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ESC Region 11 Speech-Language Pathology Newsletter

Issue 6 • August 2019

Welcome Back!

Greetings! I hope you all have enjoyed your summer and are well-rested and geared up for the new school year. As you start to plan for the year, I wanted to pass along ESC Region 11's upcoming professional development opportunities for SLPs!

Special Education Evaluation Collaborative

Are you an SLP Lead in your district? Or a Coordinator for Speech and Language Services? This series of meetings are designed specifically to support Diagnosticians, LSSPs, and Speech Pathologists in Region 11 districts, SSAs, and charter schools. Together, we will collaborate and discuss best practices in special education, legal updates, department organization and management, leadership skills, TEA guidance documents, and more. The meetings will consist of sessions for all evaluation staff as well as focused time for specific topics on speech-language pathology. Click on the highlighted link to register. The meetings will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM at ESC Region 11.

Special Education Evaluation Collaborative

September 13, 2019

Special Education Evaluation Collaborative

November 15, 2019

Special Education Evaluation Collaborative

April 3, 2020

New Speech-Language Pathology Academy 2019-2020 (014290)

September 19, 2019

Are you a first-year SLP in your district? Or a seasoned SLP newly entering the public school setting? ESC Region 11's New Speech-Language Pathology Academy 2019-2020 is a series of workshops focused on supporting SLPs in understanding the laws, vocabulary, procedures, and expectations of working in public schools. Come learn everything you will need to be successful in your first year and build a network of other new SLPs in the region. Technical assistance visits will be provided by ESC Region 11 staff to support each participant. Register here.

Building Emergent Literacy Skills in Speech and Language Therapy (014687)

October 23, 2019

Young children with speech and language disorders face heightened risks for lags in literacy development; therefore, it is crucial for speech-language pathologists to know how emergent literacy develops and how we can support our youngest learners in becoming skilled readers. This interactive session outlines the simple view of reading and provides you with essential targets (precursor skills), materials (books/activities), and procedures (EBPs) that you can easily incorporate into therapy sessions to support "reading" with your youngest students. Each participant will walk away with a print-rich book and interactive materials to immediately use with students! Register here.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Foundations Team Training (014681)

December 9-10, 2019

This workshop series is designed for professionals working with students with complex communication needs (CCN) who need Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). During this two-day training, participants will feel empowered so that no matter which specific app, device, training, or technique presents itself, the team will feel they have the foundational knowledge needed to make decisions and plan interventions.

This training emphasizes a "Learn, Try, Apply" approach:

LEARN: Teams will develop common background knowledge about AAC and learn a five-step process to organize and prioritize information related to Augmentative Communication decision making.

TRY: Teams will explore and practice successful intervention strategies.

APPLY: Teams will use homework, case studies, and reflection to support meaningful, multi-modal communication outcomes. A classroom core vocabulary wall display will be provided to each participant.

Register here.

Reminder! Statewide Speech-Language Pathology Webinars 2019-2020

These webinars are provided to public school SLPs at no cost and can be watched from the office, therapy room, or home. Click on the highlighted title below to register on ESC Region 11's website. TSHA CEUs (2.5 hours) are pending approval for each webinar. The webinars are from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Speech Webinar Series #1: Supporting Adolescents and Young Adults Who are Facing the Challenge of Stuttering

Presenter: Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Date: September 20, 2019

Speech Webinar Series #2: SI Legal

Presenter: Gigi Driscoll, JD Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Gallegos, Green & Trevino, P.C.

Date: November 8, 2019

Speech Webinar Series #3: Integrating Time-Saving SLP Interventions into Classrooms and Curriculum

Presenter: Christina Bradburn, M.S., CCC-SLP

Date: December 13, 2019

Speech Webinar Series #4: The Ethics of Providing Quality Supervision

Presenter: Lisa Rukovena, M.A., CCC-SLP

Date: January 17, 2020

Speech Webinar Series #5: Engaging Children with ASD in Social Communication – Part 1

Presenter: Joel Shaul, M.A.

Date: February 21, 2020

Speech Webinar Series #6: Engaging Children with ASD in Social Interaction – Part 2

Presenter: Joel Shaul

Date: March 20, 2020

Speech Webinar Series #7: Using Non-Standardized Assessments to Help Determine Social Communication Needs

Presenter: Michelle Ivy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Date: April 17, 2020

Speech Webinar Series #8: Intervention Strategies for Improving Pragmatic Communication in School-Aged Children

Presenter: Michelle Ivy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Date: May 15, 2020

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm looking forward to a great school year!


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