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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Build Speech, Language and Literacy Skills With Orthographic Instruction!

# e65   Autism Spectrum Disorders: Build Speech, Language and Literacy Skills With Orthographic Instruction!

by Keli Richmond, MS, CCC-SLP

0.25 CEUs

$ 44.00

$ 35.00

Different from other "literacy" courses, this evidence-based course will provide specific guidance for SLPs working to establish early literacy skills with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Phonological awareness is vital for successful literacy, language and speech skills in children.  Exposing children with ASD to early literacy interventions with embedded printed (orthographic) cues is imperative.  This course teaches the use of printed cues as a means to activate and synchronize the processors within the brain (orthographic, phonological, meaning and context) resulting in improved communication and literacy skills. Offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 contact hours. 

Content Disclosure: Orthographic instruction (printed cues) is the primary focus of this course.  Additional evidence-based techniques and product resources are discussed.  The presenter is the author of the Literacy Speaks!® program and receives royalties.  Literacy Speaks!® is driven by orthographic instruction; the presenter does not discuss the Literacy Speaks!® program during the course.

Course Format: PowerPoint presentation with author narration, video examples, music examples, and downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the rationale for introducing printed (orthographic) cues into therapy and classroom activities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  2. Identify the reading processors within the brain.
  3. Describe the roles of the four reading processors within the brain. 
A score of 80% or better must be received on the post-test in order to 
receive a certificate of completion.

Keli Richmond, MS, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist specializing in early literacy development. She has a Teaching License as well as a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and a Minor Focus in Special Education. Her career began in the medical field with an emphasis on neurological disorders; then, she continued to expand her experience by providing therapy and promoting literacy skills for preschool through middle school students. 

Keli conducts in-service training for school-based personnel, presents continuing education seminars nationwide for Northern Speech Services (NSS), and speaks at Speech-Language-Hearing Conventions, Educator Conferences and related events.

Some highlights of Keli’s career are receiving the “Professional Achievement Award in Recognition of Advancement of Knowledge in Clinical Practice” from the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA); the “Award for Continuing Education” (ACE) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); and the “Award for Top 100 Websites for Speech-Language Pathologists”. The ISHA award is based on outstanding professional development and community involvement. The ASHA award is based on commitment to lifelong learning. The Top 100 Websites award is based on the best available websites for anyone with an interest in speech-language pathology.

She was a founding member of the United Way Women’s Initiative. The Women’s Initiative is an organization dedicated to closing educational gaps through early literacy development. 

Keli is the author of the Literacy Speaks!® program. Literacy Speaks!® is a comprehensive program driven by orthographic instruction (printed cues) designed to improve speech intelligibility, enhance phonological awareness and expand language skills while establishing a strong literacy foundation.

For more information on Keli Richmond visit www.LiteracySpeaks.com.       

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Keli Richmond is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Keli Richmond is author of the Literacy Speaks!® materials published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Keli Richmond has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.25 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 2.5 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: Orthographic instruction (printed cues) is the primary focus of this course.  Additional evidence-based techniques and product resources are discussed.  The presenter is the author of the Literacy Speaks!® program and receives royalties.  Literacy Speaks!® is driven by orthographic instruction; the presenter does not discuss the Literacy Speaks!® program during the course.

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 11/30/2013.

  • 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: Keli Richmond

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e64 Simultaneously Improve Speech Intelligibility, Enhance Phonological Awareness and Develop Language/Literacy Skills with Orthographic Instruction
Keli Richmond, MS, CCC-SLP
0.4 $79.00

Products

  Title Price  
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 1  $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 2 $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 3 $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 4 $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® Kit 5 — Blends $99.00
Literacy Speaks!® 5-Kit COMPLETE SET $371.00

"Going over the relationship between phonological and orthographic skills was really helpful. I liked the video examples." – A.L. (Feb. 2017)

"I found the target sound selection the most beneficial in my daily practice. I liked all the great ideas and activities that this ecourse provided for speech therapists to use in their sessions." – J.J. (Jan. 2017)

"Learning the areas of the brain that ASD students use when reading was very useful. The information was presented in a way that was easy to listen to on computer." – A.M. (Dec. 2017)

"I thought the neurological background information was very interesting. It contained a number of useful resources." – M.K. (Dec. 2016)

"I appreciated using printed letters, words, etc. to support correcting phonological errors and the many ideas and resources presented." – D.H. (Nov. 2016)

"My daughter and one of the children I work with are on the severe end of the ASD spectrum and both have severe CAS. I have always felt that incorporating print into therapy was an important means of helping my daughter speak. The more she understands how words are formed, perhaps she will be able to put sounds together to make words. In addition, I too believe that her best bet for future communication might be through the written word. Although I already incorporate books into my sessions (I was so glad to see I was on the right track!) I have several new ideas thanks to this presentation! I feel recharged! Thanks!" – J.D. (Nov. 2016)

"I liked the inclusion of the letter of the week schedule as well as examples and resources. I especially enjoyed her going over the importance of including orthographic content instead of only auditory." – S.A. (Oct. 2016)

"Great pace and description of the Processors for reading. The sound loaded book lists was really helpful." – D.M. (Aug. 2016)

"I love that I can implement all the processors and use orthographic approaches since many of my patients have difficulties recognizing words." – M.S.F. (Aug. 2016)

"Working on decoding simple words first was the most useful discussion.  I liked that there were live examples." – W.G. (Aug. 2016)

"I liked the discussion of the differences in MRI results between typical readers, individuals with dyslexia and with ASD." – J.M. (July 2016)

"The entire course was wonderful - well presented and explained. Most helpful were all of the vast resources and websites she referenced. Very well organized." – S.M. (June 2016)

"Covering how to use the process of first segmenting then blending words on a card was really beneficial. I like how the hierarchy goes from seeing the letter, word, then picture with the word on a card. I plan to use this when developing vocabulary from picture cards in therapy. It reminded me that these children need print with the picture even when working on vocabulary." – R.S. (June 2016)

"The entire class was great! Everything and more was covered." – M.M.F. (May 2016)

"I appreciated the explanation of the orthographic approach - benefits and practical suggestions. Keli's presentation was well organized, informative, & practical! Very thorough!" – M.L.W. (May 2016)

"I like that Keli works directly with kids and uses her experiences to share with other therapists how easily these techniques can be incorporated into therapy sessions." – A.M. (May 2016)

"I liked the explanation of literacy and it's relation to ASD." – M.M. (May 2016)

"Discussing the benefits of orthographic instruction was most useful. I liked seeing examples of each type of instruction." – J.S. (Apr. 2016)

"I was very happy with the scope of information in this course." – F.R. (Apr. 2016)

"I love the way Keli put all the elements together. I find that this is essential when treating with our ASD population, if not all our speech and language delayed children. I have used orthographics for years with great success. Thanks to Keli for all the good ideas and links!!" – D.N. (Apr. 2016)

"Going over using orthographics functionally in therapy was very beneficial." – K.S. (Mar. 2016)

"It was perfect and her enthusiasm showed throughout the course. The examples were great!" – R.M. (Mar. 2016)

"The importance of Orthographic Instruction really impacted me. I liked the implications of value to students with ASD." – C.M. (Feb. 2016)

"I really appreciated the sample videos and abundance of therapy tools and technique suggestions. I was impressed with all of the information provided." – L.R. (Jan. 2016)

 

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