Presenter: Jean Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP
– K.K., prior course participant
Let’s Talk Today! is a practical resource SLPs can use to engage parents in their child’s language development or improvement. It is appropriate for children ages 3 to 7 who are achieving typical language milestones or for children struggling due to a speech and language impairment.
This course includes a 12-month dateless calendar with over 400 fun and interactive activities to allow users multiple activity options. Simple explanations of proven language intervention techniques are incorporated. Featured activities build language skills needed for school success.
Let’s Talk Today! can be used as a:
Course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 contact hour.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:00:49
– M.S., prior course participant
– W.R., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course will focus on the activities resource, Let's Talk Today! Calendar. The calendar is included via download with this presentation. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration. Includes downloadable course handout and the Let's Talk Today! Calendar via download. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I liked the pre-made calendars to provide to staff and parents." R.V. (Jan. 2023)
"The calendars are very helpful for home programs. The materials gained were helpful." E.K. (Jan. 2023)
"Practical suggestions. I liked the calendar provided for daily activities." J.R. (Jan. 2023)
"I like that parents can implement this program immediately. This calendar provides a simplistic, yet effective method to facilitate language acquisition and use in other settings outside of therapy." M.L. (Dec. 2022)
"The calendar itself is amazing, and has great activities for young learners." T.O. (Dec. 2022)
"This course provided easy ways for parents to interact with the child at home." L.J. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the 10 Tips for Success Language Teaching Strategies. Also the importance placed on collaboration with parents and teachers, and the significant roles these individuals play in the development of a child's language." I.G. (Nov. 2022)
"I appreciate being able to print out the calendar. I completely agree with the need for parental involvement. This calendar is a great way to do this in a more organic manner. Course information was clearly presented." L.R. (Oct. 2022)
"This course was so practical. Great to have a practical, daily reinforcement of skills for my students." R.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the calendar of activities. I learned that parents can be empowered to facilitate speech and language development to ensure academic success." A.D. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the 10 Tips for Success & the Calendar of Activities to share with my families. I also liked that I could take the course on my own time." M.B. (Oct. 2022)
"The examples of activities were nice." L.G. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked that I could access the course any time." K.N. (Sept. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." R.P. (Aug. 2022)
"Great tips to make parents feel confident in assisting their children. I liked the variety of activities." T.E. (July 2022)
"I liked the tips for language success. Good resources I can share with parents and teachers." L.K. (July 2022)
"Quick daily practice for all entities involved in children's lives." L.K. (July 2022)
"The calendars are very helpful, and I found the tips even more helpful, especially for sharing with teachers." L.K. (July 2022)
"I love the Lets Talk Today calendar idea. Practical help for engaged parents who are inspired to have fun with their children's speech/language development." L.M. (June 2022)
"I am ALWAYS looking for ways to include parents and teachers in the therapy process. The calendar is a genius idea! It empowers parents and classroom teachers – creates a teamwork approach." M.S. (June 2022)
"Very relevant information. I liked the strategies to improve speech at home that are simple and short." A.P. (June 2022)
"The speaker actively engaged us in the learning process, from the beginning, and all the way through the presentation. What a lovely way to illustrate her main ideas and the whole point of the presentation!" M.S. (June 2022)
"It was straightforward and informative. Encouraging reluctant parents of the ease with which they can help their child at home. The materials in the home are voluminous." B.R. (May 2022)
"The calendar and ideas on how to use it with classroom teachers was great! So helpful for my collaborative classrooms! Easy to follow!" B.W (Apr. 2022)
"The calendar itself is great! And the teacher's explanation will be very helpful." T.K (Mar. 2022)
"I enjoyed everything about this course! The calendars were awesome. Encouraging parents to talk to their children at home and making talking fun, expand, ask questions, describe actions, etc., can really help children to improve their language development." A.M. (Jan. 2022)
"As an Early Intervention provider, I love making sure to engage parents. That pep talk of engaging parents, as well as all the specific daily tasks on the calendar are most beneficial for daily practice, as we only embed activities in family routines." A.C. (Dec. 2021)
“I enjoyed every bit of this course! Easy to follow, easy to implement with valuable insight! Thank you! I already took out the December calendar for two families this morning! They are so excited!” K.K. (Dec. 2021)
"The calendar is a nice resource to use with parents who want to do at-home activities with their kids. I liked the structure and the fact that there were suggestions for the classroom as well as for parents." W.R. (Dec. 2021)
"I like that it's something that can immediately be printed and utilized with a variety of students." A.F. (Dec. 2021)
"The calendar of activities will be extremely helpful for the Early Intervention model where we are to "coach" parents and not "treat" the child. It will also be helpful for those families with whom I work that want homework all the time, but also for those who say they're too busy." K.T. (Nov. 2021)
“I found the replacement ideas for families that were unable to do an activity to be very helpful." G.D. (Oct. 2021)
"The collaboration between SLP, parents, and teachers and tips for success were beneficial for my daily practice." P.M. (Sept. 2021)
"The presenter's philosophy in regard to empowering parents to partner in developing language skills for their child will be utilized in my daily practice. The tips were practical and the presenter demonstrated how they could be presented to parents and other teachers." K.D. (Aug. 2021)
"Ways to use the calendars with both parents and teachers. Ways to use this information during parent and/or teacher in-services. Different ways to share calendars, such as after IEP meetings, parent conferences, or open house. The information was highly applicable." C.M. (Aug. 2021)
"Collaboration is essential! Inspiring parents to take an active role in nurturing and improving their child's speech and language skills was what stood out to me. Having these practical strategies is wonderful and will be fully used. Also, standing out to me was explaining to parents the link between language and learning. This would be wonderful to include in parent training classes as well. Obviously the practical ideas/calendars, but also the inspiration to present to parents these ideas and how they can be quick and part of their daily activities. I would like to be able to provide parents with models of how to do the varied techniques we use, such as expanding, commenting, etc." C.C. (Jul. 2021)
"I liked the easy conversational pacing of the speaker. She was a joy to listen to. I liked the well structured, practical activity calendars that I can use with parents immediately!" M.S. (Jun. 2021)
"I like that the presenter asked us to take the time to think about how we can implement the monthly calendars in our communication with parents and teachers. I like the way the presenter provided many different suggestions on how professional SLPs can encourage parents to get involved with their child's language development." J.L. (May 2021)
“It was concise, practical, useful information that will be easy to implement in my therapy practice.” K.H. (Mar. 2021)
“I found the different ways to identify engagement on parents beneficial. I appreciated that we got the whole tool she was talking about with the course. It covered everything I expected.” J.W. (Feb. 2021)
“I found the different ways to identify engagement on parents beneficial. I appreciated that we got the whole tool she was talking about with the course.” J.W. (Jan. 2021)
Jean Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP, is passionate about creating systems in our schools that ensure therapists and educators provide high-quality, outcomes-based services for children with disabilities. To Jean, collaboration is essential! Jean is an entrepreneur, professor, innovator, author, teacher, researcher, and leader in school-based services. She has held leadership positions in schools, universities, professional organizations, and business. Throughout her career, she has mentored hundreds of aspiring school-based therapists, encouraging them to be innovative, to coach, and to collaborate with their education partners and families, to make services educationally relevant and meaningful to children so they can participate and succeed in their classrooms.
As President of Creative Strategies for Special Education, she provides consulting services nationally to K-12 schools, universities, health care agencies, state departments of education, and professional associations. She loves engaging in training activities, strategic planning, program design/development/management, strategies for mentoring new professionals, and innovative instruction and intervention services for children with learning and communication disabilities.
Much of her work has focused on developing a unique, systematic approach for planning and delivering collaborative therapy services and improving student outcomes. Jean’s publications include numerous books, chapters, articles, clinical products, and resources for related services professionals, teachers, and parents including School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery; Outcomes Matter in School Service Delivery; Speech Remediation: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding and Helping; Let’s Talk Today! A Calendar of 365 Daily Activities For Teaching Language Skills At Home; and Integrating the Core Curriculum into Service Delivery. She has been named a Fellow of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Council on Education, and The Ohio Speech and Hearing Association.
Financial — Jean Blosser is presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Jean Blosser is creator of the "Let’s Talk Today! A Calendar of 365 Daily Activities For Teaching Language Skills At Home"; receives royalties.
Financial — Jean Blosser is the President of Creative Strategies for Special Education; ownership interests.
Financial — Jean Blosser is the author of School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery published by Plural Publishing; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jean Blosser has no relevant nonfinancial disclosures.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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