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Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language, Level 1

# e82   Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language, Level 1

by Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP

0.3 CEUs

$ 59.00

$ 47.00

This Level 1 Course describes the linguistics of echolalia in language development, starting with the use of large units of meaning known as language gestalts. It compares the gestalt language processing of neurotypical children with that of children with ASD. It reviews research on the communicative use of echolalia, and addresses the differences between ASD echolalia in the past and in the present.

This course discusses the natural stages of language development from Stage 1 (communicative echolalia) to Stages 4-6 (self-generated grammar) in individuals who are gestalt language processors, and focuses on supporting children with ASD as they move through the stages. Described will be a protocol for assessing spontaneous language in autism, determining the stages of language development, and deriving appropriate language development goals.  Offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 contact hours. See #e148 for Level 2 Course focusing on treatment.

Content Disclosure: The presenter of this course is also the author of the text, "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language" that is mentioned as part of this course. The presenter does not benefit financially from the sale of this book, however, the non-profit center, Communication Development Center (CDC), for which the presenter is founder and director, does receive royalties.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the linguistic descriptions of analytic and gestalt language processing to describe two styles of language development.
  2. Describe the six stages of language development for gestalt language processors (echolalia to complex self-generated language).
  3. Describe the similarities and differences in language development between neurotypical gestalt language processors and ASD gestalt language processors.
  4. Describe the significance of the research regarding the communicative functions of echolalia.
  5. Apply a language assessment protocol to spontaneous utterances of a young child with ASD.
  6. Derive general language development goals for a young child with ASD at each stage of language development.

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order
to receive a certificate of completion.

Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP, is a clinical Speech-Language Pathologist, and founder and director of the Communication Development Center (CDC) in Madison, WI. Serving children with autism and others who benefit from sensorimotor supports, CDC has provided specialized speech, language, and social communication services for over 15 years. Marge is author of the book, Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum and she is author of the online CEU course, Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language, Level 1 and Level 2.

For more information, visit www.communicationdevelopmentcenter.com which includes links to Marge's articles and columns, which originally appeared in the Autism Asperger's Digest. Her article topics include language development in autism, language development for visual thinkers, language retrieval in autism, AAC in autism, language and self-regulation in autism, and speech development with dyspraxia in autism.

Presenter Disclosures:

Financial — Marge Blanc is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; speaking fees are received by Communication Development Center. 

Financial — Marge Blanc is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; royalties are received by Communication Development Center

Financial — Marge Blanc is the author of the book, "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language"; she does not receive royalties, however, the non-profit Communication Development Center does.

Nonfinancial — Marge Blanc is the founder and director of the Communication Development Center (CDC) in Madison, WI; she does not receive any compensation in this role.


Intended Audience

  • Parent
  • OT
  • SLPA
  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.3 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 3 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The presenter of this course is also the author of "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language" that is mentioned as part of this course. The presenter does not benefit financially from the sale of this book but the non-profit center, Communication Development Center (CDC), for which she is founder and director, does receive royalties.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.  
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education.  Provider #1654.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 03/31/2014.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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More Offerings by: Marge Blanc

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e148 Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language (Treatment), Level 2
Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP
0.25 $35.00

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"I appreciated the evidence-based intervention strategies. I like that she referenced a lot of previous research that had been done as a foundation to the practices she was recommending." – I.B. (Feb. 2017)

"This process of understanding NLA in gestalt language processors gives rise to a paradigm shift in working with these children! I am so excited to begin assessing my students and giving them another way to see their own language. This was very thorough and well presented. Thank you to NSS and Marge Blanc!" – K.F. (Jan. 2017)

"Learning how to better help neurotypical children and children with ASD use echolalia to progress towards self-generated language was most beneficial. I liked the explanations and use of examples." – M.S.L. (Dec. 2016)

"I liked the case studies and specific examples as well as the clear explanation of stages of language development in gestalt learners." – S.B. (Dec. 2016)

"It was interesting to learn that echolalia has a natural development progression and is not just a deviant from normal language development - the fact that echolalia is a delay not a disorder." – J.P. (Nov. 2016)

"Knowing what the stages are and how to move through them was really beneficial. The examples given help to clarify the topics presented. Great information, and useful, practical suggestions for therapy." – J.D. (Oct. 2016)

"The discussion on mitigating was very helpful. I liked the examples of the different stages." – B.H.S. (Sept. 2016)

"I liked everying - especially the stages of gestalts learners!" - J.V. (Sept. 2016)

"Understanding NLA was most useful. Clear and concise information. I expected pragmatics to be covered, but it was a good course." - A.V. (Sept. 2016)

"All of it was beneficial! I really enjoyed learning about analytic versus gestalt language learners and the stages of gestalt language development. I loved that there were many things that are immediately applicable, such as the assessment protocol and how to move through the stages of development." – A.D. (Sept. 2016)

"I found it all to be helpful and insightful. It provided insight into the function of echolalic speech that I'd never encountered before." – M.L. (Sept. 2016)

"The organisation of the information was well done and helped to get a clear picture of the concepts talked in the presentation. The key points at the end of each section were all helpful." – M.E.G.B. (Aug. 2016)

"The discussion on spending more time collecting language sample and identifying gestalts and their function was really useful. I liked all of the "new" information." – A.A. (Aug. 2016)

"All information was necessary and beneficial. Each part overlapped and also expanded the next section. Info highly integrated across all sections. I like that the information was very consistent with my many years of work with these populations and both reinforced and expanded that work." – C.C. (July 2016)

"The treatment and assessment topics I found most beneficial. I also liked the examples of actual students and recommended the blog mentioned to one of my parents. I liked how she explained all the vocabulary well before going deeper into the subject, the quotes from parents, and the examples during the assessment portion. I would have liked a little more information on treatment." – N.A. (June 2016)

"I appreciated the explanation of gestalt language processing as it differs from analytic language processing. I like that this course made me re-think the way that I target language development in preschoolers with language delays." – R.M. (June 2016)

"This provides valuable information for the treatment of students with ASD that are displaying echolalia - I am looking at their treatment with a different eye now! I liked EVERYTHING! I am looking forward to doing Part 2. I am going to buy the book too!" – L.B. (June 2016)

"I am retired, but loved working with autistic children and they do have a desire to communicate to others. This was a wonderful course for me. Great information presented in a wonderful way." – S.P. (May 2016)

"I really appreciated the full explanation of what gestalt processing is, and how that relates to the echolalia we hear in our kids with ASD. I liked learning about the stages and how to assess kids who are demonstrating echolalia." – K.S. (May 2016)

"Recognizing and being able to communicate with others the importance of echolalia as a developmental stage will be very useful in my daily practice. I loved the presenter's use of real life cases and personal experience." – S.M. (May 2016)

"It was pretty good and so helpful to those who believe and practice Natural Language Acquisition." – N.R. (Apr. 2016)

"I liked how she discussed using Echolalia as a step to launch from not just something to try to diminish. Also I liked how she discussed how grammar is not always the appropriate goal, and sometimes targeting grammar just teaches more gestalts." – M.C. (Apr. 2016)

"I enjoyed the different stages of NLA and how to use those stages to determine where to start treatment. I thought the length of the different sections were manageable, and the topic areas kept me engaged. More specific recommendations for treatment and some samplegoals would have also been helpful." – A.H. (Mar. 2016)

"I loved Marge's contagious belief in the fact that kids already ARE communicating; we just need to do some detective work to figure it out." – S.S. (Feb. 2016)

"Talking about NLA Assessment & stages of language development was very helpful. I liked the case study examples." – L.K. (Feb. 2016)

"It was very well organized and very practical." – L.R.H. (Feb. 2016)

"The presenter was engaging. The topic is much needed." – C.M. (Feb. 2016)

"I greatly appreciated the discussion on the steps to mitigating echolalia and building language." – W.G. (Feb. 2016)

"I really liked the message that grammar is great, but a person's ability to express their own thoughts is more important." – S.W. (Feb. 2016)

"I liked that the course gave way to assess and treat." – J.H. (Jan. 2016)

"I really appreciated the NLA protocol for language sampling and application to treatment goals. I liked that it was a new perspective for my practice, but it would be helpful to have more treatment ideas and information included." – J.C. (Jan. 2016)

 

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