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2014 Conference

Teaching Parents to Be Communication Partners:
The Effectiveness of Parent-Implemented Language Interventions
Dr. Megan Roberts
Friday, May 16, 2014

Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Prepaid registration is now closed.

General registration is $55 per person. ASHA and MI SCECH CEUs are available at an additional cost. All meals (light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break) are included in the cost of registration.

Course Description

Teaching parents to be effective communication partners for their children with developmental disabilities is a complex process. This workshop will focus on empirically-supported language support strategies that have been shown to be effective at promoting language development in infants and toddlers. This workshop will also include choosing appropriate communication targets for different populations of children with language delays as well as effective ways of including parents in early intervention. Videos and case studies will be used to illustrate these procedures.

Time-Ordered Agenda: Friday, May 16, 2014

7:45-8:30am        Check-in and Breakfast (Pre-registration is required)
8:30-8:45am        Introductions and Overview
8:45-10:00am      Assessment Strategies and Tools: The Importance of Data-Based Decision Making
10:00-10:15am    Break
10:15-11:15am    Setting the Context for Communication: Responsive Interaction Intervention Strategies
11:15-12:15pm    Modeling and Expanding Communication
12:15-1:00pm      Lunch (Included)
1:00-2:00pm        Teaching Communication through Environmental Supports
2:00-2:45pm        Prompting for Communication
2:45-3:00pm        Break
3:00-4:00pm        Coaching and Adult Learning Strategies

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify parent-implemented language intervention as an evidence-based intervention.
  2. List four language support strategies that parents successfully learned in the illustrative research study.
  3. Describe four effective methods for training parents.

Speaker Biography

Megan Roberts, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. Her work focuses on family-centered early communication interventions for young children with language delays. This clinically based line of research examines different variations of parent-implemented communication interventions tailored specifically for different populations of children with language delays. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Financial: Received an honorarium and travel expenses for this presentation. Also funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the Institute of Education Sciences.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial disclosures.



This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). The cost is an additional $10.

This course is offered for 6 SCECH credits (formerly Michigan State Board CEU). The cost is an additional $15.


You may access the registration form here. Registration is now closed.