Presenter: Nicole Gerami, MA, CCC-SLP
This course will discuss the importance of narrative competence, explain narrative types, and provide a short literature review of narrative difficulties with children with autism. It will present a method of structured narrative teaching to help children with autism comprehend and retell fictional and personal narratives (true stories).
Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:00:40
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Course presenter is also author of the Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool (NBT) published by Northern Speech Services. Presenter will use the NBT in this presentation to illustrate story mapping. 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 liked learning about and watching the story mapping tool being used." M.M. (Sept. 2022)
"The story mapping will be most beneficial to my daily practice. She had a logical course outline that she followed at a good pace with video demonstrations." D.W. (Sept. 2022)
"The assessment and intervention ideas using multisensory input were good. I liked how practical it was and the case studies." G.H. (Sept. 2022)
"The flow of the course was excellent!" H.B. (Aug. 2022)
"Excellent examples of videos of children's story telling. Liked the differentiation between story telling skills of central cohesion, theory of mind and executive functioning." B.S. (July 2022)
"Good therapy examples." V.C. (July 2022)
"Had a good emphasis on intervention. I liked the multi sensory approach." D.S. (June 2022)
"I liked the types of narratives and difference in SLI vs ASD story deficits." M.P. (June 2022)
"Loved the example videos and real life application of the ideas presented." A.P. (June 2022)
"I liked the children's narratives and understanding barriers to comprehension." A.S. (May 2022)
"It really distills a complex topic into digestible, discrete chunks. The course also provides a nice balance between theory and definitions and practical application." G.R. (May 2022)
"I liked the explanation of the areas of deficit in comprehending and creating narratives for children with ASD. I found the discussion of Theory of Mind, central cohesion and executive functioning very clear, and how those abilities relate to narratives was illuminating. The presenter helped organize and clarify the complex subject of narrative intervention." S.C. (Apr. 2022)
"I appreciated the videos that demonstrate how to use the tools/storyboard." A.M. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked how precise and to the point it was. Pretty much everything pertained to items that could be used in everyday clinic." M.R. (Feb. 2022)
"The examples of story mapping were very useful." M.D. (Dec. 2021)
"The liked the intervention examples. The course was complete and easy to understand." T.B. (Oct. 2021)
"I appreciated seeing various students use the visuals to tell a narrative as well as the scaffolding that helped them be successful. It was very structured and organized to give pertinent information as well as practical, useful examples of HOW to implement successful narrative therapy." C.H. (Aug. 2021)
“It was so easy to follow and was presented in such a logical manner. I liked how it was all brought together at the end by explaining how the material aligns with the Common Core Standards. Much of the language used will be helpful in developing parts of Individual Education Plans for children with ASD as well; i.e., why we do what we do. The video clips were extremely useful.” L.K. (Jul. 2021)
"It was very organized and informative! Multisensory story mapping is a great resource to use to help organize narratives and improve comprehension." B.K. (Jun. 2021)
"I really enjoyed this course. There was a lot of information covered. Excellent, Excellent. I thought this was a great course." B.K. (Jun. 2021)
"Everything was beneficial! The course is so well organized!" D.A. (May 2021)
"I liked the review of the stages of narrative development. I also found the information regarding common core extremely helpful. I thought it was interesting to see how you can work on narratives in subjects other than ELA. It was very organized and informative! Multisensory story mapping is a great resource to use to help organize narratives and improve comprehension." M.B. (May 2021)
"I liked the arrangement of the concrete skills, leading to the complete narrative, and the processes to address narrative skills." T.D. (Mar. 2021)
"Appreciated the explanation of why narratives are so difficult for our ASD kids. I liked how the videos highlighted the explanations of how to use the story board." J.T. (Feb. 2021)
"Just good solid information about narrative development and ways to help elicit this information in children. Very well presented, lots of good video examples." W.S. (Jan. 2021)
“I liked the Executive Function and Central Coherence. Also, the research on differences between narrative skills of children with ASD and specific language disorder.” L.C. (Jan. 2021)
“Although I use story grammar elements when teaching narrative skills, I did not always talk about internal states of the characters or internal states of my student during personal narratives. I will use this element more often. I also thought the videos were very helpful in explaining how to use the Narrative Builder.” S.H. (Dec. 2020)
“The information was concise, easily understood, and examples were supportive. I especially enjoyed the discussions on the Theory of Mind, Executive Functioning, and Central Coherence and how these relate to ASD.” D.P. (Dec. 2020)
Nicole Gerami, MA, CCC-SLP, lectures on treating children on the autism spectrum and provides in-service training to educators on effective methods for teaching language comprehension from printed material. Nicole treats children with a wide range of delays and disorders and is best known for her work with children with autism spectrum disorders, including her Narrative Builder approach for teaching children with autism and other developmental disabilities to comprehend what they read.
Nicole is co-creator of the Program for Establishing and Enhancing Relationships through Social Skills (PEERSS™) and Friendship in Teams (FIT™), and she is a founding member of Nicole Gerami, LLC. Nicole is a frequent lecturer for the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Milestones, and the Cuyahoga County Special Education Service Center. Nicole received her master's degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where she is currently an adjunct instructor. She is the author of Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool.
Financial — Nicole Gerami is the presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Nicole Gerami is the author of Narrative & Discourse Builder Tool published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Nicole Gerami has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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