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Therapeutic Technology Use in Language Intervention for School-Age Clients

presented by Sean J. Sweeney

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Speech and Language Pathologists strive to employ research-based practices in our interventions. Technology can serve as “just one tool” in our toolkit to translate best practices through visual and interactive resources to engage our clients while targeting specific clinical objectives. This course will review the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s model of Evidence-Based Practice and provide examples of aligning research points with technology use. Specific intersections of research and practice will focus on language intervention areas across the grade levels including play skills, syntactic development, vocabulary and word retrieval, complex sentence formulation, narrative and expository discourse, and social skill development. Participants will apply the strategy of analyzing app features and matching resources to strategies and techniques.

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. Evidence-based practice and daily implications

    1. Evidence-based practice and daily implications

    This chapter will describe ASHA’s EBP model and interpret its implications in the context of practical therapeutic interventions. A particular focus will be the potential for technology resources in creation of engaging intervention materials.

  2. Aligning technology use with research supporting early language interventions

    2. Aligning technology use with research supporting early language interventions

    This chapter will summarize selected research findings and best practices applicable to interventions in play skills, syntactic development, and comprehension of directions within early language learners. With each topic, app-based activities will be modeled that apply the techniques supported in the literature.

  3. Aligning Technology Use with Research Supporting Later Language Interventions

    3. Aligning Technology Use with Research Supporting Later Language Interventions

    This chapter will summarize selected research findings and best practices applicable to interventions in vocabulary and word retrieval, complex sentence formulation, narrative and expository discourse, and social skill development. With each topic, app-based activities will be modeled that apply the techniques supported in the literature.