Episode Summary

It’s cozy on your private SLP island, but sometimes, you just gotta’ visit some neighboring islands to get the job done. This week’s episode with SLP-turned-cognitive-processing nerd, Tera Sumpter, invites you to leave Speech Island (figuratively and literally) and take an excursion to Brain Boss island so that you can help your clients learn the speech and language skills they (and you) strive for. Tune in to learn about a cognitive practice model that aims to improve client and student learning outcomes by developing and using the power of executive functioning - the foundation of all learning. You’ll explore many of the sub-skills involved in overall executive functioning and learn strategies to improve your client’s error awareness and therefore, your client’s success.. This one is super engaging, so you won’t need your Suduko or snacks, but Tera might try to sit in your auditory lap as she pours out this intervention gold that is bound to blow your mind as it did mine! Bon voyage!


Learning Objectives & Course Description

The episode reviews executive functioning and it's relationship to learning.  This episode also reviews the cognitive processes model and strategies for supporting executive functioning.

After attending participants will be able to:

  1. Define executive functioning and describe its relationship to learning
  2. Define the Cognitive Processes Model and how it relates to speech and language pathology.
  3. Identify at least two strategies for supporting executive functioning in speech and language therapy


About the Speakers


Speech and Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst Kate Grandbois

Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA with 13 years of clinical experience working in private practice, outpatient clinics, outpatient hospital settings, and consulting to private schools and legal teams. She specializes in augmentative alternative communication, autism and associated disorders, language development, and integrating AAC into the educational/vocational programming of persons with behavioral needs. 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.

Tera Sumpter, MA, CCC-SLP

Tera Sumpter, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the founder of Seeds of Learning, LLC, in Lakewood, Ohio which specializes in executive functioning, reading, and other pediatric learning disabilities. A former adjunct instructor of Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism in the Cleveland State University's Speech and Hearing Program, Tera currently presents her integrative cognitive processing and executive functioning model internationally to speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, audiologists, inpatient and outpatient clinical therapists, school districts and parent groups. Tera also has experience as a medical speech-language pathologist in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Tera is the author of The Seeds of Learning: A Cognitive Processing Model for Speech, Language, Literacy and Executive Functioning.

Speaker Disclosures

Tera Sumpter financial disclosures: Tera receives royalties from ELH Publishing for her book, The Seeds of Learning: A Cognitive Processing Model for Speech, Language, Literacy and Executive Functioning. She is also the owner of a private practice Seeds of Learning, LLC. Tera Sumpter non-financial disclosures: Tera does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Kate Grandbois disclosures: Financial: 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.




Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

25 minutes:  Descriptions of executive functioning and describe its relationship to learning

15 minutes:  Descriptions of Cognitive Processes Model and how it relates to speech and language pathology.

10 minutes:  Descriptions of strategies for supporting executive functioning in speech and language therapy

5 minutes: Summary and Closing



References and Resources

Barkley, R. A. (2020). Executive functions: What they are, how they work,and why they evolved. Guilford.

Eagleman, D. (2021). Livewired. Anchor Canada.

Mccloskey, G., Perkins, L. A., & Divner, B. V. (2008). Interventions for Executive Function Difficulties. Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties, 177-231. doi:10.4324/9780203893753-9

Sumpter, T. (2021). The seeds of learning: A cognitive processing model for speech, language, literacy and executive functioning. ELH PublisHing.

The Seeds of Learning Online Community



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!


Editors

Episode Summary provided by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP

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

Promotional Contribution provided by Paige Biglin, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

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