Presenter: Jennifer L. Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP
– A.E., prior course participant
Individuals with language disorders often demonstrate difficulty understanding and producing complex sentence structures. Children who enter kindergarten unable to understand and produce complex sentences lack the skills needed to fully participate in academic instruction and social discourse with peers.
In this course, participants will be provided with the background needed to identify and form complex sentence stimuli for therapy. Tools and techniques for assessment to identify client strengths and needs related to complex sentence forms will be shared. Evidence-based implicit and explicit treatment techniques to address complex sentence comprehension and expression in play, shared book reading, and curriculum-based activities with children at preschool through high school levels will be demonstrated.
Offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs – 4 contact hours.
This course includes downloadable, reproducible therapy resources.
Course Overview – Run Time: 04:14:10
– L.K., 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.
"The examples used with the reading books, and the spreadsheets by Ebbles and Van Horne were beneficial. I liked the suggestions for grammatical complexity measures and analysis." C.C. (Sep. 2023)
"This was the best CEU course I have ever taken because it gave very specific examples on how to target many different areas related to syntax. I found the specific treatment examples and techniques to be very beneficial." J.S. (Sep. 2023)
"Very complete information. I liked the explanation of clauses." L.S. (Sep. 2023)
"Many therapy ideas. I appreciated the therapy ideas and reviews of the common types of clauses." J.C. (Aug. 2023)
"This information really expanded my awareness and understanding of complex sentence structure. The course was very well laid out, and the examples and materials were wonderful. It was a very thorough course." B.G. (Aug. 2023)
"Descriptions of types of complex sentences and clauses in the first section was beneficial. Many handouts were included in the course to use in learning more about complex sentences and use in therapy with varied ages/grades." D.A. (Aug. 2023)
"Validation of the benefit of implicit learning, particularly with young children. This course is very well organized and structured. I appreciate the breadth of application across age/grade range. It provided many examples of treatment strategies and many outside resources. What can be a dense topic was made understandable and tolerable. Thank you for dividing this into sections." S.P. (Jul. 2023)
"I found all topics and discussions to be beneficial. I liked the examples and strategies given." M.R. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked the resources to be used in assessment and treatment." A.C. (Jul. 2023)
"Incredible resources!! I can apply this information immediately with my students. Free resources and detailed description including scripts to use during treatment." A.E. (Jun. 2023)
"Implicit instruction for preschoolers as well as implicit and explicit instruction for early elementary students. I liked the wealth of ideas for therapy, scaffolding techniques, resources to seek out, and the importance of working on complex sentences at an early age and integrating other structures/parts of speech." K.T. (Jun. 2023)
"The most helpful topic was the demonstration of how to implement these principles in therapy. I liked the repetition and clear instruction." A.K. (Jun. 2023)
"Course was packed full of good information." L.D. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the examples and resources. The information that the complex sentence structure should be introduced earlier and why was beneficial." T.D. (Jun. 2023)
"ALL of it was beneficial. I will be reviewing this again over the summer break, and it will inform my SLO (Specific Learning Objective) for next year. Excellent content. This course was very challenging in a way that will improve my SLP skills. Thank you for such an interesting topic!" E.M. (Jun. 2023)
"I enjoyed practicing breaking sentences into complex sentences and identifying the specific type of clause. I also liked the specific practice with a variety of leveled texts. I enjoyed all of the explicit trials/practice and examples of resources we could use to target complex syntax." H.W. (Jun. 2023)
"There were many examples of implementation that I could use right away, and the presenter gave a series of steps to follow. I liked the treatment - discussing and showing meanings of sentences, building awareness, and sentence combining." H.C. (May 2023)
"The instructor was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed seeing the assessment tools and activities for multiple grades and levels of ability." S.G. (Apr. 2023)
"The discussion of age levels appropriate for complex sentences was beneficial. I liked being able to incorporate this into therapy with examples." K.F. (Apr. 2023)
"It was beneficial to learn you can work on morphology and other foundational skills while targeting complex sentence structures. I liked that this course emphasized the importance of not waiting to target complex sentence structures." J.F. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the treatment ideas and materials." J.P. (Jan. 2023)
"Very useful. Learning the developmental hierarchy. Expanding sentence length and complexity with 1) adverbial clauses 2) object complement clauses 3) relative clauses in the developmental order." S.L. (Jan. 2023)
"Treatment techniques were beneficial. I liked the presenter's animated style." E.F. (Jan. 2023)
"Learning best techniques to use with the younger student and the treatment examples were helpful." M.B. (Jan. 2023)
"Therapy techniques for younger students. I liked the examples of books for treatment/strategies." S.W. (Jan. 2023)
"I appreciated learning what's expected at a given age re: sentence complexity." M.F. (Jan. 2023)
"Provided information and tools that I can immediately use in therapy. Loved the detailed assessment and therapy resources. Very thorough and evidence-based." R.J. (Dec. 2022)
"The speaker was fantastic." A.B. (Dec. 2022)
"EVERYTHING was incredibly informative! Great learning experience." C.R. (Dec. 2022)
"It was a great refresher on clauses. The challenges to think critically to answer multiple test questions." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Well-organized. I liked the treatment strategies." C.P. (Dec. 2022)
"Everything! I liked the literature resources, therapy activity ideas, graphic organizers, etc. Very informative and organized course. Well presented." V.J. (Dec. 2022)
"Excellent examples and strategies." K.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Understanding the three types of clauses was beneficial. And how to implement intervention with my students." M.E. (Dec. 2022)
"I love that she gave us lots of handouts and useful materials. And how to incorporate complex sentence strategies into play and books for young children." V.Z. (Dec. 2022)
"It was a comprehensive review of syntax and grammar. I liked the in depth details of a variety of sentence structures." M.K. (Dec. 2022)
"The presenter's voice was enjoyable to listen to. She kept my interest and covered a lot! I liked the specific assessment and treatment measures." T.F. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked everything! It was hefty in content and so beneficial." H.T. (Nov. 2022)
"This was a great course and very informative. I love all of the resources that align with core curriculum and state standards." A.M. (Nov. 2022)
"Liked the ways to assess language and sentence types used by students, and treatment ideas. Examples of the types of complex sentences, as well as tools for assessment and treatment were helpful." O.Z. (Nov. 2022)
"Learning about the clauses and the research that supports the activities." K.K. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the organization and content. Good review of syntax, complex sentences, treatment." S.L. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the therapy strategies for helping build complex sentences." J.D. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the practical application ideas - syntax review, principles of statistical learning, and suggestions for materials." S.R. (Nov. 2022)
"This was an excellent presentation that will provide numerous benefits for my daily speech therapy practice. What I liked best about this course was the quality of instruction - including content and organization of information." M.W. (Oct. 2022)
"Very informative!" S.K. (Oct. 2022)
"It was a good review of syntax and best practices for teaching syntax." R.V. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the free materials and assessment links provided." R.V. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked all of the content and that the course was broken down into different sections." K.F. (Oct. 2022)
"I enjoyed this course! Excellent presentation." J.S. (Oct. 2022)
"The course was easy to follow. The presenter was clear and knowledgeable." M.M. (Sept. 2022)
"Referencing "The Informed SLP" and the order of intervention of grammatical concepts - This is EXACTLY the information I was looking for! EVERYTHING about this course was amazing. Nice breakdown of sections. Very thorough overall. I will be revisiting the presentation, slides, and handouts often." M.H. (Sept. 2022)
"I have found when mentoring younger speech therapists that they are not "savvy" with English language format. This is a very good course for many therapists who are not strong at English language skills." C.E. (Sept. 2022)
"The statistical learning was good. I liked the ability to speed up and playback the course." R.L. (Sept. 2022)
"Gave good examples with books and resources for treatment." J.A. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the step by step explanations with a variety of materials and examples demonstrating how these assessments and treatments would be used with a variety of age clients." S.B. (Aug. 2022)
"Excellent, knowledgeable speaker who presented evidence based techniques; tons of repetition; allowed opportunities to practice, which helped us track our comprehension; very thorough course." A.K. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the facebook and youtube references to help with therapy and using scripts to engage students." L.B. (Aug. 2022)
"I really enjoyed the Cognitive Verbs to elicit complex sentences. Very helpful. Very thorough, covering multiple areas." C.A. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the treatment techniques and learning how to dissect complex sentences and build them." T.M. (July 2022)
"The course was thorough. I liked the order and age of acquisition and treatment ideas related to picture descriptions." S.R. (July 2022)
"Very well organized course. I liked defining clauses and learning/teaching techniques." B.S. (July 2022)
"Very practical suggestions for therapy at all ages/grade levels." J.H. (July 2022)
"I really appreciated the review about phrases and clauses AND the intervention techniques." L.D. (June 2022)
"The presentation was spectacularly structured for best learning." E.T. (June 2022)
"It was a very detailed course with a lot of good information to incorporate into my practice." K.H. (June 2022)
"Learning about the sequence of development of clauses was great! The course was well organized and a clear presentation." H.L. (June 2022)
"I liked the practical ideas to adapt materials we already have to work on syntax skills. And the resource lists of free materials available online was great!" A.C. (June 2022)
"Comprehensive list of resources you could use at different grade levels to elicit complex sentences." M.M. (June 2022)
"Great references to websites that attach analytical meaning to language samples." B.R. (June 2022)
"I liked the scripts describing complex sentence targets as well as all the lesson ideas." G.B. (June 2022)
"Learning that you should begin working on complex sentences in the early elementary years." B.R. (June 2022)
"Discussion of the therapy techniques for the different age levels was very helpful. I found the review in regards to the syntax very helpful at the beginning of the course. Also the logical way the course was laid out made it very intuitive." K.Q. (May 2022)
"Everything! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire course. I will be using these strategies for the remainder of the school year to "try them out" before converting over to taking this approach with more of my students. I have always known that use of literature is important, but this broke down how to implement literature in an easy way to understand how you can target multiple targets while teaching complex sentences." C.C. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked all the evaluation and treatment ideas, and that this information can be easily adapted to my work." K.E. (Apr. 2022)
"The portion of the course that provided specific ideas for therapy – wonderful!" L.M. (Mar. 2022)
"The different materials, resources, and books listed were so helpful. I like that the presentation covered methods of intervention. I found the handouts and the resources very helpful." A.D. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the concepts about statistical learning - ideas around kernel sentences – ideas for how to model sentences during play using regularity and variability." J.S. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the specific book recommendations and how to implement into my daily work. And the real life applications." B.C. (Feb. 2022)
"Treatment strategies and specific techniques for developing complex sentence structure. There were a multitude of references and suggestions for materials." A.D. (Feb. 2022)
"Well organized. Good examples of how to use materials. The structure of the presentation with the sections, goals, and review were helpful." J.S. (Feb. 2022)
"Gave me the tools for explicit complex sentence instruction that I need. There were so many nuggets I will take and start using tomorrow with my kids who have a language disorder!" L.K. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the examples of therapy activities; examples of different types of recast; importance of bombardment and repetition." J.S. (Jan. 2022)
"All of it! It was so "hands on". The instructor provided so many examples and strategies." L.K. (Jan. 2022)
"It was VERY thorough. I will be reviewing this multiple times to make sure I got all of it." B.R. (Jan. 2022)
"This course was packed with information and resources, therapy techniques, book recommendations, and ways to assess complex sentence use." L.N. (Dec. 2021)
"Great book examples and loaded with many examples and handouts." A.M. (Dec. 2021)
"Part 1: grammar review and Part 2 Educational expectations by developmental norms and grade levels were the most beneficial." S.B. (Dec. 2021)
Jennifer L. Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP, is an instructor for the online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. Prior to this, she was a clinical speech-language pathologist, with 9 years of experience in an inpatient rehabilitation setting and 12 years in an education setting, serving children ages 0 – 21. Jennifer has a particular interest in the treatment of language disorders in school-age children. She has presented numerous workshops on vocabulary instruction, using books in therapy, and skill-based language assessment. Jennifer is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council and past president of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is the author of the "Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills."
Financial — Jennifer Schultz is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Schultz is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council.
This program is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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