This practical course will review research from the new field of educational neuroscience that applies to clinical practice with students who have speech-language and social communication disorders. It will focus on new research on the causes of language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, reading disorders and other neurodevelopmental learning disabilities. The course also reviews new research on evidence-based interventions. Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
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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.
Financial — Martha Burns is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Martha Burns is a paid consultant for Scientific Learning Corporation.
Nonfinancial — Martha Burns 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.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
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.
Purchase orders are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 888-696-9655.
What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
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.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
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.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
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.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
Please click here for any special needs requests, and we will do our best to accommodate them.
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"The different ways neuroscience has improved therapy is beneficial for my daily practice." K.G. (Aug. 2021)
“I liked the organization and flow of the course. From reviewing areas of the brain to the types of research to the application of the research for intervention. The application to intervention and understanding of ASD will be most helpful for me in my daily therapy practice.” – D.H. (Feb. 2021)
“I really liked the background and evidence-based research that was provided, to describe brain development and how it relates to a variety of areas (i.e. poverty, literacy, ASD, etc.).” – S.D. (Nov. 2020)
“Fantastic connections made between the research and the therapy room.” – A.P. (Oct. 2020)
“I enjoyed the information on stress and the brain, and how to use the train the brain strategies. The research base was also helpful.” – A.M. (Jun. 2020)
"Going over the multiple genetic mutations and differences of inherited genes that cause ASD was most beneficial. This correlates with how diverse the population is. I liked the knowledge of the professor and review of the neurophysiology. However, I wanted more practical treatment approaches to intervention." – D.W.K. (Nov. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on how socioeconomic conditions impact areas of the brain important for school. I liked the obvious knowledge of the presenter. I expected more practical information...more about how it could be applied in daily practice." – L.M. (Nov. 2019)
"I enjoyed the information related to students with ASD as well as potential neuroscience based intervention approaches, PROMPT, and FastForward." – J.C. (Oct. 2019)
"Very clear and helpful visuals. I found the discussion pertaining to PROMPT most helpful." – A.B. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated the research supporting specific methods and programs. Great visuals." – A.A. (Aug. 2019)
"I liked the visuals, explanations, and knowledgeable speaker. Going over the behaviors related to neurochemical release was most beneficial." – K.M. (Aug. 2019)
"I found the discussion on the impact of new advances in neuroscience on literacy development to be very helpful. I liked the anatomy and physiology review and examples given to illustrate physiological functioning." – A.L. (July 2019)
"Very well researched. I enjoyed going over how teaching phonetics is a much more effective way to teach reading than whole language approaches." – A.P. (July 2019)
"I love Dr. Graham's presentations. We have had several questions related to the best practices for literacy development so I found that research very interesting. I love that she included Carol Dweck's research. The Mindset was the most important book I've read both as a parent and a clinician." – E.V. (Apr. 2019)
"Linking the use of neurophysiology to language with specific intervention to support therapy was very helpful. I liked the imaging / good flow of information." – E.S. (Mar. 2019)
"I liked the thorough explanation of neuroscience and how it relates to speech pathology. I especially appreciated the section on reading and intervention with children on the autism spectrum based on neuroscience." – S.B. (Feb. 2019)
"This enhanced my understanding of how brain research affects student learning. The course was organized, easy to follow, and had good content." – J.K. (Jan. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on how cortical mapping, pruning, etc. impact literacy and ultimately our approaches in speech therapy. I enjoyed the way it was presented. The format was easy to follow, and the presenter was easy to listen to. However, I expected to see more information about treatment approaches developed from neurosciences." – M.P. (Sept. 2018)
"I liked the information on neurotransmitters and their carryover to therapy. I liked how knowledgeable the presenter was on the brain and the CURRENT research." – D.R. (July 2018)
"I appreciated the review of the neurological bases of language and phonological acquisition along with implications for providing therapy along with supports for underlying neurological processing." – S.C. (Apr. 2018)
"Going over how poverty and stress affect learning was the most beneficial part to me. I liked that the course was easy to follow." – V.P. (Feb. 2018)
"I work with preschoolers so I appreciated the information pertaining to early childhood development. I also appreciated that we could print the handouts prior to taking the course. I used the handouts to take notes while viewing the presentation." – L.H. (Feb. 2018)
"Martha Burns is just an excellent teacher and presenter. Have loved every course taken by her which has been many!" – J.D. (Jan. 2018)
"The discussion on the relationship of phonological development and brain centers that are involved was most beneficial. I liked the amount of information and relationship to neuro based research." – D.H. (Dec. 2017)
"I appreciated the discussions of how literacy in dyslexic children can be screened or treated. I liked looking both at effective interventions for speech and language deficits and how technology can assist the therapy process by working on areas that strengthen learning, such as attention and processing. I was hoping more discussion could have taken place on treating dyslexic children, and how neuroimaging could help to identify the best interventions for dyslexic children." – D.K. (Dec. 2018)
"The visuals that were shown to go along with the research studies were very helpful. I really enjoyed listening to this course! It was helpful to hear about RECENT research in the field that was that was taught in an understandable way. The speaker was interesting and did well keeping me engaged throughout the course." – A.C. (Nov. 2017)"I think this course is a great way to catch up on recent neuroscience research for the busy clinician. She is straight to the point and gives the key information from each study. I like that she covers several topics in the course that are often brought up in schools." – A.Y. (Sept. 2017)