Workshops and Trainings

At SLS we are trained in a variety of methods and therapeutic techniques for the treatment of speech and language challenges. We maintain a strong commitment to continuing education, and we work hard to stay current of new and emerging approaches to improve communication skills across all environments, enabling students to enjoy positive social connections in their lives. We will take the time to tailor a training/workshop to fit the needs that you are looking for.

 

Recent Workshops/Trainings Presented

 

Preschool Success: Teaching the Importance of Social Learning, Self-Regulation and Play for Early Learners to be Successful Learners  - This workshop will explore social cognitive/communication skills for the preschool and early elementary years across a range of functions.  Demonstrate the difference between teaching purely "social skills" and teaching "social thinking and related skills". What is self-regulation and how the foundation of play can be a factor in successful learners. Programs from Michelle Garcia Winner will be reviewed as well as other efficacy based training methods. Participants will exposed to practical plans to develop Social Learning, Self Regulation, Joint Attention and Purposeful Play.

 

Social Learning - This workshop will explore social cognitive/communicative skills across a range of functions and ages.  Demonstrate the difference between teaching purely "social skills" and teaching "social thinking and related skills". Programs from Michelle Garcia Winner will be reviewed as well as other efficacy based training methods.

 

Communication Disorders- This workshop will explore the following questions; What is a Communication Disorder? What are the characteristics of different Communication Disorders? What is the role of an Instructional Assistant? What are speech and language accommodations and how can you implement these? What is Language Modeling?

 

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - This workshop will explore Why Critical Thinking is Essential and how we as therapist can improve students’ ability to think analytically and utilize problem solving strategies. As important as verbal skills and reasoning are, non-verbal reasoning skills are just as important. Critical thinking empowers students to be independent, innovative and helps them succeed academically and socially.

 

Build Language Through Play – Language learning is a continuous process.  Play is a terrific tool to build language skills. When you are able to be at your child's level and "play", you're enhancing language and communication skills in a very indirect way. This workshop also examines the important connection between joint attention and the overall development of receptive and expressive language skills.

 

Natural Environment Teaching - Natural Environment Teaching (NET) is instrumental in promoting the generalization of skills taught in the discrete trial training (DTT) area of a classroom.  NET is teaching skills or reinforcing skills in a less structured environment. NET is vital in an overall program for students with autism. This workshop will show how a combination of “learning through play” and discrete trial training will create an environment rich with language expansion opportunities as well as the opportunity to generalize.

 

 

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