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Power Up SLP Diagnostics Conference December 2-3, 2021

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Advanced Diagnostics Power Up Conference December 2-3, 2021

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The Science of Reading Literacy Certificate for SLPs: FAQs

In August 2021, the CEU Smart Hub (Powered by the Lavi Institute) has launched a new certificate program: The Science of Reading (SOR) Literacy Certificate for SLPs.  Because of the multitude of questions we have received in advance of the certificate rollout (Financial Disclosure: I am a 50% partner in the CEU Smart Hub/Power Up Conferences), I am writing this post today in an attempt to answer some of the commonly asked questions regarding this certification.

Who is the certificate for? The certificate is open to SLPs who are interested in gaining in-depth knowledge in the areas of assessment and treatment of children with language and literacy disorders. This certification offers not just continuing education hours in the advanced practices pertaining to the assessment and treatment of literacy but also a final examination and 2 lengthy in-depth projects requiring professionals to appropriately and comprehensively design assessment plans and treatment goals to work with literacy impaired clients.

Is the certificate open to international SLPs from other countries? YES, as long as they can provide appropriate documentation of their credentials and can meet all other certificate requirements.

Is the certificate open to professionals in related fields? Potentially, yes, if they had completed certain prerequisite coursework and have comparable MA degrees from related fields (psychology, special education, etc.) however, it really depends on a case by case basis. Interested parties should email [email protected] with any relevant queries.

Requirements:

  1. MA or equivalent (from other countries) in speech pathology.
  2. Relevant licensure (state), country (e.g., CASLPO) or ASHA certification (CCC), etc.
  3. A minimum of 3 years of professional experience.
  4. 75 hours of intermediate and advanced professional development specific to language and literacy assessment and intervention
  5. Successful completion of 2 case study projects on assessment and intervention (discussed below)
  6. Successful completion of a final examination 

How to Apply:

  1. Pay a $300 processing fee (this is the cost of reviewing a letter of intent, both projects, and a final exam). Please note that as compared to other literacy certifications which cost thousands of dollars and are far less vigorous, we offer not only a fair and a highly competitive fee but also highly practical application of gained skills and knowledge.
  2. Fill out an online application
  3. Submit current CV
  4. Attach a letter of intent stating your approach to the assessment and treatment of language and literacy disorders and what you are hoping to gain out of this certification
  5. Attach proof of continuing education coursework
  6. Attach 2 pdf files containing your evaluation and treatment projects
  7. Complete final written examination

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How much time do I have to complete the certification: 1 year from the start date.

Are certificate extensions granted? Yes, provided we receive the request in writing which explains the extenuating circumstances why the applicant was unable to complete the certification in the allotted time period. A $75 processing fee will be charged at the time of extension acceptance.

How many hours in language and in literacy are needed for the certificate hours breakdown-wise? Currently, the programming recommendation is to split up the time rather equally between language and literacy (~35 hours in language and 40 in literacy).

Are there specific courses that must be taken for certificate completion purposes  Yes, in order to satisfy the course requirements a variation of the following coursework is required (samples of courses/not exhaustive/ subject to change):

  1. Appropriate selection of psychometrically sound standardized language and literacy instruments
  2. Clinical assessment of language disorders in speech-language pathology
  3. Clinical assessment of literacy for SLPs
  4. Standardized test application: strength and limitations interpretation
  5. Narrative/discourse assessment, interpretation, and treatment
  6. Contextualized intervention therapies
  7. Assessment and treatment of phonological awareness
  8. Assessment and treatment of orthographic knowledge
  9. Assessment and treatment of reading fluency and comprehension
  10. Assessment and treatment of morphological competence
  11. Assessment and treatment of spelling
  12. Assessment and treatment of writing

Is the certificate accredited by an outside agency? Since we are not a degree-granting program, it is not necessary for us to go through the accreditation process at this juncture. The Lavi Institute, however, is an ASHA accredited CEU provider and all of the currently offered CEU Smart Hub course content is presently approved by ASHA for CEUs.

Does CEU Smart Hub have enough coursework to cover the 75-hour requirement? Yes, there are already approximately 100 hours of courses in the CEU Smart Hub. That number is expected to almost double after both the August and December 2021, Power Up Conferences.

Will attending the Power Up Literacy Conference/watching recorded courses count as part of the 75-hour requirement? Yes, provided that the SLP is a paid member of a CEU Smart Hub since we will need proof of course attendance (certificates of attendance, ASHA CEUs, etc.).

I am already a CEU Smart Hub Member. Will my past coursework count as part of the 75-hour requirement? Yes, some (but not all) of the courses will be counted toward the requirement (e.g., courses on CAS assessment or AAC will not be applicable). Coursework will be reviewed and relevant courses will be counted.

Must I be a member of the CEU Smart Hub to complete certificate requirements? That is not necessary. The 75 hours of coursework can be obtained from any relevant educational organization (e.g., IDA), if not obtained through the CEU Smart Hub. If it is obtained from another organization, the following information is required to be listed for each taken language/literacy course as proof of coursework. Please note that there is a $100 processing fee to review coursework documentation.

  • Organization name through which the course was taken
  • Course Title
  • Course Description
  • Learning Objectives
  • Number of hours/CEUs obtained
  • Confirmation of successful completion (proof of completion/attendance)

Does the certification require maintenance? Yes, maintenance requires a yearly completion of 20 hours of required language and literacy coursework. Courses can be accessed through the CEU Smart Hub or obtained through other organizations (a processing fee of $25 will apply for course review). The cost of yearly certification maintenance is a $75 processing fee.

What can I do with my literacy certificate once I receive it? Upon receipt of the certificate, you will be ready for a number of thoughtful professional changes.

  1. Perform rigorous independent comprehensive language and literacy assessments and consultations
  2. Collaborate with Advocates and SPED attorneys on literacy-related client cases (assessment and review)
  3. Perform program observations to determine the appropriateness of delivered literacy-based interventions
  4. Design effective EBP treatment programing to effectively address literacy goals
  5. Undertake professional speaking opportunities on the subject of language and literacy for a variety of state associations and non-profit organizations

What are the benefits of the literacy certificate?

  1. Professionals names will be placed in a national professional directory accessible to parents, advocates, as well as special education attorneys seeking professionals to conduct comprehensive language and literacy assessments of students with literacy impairments
  2. Professionals will be hired by parents, school districts, and attorneys as consultants on complex literacy cases to conduct independent evaluations and design EBP literacy interventions
  3. By becoming better informed regarding the evidence-based literacy assessment process, professionals will become not only highly effective evaluators but will be able to design more targeted language and literacy goals which will expedite therapy gains and result in more expeditious service discharge

When is the application link available? The application link will be available in early August 2021. It will be sent out to all Smart Speech Therapy as well as Lavi Institute subscribers via email. In the meanwhile, you can read more information on the CEU Smart Hub website, HERE

Do you have any other questions? Please email them to [email protected] 

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Power Up SLP Literacy Conference August 5-6, 2021

Power Up Outcomes with Evidence-Based Practice Literacy Conference Dates: August 5 and 6, 2021 worth 15 continuing education hours!

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Power Up Conference Interprofessional Edition March 4 & 5, 2021 Replays

Dates: March 4 & 5, 2021 worth 20 continuing education hours!

Power Up March 2021

Cost: $125 for CEU Smart HUB Access which includes: 12- month membership with full access to 3 annual Power Up conferences, direct conference zoom access, ALL past Power Up replays, Unlimited CEUs, specialized trainings, on-demand trainings, speaker requests, course handouts, live conference interaction with speakers, an exhibit hall with discounts and raffles.

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2nd Annual POWER Up Conference December 2-4, 2020 Replays Are Now Available

Our 2nd POWER CONFERENCE  WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Dates: December 2-4th, 2020 worth 30 continuing education hours!

Replays from August and September are now available!

Cost: $125 for CEU Smart HUB Access which includes: 12- month membership with full access to 3 annual Power Up conferences, direct conference zoom access, ALL past Power Up replays, Unlimited CEUs, specialized trainings, on-demand trainings, speaker requests, course handouts, live conference interaction with speakers, exhibit hall with discounts and raffles.

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Review of Wordtivities by SPELL-Links

Image result for wordtivities"Today I am reviewing a newly released (2019) kit (instructional guide and cards) from the Learning By Design, Inc. entitled Wordtivities: Word Study Instruction for Spelling, Vocabulary, and Reading.

The 101-page instructional guide was created to address the students’ phonological awareness, spelling, reading, vocabulary, and syntax skills by having them engage with sounds, letters, and meanings of words. The lessons in the book can be used by a variety of instructional personnel (teachers, SLPs, reading specialists, etc.) and even parents as a stand-alone word study program or in conjunction with SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing Word Study Curriculum.

The activity book is divided into two sections. The first section offers K-12 student activities for large groups and classrooms. The second section has picture card activities and is intended for 1:1 and small group instruction. Both sections focus on reinforcing 14 SPELL-Links strategies for reading and spelling to stimulate the associations between sounds, letters, and meanings of words. Continue reading Review of Wordtivities by SPELL-Links

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Comprehending Reading Comprehension

Image of three books open on a table with stacks of books in the background.How many parents and professionals have experienced the following scenario? The child in question is reading very fluently (Landi & Ryherd, 2017) but comprehending very little of what s/he is reading.  Attempts at remediation follow (oftentimes without the administration of a comprehensive assessment) with a focus on reading texts and answering text-related questions. However, much to everyone’s dismay the problem persists and worsens over time. The child’s mental health suffers as a result since numerous studies show that reading deficits including dyslexia are associated with depression, anxiety, attention, as well as behavioral problems (Arnold et al., 2005; Knivsberg & Andreassen, 2008; Huc-Chabrolle, et al, 2010; Kempe, Gustafson, & Samuelsson, 2011Boyes, et al, 2016;   Livingston et al, 2018). Continue reading Comprehending Reading Comprehension

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On the Value of Social Pragmatic Interventions via Video Analysis

As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) working in a psychiatric setting, I routinely address social pragmatic language goals as part of my clinical practice. Finding the right approach to the treatment of social pragmatic language disorders has been challenging to say the least. That is because the efficacy of social communication interventions continues to be quite limited. Studies to date continue to show questionable results and limited carryover, while measurements of improvement are frequently subjective, biased, and subject to a placebo effect, maturation effect, and regression to the mean. However, despite the significant challenges to clinical practice in this area, the usage of videos for treatment purposes shows an emergent promise. Continue reading On the Value of Social Pragmatic Interventions via Video Analysis

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Test Review: (OPUS) Oral Passage Understanding Scale

Today I am reviewing a listening comprehension assessment for students 5-21 years of age, entitled the Oral Passage Understanding Scale (OPUS) created by Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk, PhD, and Amber M. Klein, PhD, which is available via WPS.

The OPUS is a test of listening comprehension which assesses the following forms of knowledge: lexical/semantic (knowledge and use of words and word combinations), syntactic (knowledge and use of grammar, as well as supralinguistic (knowledge and use of indirect/complex language). Continue reading Test Review: (OPUS) Oral Passage Understanding Scale