Speech Language Pathology

Speech and Language Services

We believe that communication starts far earlier than the first spoken word and that in following a developmental approach with respect to underlying systems would be the most effective programming route to take.

  • Communication is seen as a process
  • Eclectic model including several different approaches, including the Prompt method and DIR
  • The use of assistive technology as a communicative intent builder, while continuing to work on active speech skills
  • High frequency treatment advocated for children struggling with apraxia
  • The use of oral motor protocol to stimulate awareness and increased strength
  • Empowering children to communicate successfully and confidently with their peers in natural environments.

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The Development of Reading and Writing Skills

Target Audience:

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, researchers, neuropsychologists / educational psychologists, medical practitioners, social workers.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an overview of the 7 building blocks of reading and writing.
  • To review neuro-anatomy related to reading and writing.
  • To identify different assessments that may be helpful to assess reading and writing more fully.
  • To review a computerized version of a reading program that will improve reading decoding and comprehension.
  • To provide 5 different program ideas in developing writing.
  • To present case studies for demonstration of techniques and outcomes.

Assessed: Questionnaire

Sensory Ideas for the Classroom that Works!

Target Audience:

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, classroom assistants, researchers, neuropsychologists, educational psychologists, social workers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of 7 Sensory Systems and application to learning behavior
  • Practice assessment tool for different sensory learning profiles
  • Provide 30 practical ideas for improving sensory classroom behavior

Assessed: Questionnaire

ReadOn for Reading Intervention

Target Audience:

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, researchers, neuropsychologists, educational psychologists, medical practitioners, social workers.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an overview of the 7 building blocks to proficient reading
  • To review neuro-anatomy related to reading
  • To identify different assessments that may be helpful to assess more fully.
  • To provide perceptual related components of each of the 7 exercises / games
  • To provide lab experience of the software for workshop participants
  • To discuss outcomes of different pilot studies.

Assessed: Questionnaire

DIR203 DIR/Floortime online course

Level of course: Advanced
Have to show completion of levels 201 and levels 203 courses

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, play therapists, parents, psychologists, medical practitioners, mental health clinicians, social workers, residential treatment staff, registered nurses, child welfare professionals, adoption and foster care agency staff and administrators, educators, and researchers.

Learning Objectives (in brief, more fully explained at www.icdl.com)

  • Demonstrate self-awareness of own functional emotional developmental capacities, interactive styles and coping tendencies under stress
  • Identify own strengths and areas that require further development in their understanding and application of the DIR Model® and Floortime™ Intervention
  • Apply in-depth, discipline specific concepts learned in DIR 201 and DIR 202, analyzing how individual differences of children or adults can interfere or help promote the mastering of the 9 functional emotional developmental capacities
  • Summarize the child and adult’s unique profile based on all his or her 9 functional emotional developmental capacities and individual differences
  • Revise application of DIR® concepts and Floortime™ principles based on personal reflection triggered by observation, group discussions, personal evaluation, readings and lectures, embracing the power of self-examination and self-observation in expanding capacity to stay regulated and “in the moment”

Assessed: Presentation of 2 case studies on PowerPoint including video.

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