Because of the education standards movement, school-based SLPs find they are asked to relate to their state's standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the most common standards, adopted in over 40 states. This course will briefly review the history of the standards and present a method for analysis of standards to plan for intervention for students with speech sound disorders. The method begins with analysis of grade level standards, with a focus on those that may be challenging for children with speech sound disorders. Analysis of student strengths and needs and the communication expectations of the classroom follow. Using this information, SLPs plan intervention to enable the student to be successful in attaining the standards. Two speech sound disorder case studies are included. Appropriate for grades K-12 (ages 5-18). Case studies are based on elementary grades. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 contact hour.
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.
Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the communication sciences and disorders program at Longwood University in Virginia. Among the courses she teaches is public school methods, which focuses on supporting children's mastery of the language expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
Prior to joining the faculty at Longwood, Dr. Power-deFur worked at the Virginia Department of Education in special education, student services, and policy, where she first developed her interest in analyzing the language and communication expectations of the general curriculum.
Dr. Power-deFur is a Fellow of ASHA and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia and regularly volunteers for the profession. She has served as a state education advocacy leader and as a member of numerous education-related committees at ASHA. She is the ASHA 2014-2016 vice president of standards and ethics in speech-language pathology. Additionally, she received The ASHA Leader Outstanding Service Award for her 2011 article on special education eligibility.
Financial — Lissa Power-deFur is the author of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Lissa Power-deFur is employed by The University of Florida; receives a salary.
Financial — Lissa Power-deFur receives funding through a Pathway To Independence K99/R00 Award through the National Institutes of Health; receives grant funding.
Nonfinancial — Lissa Power-deFur has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory 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.
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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 NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
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.
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 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.
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"I enjoyed going over the ways to incorporate CCSS into daily practice and how to help align speech and language goals with CCSS. I liked the case studies." – M.W. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the examples of state standards that relate to communication. I found the discussion on applying state standards to be a part of an intervention most helpful." – C.C. (Dec. 2019)
"I appreciated discussing how it relates to CCSS state standards so I can more efficiently write IEPs." – E.R. (Nov. 2019)
"I really like the chart and recommendations to involve SLPs in classroom based activities." – J.C. (Oct. 2019)
"I liked the idea of collaborating more often with the classroom teacher to help out the student. I liked the details given in the 5 step standards analysis and how the presenter used examples to demonstrate them." – K.R. (Sept. 2019)
"The analysis of common core standards was helpful. I liked the walk through of how to implement presenters approach to determining therapy goals." – D.W. (Sept. 2019)
"The presentation was easy to listen to and follow. I appreciated the explanation of the standards and how to relate them to my students." – M.S. (July 2019)
"I enjoyed the discussion on the 5 step framework and how well-organized the course was." – J.K. (July 2019)
"I liked the case studies and how to design lessons incorporating state standards." – D.H. (May 2019)
"Going over the importance of reading goals as they relate to speech sound disorders was most beneficial." – L.D.A. (Apr. 2019)
"I appreciated the review of specific core standards and tying them to speech/language skills." – A.B. (Jan. 2019)
"It was very informative, and I appreciated the clarity and connection that our profession has to having each student meet the Common Core Standards." – L.N. (Dec. 2018)
"I enjoyed learning the process of using CCSS when developing a whole picture of the student and how to present my findings to parents and educators to encourage academic growth." – K.D. (Aug. 2018)
"I liked the overall organization, and the explanation was excellent. I also liked the use of the Case Studies for practical application." – F.C. (July 2018)
"I enjoyed the discussion on the standards analysis and intervention design as well as the course relevance to my daily work." – A.H. (Apr. 2018)
"I was unaware how specific some of the common core standards are in relation to speech pathology." – K.J. (Mar. 2018)
"I found the case study examples to be very beneficial. I like that I can apply the information directly to my work immediately." – J.A.S. (Feb. 2018)
"I appreciated the practical examples." – G.J. (Jan. 2018)
"This was a very thorough presentation. I especially enjoyed the ideas for collaboration with classroom teachers." – J.D. (Nov. 2017)
"The discussion on the purpose of state standards was most useful. It helps a SLP to know how to discuss need for therapy with the teacher. Good CEU for a new school-based SLP." – C.E. (Oct. 2017)
"I enjoyed the total presentation, the flow of the presenter and her presentation including case studies to make reinforce the information she provided. The breakdown of the standards and how to make process functional/relevant to my job as an SLP were really helpful." – R.D. (Oct. 2017)
"Looking at the prior and future standards for skills are just as important as looking at the CCSS for the current year - the best discussion." – P.F. (Sept. 2017)
"I appreciated the discussion on standards analysis and intervention design for students." – E.W. (July 2017)
"I enjoyed the information about how common core state standards relate to speech language pathology. Very informative course." – J.H. (June 2017)
"The information about how common core state standards relate to speech-language pathology was helpful. The course itself was very informative." – J.H. (June 2017)