Presenter: Jennifer L. Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP
– D.H., prior course participant
With respect to vocabulary skills, it is necessary that speech-language therapy services focus on academically relevant vocabulary targets to ensure services provided directly affect the student's ability to effectively communicate knowledge of academic content in the regular education curriculum.
This online course will provide participants with a rationale for addressing vocabulary skills through children's picture books. Research on vocabulary development, the effects of early vocabulary deficits on later academic success, and the components of effective vocabulary training will be reviewed. Reasons for incorporating children's literature into treatment activities rather than relying on drill-based activities will be provided.
Learn to develop word learning stimuli to assist students to develop deeper word meaning knowledge through treatment activities. Example word-knowledge and word-use scoring rubrics will be shared. Tools and strategies for developing therapy materials including flashcards, mini books, word puzzles, word games, and discussion activities will be included. Vocabulary targets and skills as identified in the CCSS for language in Kindergarten through fifth grade will be reviewed.
Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:16:08
– S.R., 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 like the information about choosing the reading level target for books used in therapy. I also like the vocabulary stimuli chart. I like the different resources presented to help with finding reading level, vocabulary word lists, etc." A.G. (Jan. 2023)
"Choosing vocabulary targets and ideas for exploring word meanings with students. Video examples, good pace, relevant information (not too much time spent on theory)." M.K. (Dec. 2022)
"I like the choice of targets." J.B. (Nov. 2022)
"The course was good." R.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I appreciated the videos demonstrating therapy strategies. This course provided great resources." A.K. (Sept. 2022)
"Easy to follow course. I liked the strategies to broaden use of newly learned vocabulary and the game ideas." C.L. (Aug. 2022)
"There was a lot of information given and examples of stimulus materials will be very helpful. And learning how to choose target words." K.R. (July 2022)
"I liked the storybook examples and reference lists." A.C. (June 2022)
"I found the information helpful to teach Tier 2 vocabulary to children who are considered to have a verbal learning impairment, and work on skills such as synonyms from literature. I liked the helpful information about how to keep data using the instructor's charts. Also, I have a child that I have been working to teach inferences without success, and I think some of these tactics presented may help." A.R. (Mar. 2022)
"Practical treatment strategies! The presenter was clear and used a good pace to share ALOT of information. Used good visuals in a great handout, and supported the information about why, when, how to teach vocabulary skills." S.R. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the new ways to implement story activities." S.B. (Feb. 2022)
"The course was comprehensive, had many helpful tips, websites, and provided literature sources to expand the knowledge of the Speech-Language Pathologist." C.P. (Dec. 2021)
"Videos of actual therapy were very helpful." A.S. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked that the presenter provided video examples from her therapy. She also provided numerous links to online resources. Finally, she did a great job recapping each section as she began a new section of her course." C.H. (Jul. 2021)
"All topics discussed were beneficial. I have seen a decline in vocabulary knowledge in many of my younger students. These techniques will improve therapy sessions." K.M. (Jun. 2021)
"The presenter gave a very detailed approach to vocabulary instruction, from selecting targets to documenting progress. I liked the inclusion of video examples from actual therapy sessions." C.R. (Jun. 2021)
"I am so excited to have found this class - I wish I had taken it last year when I first bought it. I have been looking for an organized way to target vocabulary for my students. I love that you included everything we needed to know including data collection. Very clear, comprehensive plan for teaching vocabulary and so many resources! Thank you!" D.H. (Jun. 2021)
"I liked the examples of rubrics presented for documenting progress, as I often feel this is difficult to document in my daily treatment (and thus difficult to discuss in progress reporting)." C.R. (Jun. 2021)
“The presenter was very organized, well versed in the topic, and provided wonderful visuals of 'how to's in use of video clips.” W.S. (Mar. 2021)
“How to choose target vocabulary words for treatment from a story book was very helpful to me.” D.T. (Jan. 2021)
“What I found most beneficial to my daily practice is the importance of a child to use the vocabulary words in a variety of activities. The speaker provided video examples and shared her professional experiences with activities and storybooks for children on what works. I am still learning so much, I am very grateful for this course!” C.C. (Dec. 2020)
Jennifer L. Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP, is an instructor for the online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. Prior to this, she was a clinical speech-language pathologist, with 9 years of experience in an inpatient rehabilitation setting and 12 years in an education setting, serving children ages 0 – 21. Jennifer has a particular interest in the treatment of language disorders in school-age children. She has presented numerous workshops on vocabulary instruction, using books in therapy, and skill-based language assessment. Jennifer is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council and past president of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is the author of the "Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills."
Financial — Jennifer Schultz is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Schultz is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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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.
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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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