Presenter: Diane German, PhD
– R.K., prior course participant
Differential diagnosis of Word Finding (WF) is necessary to plan strategic and meaningful WF intervention. It is not enough to just indicate that a learner has Word Finding difficulties. SLPs need to answer the diagnostic question, "What is the nature of the learner's WF challenge?" To address this diagnostic question, this online course informs the SLP of the following components needed to carry out a differential diagnosis of a learner's WF skills:
This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:47:51
This online course is divided into 4 parts and will present formal and informal procedures for the diagnostic assessment of semantic and phonological based Word Finding (WF) error patterns.
– E.B., prior course participant
The author of this course is also author of assessment and treatment resources that are mentioned as part of this course. The author will benefit financially from the sale of these products. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area. All material in this course is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed, written permission of Diane G. German, Ph.D.
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.
"Slip of the tongue, the tip of the tongue, a twist of the tongue. Always love videos. I liked the ease of access and ability to listen at increased speed." A.F. (Dec. 2023)
"Discussing the different types of word-finding difficulties was beneficial. I did not realize that a phonological substitution could be a word-finding issue. I liked the illustrations, and flow charts clarified concepts well." S.K. (Dec. 2023)
"I was not aware of the three error types. This course will help me with differential diagnosis." J.B. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the model and differential diagnosis. Also that the test allows for an informal assessment." H.B. (Jun. 2023)
"I have a student with identified word-finding difficulties, and having more background knowledge helps me understand better what errors he is making and how to help him." J.G. (May 2023)
"I learned information I can use immediately to provide a more accurate assessment of word-finding difficulties. Differentiation of the different error patterns was beneficial." M.J. (May 2023)
"Differential diagnosis of Semantic versus Form Word Finding. I liked the real-life examples and videos." C.B. (Mar. 2023)
"This course was very informative. I will use the 3 different types of errors." T.N. (Mar. 2023)
"I appreciated the review of the theoretical framework for the Test of Word Finding-3. The pacing of this course was perfect!" M.B. (Mar. 2023)
"The 3 types of word-finding patterns associated and providing phonemic cues to students were beneficial. I liked the video clips of the children and examples of each error pattern type." C.S. (Mar. 2023)
"Relevant info to my needs. Learning differential diagnosis of type of word-finding error was beneficial." J.I. (Mar. 2023)
"All of this information was new to me. Liked that I could pause and take the course at my own speed." K.B. (Feb. 2023)
"Learning differential diagnosis and underpinnings. I liked the examples and videos." J.M. (Dec. 2022)
"The entire presentation was beneficial - many of my students appear to experience WF difficulties and now I can differentiate whether they do and what type they struggle with." N.A. (Nov. 2022)
"The flow and format of this course was good." S.D. (Aug. 2022)
"Course was in depth and clarified misconceptions I had." S.F. (Jul. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." C.W. (Jun. 2022)
"It was great information and clearly explained. I liked the discussion of the error types." S.M. (Feb. 2022)
"I appreciated differentiating the 3 types of WF errors as well as its organization and how course went systematically through the information." D.U. (Dec. 2021)
"The course had clear visuals with plain language; easy to understand." A.N. (Nov. 2021)
"This course will help me tremendously! I see several students with WF issues and feel now that I can better understand what's happening. I liked the clear presentation with repetition of information." R.K. (Oct. 2021)
"I liked the description of the test and its theoretical underpinnings, and how well organized and explained the course was." T.L. (Oct. 2021)
"The presenter was repetitive making it easy to understand this complex system." T.S. (Oct. 2021)
"This was wonderfully taught. I found the in-depth exploration of the three error patterns and the clarity of differential diagnosis to be enormously informative and useful. The presenter's knowledge, organization and overall presentation was fantastic. Rarely do I find presentations so well crafted and organized." D.Z. (Sept. 2021)
"Differentiating the 3 types of error patterns and the best cues to improve word retrieval in each of these patterns was informative. I liked that I could take the course at my own pace and own time." A.R. (Sept. 2021)
"I have a student that I worked with last year that I began to realize had WFD. I wish that I had taken this course sooner so that I could have understood better how to help him. After watching this course, I have a very clear idea on the metalinguistic underpinnings of word-finding difficulties, as well as a systematic way of identifying which type of errors my students are presenting with." E.B. (Jul. 2021)
"I thought it was relatively thorough while still being succinct and useful. I liked how case studies were used so that you could apply the knowledge being taught." K.G. (Jun. 2021)
"I liked that I was able to stop it to process information and think about how it relates to numerous clients." T.E. (May 2021)
"Learning how to determine the difference between word finding and articulation errors/motor issues – the course was very thorough." C.M. (May 2021)
"I enjoyed going over the differential diagnosis of the different error types. I liked that the course was very explicit, repetitive, and had detailed explanations." M.L. (May 2021)
"This course helped me make connections on where my student's specific problems lie. Learning how to clearly identify a word retrieval problem was most beneficial." N.P. (Apr. 2021)
"I enjoyed learning more about the TWF3 and how it is administered. I liked the video case studies and examples of WF errors." R.B. (Apr. 2021)
"The differential diagnosis of word finding types and Lexical model was most beneficial." S.L. (Feb. 2021)
"I found the content all hugely beneficial." L.S. (Feb. 2021)
Diane J. German, PhD, is a professor at National-Louis University where she holds the Endowed Chair in Special Education created to support her work in word finding. She is an internationally acclaimed author and researcher having published the standard in assessment instruments in word finding. Further, she has published articles, presented technical papers, and taught numerous seminars in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Financial — Diane German is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Diane German is the author of tests, texts, and other materials that are related to and mentioned during this online course; she benefits financially from the sale of these products.
Nonfinancial — Diane German has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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