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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) will be launching 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

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!

REGISTER HERE

Use code “EBPconfidence” to get the $99 annual membership fee to CEU Smart HUB Access which includes: 12- month membership with full access to all annual Power Up conferences, including over 40 pre-recorded webinars in addition to the current Power Up Literacy Conference Offerings!

Other benefits: Unlimited CEUs, Specialized Trainings, direct conference zoom access, ALL past Power Up replays (August and December 2020 + March 2021),  on-demand trainings, speaker requests, course handouts, live conference interaction with speakers, an exhibit hall with discounts and raffles. PURCHASE ORDERS accepted.

Live Conference Sessions Day 1:

Spelling Assessment: A Multi-linguistic Approach

by Dr. Apel

Spelling Assessment: A Multi-linguistic Approach

by Dr. Apel

Morphological Use and Awareness: What’s the Difference and How do I Assess Them?

by Dr. Henbest, CCC-SLP

Strategies for Teaching Morphological Awareness to Support Literacy Success

by Dr. Henbest, CCC-SLP

Live Conference Sessions Day 2:

Forging a Pathway Toward “Reading to Learn”

by Dr. Coleman, CCC-SLP

High-Leverage Writing Assessment Practices for the Busy Educator

by Dr. Troia

High-Leverage Writing Treatment Practices for the Busy Educator

by Dr. Troia

Targeted Intervention that Supports Students’ Understanding of Challenging Sentence Structures

by Dr. Zipoli, CCC-SLP

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Pre-Recorded Conference Sessions List:

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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.

REGISTER HERE

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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.

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Win a 6 Month Subscription to Topics in Language Disorders Journal

Exciting news for all the SLPs for Evidence-Based Practice Group members! The editors of the journal truly appreciate that we share information about the latest SLP research, and would like to give 3 group members a complimentary journal subscription for a period of 6 months.

All you need to do to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway is be a verified member of the SLPs for Evidence-Based Practice group on Facebook.

Then in the comments section below please briefly state how you can benefit from this FREE subscription and THAT’S IT!    Winner will be randomly chosen at the end of the giveaway! So have fun and EBP on!  Continue reading Win a 6 Month Subscription to Topics in Language Disorders Journal

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ASHA Web Chat: Strategies for Serving Children with Language Impairment and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Yesterday, myself, Abby Rozenberg and Timothy Kowalski, along with Jaumeiko Coleman, ex-officio (ASHA staff liaison) for SIG 16, participated in a FREE 2-hour-web chat moderated by Jill Straniero, entitled “Strategies for Serving Children with Language Impairment and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders“. Continue reading ASHA Web Chat: Strategies for Serving Children with Language Impairment and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

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Speech, Language, & Literacy Disorders in School Aged Children with Psychiatric Impairments

Recently I did a presentation for Rutgers University on the subject of  “Speech, Language, & Literacy Disorders in School-Aged Children with Psychiatric Impairments“. The learning objectives for this presentation were as follows:  

  • Explain the comorbidity between language impairments and psychiatric disturbances of school-aged children
  • Describe language and literacy deficits of school-aged children with psychiatric impairments
  • List warning signs of language and literacy deficits in school-aged children that warrant a referral to speech-language pathologists for a potential assessment

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Professional Development Hours

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Smart Speech Therapy LLC is excited to present its new professional development service. Now we offer Continuing Maintenance Hours (CMHs) on select purchased text-based products.  These hours fulfill the requirement set forth by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) for certification maintenance.

Here’s how it works.  Select products from the Smart Speech Therapy LLC online store are eligible for professional development hours.  These products are identified in the online store ONLY under the heading: CMH Quiz.

Customers purchasing particular products from our store can also purchase a text-based quiz for an additional fee. Upon completing a  quiz and attaining 80% accuracy on it, customers will receive a certificate of course completion worth a specific amount of hours (ranging from 1 CMH- 6 CMHs depending on the length of the product).

Each quiz description states the number and type of test questions (typically a combination of multiple choice as well as essay questions) as well as how many continuing maintenance hours the course is eligible for.

All customers who have purchased qualifying products in the past calendar year are eligible for this professional development opportunity upon a provision of proof of purchase after the purchase of the quiz.  Customers who have purchased their products more than a year ago can reach out to us to inquire regarding their eligibility, which would be established for them for a small surcharge to cover the course processing fee.

So get your continuing maintenance hours today!