This course aids in planning Retrieval Strategy Instruction for school-age learners with word finding difficulties. First described are the stages of word finding and corresponding error patterns observed in learners with word finding difficulties. Next is a three-fold program model for word finding intervention, followed by a detailed discussion of Retrieval Strategy Instruction. Lastly is a model for implementing a dual focus vocabulary lesson—teaching meanings and applying retrieval strategies to vocabulary in the classroom—along with IEP objectives for Retrieval Strategy Instruction. Each unit has assignments designed to help participants apply the concepts taught in this course. Offered for 0.35 SLP CEUs – 3.5 contact hours.
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.
Text, presented as PowerPoint slides, with a downloadable handout.
Diane J. German, Ph.D, 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 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.
This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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"I found the examples of tip of tongue with teachers to demonstrate use of strategies very helpful. I liked the links for rhyming and dictionary use." – P.C. (Feb. 2017)
"I enjoyed learning about the different types of word-finding difficulties. I like that the course provided strategies and examples of how to use those strategies effectively for individuals with word-finding difficulties." – S.F. (Jan. 2017)
"The specific methods of word retrieval cueing were most beneficial. Also, the model helps organize the levels involved in word retrieval and helps one understand why certain cues assist certain types of learners. The content is excellent, but it is pretty dry to go through this just by reading." – L.N. (Dec. 2016)
"Every strategy was beneficial. Demonstrating the different types of errors and how therapy differs for each type was extremely beneficial. I liked the detailed descriptions, but a video component would have been nice." – E.S. (Nov. 2016)
"It helped me determine where the break-down is and how to help that person and interventions to use. I liked the studies that apply the strategies to real life situations." – A.B. (Oct. 2016)
"Going over word retrieval difficulties was especially helpful. I liked the breaking up of all the different word retrieval strategies and examples." – C.B.E. (Sept. 2016)
"I liked the therapy suggestion practices. I enjoyed the characteristics of specific error types; e.g. Error Pattern 2 vs Error Pattern 3." – E.H. (Sept. 2016)
"The strategies to aid word-finding were most beneficial." – A.G. (Aug. 2016)
"I have several students with word finding difficulty. I plan to instruct them in the strategies and material provided. We have used bits and pieces of this in the past, but I now have a much better grasp of the material." – C.T. (Aug. 2016)
"I have several children with severe word finding issues. These strategies will help them and change how I do therapy with them. Initially, I thought the course was a video but did not mind reading it myself. In the end, I preferred that!" – R.R. (July 2016)
"Well explained, clear, and lots of examples. Excellent course." – S.F. (July 2016)
"I enjoyed the procedures for retrieval strategy instruction. I would have preferred a live person present it vs. a power point type format." – S.B. (June 2016)
"I appreciated the suggestions for therapy approaches." – L.H. (June 2016)
"I like that the info was delivered in an understandable way." – J.C. (June 2016)
"I liked the examples applications of strategy instruction." – B.P. (May 2016)
"I liked the examples that were given and real life application. However, I expected more on how to better target semantic substitutions, and I would have liked an audio accompaniment." – S.C. (May 2016)
"The definition of word finding and 4 stages was most useful. Also, the strategies for each of the three error patterns were really helpful. I would love to see a video of these strategies being put into practice with a student or multiple children." – J.P. (May 2016)
"I like that there were a lot of examples and self studies challenging you to put it into practice." – H.S. (Apr. 2016)
"I appreciated the detailed information about assessment and treatment of word retrieval disorders. However, I prefer courses that include an instructor and video examples." – S.S. (Mar. 2016)
"I thought everything was beneficial. It was new, different, and interesting!" – J.R. (Feb. 2016)
"I liked being able to move at my own pace, rather than having all of the information read to me. It was also nice to have all of the sections broken into different presentations to allow the course to be easily completed in more than one setting." – M.A.S. (Feb. 2016)
"I really appreciated understanding how different manifestations of word finding (tip of the tongue, slips of the tongue) correspond to breakdowns in specific parts of word schema activation and how to use targeted interventions based on error type. I like that the course was specific, applicable, evidence-based." – L.M. (Feb. 2016)
"I liked the diagrams that help explain what is going on in the brain. I have more than a few students who could benefit from word finding therapy, now I have more information to treat them with." – Dr.H.H. (Feb. 2016)
"The specific strategies and examples to go along with them were most beneficial. This course was great because of the stages involved in retrieving a word and the subsequent strategies involved. I expected more in-depth IEP goals or activities." – J.B. (Jan. 2016)
"I appreciated the treatment and how well organized the course was. However, I was very disappointed that there wasn't an audio that was paired with the written material." – R.P. (Jan. 2016)
"I like the case study examples and recommendation to use the WFIP-2 as a reference. Videos of intervention with a student would be helpful." – R.B. (Jan. 2016)