Lunch and Learn

This free webinar series runs on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:00 EST. Please explore and share previous recordings of previous and upcoming topics below! Registration for the series can be found here, for one or more of the sessions.

Empowering Communication through Echolalia

November 10, 2021
Presented by Adrienne Koenig, MS, CCC-SLP

Echolalia and scripting often signal an alternative style of language development called gestalt processing. While many children develop language by combining individual words, gestalt processors begin with connected chunks of language that need to be broken down. This unique and well researched language development process requires a differentiated set of supports. In this presentation, you will gain a foundational understanding of gestalt language processing and how best to support it.

“We Don’t Have Time!” Reframing and Supporting Foundational Needs

December 8, 2021
Presented by Sarah Brandt, EdD

With a limited number of hours each day and a long list of important skills and knowledge to address, what can professionals do to set their complex learners up for success? In this Lunch and Learn, strategies are provided to reframe and support foundational needs. From bridging the “academic” and “functional” divide, to integrating instruction, this presentation will encourage you to think critically about both your and your learners’ valuable time.

Increasing Communication Opportunities at Home

January 12, 2022
Presented by Kristina Gulati, MS, CCC-SLP

Are you looking for strategies to support your child’s speech, language, and communication skills? Starting at home is the most important step! In this Lunch and Learn, parents and caregivers will learn simple strategies from an SLP that they can use within everyday routines to help increase communication and language.

Expanding the Definition of Literacy

February 9, 2022
Presented by Maddy Rynne, MEd

How can we expand our definition of literacy beyond the generic, “Reading and Writing”? What other skills do we need to target to help our complex learners become literate? What are the true goals of literacy? In this Lunch and Learn, we will discuss an expanded definition of literacy and review strategies to teach students how to engage with text, make meaning, and bridge new information to known information.

Additional references and resources, such as wordless book lists, can be found here.

Interacting with Others: The ‘Art and Science’ of Pragmatics  

March 9, 2022
Presented by Amy Szarkowski, PhD

In order to interact successfully, we need to understand the context of interaction and know how to make ourselves understood. This presentation will explore pragmatics, sometimes referred to as social communication, particularly its relevance for children who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have complex communication needs.

 

Empowering Meaningful Communication with AAC: Overcoming Prompt Dependency and More

April 13, 2022
Presented by Adrienne Koenig, MS, CCC-SLP

In this presentation, we will explore strategies to empower meaningful and spontaneous communication with augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC. Learn how to avoid common challenges like prompt dependency, difficulties with generalization, and perception of AAC as “work.” We will discuss how best to use natural contexts and interactions to support individuals in finding their “voices” and developing generative language! This session focuses primarily on analytic language processors, with a few tips for gestalt processors as well. 

Additional references and resources can be found here.

Five Speech and Language Approaches That I Use as a Parent

May 11, 2022
Presented by Serena Yure, MS, CCC-SLP

Have you ever wondered what speech language pathologists do at home with their own children? In this presentation, our SLP Serena Yure shares strategies that she finds powerful both in her professional practice and as a parent to her own two children. This presentation is relevant for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those who have complex communication or learning needs.

[PREVIEW] Don’t Just Survive… THRIVE! Summer Strategies for Families

June 8, 2022
Interdisciplinary Presentation

While summer may bring sunshine, ocean breezes, and relaxed schedules, it can also bring challenges for some families. This interdisciplinary presentation will provide strategies from our clinician team on not just surviving, but THRIVING this summer! Planning a road trip? Our speech-language pathologist will share tips on communication games in the car. Looking to increase social opportunities? Our psychologist has ideas to encourage friendships and meaningful play. Worried about academics? Our educators will discuss ways to foster literacy and learning. We hope you will join us Wednesday, June 8, for this free presentation.