Presenter: Tamara Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA
– J.V., 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.
This comprehensive, intervention-focused course discusses how children with autism develop speech and language and how best to initiate interventions for children who have limited functional communication. Presented from the perspective of a practicing SLP who is also a board certified behavior analyst, this course features effective interventions drawn from both fields with video examples of implementation included throughout the presentation.
Content presented will support the SLP in making critical intervention decisions, including whether intervention should focus on the development of vocal language or on an alternative method of communication, variables that must be considered to teach an alternative communication system (with focus on sign language), and how and when to transition a child from an alternative communication system to vocal communication.
Participants will learn how to select first words to build language, how to use word simplification techniques to promote speech acquisition, and how selection of appropriate motivators is critical to gain progress in therapy. Also presented will be systematic social communication training from dyadic facilitated peer play, to various social communication groups, and direct instruction in work related social skills.
Course is offered for 0.9 ASHA CEUs – 9 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 9:10:45
– A.Y., prior course participant
– M.M., 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.
"This online course by Tami Kasper is amazing!" – Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP
"The topic of first words and being functional words was helpful. The presenter was very knowledgeable and went from topic to topic in a clear and concise manner." M.B. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked all of the video examples. Teaching social skills for kids with autism." R.N. (Aug. 2023)
"Great video examples, great material and presentation. I liked ability to review multiple times. Excellent slides. Building motivators and selecting vocabulary, teaching initial sign/AAC requests, transition to speech and improving speech intelligibility, vocal verbal imitation, using successive approximations were all beneficial topics." D.F. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked the use of specific signs and labels to teach requesting vs. more, please, and all-done. Video examples were beneficial." S.H. (Jul. 2023)
"Good content and videos. I liked seeing the Kaufman visual cues for phonemes. Also, the videos were very helpful." C.E. (Jul. 2023)
"Selecting vocabulary was beneficial. Course was a good mixture of slides and videos." N.V. (Jun. 2023)
"Teaching initial signs/requests and combining more than a single word/sign was beneficial. I liked the videos of real-life kiddos." D.C. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the videos that demonstrated the approaches immediately after it was explained verbally by the presenter. Contriving situations to support the independent use of 'wh' questions was beneficial." L.K. (Jun. 2023)
"It was helpful to learn about establishing vocabulary development and manding joint attention. I liked going at my own pace, and the video presentations were excellent." W.H. (May 2023)
"Discussion of sign language was beneficial. I liked the video examples." M.R. (Apr. 2023)
"Moving beyond requesting was a great section in this presentation. Also, the section on social skills." D.A. (Mar. 2023)
"The first part (choosing a communication system, transition to speech, etc.) was especially beneficial. I liked the videos and examples." G.L. (Mar. 2023)
"Verbal training, communication systems, picking salient motivators, teaching manding, and choosing salient vocabulary were all beneficial. I liked the social skills videos." K.D. (Mar. 2023)
"The part regarding how to elicit language from minimally verbal clients was beneficial. I liked how the information was presented from someone who specializes in ABA and speech." M.C. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the social intervention and the videos." S.C. (Feb. 2023)
"Discussion on how to teach the components of conversation was helpful. Also, information on how to build successive approximations into targeted speech production drills was helpful. Thankful for all of the videos to clarify and provide examples of many of the topics/skills discussed." L.M. (Feb. 2023)
"Autism and sign language discussion was beneficial. I liked all the videos." A.F. (Jan. 2023)
"So many relevant videos. I liked the stimulus-stimulus pairing reinforcement procedure." L.O. (Dec. 2022)
"The presenter was highly knowledgeable and engaging and I learned valuable, practical information!" E.N. (Dec. 2022)
"New ideas to utilize in my day to day therapy practice. Course allowed me to go at my own pace." C.A. (Dec. 2022)
"I felt I gained something from every video. Liked the idea of signing and visuals for preposition teaching!" S.S. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the Social Skills Training and all the videos." E.B. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the peer strategies. Course content was precise." S.E. (Dec. 2022)
"Teaching socializing and using communication. And learning how to use the reinforcement to build vocabulary in a social context was beneficial." S.M. (Dec. 2022)
"Sample videos are easy to view in small parts at a time. You can digest and practice material before moving on to next part, which was really helpful." M.F. (Dec. 2022)
"Working with older students with autism was beneficial. I liked the videos that demonstrated therapy techniques." K.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning how to avoid the escape behaviors. I liked the videos." D.M. (Dec. 2022)
"I would highly recommend this course." M.C. (Nov. 2022)
"Very applicable course." L.H. (Oct. 2022)
"I'm grateful to have found your presentation where you provide information from the perspective of both professions. Your presentation has given me sooooo much PRACTICAL knowledge in very little time! From addressing problem behavior to choosing and pairing reinforcers specific to a child, to establishing goals, to choosing a functional communication system that best works for the child." M.M. (Sept. 2022)
"I will no longer teach 'more' as a first sign with clients. All of the examples on the videos with the accompanying stim cards were good." J.P. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the examples with videos of the children and the groups." J.T. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the specifics of the information presented. Pairing gestures with individual sounds to increase imitation was helpful." C.M. (Aug. 2022)
"All in all a very helpful and detailed course. Learning why to avoid teaching "me, more, all done", increasing oral communication-sound production, and videos were helpful too!" E.S. (Aug. 2022)
"Liked the ideas to add to current therapy. Learning how to get students to start asking questions after they are able to answer them." A.P. (Aug. 2022)
"I thought the information on building motivation for one activity using another activity, and using and fading signs was useful. I appreciated the many videos." R.M. (July 2022)
"The presenter has a clear, easy-to-follow speaking style; provided several examples of concepts; presented practical information with different visual displays and videos." V.C. (July 2022)
"I liked the instructional videos and moving beyond first words." A.S. (July 2022)
"I learned that the reinforcers are based on the child’s likes and you may need to look at their behaviors to identify what reinforcer will work best for them." A.K. (July 2022)
"Learning which words to choose and the need of strong motivators. I liked the video clips." H.P. (July 2022)
"The video examples were very good. Learning to initially meet a new client while presenting more preferred reinforcers. And not taking away their reinforcers so that I will not be negatively associated with removal of preferred reinforcers." S.A. (July 2022)
"I found many of the techniques and ideas suitable for my older teen and adult clients with intellectual impairment. Clear explanations and videos of methods with real children." D.B. (June 2022)
"The course is very complete - I liked the speech interventions." M.P. (June 2022)
"The practicality of establishing motivation for children with autism was beneficial. I liked the videos. Handouts are also very helpful." H.R. (June 2022)
"Liked the information about building motivation and how to pair peers with reinforcers to build motivation for social interaction." A.J. (June 2022)
"I found the social communication activities/suggestions the most beneficial. The videos were extremely helpful." K.K. (June 2022)
"Learning the sign language vocabulary to start with was helpful. Liked the videos and real life examples." H.E. (June 2022)
"I liked the use of videos to illustrate the topics and the data keeping and documenting progress." P.M. (Apr. 2022)
"I learned there is a wide variety of motivators to increase verbal language. I liked the examples of social skills group activities. Training for peer models and others working with students is important, especially prompting, fading prompts, location in a group." P.M. (Apr. 2022)
"Enjoyed the videos, specific examples of how to facilitate a skill, and the emphasis on what is reinforcing as a primary agent to accomplish almost everything. Really well organized with repetition to allow absorption." D.G. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the technique explanations with videos of clinical application. And the vocal verbal imitation training using successive approximations." C.C. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the peer training and intervention and the videos containing groups / use of peers." E.B. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked that the course was self-paced. I could watch segments more than once." M.S. (Mar. 2022)
"The additional handouts were excellent and will be useful to my daily practice. I liked the presenter's conversational delivery. It was fluid and delivered at a good pace." C.E. (Jan. 2022)
"Lots of videos of therapy sessions. I liked the early language strategies." E.F. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the information regarding use of sign language and the video examples." J.M. (Dec. 2021)
"Evidence-based practice was a great help to me." L.C. (Dec. 2021)
"I appreciated how the presenter broke down the steps for building communication with kids with autism. I loved the video examples throughout the presentation." K.M. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the training portion of the module and that I was able to do the course online." P.J. (Oct. 2021)
"I appreciated how in depth the course was and the laying out, very specifically, differing prompting methods." L.P. (Aug. 2021)
"The specific topic of sign language was most beneficial for my current practice. It was very helpful to learn which signs you should avoid in your initial therapy and evidenced-based recommendations for the structure to teach sign language. I really liked all of the specific examples that were provided both in print/written form as well as the video examples to go along with the material. I thought this was a very thorough course. I really enjoyed and appreciated this course." B.K. (Jul. 2021)
"The content has been really useful in teaching me about the communication and language issues and consider certain approach or interventions (e.g. expressive, social skills) target problems that most children with Autism will show." C.C. (Jul. 2021)
"The sign word choice and chaining that excluded "more". I had never thought about those base signs not being the best starting point. The entire course was very inciteful to help me develop some new skills and shuck off some old habits in my therapy. It was applicable to my current caseload of students and presented informative pieces I can implement immediately. I thought it was great. I often find that sometimes Online Courses on this subject matter become too heavy with referencing of studies and do not provide in-depth and practical information like this course did." M.R. (Jun. 2021)
"I found the entire course to be beneficial. I have gained knowledge concerning the different intervention strategies when working with children with Autism. This was an excellent fast paced course to build knowledge and skills needed when working with children with Autism." S.B. (Jun. 2021)
"Teaching social skills to children with autism - the content was fantastic, the video examples were helpful, and the presenter was engaging. Great course!" L.P. (Jun. 2021)
"Liked the techniques for working beyond manding for early learners. And being able to work at my own pace and go back to review areas." B.P. (Jun. 2021)
"I absolutely loved the topic on how to start teaching social skills to children with Autism. I plan to carry over all those social skills training ideas. There was more in this training than I ever expected when looking at the title. I think it was a great course and cannot think of a way to improve it!" J.V. (Jun. 2021)
"This had to be one of my favorite online courses. She was so knowledgeable and engaging. I learned strategies that I can try the next day in therapy without having to go out and buy stuff. I did so much self-reflecting throughout the course and I wish more courses did that. We need to stop and think about our practices and effectiveness. We need to try different methods. I loved her videos of the social groups where she was teaching her students to reflect. I would highly recommend this course to my coworkers." A.Y. (May 2021)
"I love how these topics can be applied to other students on my caseload who aren't Autistic, but may have social skills deficits. I also learned more about Apraxia and that was a nice bonus." C.B. (May 2021)
"I really enjoyed all the information about sign language and how to go about picking which words to use and why. I liked how it was broken up into different sections and all the videos of skills being taught." A.T. (May 2021)
Tamara Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who has treated children with challenging behavior since 1990, specializing in children with autism since 1995. Tamara's commitment to the children she serves led her to pursue treatment methods outside the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She has advanced training in Nancy Kaufman's strategies for apraxia of speech and partnered with Nancy to create The K&K Sign to Talk Materials. She has advanced training in Applied Behavior Analysis/Applied Verbal Behavior and under the mentorship of renowned Behavior Analyst Dr. Vincent Carbone and his protégé she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Tamara is a frequently invited international lecturer, enthusiastically sharing intervention techniques that build functional verbal behavior, social communication skills and combine social skills training with physical training. She has lectured and treated individuals across the United States and Canada as well as in Ethiopia, Senegal, Greece, Germany, England, Ireland, and other countries. She is a past recipient of WISHA's Clinical Achievement Award.
Financial — Tamara Kasper is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services receives royalty payments.
Financial — Tamara Kasper is an author of treatment materials published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Tamara Kasper is an author of treatment materials that are self-published; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Tamara Kasper is a student mentor with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; receives no compensation.
This program is offered for 0.9 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.
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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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