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2nd Annual POWER Up Conference December 2-4, 2020

Our 2nd POWER CONFERENCE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

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

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.

ACCESS SIGN UP LINK HERE: https://www.laviinstitute.com/membership-account/membership-checkout/?level=1 

MEET THE TOP TALENT IN A UNIQUE 3-DAY EXPERIENCE

GAIN EBP CONFIDENCE, GET 3.0 CEUS

We are thrilled our Keynote Speaker is  ASHA President, Theresa Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP

Our speakers

Dr. Cate Crowley, CCC-SLP

December 4th, 12pm ET/ 9am PT

Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP

December 2nd, 1pm ET/10am PT

Dr. Patrick Finn, CCC-SLP

December 3rd, 2pm ET/11am PT

Dr. Ianessa Humbert, CCC-SLP

December 2nd, 10am ET/ 7am PT

Dr. Adriana Lavi, CCC-SLP

Pre-recorded, Available December 2nd

Dr. Elizabeth D. Peña, CCC-SLP

December 2nd, 4pm ET/1pm PT

Theresa Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP

December 2nd, 10am ET/7am PT

Dr. Katherine Sanchez, CPSP

December 2nd, 6pm ET/ 3pm PT December 3rd, 6pm ET/3pm PT

Dr. Ruth Stoeckel, CCC-SLP

December 4th, 2pm ET/11am PT

Dr. Jason Travers

December 2nd, 11am ET/ 8am PT

Dr. Carole Zangari, CCC-SLP

December 3rd, 12pm ET/9am PT

Access the full conference program HERE 

Hope to see you there!

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FREE WEBINAR: Measurement and Interpretation of Standardized Reading Assessments for Professionals and Parents

Title: Measurement and Interpretation of Standardized Reading Assessments for Professionals and Parents

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Abstract: This webinar provides an overview of popular reading tests and discusses their strengths and limitations with respect to their psychometric properties, testing components, as well as subtest interpretation.

 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  1. List popular standardized reading tests
  2. Discuss discriminant accuracy of select standardized reading tests
  3. Describe testing components of select, popularly used, standardized tests of reading
  4. Explain how to interpret standardized testing results in order to understand the clients’ profile of reading strengths and limitations

Presented by Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP

Tatyana ElleseffBio: Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech-language pathologist, specializing in issues of multicultural, internationally & domestically adopted, as well as abused, at-risk, and traumatized children with language and literacy disorders in hospital, school, and private practice settings. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals as well as presented for numerous medical, academic, and non-profit organizations and speech-language-hearing associations both nationally and internationally. She is a clinical instructor at the RWJ Medical School Dept. of Psychiatry and a Clinical Supervisor at Rutgers Day School, an outpatient facility located in a hospital setting for children with significant psychiatric disturbances and concomitant language and literacy impairments.

 

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Review and Giveaway 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 and Giveaway 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

Image result for Oral Passage Understanding Scale (OPUS)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

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Therapy Fun with Ready Made Fall and Halloween Bingo

There are many fun yet highly educational therapy activities we can do with our preschool and school-aged clients in the fall. One of my personal favorites is bingo. Boggles World, an online ESL teacher resource actually has a number of ready-made materials, flashcards, and worksheets that can be adapted for speech-language therapy purposes. For example, their Fall and Halloween Bingo comes with both call out cards and a 3×3 and a 4×4 (as well as 3×3) card generator/boards. Clicking the refresh button will generate as many cards as you need, so the supply is endless! You can copy and paste the entire bingo board into a word document resize it and then print it out on reinforced paper or just laminate it. Continue reading Therapy Fun with Ready Made Fall and Halloween Bingo

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Comprehensive Assessment of Elementary Aged Children with Subtle Language and Literacy Deficits

Image result for confused childrenLately, I’ve been seeing more and more posts on social media asking for testing suggestions for students who exhibit subtle language-based difficulties. Many of these children are typically referred for initial assessments or reassessments as part of advocate/attorney involved cases, while others are being assessed due to the parental insistence that something “is not quite right” with their language and literacy abilities, even in the presence of “good grades.” Continue reading Comprehensive Assessment of Elementary Aged Children with Subtle Language and Literacy Deficits

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Clinical Assessment of Reading Abilities of Elementary Aged Children

Image result for child readingSeveral years ago I wrote a post about how to perform clinical reading assessments of adolescent students. Today I am writing a follow-up post with a focus on the clinical reading assessment of elementary-aged students. For this purpose, I often use the books from the Continental Press series entitled: Content Reading for Geography, Social Studies, & Science.   Texts for grades 2-7 of the series are perfect for assessment of struggling elementary-aged readers. Continue reading Clinical Assessment of Reading Abilities of Elementary Aged Children