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Ongoing Staff Development Options

The following is a list of short-duration, ongoing professional development options for local and regional professional entities. These workshops would also be viable options for tele-coaching.

Other topics are available but may not be listed. Staff Development topics can be customized upon request. Contact Nina directly to discuss options.

NOTE:  This is not a list of full-day continuing education opportunities.  For an overview of traditional professional development seminars, please click here.  

School Age Stuttering Therapy: Where do we start? Speech pathologists are often wondering how to begin therapy with new students. This presentation outlines the foundations of therapy that are important for long-term success.

Assessing and Working with Attitudes and Emotions of Stuttering: Another essential aspect of assessment is discussed in the first part of this seminar: assessing beliefs and feelings. In the second half of the seminar, practical concepts for how to address these issues in therapy are presented.

What's in Your Toolbox? Education, demonstration of use, and role-plays of fluency shaping and stuttering modification techniques. General communication skills will also be addressed as a part of overall communication management.

Activities for Therapy of School Age Children who Stutter: Clinicians bring their favorite speech therapy material/activity. Lead facilitator and all participants will role-play in how to utilize the material/activity for stuttering therapy. A flexible framework for therapy progression will be developed in order to create materials and activities designed to address the ever-changing communication needs of children who stutter.

Indirect Preschool Stuttering Therapy: Parent education and training of environmental modifications are highlighted in this workshop. Clinicians will role-play and demonstrate techniques while utilizing a play-based therapy approach.

More Direct Preschool Stuttering Therapy: Discussion of therapy goals and activities for students who are moving from indirect to more direct therapeutic approaches are discussed in this workshop. Transitional issues are addressed.

Talking Points for Collaborating with Parents and Teachers: Parents and teachers need to understand stuttering in order to be effective support systems for children who stutter. Following an outline of information (FAQ's), therapists will split into teams to role-play parent and teacher consultation session.

School Age Therapy Plateaus: Where do we go from here? Each clinician will bring a challenging “student case” Discussions regarding “What is the next level?” will be facilitated. Problem solving strategies and formats will be utilized.

Counseling Parents and Children in Stuttering Therapy: This workshop presents practical aspects of counseling in therapy of children who stutter and their families. Resources will be outlined and discussed as a part of ongoing learning.

Desensitization, Hierarchies and Effect Circles: Frameworks in therapy Sample clinical cases will be presented and participants will create hierarchies and effect circles to clarify procedures for guiding children who stutter in desensitization as well as increased levels of understanding of therapeutic concepts.

Case Studies: What's on your mind? Clinicians are invited to present challenging student cases. Discussions regarding “What is the next level?” will be facilitated. Problem solving strategies and formats will be utilized.

Facilitating Carryover in Therapy: Facilitator will identify creative concepts used to enhance carryover of skills learned in therapy of school age children who stutter. Clinicians will develop a plan for a sample “child” from their caseload.

Hot Topics in Stuttering: Dealing with bullying and teasing Therapy activities to problem solve bullying and teasing regarding stuttering will be discussed. Clinicians will outline concepts presented for use with children on their workloads.

Hot Topics in Stuttering: Issues for students in transitional years This workshop will provide a discussion of therapy goals and activities for students who are moving from pre-teen to teen and then teen to young adult years. 

Explaining Stuttering to Others: Clinicians will outline the most difficult questions and concepts that occur during collaborative services for children who stutter. As a group, the participants brainstorm, share, edit, and finalize language that serves to provide answers to queries, along with resources for further education. 

Fluency Disorder Therapy & Merging into Heterogeneous Groups: Many clinicians struggle with how to work effectively with children who stutter when they must be grouped with children who have other communication disorders. This presentation provides a framework with how to merge activities that meet the needs of all children in a group setting. 

Treatment Planning in School Age Stuttering Therapy: Once an assessment is complete, there are  many things to consider prior to beginning therapy. We must gather the evidence, create a present level of performance, set appropriate recommendations, goals and objectives, and suggestions for accomodations and resources for our students who stutter.  This seminar works through each of these steps to provide a framework for effective therapy planning. 

“Teach me a…”: Interactive Group Work for Learning and Teaching Speech Tools: Clinicians know that there are numerous techniques for learning how to handle stuttering effectively in the long term. They may not know all of the techniques, nor how to "do" them and then how to "explore" them with a student who stutter. This workshop goes step by step through each traditional technique with role plays and interactive group learning. 

Writing Goals and Documenting Progress in Stuttering Therapy: Ahh, paperwork!  Enough said. 

Report Writing and IEP Development in Stuttering Therapy: A thorough and well written report following a multifactorial assessment can lead to the most effective therapy plans. What needs to be included, and how to we discuss results and expectations with parents and colleagues? This workshop seeks to answer these questions. 

RTI, Eligibility, Dismissal & Documentation in Stuttering Therapy: The "whens" and "hows" regarding referrals for stuttering therapy. When (and if) RTI is appropriate, how IDEA eligibility relates to stuttering, how to document progress in therapy, and when to consider dismissal; these are topics that will be discussed through interactive problem solving of speaker and participants. 

Entry and Exit Criteria in Stuttering Therapy: Just looking for info on appropriate, evidence-based information for entry and exit criteria in stuttering therapy? Then this session is for you!  Participants will look at the "big picture" of stuttering therapy and how entry and exit criteria can be utilized to provide effective use of staff time and effort. 

Stuttering Therapy: No It’s NOT Cradle to Grave Anymore: This workshop provides participants with an overview of varied service delivery models for inevitable transitions in the lives of children who stutter. 

Stuttering and Concomitant Issues: Blending Therapy Practices: Children who stutter often have other speech and/or language issues that may need to be addressed in therapy. This session provides an overview of how to adapt therapy to meet the needs of these children, along with a discussion of how to glen therapy practices to increase positive outcomes. 

Fluency Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Children who present with ASD may demonstrate issues with stuttering, cluttering, atypical disfluency patters, and/or a combination of these fluency disorders.  SLPs need to know what to look for and how to assess and treat these children. This workshop provides participants with up-to-date information on the research and clinical practice with this population.

Generalization and Home Practice in Stuttering Therapy: Getting from Here to There: One of the most frustrating aspects of stuttering therapy can be the challenge of helping children to generalize their cognitive, affective, and speech management skills to the real world. This workshop provides practical tips for increasing generalization in school age children who stutter. 

School Age Stuttering Therapy: Understanding the Stages of Change: In the psychological literature, the Transtheoretical Model of Change (Prochaska & DiClemente) is a cornerstone to understanding how human beings change. This workshop combines this literature with the process of stuttering therapy in an effort to help clinicians provide more effective therapy timed to the readiness of the client. 

Adolescents and Stuttering: Challenges and Triumphs: "Teenagers are so hard to work with!"  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Adolescents who stutter can feel ready to make changes on their own behalf. This can lead to increased progress in therapy, when SLPs understand the special challenges and pitfalls that occur in adolescent experiences.  Join us for an interactive study of becoming more effective with pre-teens and teenage populations. 

Effective Stuttering Therapy: Getting A ‘Round Tuit’: When will SLPs be more comfortable, confident, and effective in treatment of those who stutter? NOW is the time!  This session will motivate participants to make small changes over time that enhance their abilities in working with those who stutter. 

Videos 'til You Drop! Just like it sounds; this workshop will provide video samples of therapy sessions from assessment to treatment and beyond.  All aspects of stuttering therapy will be represented. 

School Age Stuttering Therapy: Putting it ALLL together! An overview of the entire process of assessment and therapy for school age children who stutter. This session seeks to determine the "Top 10" guiding principles that lead to successful, long term change for those who stutter.