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Course Description and Learning Objectives

Pssst! Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)! Yep, you over there in the speech closet. Did you know that you are likely the most knowledgeable professional in your school when it comes to language development, assessment, and intervention? Ok, so maybe you already knew that, but do your education colleagues and administrators know? This week’s episode tackles the basics of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) in schools and provides an incredibly strong argument for why SLP’s need a leadership seat at the MTSS table. Return offenders, Dr. Trina Spencer and Dr. Doug Peterson, lay out the relationship between an SLP’s expertise and the MTSS mission of preventing “dysteachia.”  They do this by highlighting the truth: that listening and speaking are the foundation for reading and writing. Not a school-based SLP? If you’re working with kids in any context, this cast will offer some amazing gems to add to your EBP tool-box for supporting kids with language learning differences. Tune in to learn more about why the domain of language needs to be included in MTSS frameworks and walk away with some key actionables to start the conversation and build the foundation on MTSS collaboration for language support in your school’s culture.

You can learn more about Trina and Doug here.

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain why language needs to be included in schools’ MTSS efforts.

  2. Describe what the purpose of MTSS is and its key features.

  3. List the characteristics of language intervention and assessment tools necessary for MTSS.

Course Presenters

Trina Spencer, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Spencer is an Associate Professor at the Rightpath Research & Innovation Center at University of South Florida. She earned a specialist degree in School Psychology and a PhD in Disability Disciplines with emphases in language and literacy and early childhood special education. Her publications and editorial service span a number of disciplines including applied behavior analysis, speech-language pathology, early childhood education, special education, applied linguistics, and school psychology. Benefitting from strong collaborations with practitioners and other researchers, Dr. Spencer maintains a spirited research agenda to improve the academic and social outcomes of the nation’s most vulnerable students.

Doug Petersen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Douglas Petersen is a Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on child language and literacy, with a particular emphasis on learning potential. His psychometric research examines the validity and reliability of dynamic assessments and progress monitoring procedures for language and literacy. His intervention research is focused on examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation of multi-tiered systems of language support.

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

Dr. Petersen financial disclosures: Dr. Petersen is a co-authors of the Story Champs curriculum and PEARL dynamic assessment. They receive royalties from the sales of those items. Dr. Petersen has no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Spencer financial disclosures: Dr. Spencer is a co-authors of the Story Champs curriculum and PEARL dynamic assessment. They receive royalties from the sales of those items. Dr. Spencer has no financial relationships to disclose.

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 for 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.



References

 

Petersen, D. B., Mesquita, M. W., Spencer, T. D., & Waldron, J. (2020). Examining the Effects of Multitiered Oral Narrative Language Instruction on Reading Comprehension and Writing. Topics in Language Disorders, 40(4). doi:10.1097/tld.0000000000000227

Petersen, D., & Spencer, T. D. (2014). Narrative Assessment and Intervention: A Clinical Tutorial on Extending Explicit Language Instruction and Progress Monitoring to All Students. Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, 21(1), 5-21. doi:10.1044/cds21.1.5

Spencer, T. D., Petersen, D. B., Slocum, T. A., & Allen, M. M. (2014). Large group narrative intervention in Head Start preschools: Implications for response to intervention. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 13(2), 196-217. doi:10.1177/1476718x13515419

Spencer, T. D., Petersen, D. B., & Adams, J. L. (2015). Tier 2 Language Intervention for Diverse Preschoolers: An Early-Stage Randomized Control Group Study Following an Analysis of Response to Intervention. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24(4), 619-636. doi:10.1044/2015_ajslp-14-0101

Ukrainetz, T. A. (2006). The Implications of RTI and EBP for SLPs: Commentary on L. M. Justice. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 37(4), 298-303. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2006/034)

Weddle, S. A., Spencer, T. D., Kajian, M., & Petersen, D. B. (2016). An Examination of a Multitiered System of Language Support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Preschoolers: Implications for Early and Accurate Identification. School Psychology Review, 45(1), 109-133. doi:10.17105/spr45-1.109-132



Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of why language needs to be included in schools’ MTSS efforts

15 minutes:  Descriptions of the purpose of MTSS is and its key features. 

10 minutes:  Descriptions of the characteristics of language intervention and assessment tools necessary for MTSS 

5 minutes: Summary and Closing


Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!

Credits: 

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

Audio File Editing provided by Caitlan Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Content provided by Ashley Sturgis, MA, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor


In lieu of a handout....

We direct you to the free webinars and trainings available through Language Dynamics Group.

Reviews

5 star rating

Great stuff!

Jamie Tettey

Wow! A free dynamic Easy to use resource. I can’t wait to include this as part of my screening and assessments. It makes perfect sense

Wow! A free dynamic Easy to use resource. I can’t wait to include this as part of my screening and assessments. It makes perfect sense

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Loved it!

Tanna Neufeld

This group is engaging and this info is changed the perspective on assessment in our field!

This group is engaging and this info is changed the perspective on assessment in our field!

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