Posted on 1 Comment

FREE WEBINAR: Neuropsychological or Language/Literacy Assessment: Which One is Right for my Child?

Access Handout Here

  

Overview: This informational session reviewS the difference and purpose behind neuropsychological vs. comprehensive language and literacy assessments. It discusses common neuropsychological and language/literacy assessment batteries, as well as listS the components of each type of assessment. It describes the importance of error analysis as well as the formulation of goals and objectives for remediation purposes.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation learners will be able to:

  1. List the purpose for each type of assessment
  2. Compare common neuropsychological vs. language/literacy assessment batteries
  3. Discuss assessment components relevant to intervention provision
  4. Describe the importance of findings interpretation
  5. Explain why goal formulation for remediation purposes should be a vital part of every assessment

Presented by Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP

Tatyana ElleseffAuthor Bio: Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP of Smart Speech Therapy LLC, specializes in performing comprehensive language and literacy assessments with a focus on the implementation of evidence-based interventions for students with language, social communication, and literacy disorders (reading, spelling, & writing). She is a clinical instructor at the RWJ Medical School Dept. of Psychiatry & a clinical supervisor at Rutgers Day School.

Posted on Leave a comment

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.

ACCESS SIGN UP LINK HERE: https://www.laviinstitute.com/smarthub-pricing/

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

Posted on Leave a comment

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

Click for Handouts

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

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

Posted on 4 Comments

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)

Posted on 6 Comments

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

Posted on 3 Comments

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

Posted on 1 Comment

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

Posted on 1 Comment

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

Posted on 6 Comments

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