Treating R with Therapeutic Tools

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Presenter: Jill Tate, MS, CCC-SLP
In this course, Jill Tate presents a variety of therapeutic tools for treating /r/ (and other difficult-to-treat sounds)  including: The Smart Palate Palatometer, tongue targets poster (palatography), auditory amplification tool, cheek-lip retractor, Speech Racer App, VowelViz App and a variety of practical methods designed to facilitate /r/ and R-blends in isolation, syllables, words, sentences, stories and conversation/generalization.  This course contains lecture, demonstrations, videos, photographs, and handouts.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe tongue -to-palate contact during sound production in isolation and during movement sequences with the use of the Smart Palate Palatometer by Complete Speech.
  • Demonstrate a /r/ in isolation by using a variety of stimulation techniques.
  • Assess whether to treat the many movement sequences that occur with /r/ and r-blends.
  • Decide whether to introduce a new app or other tool to facilitate and habilitate...not  devastate your client when treating /r/.
About Jill: Jill Tate, MS, CCC-SLP, received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Oregon in 2001, and completed her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College, Boston in 2003. She returned to Portland for her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at Child Development Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) and has worked in a variety of clinic environments to date. Jill was introduced to speech and language disorders at the age of 7 when she participated in her brother’s speech therapy sessions with Dr. Robert (Bob) Buckendorf. This experience sparked a desire to help children communicate. Jill is passionate about connecting with and engaging each child in a manner that supports their individual needs. Jill has expertise working with children who have speech disorders including phonological and articulation disorders (especially remediation of R), childhood apraxia of speech, dysarthria, fluency/stuttering and craniofacial disorders.. She also enjoys working with the pediatric population in areas including early language development. In 2013, Jill became an independent consultant for Complete Speech and more recently joined their advisory board. The Smart Palate is a therapy tool that she proudly uses and shares with others. She is the owner of Jill Tate Speech Therapy and currently provides speech and language services in NE Portland and Lake Oswego. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
This presentation will focus exclusively on The Smart Palate Palatometer or service and will not include information about other similar or related products
Course Timeline:
25 minutes: Introduction and my family speech tree

25 minutes: Introduction of the Smart Palate by Complete Speech

60 minutes:  Methods for facilitating /r/ in isolation and then important steps to take when addressing /r/ sequenced with vowels and consonants. Steps of articulation therapy including: isolation, syllable, words, sentences, stories and conversation/generalization.

10 minutes: Questions and answers or demonstrations.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Jill Tate is a speaker for and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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