Introduction to the “Need to Know” Disorders in Speech Language Pathology

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In a few weeks the school semester will begin and many speech language pathologists will be heading back to school to resume their duties. Seasoned professionals, newly minted clinical fellows, and eager graduate students will embark on assessment and treatment of children with a variety of communication disorders. In the course of the next school year they will encounter, assess, and treat children with a number of diagnoses which result in accompanying speech language deficits. Many of these diagnoses will be familiar, a number will be new, some complex, yet others will be less known or controversial.

In recent years, select previously little known disorders, affecting the children’s language abilities, have been rising to prominence in our field.  These include: Auditory Processing Disorder, Social Pragmatic Language Disorder, as well Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Since all three disorders underwent some considerable controversy with respect to identification, symptom recognition and treatment options, I’ve prepared for you an evidence based practice “Introduction to … series in order to provide a clear, relevant and applicable overview of all 3 disorders.

Introduction to Auditory Processing Disorders is a 25 slide presentation which provides an introduction to auditory processing disorders (APD).  It outlines the referral process for differential assessment of auditory processing disorders, as well as explains the roles of both audiologist and the speech language pathologist in the assessment and remediation of auditory processing disorders.  It also cites select assessment instruments sensitive to detection of auditory processing deficits, explains the benefits of multidisciplinary approach to identification and differential diagnosis of processing disorders as well as provides general explanations for professionals with respect to treatment approaches to auditory processing disorders.

Learning Objectives
—At the end of this presentations learners will be able to
  • —Explain the symptoms of auditory processing deficits
  • —Describe the roles of audiologist and speech language pathologist in the assessment and remediation of auditory processing disorders
  • —Identify assessment instruments sensitive to detection of auditory processing deficits
  • —Explain the benefits of multidisciplinary approach to identification of auditory processing disorders
Slide Content:
  •  Intended Audience
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) definition
  • Translating technical into real life difficulties
  • Generalized deficits affecting social and academic performance
  • What can SLPs do?
  • APD Diagnosis
  • The role of the audiologist
  • APD Testing Battery
  • Should you wait until the ‘official’ APD diagnosis is made?
  • Guess what?
  • Benefits of Early Detection
  • Select assessments sensitive to processing difficulties
  • What else can you use?
  • When can the APD battery be administered?
  • What should you get after the audiological testing?
  • Differential Diagnosis of APD
  • Conclusion
  • Helpful Resources
  • References

Introduction to Social Pragmatic Language Disorders is a 19 slide presentation which defines social pragmatic language impairment, explains the referral process for assessment and intervention of pragmatic language deficits, cites select assessment instruments sensitive to detection of social pragmatic language impairment as well as explains the advantages and disadvantages of social pragmatic assessment and intervention in school vs. private therapy settings.

Learning Objectives
—At the end of this presentations learners will be able to
  • —Explain the symptoms of social pragmatic language deficits
  • —Describe the roles of speech language pathologist in the assessment and remediation of social pragmatic language disorders
  • —Identify assessment instruments sensitive to detection of social pragmatic language deficits
  • —Explain the advantages and disadvantages of social pragmatic assessment and intervention in school vs. private therapy settings

Intended Audience:

  • —Parents
  • —Caregivers
  • —Speech Language Pathologists
  • —Graduate Students
    • —New Graduates
    • —Clinical Fellows
    • —Change of Career Professionals
    • —Related Professionals
  • —Psychologists
  • —Social Workers
  • —Occupational Therapists
  • —Special Education Teachers

Slide Content:

  • Social Pragmatic Language Disorder
  • Role of SLP in Assessment of Pragmatic Language Disorders
  • Social Pragmatic Language Abilities
  • Difference between strengths and deficits
  • Social Pragmatic Deficits
  • Difficulty with Deficits Detection
  • Initiating the referral process
  • Select assessments sensitive to social pragmatic difficulties
  • When to seek private pragmatic language evaluation and therapy services?
  • Advantages of Private Therapy
  • Conclusion
  • Helpful Resources
  • References

Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a 25 slide presentation which provides an overview of terms associated with  alcohol related disabilities in children, discuss Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) related statistical inconsistencies, as well as explain why the absence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum (FAS) related facial features does not guarantee a lack of alcohol related diagnosis.

Intended Audience
  • —Caregivers
    • —Biological Parents
    • —Kinship Care
    • —Adoptive Parents
  • —Speech Language Pathologists
    • —Graduate Students
    • —New Graduates
    • —Clinical Fellows
    • —Change of Career Professionals
  • —Related Professionals
    • —Psychologists
    • —Social Workers
    • —Occupational Therapists
    • —Special Education Teachers

Slide Content:

  • FASD Definition
  • Alcohol linked changes in the brain
  • How is FASD diagnosis made
  • List of Current FASD Terms
  • CNS Damage
  • FASD Related US Statistics
  • FAS related diagnostic challenges
  • Maternal Risk Factors
  • The “Controversy of Visibility”
  • How important are the FAS features?
  • Alcohol Related Cognitive-Linguistic Deficits
  • FASD in the Schools
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix I: List of Current FASD Terms
  • Smart Speech Therapy LLC FASD related resources
  • References

You can find these products in my online store by clicking on the individual links above.

You can also read my previous post regarding “Forms for Back to School Assessment Preparation“, which lists preschool/school age checklists  for quick and efficient speech language service determination including: screening, assessment, future follow-up, or on-going monitoring.

You can also find many other educational products relevant to assessment and treatment in speech language pathology in my online store by clicking HERE.

Happy and successful new school year everyone!

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