Tell Me a Story Part 1: Methodology for Narrative Skill Assessment

presented by Sean J. Sweeney

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Why are stories important from a clinical perspective and how do we help our clients and students to tell stories? Narrative comprehension and expressive skills have implications for both academic and social success. This course will review research-based methodologies such as story grammar teaching and narrative elaboration treatment and provide recommendations of easy-to-apply interventions. Comprehension and expression of stories can be targeted through easy-to-use and engaging creation tools using images, book creation, animation, and video. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how to incorporate best practices in narrative language interventions while applying a variety of mobile apps to make therapy fun and meaningful for students.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Sean J. Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP

    Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and technology consultant working in private practice at The Ely Center in Needham, MA. Sean spent over a decade in the public school setting serving in the roles of SLP and instructional technology specialist. His website, SpeechTechie, was inspired by the combination of those complementary vocations and a desire to empower those in his field to employ technology in their work. Sean currently consults to and presents for local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions, with the goal of demonstrating technology resources that can be applied to specific objectives in language, social cognitive and executive function development while aligning with best practices and research in the field. Sean is a regular columnist for The ASHA Leader. 

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. What’s the Story With Stories?

    1. What’s the Story With Stories?

    This chapter will detail the implications of narrative skills on student and client performance. This will include citations from the literature of the impacts of story comprehension and expression in both academic and social contexts.

  2. How Do We Assess and Treat Narrative Skills

    2. How Do We Assess and Treat Narrative Skills

    ? This chapter will describe methodologies for assessment including formal and informal tools, along with techniques for developing narrative skills and sentence formulation. Several frameworks and adaptable methodologies will be discussed, along with several apps useful in assessment and treatment.