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

 

 

Applying Social Cognitive and Self-Regulation Methodologies: To Promote Successful Learning Environment

This workshop will explore the following questions from educators:

  • How do I manage the difficulties of attending to teach in small groups?
  • How can I help students stay on task?
  • How do I build the students’ self-esteem up but still hold them accountable?
  • How do I handle the many levels of learning styles

 

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.  

 

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?

 

Executive Function Skills for Life and Learning: Help Your Child Become Successful Learners - Executive functioning skills help us with everything from getting dressed and out the door on time to managing distractions so we can complete the task at hand. While these skills develop naturally for most of us, some children need direct teaching and therapeutic treatment to help develop these skills and put them into practice. But where do you start when you realize your child needs help with these skills? During this workshop we will review different assessments and advanced techniques to directly teach executive functioning 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.

 

Preschool Success: Teaching the Importance of Social Learning, Self-Regulation and Play for Early Learners to Become 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 be exposed to practical plans to develop Social Learning, Self-Regulation, Joint Attention and Purposeful Play.

 

Situational Awareness and Critical Thinking - This workshop will explore what is Situational Awareness and Why Critical Thinking is Essential. Situational awareness involves being aware of what is happening in the vicinity, in order to understand how information, events, and one's own actions will impact goals and objectives, both immediately and in the near future. As important as verbal skills and reasoning are, non-verbal reasoning skills are just as important. We as educators can improve students’ ability to think analytically and utilize problem solving strategies. By increasing a student’s situational awareness we are empowering students to be independent, innovative and helps them succeed academically and socially.

 

 

 

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