Presenter: Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP
– M.H., prior course participant
This course focuses on innovative strategies and techniques for teaching grammatical morphology for children ages 3 to 10. Children with language impairments often have difficulties in many areas of language, but grammar in particularly. The presenter will demonstrate evidence-based practices targeting present progressive verbs and regular and irregular past tense verbs.
Furthermore, treatment techniques for plurals, possessives, comparatives and superlatives will be discussed. Principles of grammatical intervention and verb criteria selection will be addressed. Common Core State Standards in regards to grammatical morphology will be reviewed as well as grade level examples will be provided. Resources available to SLPs will be discussed and reviewed.
Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.
Participants will take away numerous treatment activities as well as ready-to-use handouts.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:00:02
– R.W., 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 course was a nice review of morphology and gave me a refresher for some children I will be seeing who are older than 3 (many of the kids on my caseload are birth to 3). I liked the research information and the examples of therapy activities." K.R. (May 2023)
"Loved all the developmental norms and data. I enjoyed all the therapy ideas. Great materials shared." S.H. (May 2023)
"All this content was applicable. All the examples with books and objects to teach were most helpful. Presenter gave me additional methods to teach! She was very comprehensive and well organized so the flow of content was easy to learn, remember, and apply to therapy sessions." E.V. (May 2023)
"I liked the methodology to use when designing goals for the student. I appreciated the supporting documents that were provided as well as the resource examples." M.C. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked the specific information on irregular verbs. The specific details and examples provided were beneficial." M.E. (Feb. 2023)
"Approaches to elicit and facilitate morphological development. This course provided numerous examples to target a child’s grammar." P.A. (Feb. 2023)
"I found the age of acquisition for various verbs most beneficial. I liked that speaker provided titles of books that she finds helpful for particular targets." D.W. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the research findings related to this topic. Good therapy examples." C.R. (Dec. 2022)
"All of this content will benefit my practice." C.P. (Nov. 2022)
"Liked information regarding strategies, and the tips for grammatical morpheme selection and instruction." J.S. (Nov. 2022)
"Good resources provided." C.S. (Nov. 2022)
"The breakdown of the age of acquisition for the different grammatical markers was helpful. And the refresh of when grammar is acquired." A.K. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the examples of books and toys and how to use them for improving morphological structures." B.S. (Oct. 2022)
"Very functional suggestions. I liked the research presented and the review of the acquisition of morphological markers." A.D. (Oct. 2022)
"All the great therapy ideas! The 17 grammatical morphology strategies and tips along with all the resources were helpful." R.J. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the specific information provided on grammatical forms." M.M. (Sept. 2022)
"Gave specific resources/treatment materials that work on morphemes." M.H. (Sept. 2022)
"This course was well-organized, good review of morpheme types, data about morpheme acquisition, and treatment techniques and tools (basically, all of the course was great!)." M.H. (Sept. 2022)
"Nicely organized; good examples." J.R. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the verb use and materials I can use to teach verbs. Liked that the course was self-paced and it included resources." L.E. (Aug. 2022)
"Great strategies. Liked the handouts." A.O. (Aug. 2022)
"Excellent balance of research underpinnings and clinical examples, strong use of repetition and review throughout, connection to different age expectations and common core." S.L. (Aug. 2022)
"I really appreciated the detailed example through the capstone. I liked that it referenced typical development vs challenges for the language impaired students." A.L. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the lists of age development for verbs, plurals and possessives." C.L. (Aug. 2022)
"The discussion of verb selection was helpful - considering verbs with an endpoint and choosing first verb targets that are familiar to the child, that are more frequent in adult language, that are easier to pronounce, and that promote an easy transition to the next state of syntactic development." S.L. (Aug. 2022)
"Great therapy resources with examples." M.S. (July 2022)
"I really appreciated the developmental information on grammatical morphemes and matching them to the common core. This is most helpful when working in the elementary schools to have a concrete resource as this course and the charts offered. I also appreciated the information and techniques and examples given for the story context." D.M. (July 2022)
"All of the content and intervention recommendations will be highly beneficial in my daily practice. I was thrilled at how she brought resources, e.g. specific published books, into the presentation that could be utilized within the intervention and instruction of the targeted areas of therapy. There were many treatment techniques and resources provided that will facilitate improved intervention and instruction with the many grammatical morphemes." R.W. (July 2022)
"The course was organized well with resources cited for teaching." V.D. (July 2022)
"Progression with ages of target verbs was beneficial. Liked the examples of targeting each area during book readings." S.L. (June 2022)
"I liked the overview of specific word forms that are mastered by what age. I liked the handouts provided." A.M. (June 2022)
"The discussion of manipulatives and books is most helpful since I am changing to a different age level (younger) than I have served in a while. I also appreciated the presentation of the research associate with each topic. Much more updated than I recalled from grad school all those years ago. I truly want to stay current." B.P. (June 2022)
"I appreciated the sequential and organized presentation of information and the inclusion of suggested materials. I also appreciated the sample lessons verbalized by the presenter, including references to the common core will be very helpful to clinicians not familiar with school services." B.P. (June 2022)
"The information was very helpful. I liked the examples in the course." K.M. (June 2022)
"Clear, concise descriptions of grammatical acquisitions and examples of useful books for therapy. Liked discussion on teaching irregular verbs at specific ages." D.P. (June 2022)
"Liked the informal assessment methods discussed, and the source books that elicit regular past tense -ed." B.R. (June 2022)
"I really appreciated the emphasis on research with developmental stages and norms, as well as the specific examples for use of strategies." M.H. (May 2022)
"I really liked the infographics provided, which will be so helpful as a quick reference for planning treatment and may also be useful in discussions with parents and/or staff." M.H. (May 2022)
"I liked the reporting of research findings, and the specific intervention techniques." L.M. (May 2022)
"The acquisition timelines for morphemes is most beneficial to me. The examples of materials and literature applications were most helpful." M.P. (May 2022)
"I liked the handouts about the age of acquisition of certain verbs, and the review of therapy strategies such as modeling and recasts." L.J. (Apr. 2022)
"I enjoyed the toy and book recommendations." S.C. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked how many different methods of intervention were described. I appreciated the examples of books that could be used to elicit certain tenses." A.D. (Feb. 2022)
"I felt this presentation was very well organized. I liked the examples and resources given. I liked the highly organized structure – very thorough." J.S. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the information on irregular past tense verbs. SLPs teach grammatical rules so often, and we get very little direct instruction on how to teach it." M.K. (Jan. 2022)
"I like the concrete examples of how to target different grammatical forms either through story context, during play with props, or using a combination of the two." J.C. (Jan. 2022)
"The resources and examples for treatment were very helpful and give me a starting point to incorporate the techniques and lessons taught in this course." D.O. (Dec. 2021)
"I loved (and have been looking for a while) for a list of verbs by grade level, and also appreciated the grammar targets also explained by grade level. I have been looking for this information for an extended period of time; so I will definitely be utilizing this information as soon as possible!" S.B. (Dec. 2021)
"What young children can do typically at what ages and materials that can be used were beneficial for my practice." J.T. (Nov. 2021)
"I liked all the charts and reference materials as well as the specific examples for intervention." M.M. (Nov. 2021)
"Each of the explicit examples provided, materials and easy to find resources for practical use in therapy were beneficial for my daily practice. I liked everything! Covered a lot of material re: the subject matter, going just enough in-depth for understanding WHY we teach it, as well as practical uses to teach the actual skills/targets." N.S. (Oct. 2021)
"I liked the example of incorporating props into storytelling and using storytelling to target grammatical morphemes. I appreciated the many specific examples of materials and of scripts." R.M. (Sept. 2021)
"The pictures and example of therapy targeting the specific language form were good." C.M. (Sept. 2021)
"It was most beneficial to learn about the best techniques to teach morphemes and grammatical structures, such as using objects, books and short videos instead of static pictures. The information was presented in a concise and clear manner and specific examples were provided." S.H. (Aug. 2021)
"It gave me therapy ideas to use with my students." C.E. (Aug. 2021)
"I believe the discussion regarding the addition of randomly selected stimuluses (i.e. toys) during assessment to be helpful." K.C. (Aug. 2021)
"The most straightforward way to increase the saliency of grammatical intervention target will help my daily practice." D.R. (Aug. 2021)
"I enjoyed the different ways to engage and teach the students these morphemes. I love using books in therapy session, so those materials were very beneficial to me." L.M. (June 2021)
"The handouts were great and I know I'll be able to implement these into sessions." A.B. (May 2021)
“I loved the real-life therapy ideas that were practical and doable.” K.H. (Mar. 2021)
“I liked the resources presented so I can get started right away on some new strategies.” S.C. (Feb. 2021)
“I liked the numerous examples of manipulative play activities using props and toys as well as books as research shows learning and generalization occur best in when teaching occurs in a contextualized setting.” S.G. (Jan. 2021)
Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP, has worked in public school settings and a private pediatric clinic for over 20 years. Cathy is the founder of KidsVocabulary.com. Cathy is the author of WH Question Blast Off and Core Curriculum Articulation both published by Super Duper Publications, Inc. Cathy has presented to school districts and pediatric clinics across the nation on vocabulary intervention. In addition, Cathy has conducted a number of webinars. Cathy is an ASHA and TSHA presenter.
Financial — Cathy Alexander is a presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Cathy Alexander has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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