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R Made Simple: Methods That Address the Challenges of Pronunciation, Spelling and Dialect

# e134   R Made Simple: Methods That Address the Challenges of Pronunciation, Spelling and Dialect

by Nancy Geruntino, MA, SLP

0.3 CEUs

$ 59.00


This online course will teach an entirely different approach to ‘R’ remediation. One that can be applied to any word with the ‘R’ sound, including all dialects, plus has application to language and literacy skills. Participants will learn the concept of the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet. This method is unique, yet easy to teach and simple for the students to learn.

This approach works by taking the English alphabet and reorganizing it into 3 categories: UP, DOWN, or SLIDE. Categories are based on the position of the tongue prior to the production of the R sound. Learn to teach students how to identify the sound heard, look at the alphabet, and then decide if it’s an UP, a DOWN, or a SLIDE. This approach, combined with sound discrimination training and motor planning instruction, will help students master ‘R' pronunciation at the conversational level, plus address barriers related to spelling, pronunciation and dialect. Offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on the "R Made Simple" Program for /r/ remediation. Other treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found on the Presenter & Disclosures tab above.

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

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. State the Up, Down & Slide Alphabet.
  2. Categorize which letters and sounds belong in each category of the Up, Down & Slide protocol.
  3. Identify correct tongue placement for each category and exercises to build muscle strength for the mastery of the 'R' sound.
  4. Analyze letters, words, picture cards, poems and stories using the Up, Down & Slide method.
  5. Apply the Up, Down & Slide methods to increase vocabulary and language skills.
  6. Apply the Up, Down & Slide methods to strengthen literacy skills.

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

Nancy L. Geruntino, MA, SLP, has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 30 years providing services in private practice, clinics, and public school settings. For the past 12 years Nancy has been developing and perfecting a new intervention technique for ‘R’ remediation. Years of observing children failing when traditional therapies were used to remediate ‘R’ provided the motivation for Nancy to develop a ‘R’ remediation program that addresses all ‘R’ sounds in all contexts.

Through the creation of the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet, this program can help speech-language pathologists teach students and clients how to categorize ‘R’ sounds into one of these categories to improve tongue motor planning and the pronunciation of ‘R’ to overcome barriers related to pronunciation, spelling and dialect. Nancy is the recipient of many school district awards including one for creating a speech improvement program for kindergarten students. She is also the author of 14 children's books. Nancy hopes that wide implementation of her program during the early school years will eliminate 'R' problems in middle school and high school.

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial Nancy Geruntino is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Nancy Geruntino is author of the "R Made Simple" program published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Nancy Geruntino has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.  


Intended Audience

  • 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: This presentation will focus on the "R Made Simple" Program for /r/ remediation. Other treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found on the Presenter & Disclosures tab above.

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 06/30/2016.

  • 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: Nancy Geruntino

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"The notion of sound analysis is especially meaningful for me because I work with older students who have the motivation and metacognitive skills necessary for sound analysis. The sample videos from real-life therapy sessions were especially helpful." – L.B. (Feb. 2017)

"The description of whether each sound was up/down/slide and how to explain the concept to students was the most beneficial part. I liked the sample videos of implementing the therapy so I could see how it should be done." – J.V. (Feb. 2017)

"It was a great e-course! I really appreciated the use of children's storybooks during therapy sessions." – L.F. (Feb. 2017)

"It was very helpful. I loved the videos demonstrating typical therapy sessions. I liked the different ways to teach about tongue placement." – P.F. (Feb. 2017)

"I liked the videos and the ideas of ways to bring in language. I also liked making the student's work personal. This course was everything I was hoping for and then some!!" – D.C. (Feb. 2017)

"I really appreciate that this a completely different approach to working on /r/ by analyzing the sound before the /r/ and how to transition from that sound to the /r/. I liked that the concepts were explained very thoroughly." – L.B. (Jan. 2017)

"The discussion on the placement of the thumb to push up the tongue was most beneficial. I liked how this carry over articulation skills into language therapy." – D.F. (Jan. 2017)

"Lots of great practical strategies that I can implement right away!" – A.B. (Dec. 2016)

"I liked how much gets accomplished in just the process of analyzing the words while still making it fun." – M.S. (Dec. 2016)

"Loved the videos and practice words. The language component is also very helpful since I often have mixed groups." – S.M. (Dec. 2016)

"Everything was beneficial! I will definitely use the principles set out to remediate the /r/ sound." – D.H. (Dec. 2016)

"This new approach to /r/ therapy will be very beneficial to try with many of my students who continue to struggle with the production of the /r/ phoneme. The clear explanation and video modeling were nice components of this e-course." – A.Z. (Nov. 2016)

"After 10 years of practice as a school based speech therapist, I plan to change my entire approach to /r/ remediation based on this presentation. This was the best course I have ever taken." – A.B. (Nov. 2016)

"Excellent course. Gave practical therapy techniques to use tomorrow!" – C.W. (Oct. 2016)

"I liked the very clear explanations and lots of examples so learning the concepts and how to implement was straightforward. I felt the link between theory and practice was solid. I thought there would be more regarding strategies to address lip rounding, though." – S.N. (Oct. 2016)

"I found the simplicity of 3 categories (up, down, slide) to help students was really beneficial. I liked the video demonstrations and practice activities." – B.M. (Sept. 2016)

"This method was innovative and very helpful! I needed something that would help students not only master, but generalize /r/ in various contexts! I'm excited I've found it! :) " – K.D. (Aug. 2016)

"The videos showing how to introduce this program to students were most beneficial. I liked the therapy ideas that were included." – R.R. (Aug. 2016)

"I liked the many real life cases that were shown and the numerous ideas for therapy sessions. The implementation of the program in the therapy sessions (real examples) was incredibly useful." – M.M. (Aug. 2016)

"I liked the multiple examples and the videos demonstrating the technique." – D.K. (Aug. 2016)

"/r/ - We have so many students and the more approaches we can have in our toolboxes, the better! It was a great course!" – C.D. (Aug. 2016)

"This was a good course. I enjoyed the videos. I liked the specific /R/ sound implementation." – R.M. (Aug. 2016)

"I liked how the presentation split the alphabet into 3 categories: down, up, slides. I also liked the thumb exercises that were provided." – J.T. (Aug. 2016)

"I appreciated the letter recognition and how it impacts /r/ productions. I liked the language learning integration." – S.N. (Aug. 2016)

"I enjoyed splitting the sounds into up, down, and slides to help further categorize words based on tongue movements. Also enjoyed the tip of using thumb exercises. I liked integrating language and literacy into articulation therapy and the videos of the therapist implementing the program." – M.M. (Aug. 2016)

"Teaching the up, down, and slide movements for /r/ should benefit and help my students progress faster. I liked the video examples of actual therapy and the part where I learned to analyze the different r productions." – J.C. (Aug. 2016)

"This is an outstanding compilation of many useful techniques in a cohesive, well organized program. It involves what we do on a daily basis with children and provides a multimodality approach to give our clients more long term success with the /r/ sound. I would highly recommend this course. Nancy is an excellent instructor and has developed an outstanding program which should be part of every school speech pathologist's daily tool kit." – M.S. (July 2016)

"Great 'new' approach to working with /r/. I enjoyed that not all of the videos show perfect sessions - it demonstrated some challenges you might encounter and how to tackle them. Wonderful information!" – S.M.S. (July 2016)

 

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