialect.

Offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 contact hours.

Course Overview & Run Time

Course Overview – Run Time: 3:00:57

  1. Learn the Up, Down & Slide Alphabet.
  2. Categorize which letters and sounds belong in each category of the Up, Down & Slide protocol.
  3. Teach correct tongue placement for each category and exercises to build muscle strength for the mastery of the 'R' sound.
  4. Analyze letters, words, picture cards, poems and stories using the Up, Down & Slide method.
  5. Apply the Up, Down & Slide methods to increase vocabulary and language skills, and strengthen literacy skills.
"This is, by far, the best CEU course I've taken in several years. I liked the program itself along with the therapy sessions. Nothing can replace watching a good SLP in practice!"

– E.M., prior course participant

Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.

Over 96% of prior course participants would recommend this course to their SLP colleagues.

"I like how well the topic was covered and the videos that showed the implementation of the system."  L.N. (June 2022)

"Real life video examples of how to implement were very helpful!"  A.S. (June 2022)

"I liked practicing determining if words were ups/downs/slides. That was very helpful. I also liked watching the clips of real therapy in action."  G.B. (June 2022)

"I liked seeing the kids progress. And highlighting different coarticulation patterns was beneficial." C.P. (June 2022)

"Showing the information being used by real-life students was helpful." K.D. (May 2022)

"It gave very useful information to carry back into my daily therapy sessions." S.B. (May 2022)

"This course was comprehensive. I liked the video examples and the specific strategies for eliciting /r/." L.M. (May 2022)

"Learning how to use coarticulation strategies via the up, down, slide method will be very beneficial to use in my therapy sessions. The video sessions were very informative." M.B. (May 2022)

"I liked the examples with children and task breakdown, and the emphasis on lingual movement and strength." T.K. (May 2022)

"Learning the color codes to analyze where the sound is produced and helping the child know how to move their tongue into position for the r sound was beneficial for my daily practice." S.B. (May 2022)

"The ease of course access was nice. Part One was most beneficial for me. I liked that she broke it down into specific categories." H.B. (May 2022)

"I liked that I was able to take the course at any time, and able to pause if necessary. And learning to break down the words into up, down, and slide categories." M.B. (May 2022)

"This is, by far, the best CEU course I've taken in several years. I liked the program itself along with the therapy sessions. Nothing can replace watching a good SLP in practice!" E.M. (Apr. 2022)

"This course has really changed the way I work on the /r/ sound. I have found it very effective! I liked the examples of how to break down words for specific motor planning." E.H. (Apr. 2022)

"I like the practical application of the strategy – a new approach to remediating /r/." N.P. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked learning how to analyze words with the students! And learning about the up down and slide method!" J.H. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked that it's a different way to work on the r sound. Something new to try!" D.L. (Mar. 2022)

"The videos demonstrating teaching of program to actual students was most beneficial. I appreciated the case study type videos and the ideas for how to implement the strategies with students." C.K. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the many examples given, the videos of real therapy sessions as well as the ideas to incorporate language into the therapy sessions." B.S. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the video session examples – seeing how the program works using students who are using the program. Also seeing how they improved in therapy. " K.B. (Feb. 2022)

"It was very easy to understand and will be easy to implement in my therapy. I liked the use of Ups, Downs, and Slides to teach the r sound." D.P. (Jan. 2022)

"Supporting glottal or pharyngeal productions/tension with singing. I liked seeing real therapy with students who were not making perfect 'r' sounds." A.O. (Jan. 2022)

"I really appreciated the specific exercises demonstrated (like the Thumb exercise), and learning a strategy that simplifies the movement / categories into only three basic types. I am so fond of this program! I was already using it before watching the training, and with good success. I like the examples and demo's the best." J.A. (Dec. 2021)

"I like how the sounds were categorized and organized to provide more analysis for students." S.P. (Dec. 2021)

"I've been using the program in the clinic and really like it." K.C. (Dec. 2021)

"I will try having the students analyze the words and determine if the sound before is an up, down, or slide sound." K.B. (Dec. 2021)

“Actually seeing her work with students to develop the treatment plan and outline was AMAZING. The best CE I've ever received because I got to see her actually doing it!” S.S. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the amount of examples given." S.H. (Nov. 2021)

"The course was very clear and well organized. The videos were great too." L.F (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the analysis of the different /r/ sounds. I like being able to practice analyzing the /r/ sounds." K.K. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the tactile cue, and the analyzing of sounds to implement into daily therapy sessions. A new approach to something I've been working on for a long time." T.J. (Oct. 2021)

"The presented method for remediation of the /r/sound was new and interesting. I am looking forward to trying this method with my clients.  The course was well organized. The presenter was thorough in her presentation of the information." B.K. (Aug. 2021)

"The stream-lined approach to teaching /r/ was helpful for my daily practice. The course was short, sweet, and affordable." M.M. (Aug. 2021)

"A review of the entire program to work with my articulation students on /r/.  Nancy was very thorough and reviewing the progress of the program." S.C. (Jul. 2021)

"The handouts and use of videos and functional activities that can be used for different ages of the student were very good." F.F. (Jul. 2021)

"The category positions- Ups, Downs, Slides and cues for tongue placement before producing the "r" sound will be beneficial for my daily practice.  Presentation of material was organized and spoken with clarity. I loved the videos and the handouts!!!" R.A. (Jul. 2021)

"I appreciated how the course walked through all the elements of the program and gave many examples of words to analyze as well as videos of real treatment sessions." A.B. (Jun. 2021)

“The video examples that helped to understand how to implement the program,  and the evidence of such great progress with the students were very beneficial.” J.C. (Jun. 2021)

“I loved the way the instructor modeled her program. All the information she provided was very helpful. The knowledge I am taking away from this program is extraordinary!” S.K. (May 2021)

“I enjoyed the videos demonstrating the therapy in action.” B.D. (May 2021)

“The therapy examples were amazing!!! Great to see it all in action.” T.S. (Apr. 2021)

“This is a new way to address the /r/ sound and pair it with reading.”  E.B. (Feb. 2021)

“My students struggle with /r/ - this is a new and unique way to look at /r/ production that I can pass on to my students immediately!” K.K. (Feb. 2021)

“I especially liked the strategy of teaching the /r/. It seems to be much more simplistic than the way I was teaching it and hopefully will be easier for children to learn. The motor-planning aspect of up, down, and slide movements are going to be beneficial to teaching the /r/ sound in a new way in my daily practice.” M.B. (Jan 2021)

This presentation will focus on the "R Made Simple" Program for /r/ remediation. Other treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.

Course Format:

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.

Reviews

"I like how well the topic was covered and the videos that showed the implementation of the system."  L.N. (June 2022)

"Real life video examples of how to implement were very helpful!"  A.S. (June 2022)

"I liked practicing determining if words were ups/downs/slides. That was very helpful. I also liked watching the clips of real therapy in action."  G.B. (June 2022)

"I liked seeing the kids progress. And highlighting different coarticulation patterns was beneficial." C.P. (June 2022)

"Showing the information being used by real-life students was helpful." K.D. (May 2022)

"It gave very useful information to carry back into my daily therapy sessions." S.B. (May 2022)

"This course was comprehensive. I liked the video examples and the specific strategies for eliciting /r/." L.M. (May 2022)

"Learning how to use coarticulation strategies via the up, down, slide method will be very beneficial to use in my therapy sessions. The video sessions were very informative." M.B. (May 2022)

"I liked the examples with children and task breakdown, and the emphasis on lingual movement and strength." T.K. (May 2022)

"Learning the color codes to analyze where the sound is produced and helping the child know how to move their tongue into position for the r sound was beneficial for my daily practice." S.B. (May 2022)

"The ease of course access was nice. Part One was most beneficial for me. I liked that she broke it down into specific categories." H.B. (May 2022)

"I liked that I was able to take the course at any time, and able to pause if necessary. And learning to break down the words into up, down, and slide categories." M.B. (May 2022)

"This is, by far, the best CEU course I've taken in several years. I liked the program itself along with the therapy sessions. Nothing can replace watching a good SLP in practice!" E.M. (Apr. 2022)

"This course has really changed the way I work on the /r/ sound. I have found it very effective! I liked the examples of how to break down words for specific motor planning." E.H. (Apr. 2022)

"I like the practical application of the strategy – a new approach to remediating /r/." N.P. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked learning how to analyze words with the students! And learning about the up down and slide method!" J.H. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked that it's a different way to work on the r sound. Something new to try!" D.L. (Mar. 2022)

"The videos demonstrating teaching of program to actual students was most beneficial. I appreciated the case study type videos and the ideas for how to implement the strategies with students." C.K. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the many examples given, the videos of real therapy sessions as well as the ideas to incorporate language into the therapy sessions." B.S. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the video session examples – seeing how the program works using students who are using the program. Also seeing how they improved in therapy. " K.B. (Feb. 2022)

"It was very easy to understand and will be easy to implement in my therapy. I liked the use of Ups, Downs, and Slides to teach the r sound." D.P. (Jan. 2022)

"Supporting glottal or pharyngeal productions/tension with singing. I liked seeing real therapy with students who were not making perfect 'r' sounds." A.O. (Jan. 2022)

"I really appreciated the specific exercises demonstrated (like the Thumb exercise), and learning a strategy that simplifies the movement / categories into only three basic types. I am so fond of this program! I was already using it before watching the training, and with good success. I like the examples and demo's the best." J.A. (Dec. 2021)

"I like how the sounds were categorized and organized to provide more analysis for students." S.P. (Dec. 2021)

"I've been using the program in the clinic and really like it." K.C. (Dec. 2021)

"I will try having the students analyze the words and determine if the sound before is an up, down, or slide sound." K.B. (Dec. 2021)

“Actually seeing her work with students to develop the treatment plan and outline was AMAZING. The best CE I've ever received because I got to see her actually doing it!” S.S. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the amount of examples given." S.H. (Nov. 2021)

"The course was very clear and well organized. The videos were great too." L.F (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the analysis of the different /r/ sounds. I like being able to practice analyzing the /r/ sounds." K.K. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the tactile cue, and the analyzing of sounds to implement into daily therapy sessions. A new approach to something I've been working on for a long time." T.J. (Oct. 2021)

"The presented method for remediation of the /r/sound was new and interesting. I am looking forward to trying this method with my clients.  The course was well organized. The presenter was thorough in her presentation of the information." B.K. (Aug. 2021)

"The stream-lined approach to teaching /r/ was helpful for my daily practice. The course was short, sweet, and affordable." M.M. (Aug. 2021)

"A review of the entire program to work with my articulation students on /r/. Nancy was very thorough and reviewing the progress of the program." S.C. (July 2021)

"The handouts and use of videos and functional activities that can be used for different ages of the student were very good." F.F. (July 2021)

"The category positions- Ups, Downs, Slides and cues for tongue placement before producing the "r" sound will be beneficial for my daily practice.  Presentation of material was organized and spoken with clarity. I loved the videos and the handouts!!!" R.A. (July 2021)

"I appreciated how the course walked through all the elements of the program and gave many examples of words to analyze as well as videos of real treatment sessions." A.B. (Jun. 2021)

“The video examples that helped to understand how to implement the program,  and the evidence of such great progress with the students were very beneficial.” J.C. (Jun. 2021)

“I loved the way the instructor modeled her program. All the information she provided was very helpful. The knowledge I am taking away from this program is extraordinary!” S.K. (May 2021)

“I enjoyed the videos demonstrating the therapy in action.” B.D. (May 2021)

“The therapy examples were amazing!!! Great to see it all in action.” T.S. (Apr. 2021)

“This is a new way to address the /r/ sound and pair it with reading.”  E.B. (Feb. 2021)

“My students struggle with /r/ - this is a new and unique way to look at /r/ production that I can pass on to my students immediately!” K.K. (Feb. 2021)

“I especially liked the strategy of teaching the /r/. It seems to be much more simplistic than the way I was teaching it and hopefully will be easier for children to learn. The motor-planning aspect of up, down, and slide movements are going to be beneficial to teaching the /r/ sound in a new way in my daily practice.” M.B. (Jan 2021)

Course Objectives

  1. To state the Up, Down & Slide Alphabet.
  2. To categorize which letters and sounds belong in each category of the Up, Down & Slide protocol.
  3. To identify correct tongue placement for each category and exercises to build muscle strength for the mastery of the 'R' sound.
  4. To analyze letters, words, picture cards, poems and stories using the Up, Down & Slide method.
  5. To apply the Up, Down & Slide methods to increase vocabulary and language skills.
  6. To apply the Up, Down & Slide methods to strengthen literacy skills.

Presenter & Disclosures

Nancy L. Geruntino, MA, SLP, has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 30 years providing services in private practice, clinics, and public school settings. For the past 12 years, Nancy has been developing and perfecting a new intervention technique for ‘R’ remediation. Years of observing children failing when traditional therapies were used to remediate ‘R’ provided the motivation for Nancy to develop an ‘R’ remediation program that addresses all ‘R’ sounds in all contexts.

Through the creation of the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet, this program can help speech-language pathologists teach students and clients how to categorize ‘R’ sounds into one of these categories to improve tongue motor planning and the pronunciation of ‘R’ to overcome barriers related to pronunciation, spelling, and dialect. Nancy is the recipient of many school district awards including one for creating a speech improvement program for kindergarten students. She is also the author of 14 children's books. Nancy hopes that wide implementation of her program during the early school years will eliminate 'R' problems in middle school and high school.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Nancy Geruntino is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Nancy Geruntino is the author of the "R Made Simple" program published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Nancy Geruntino has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

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This program is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

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  • Current ASHA Member
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  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

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.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

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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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