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Course Description & Learning Outcomes

Hey school-based SLP’s, Want to learn how to do more for your students struggling with language, using less time and less direct instruction from just you? Well then, shimmy on over to this week’s episode, where Dr. Trina Spencer and Dr. Doug Petersen return to share some “fracking awesome” intervention-focused follow-up to their previous talks on Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and dynamic assessment (DA)If you’ve listened to this duo on prior episodes, you know they are dynamos, dedicated to natural and holistic language approaches that help students across the board. In this chapter, Trina and Doug walk us through their 10 principles to multi-tiered language intervention, providing the simple but highly effective tools we need to foster oral, written, and academic language skills that really stick for our students. This one got me thinking, made me cringe a bit at my past practices, and inspired me to further harness the power of narrative to make big impacts on language proficiency for students at risk and those with known disabilities. As with any good SLP Nerdcast story, you’ll learn something, you’ll laugh, and you’ll meet a strange frog with shapeshifting powers. Well, maybe that last part isn’t like every Nerdcast story, but who doesn’t love a good plot twist in the series!

You can learn more about Trina and Doug here.

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the characteristics of effective language instruction. 

  2. Explain how academic language can be addressed through narrative intervention.

  3. Explain how response to intervention within multi-tiered systems of support reduces the number of evaluations SLPs will need to do.

Course Accommodations

The transcript for this course is provided below. You can also email us at ceu@slpnerdcast.com.

Read the transcript here.

Course Disclosure -  Financial and In-Kind

Funding for this course was provided by one of our Corporate Sponsors, Med Travelers.  



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 non-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 non-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.



 

Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of the characteristics of effective language instruction and MTSS fundamentals  

15 minutes:  Descriptions of how academic language can be addressed through narrative intervention 

10 minutes:  Descriptions of how response to intervention within multi-tiered systems of support reduces the number of evaluations SLPs will need to do. 

5 minutes: Summary and Closing



Assessments

Several assessments were mentioned during the episode. You can learn about / purchase those assessments here:

References & Resources

Kelley, E., & Spencer, T. D. (2021). Feasible and Effective Language Intervention Strategies that Accelerate Students' Academic Achievement. Seminars in Speech and Language, 42(02), 101-116. doi:10.1055/s-0041-1723839

Kirby, M. S., Spencer, T. D., & Chen, Y. I. (2021). Oral Narrative Instruction Improves Kindergarten Writing. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 1-18. doi:10.1080/10573569.2021.1879696

Nelson, B. S., Petersen, D. B., & Rai, A. (2021). The effects of a multi-tiered system of language support on oral narrative language, writing, and reading comprehension in India. Language and Education, 1-21. doi:10.1080/09500782.2021.1898633

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

Spencer, T. D., & Petersen, D. B. (2018). Bridging Oral and Written Language: An Oral Narrative Language Intervention Study With Writing Outcomes. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 49(3), 569-581. doi:10.1044/2018_lshss-17-0030

Spencer, T. D., Moran, M., Thompson, M. S., Petersen, D. B., & Restrepo, M. A. (2020). Early Efficacy of Multitiered Dual-Language Instruction: Promoting Preschoolers’ Spanish and English Oral Language. AERA Open, 6(1), 233285841989788. doi:10.1177/2332858419897886

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


Online Resources

Shift to Workload Model Shows Enhanced Learning, Reduced Referrals

Trina’s Toolbox

Language Dynamics Group



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! We'd love to hear from you!



Credits: 

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

Key Terms and Additional Information provided by Maria De Leon, 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


A big THANK YOU to our Corporate Sponsor, Med Travelers for the financial support to make this course possible!


Handout

This handout is provided by Dr. Trina Spencer and Dr. Doug Petersen. It is offered for free.

  • Free

    Handout: 10 Strategies for Effective Narrative Intervention

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  • Free

    Handout: Story Champs Research Synthesis

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We also direct you to...

the free webinars and trainings available through Language Dynamics Group.

Reviews

5 star rating

Excellent!

Ashley Foss

I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to expand their toolkit for supporting children working to improve their expressive language skills.

I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to expand their toolkit for supporting children working to improve their expressive language skills.

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5 star rating

Shawna Byrd

Great podcast. I had never thought of using narratives to teach these pieces of language.

Great podcast. I had never thought of using narratives to teach these pieces of language.

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