In this 5-hour podcourse, Char chronicles a comprehensive account of the events of the past two decades that have infused and inspired one of the most controversial—and misunderstood--storms in the history of speech-language pathology.

Perhaps you’re not sure why “oral motor” has been criticized, or how to respond when someone mentions it. You’ll learn what to say, and how to back it up.  Char covers the “Five Waves” as to what has specifically happened, who did what, and where we go from here.

Most importantly you’ll learn Supportive Evidence for the Use of Oral Sensory-Motor Methods to Remediate Speech Sound Productions.

Guests: Heidi Britz, MA,CCC-SLP and Elissa Kilduff, MA,CCC-SLP - In this 1-hour podcourse, our presenters share their experience on how to get the new school year off to a great start. They openly explain the realties of school therapy: What to do during the week prior to kids returning, how to effectively use the first few weeks to collaborate with teachers, ideas for scheduling, doing therapy-room prep, and how to connect with parents.


Guest: Patricia Fisher, MA, CCC-SLP, COM​ - In this 1-hr course, Patty, an experienced private practitioner, shared one of her most intriguing cases.  A 20-year-old man was originally referred for speech, swallowing, and lingual range of motion tasks; but that wasn’t all. His voice quality had severely impacted him for 20 years.  Interestingly, his restrictive lingual frenum had been a critical factor of his pitch vocal issues. Before and after audios of the man, and therapy strategies included.

Guest: Pat Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP - In this presentation, the presenter shared her knowledge and expertise on creating a positive atmosphere to enrich communication for students with complex communication needs. She explains how to engineer the environment by raising expectations with your attitude, actions, and teaching strategies so students of all ages have ample opportunities to communicate throughout the day with a variety of communication partners, using speech or their AAC system. She explicitly details the importance and process of using the Prompt Hierarchy, The Expectant Pause, and Scripting to provide and personalize communication needs.

Guest: Margo Kinzer Courter, M.A., CCC-SLP - Char is cruising on the Conference at Sea. Over the next couple episodes we will be sharing a couple of the best episodes of the first year of the Speech Link Podcast. Enjoy!

Guest: Stephen Sacks, MA, CCC-SLP - Steve shared his vast knowledge of how to successfully remediate the distorted /r/ and /s/. Over the past 25 years, he and many other SLPs have successfully used his program, the SATPAC.  He explained what the SATPAC is—a computerized, contextual list-builder—and the rationale and fundamentals of speech sound production behind it, as well as several other how-to and sound-stim techniques.


Guest: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC - In this 1-hr podcourse, Michelle shares information and examples of the many young medically fragile and developmentally disordered children she’s worked with and explains why and how to ensure a quality transfer into school-related services. She stresses the importance of a comprehensive, coordinated and team-based approach for the continuation of critical services.

Guest: Kristen Edwards, MS, CCC-SLP - Kristin is an expert in the field of telepractice and shared not only the practical, therapeutic side, but the essential technological side, as well. She stressed the importance of knowing the rules and regulations of your home state and states you do telepractice in. She shared details of how to do assessment and therapy, what platforms are needed, and the “tools” to do quality therapy.
Guest: Heidi Britz, MA, CCC-SLP - In this 1-hour episode, Heidi shares her vast experience of how to work effectively and efficiently with school-aged children with social language differences.  She discusses the referral process, assessments, and explains how to develop and support a school-based therapy plan with the child, teachers, and parents.  She covers the specifics of collecting data as well as therapy materials and resources.

Guest: Elissa Kilduff, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Elissa shares her time-saving, creative approach of how to effectively use individual books to meet the needs of several speech and language children within a group each with a variety of specific needs and goals.  She outlines how to select the books, pre-plan and organize the materials, and implement the therapy.  This approach can be used effectively with K–6th grades; several resources are provided.


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