Chair: Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP

Members: Lynn Abelson MA, CCC-SLP, OTR/L; Mari Caufield, LCST, MIASLT, MRCSLT; Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP; Linda Cervenka, MA, CCC-SLP; Nora D’Angiola, PhD, CCC-SLP; Sharon Duval, MA, CCC-SLP; Cindy Harrison, M.Sc. Reg. CASLPO; Michele Ricamato, MA, CCC-SLP

The Profectum speech and language communication working group includes speech-language pathologists (SLPs) treating individuals across the life span who demonstrate a range of speech, language, and communication challenges. All SLPs are welcome to join and play a role in developing Profectum Academy speech and language communication curriculum. This curriculum will be advanced through webcast lectures integrated into the Profectum Academy teaching tracks. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary case discussions with experts and colleagues as well as in depth individualized case analysis through the Profectum mentoring process. The mission of the group will be reflected in the focus of the training for the participants. The goal of the training will be to integrate developmental language thinking with a DIR model perspective, offering the participant the capacity to develop an integrated and interdisciplinary view of each child’s developmental language profile and to use assessment and intervention paradigms which reflect best practices. Tracks for non-SLPs as well as SLPs will be developed.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Speech, language, and communication defined
  • Developmental versus other models of language acquisition
  • The course of typical language development from birth through school-age
  • The role of intentionality, shared meanings, and comprehension in the pre-linguistic stages of language development
  • Caregiver-child relationships as the foundation for the development of speech, language, and communication
  • The importance of the social and emotional world of the child in supporting language and communication development
  • The impact of individual differences on the development of speech, language and communication
  • Comprehension versus production of language throughout the language stages
  • The relationship between language acquisition and literacy
  • Multicultural considerations in the development of speech, language, and communication
  • Red flags in the development of speech, language, and communication
  • Creating the optimum communication environment for the development of language and communication
  • Determining developmental goals for speech, language, and communication
  • Intervention strategies for supporting speech, language, and communication development
  • Decision making during language intervention – when to do what?