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Coure Description & Learning Outcomes

Caregivers are “the thread of continuity” for our clients and students - that steady rock that supports a communicator throughout a lifetime.  Caregivers are also juggling a lot, (as are professionals), and it can be difficult to muster the energy, creativity, and time to give home programming the attention it deserves.  In this week’s episode, the Nerdcast crew, along with special guest, Dr. Jean Blosser, tackle the how and why of supporting caregivers as communication partners using evidenced-based (and visually supportive) home programming-even when dinner is on fire! 

Dr. Jean Blosser is a seasoned speech-language pathologist and ASHA fellow who has dedicated her career to supporting children in the school setting.   Her most recent professional endeavors have led her to focus passionately on supporting teachers and parents in their roles as communication partners.  For those of you not practicing in the field of pediatrics, this episode will offer some great strategies that transcend age and practice setting, such as considering  the needs of the adult learner in addition to the client to assure home programming is clear, effective, and do-able.  You seasoned partner coaches out there might be thinking “yeah yeah, caregiver training, I already do that.”  You’ll find some great discussion and take-aways nonetheless, as this animated group of ladies hash out coaching barriers like time constraints and funding limitations, and muse on the importance of making learning salient and visual for partners, just  as we do for our clients.

Listen in and learn about the research rationale behind caregiver training and scoop up some simple tools and strategies you can employ tomorrow to beef up your home programming mojo.   Speaking of beef and mojo, you might want to order in tonight.  We wouldn’t want you to burn dinner while you are entranced in this nerdy SLP goodness of this episode!  You can learn more about Dr. Blosser here.

Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Learning Outcomes

  1. State 3 reasons for engaging parents as partners

  2. Describe 3 teaching tools to improve home program development for parents 

  3. Describe two benefits of sharing visual supports with parents

Course Presenters

Jean Blosser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Jean Blosser is passionate about creating systems to ensure that therapy services are outcomes-based and educationally relevant. Jean believes collaboration is essential! To that end, therapists must partner with parents and educators. She consults with schools and businesses that provide services and staff to schools. She shares strategies for improving the quality of programs and therapy services. Jean’s practical books include: School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery (6th Ed., 2020) and Pediatric Brain Injury: Proactive Intervention (3rd Ed., 2020). Today she introduces Let’s Talk Today! A Calendar of Daily Activities for Teaching Language Skills at Home. It is designed to engage parents as partners and provides them with the confidence, activities, and techniques they need play a meaningful role in their child’s communication development and improvement.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.  

Jean Blosser financial disclosures: President, Creative Strategies for Special Education, She receives compensation for consulting and conducting professional development workshops and in-services. She is the author and receives royalties from sales of the Lets Talk Today Calendar. She also receives royalties from sales of authored books. Jean has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Review of reasons for engaging parents as partners.

15 minutes:   Review of teaching tools to improve home program development for parents

10 minutes:   Review of benefits of sharing visual supports with parents

5 minutes:  Summary and Closing

References & Resources

Brown, J. A. (2016). Coaching in Parent-Implemented Early Communication Interventions: Understanding and Overcoming Individual-Level Implementation Barriers. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 1(1), 144-153. doi:10.1044/persp1.sig1.144

Pennington, L., Thomson, K., James, P., Martin, L., & Mcnally, R. (2009). Effects of It Takes Two to Talk—The Hanen Program for Parents of Preschool Children With Cerebral Palsy: Findings From an Exploratory Study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52(5), 1121-1138. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2009/07-0187)

Roberts, M. Y., & Kaiser, A. P. (2011). The Effectiveness of Parent-Implemented Language Interventions: A Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(3), 180-199. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2011/10-0055)

Roberts, M. Y., & Kaiser, A. P. (2012). Assessing the Effects of a Parent-Implemented Language Intervention for Children With Language Impairments Using Empirical Benchmarks: A Pilot Study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55(6), 1655-1670. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0236)

Roberts, M. Y., Kaiser, A. P., Wolfe, C. E., Bryant, J. D., & Spidalieri, A. M. (2014). Effects of the Teach-Model-Coach-Review Instructional Approach on Caregiver Use of Language Support Strategies and Children's Expressive Language Skills. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(5), 1851-1869. doi:10.1044/2014_jslhr-l-13-0113

Thiessen, A., & Beukelman, D. (2013). Training Communication Partners of Adults Who Rely on AAC: Co-Construction of Meaning. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 22(1), 16-20. doi:10.1044/aac22.1.16

Weitzman, E. (2013). More Than Words—The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Teaching Model for Parent-implemented Language Intervention. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education,20(3), 96-111. doi:10.1044/lle20.3.86


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