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Tell Me a Story Part 2: Technology Tools for Targeting Narrative Skills

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. Technology Tools Adaptable for Narrative Interventions- Image-based resources

    1. Technology Tools Adaptable for Narrative Interventions- Image-based resources

    This chapter will provide detailed demonstrations of apps in genres that include image and collage creators, book makers, and story mappers. Examples will illustrate alignment with narrative and sentence formulation, in addition to presenting a model for using apps within a language-building process. Resources for presenting stories via technology tools (i.e. e-books) will also be reviewed.

  2. Technology Tools adaptable for narrative interventions- Dynamic resources

    2. Technology Tools adaptable for narrative interventions- Dynamic resources

    This chapter will provide detailed demonstrations of apps based in animation and video, along with artifacts from therapy sessions. Examples will illustrate alignment with narrative and sentence formulation, in addition to presenting a model for using apps within a language-building process. Resources for presenting stories via technology tools (e.g. video) will also be reviewed.