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Learning Outcomes and Course Description

In this session, we defined and discussed the knowledge to action cycle, and how it is relevant to the field of speech-language pathology. We also discussed how behavior changes and why clinical behavior change is important in a variety of settings. In addition, we explored various approaches to becoming a savvy consumer and how to analyze the information you are consuming.

As a result of this activity, participants will:

  • Describe the knowledge to action cycle 
  • Discuss behavior change at the level of the individual and the organization as it relates to the research-to-practice gap
  • Describe methods to savvily consume information for actionable benefit for all parties

About the Speakers


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.

Natalie Douglas Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Natalie Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Lead Collaborator at Practical Implementation Collaborative and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University. Her work aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, aphasia, and other acquired communication disorders in adults. She additionally aims to empower local healthcare and educational teams to support best practices, quality improvement initiatives, and person-centered care through applying principles of implementation science.

Speaker Disclosures

Kate Grandbois has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: 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 has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: 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.

Natalie Douglas has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: Natalie Douglas recieved a speaking fee; receives salary for employment at Central Michigan University + the Informed SLP; research funding from American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation; royalties from book from Plural Publications; honorarium for today’s conversation. Natalie Douglas has the following nonfinancial relationships to disclose: Member of ASHA SIG 2 + 15; AphasiaAccess; GSA; ACRM.

Time Ordered Agenda

10 MIN Introductions and Backgrounds
15 MIN Knowledge to action cycle
10 MIN Behavior change at individual level
10 MIN Behavior change at organizational level
10 MIN Describe methods to savvily consume info for actionable benefit for all parties
5 MIN Closing, Discussion and Questions


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!

In-Kind Support

This course was originally published as part of SLP-Live, an online conference that took place in February 2020.  At that time  the following companies provided in kind support through product offerings, services, and/or discounts to giveaway to attendees at no charge: Vooks, The Speech Chick, The Digital SLP, Swivel Scheduler, Creative Speech Lab, What Should Danny Do?, SLP Now, Bridges, The Speech Tree Co, SLP Toolkit, Northern Speech Services, Speech Time Fun, Peachie Speechie, SLP Nerdcast, and Tassel Learning.