Check out our current online course offerings available for professional development:
Demystifying Dyslexia Intervention
Instructor: Andrea Hanson, M.S., CCC-SLP, CALT
Andrea Hanson is a speech-language pathologist and certified academic language therapist within the Northwest Arkansas Area. She has worked on the public school system for 12 years.Andrea has also worked at the University of Arkansas as an adjunct lecturer and clinical supervisor for 2 years. Andrea’s caseload primarily consisted of school-aged children with language disorders, reading disorders and pragmatic language disorders.
Each part of this course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs and 1.5 Professional Development Hours with the Arkansas Department of Education.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to determine the signs and symptoms of dyslexia as compared to a learning delay or other disorder. Participants will define dyslexia. Participants will discuss history of dyslexia.
Learning Objectives: Participants will identify the Golden Battery. Participants will be able to develop a battery of tests for a dyslexia evaluation. Participants will be able to incorporate activities into a session to address reading skills.
Positive Moves: Caring for Our Capacity to Care
Instructor: Mark Koch, OTD, OTR/L
Mark Koch is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Arkansas/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995 and completed his post-professional Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University in 2018. Mark has worked in forensic settings, school-based practice, and community-based advocacy.
This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs and 1 Professional Development Hour with the Arkansas Department of Education.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to define Trauma Stewardship, identify warning signs of Trauma Exposure Response, and apply principles of The Five Directions Model to our personal and professional lives.
Feeding and Swallowing in the Schools
Instructor: Vanessa Boomer Ed.S., CC-SLP
Vanessa Boomer is a leader focused on the trends and issues impacting special education, bringing more than 16 years of experience to her role as Lead Special Education Facilitator for Arkansas’ Bentonville Schools. Vanessa is focused on the coordination of district resources to support proper assessments, development and implementation of behavior intervention and speech therapy treatment plans.
Each part of this course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs and 1 Professional Development Hour with the Arkansas Department of Education.
Participants will identity possible referral characteristics for students with feeding and/or swallowing disorders and identify how feeding and swallowing interventions are relevant to educational skills.
Participants will identify vital team members and their roles for appropriately addressing feeding and swallowing needs on an IEP and demonstrate understanding of the SLP's role in writing and implementing goals within the school setting.