Guest: Jayanti Ray, PhD., CCC-SLP, BCS-F - In this course, Dr. Ray shared a wealth of evidence-based information and anecdotal examples about those with Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD). Topics included: what is VCD and signs and symptoms of episodes, several causal options, and many treatment techniques and strategies. The information pertained mostly to school-aged children, but also briefly discussed adults with VCD.

In Nina’s follow-up to her previous episode, she continued to share her extensive knowledge on the evidence-based views, analysis, and therapy of neurologically based stuttering for individuals 5 years and older. She provided informative answers as to why our typical stuttering therapy is not always effective, as well as five therapy prerequisites complete with insights and activities to use in comprehensive, successful stuttering therapy.

Guest: Tricia H. Rogers, MS, CCC-SLP - This one-hour podcast explores the of characteristics of oral habits (thumb/finger sucking, nail biting, extended pacifier use) of primarily the school-aged child.  It addresses the rise in oral habits due to the change in routines and lifestyle during COVID-19 and what can be done.  Several causes and consequences of thumb/finger sucking are discussed, as well as many extinguishing strategies, including several ideas for parents to implement at home.

Guest: Patricia Fisher, MA, CCC-SLP, COM - In this episode Patty shared in-depth detailed methods and the benefits of parental involvement during teletherapy. She suggested, “Keep learning; change happens.  Be prepared (know your goals), be flexible (implement functional therapy based on the child’s needs), and incorporate the parents/caregivers during teletherapy and beyond, (i.e. during daily living and personal interactions).

In this course, Terri shares her down-to-earth techniques and interesting experiences of working with teen aged children with severe disabilities. You’ll learn practical, highly useful strategies such as, how to best use videos in therapy, and the rationale behind them. From her observations over the years, she shares several “hurdles” that must be dealt with when working with this population.

Guest: Patti Hamaguchi, M.A. CCC-SLP - In this course, Ms. Hamaguchi focuses on understanding elementary age children with Social Communication Disorder (SCD), as well as effective ways to assess it, and how to put together targeted individual and group intervention strategies to improve social language, including greetings, etc., and conversational skill development across settings, and more.

Guest: Susan Fitzell, MEd, CSP - In this course, an experienced classroom teacher and national co-teaching coach shared insightful guidance on how the SLP and the classroom teacher can collaborate together to maximize time, efficiency, and effectiveness.  Her focus is on bringing rationale and specific and practical tips and techniques to the table for all professionals to utilize in classroom instruction.

Panelists: Michelle L. W. Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC; Andrea M.Szwabowski, M.H.S., CCC-SLP/L; Marisha Mets, MS, CCC-SLP; Carrie Clark, CCC-SLP; Jessi Andricks MS, CCC-SLP; Lauren Tandy, MS CCC-SLP

This panel of presenters discussed teletherapy, the essential and best practices for EI to High School related services.

In this course, Char shared over ten easy-to-apply techniques to improve the success of parent eligibility and IEP meetings.  She detailed strategies on how to prepare for meetings, the meeting mindset, the value of teamwork and how to get it, a view from the parent’s perspective, how to present information clearly, kids at meetings, and how to develop positive perceptions and parental support.
SLP mentoring is a win-win for both the mentee and the mentor. It’s a pay-it-forward mentality, and one that is beneficial for our SLP profession as a whole. Mentoring provides guidance and support for all SLPs—new or experienced—and ultimately for the children we work with. This course details creative, practical, and resourceful techniques on how to implement effective mentoring.

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