Interactive Language Therapy in Heterogenous Groups

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Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP and Debra M. Dwight, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, COM
In this one-hour podcourse, Debra details an effective instruction method that can be used with children of all ages—conversational interaction. It can be successfully applied with heterogenous groups with a variety of disorders—language, articulation, fluency, even voice. She explains how to keep the kids focused, on target, and verbal by using manipulatives. Very informative and practical.

By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Briefly explain the meaning of “conversational interaction.”
  2. Describe one example of using manipulatives in group conversational interaction.
  3. Explain what it means to “not do individual therapy in a group.”
About Char: Char Boshart is a therapist, seminar presenter, author, podcast host, and president of Speech Dynamics. She graduated with her Masters from Western Michigan University and began her career in the public schools. Since that time, she’s worked many years in the schools, in the clinical setting, private practice, and as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Loma Linda University.

Since 1993, she has presented numerous well-received articulation and language presentations through Speech Dynamics,, as well as through the Bureau of Education and Research (BER).  She writes a weekly blog called “Therapy Matters” and is the host of the podcast, The Speech Link, and is the author of the well-received book, The Easy R.

About Debra: Debra received her doctorate in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama, as well as two master’s degrees, one in Early Childhood Education and the other in Communication Disorders. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia where she taught courses on language and literacy, language development, etc., and well as clinical management and supervision. In addition, she has been the Director of the West Georgia Preschool Special Education program, as well as the Program Coordinator for Special Education in the Atlanta Public Schools. Currently, she presents seminars and manages a private practice, Speech First Therapy Services. She has written her knowledge and experience into a practical, best-selling book: Here’s How to Do Therapy: Hands-on Core Skills in Speech-Language Pathology.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0 to 1 minutes: Introduction

2 to 5 minutes: What does “conversation interaction” mean?

6 to 8 minutes: Instances and examples of conversational interaction

9 to 13 minutes: Sentence production level information; examples

14 to 20 minutes: The skill-based approach; examples; + speech sounds

21 to 27 minutes Group; conversational turn-taking, requesting; manipulatives

28 to 35 minutes Keeping kids engaged; + target, model, evaluator

36 to 38 minutes Modifying the technique to use with older kids

39 to 42 minutes Keeping Data

43 to 52 minutes Early SLP pioneers: Backus and Beasley; an example

51 to 60 minutes: Questions & Answers with Presenter

Disclosure Statement for Debra Dwight:

Financial: Debra Dwight is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart:

Financial: Char Boshart is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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