Institute for Educational Development

8:00 am – 2:30 pm

March 18, 2022

$279.00 per person

School-Based Speech Language Pathologists: Helping Students with Developmental Language Disorder

NEW Seminar Presented By
Christin Mentrikoski

Speech-Language Pathologist and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Grades K-12

  • What every SLP should know about Developmental Language Disorders and why that is currently the term being used for students with language impairments
  • Powerful, current strategies for SLPs to address a Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), using the latest research and best practices in school settings
  • Dozens of practical intervention strategies designed to increase students’ language processing skills in the classroom, through teletherapy, and in their everyday environment
  • Receive an extensive digital resource handbook filled with techniques, ideas and key strategies you can use immediately to treat a Developmental Language Disorder

Practical Strategies and Materials

What is a Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and how can school-based SLPs best support this population of students? Why does terminology related to labels continually change? In this NEW seminar, Speech-Language Pathologist Christin Mentrikoski draws from her extensive experience working with students in grades K-12 to answer these questions and share the best strategies for building your toolbox! Come learn more about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and why the field is using this term for students with language impairments. Join Christin to learn better ways to identify and treat students with Developmental Language Disorder. Leave with the most current, research-based, practical strategies and interventions you can implement immediately in your therapy – whether in the classroom, therapy room, or during teletherapy.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. What School-Based SLPs Need to Know About a Student with Developmental Language Disorder
    What is it and how do I treat it? … Explore the many facets that may be included in a Developmental Language Disorder
  2. Best Strategies for Identifying Comorbid Disorders
    Recognize other disorders or disabilities that may accompany Developmental Language Disorder and learn strategies for managing it all
  3. Practical Assessments and Strategies for Building a Therapy Plan
    Explore assessment instruments for students with Developmental Language Disorder that will support building a therapy plan
  4. Discover Which Information is Vital to Success
    Identify information needed and tools to help you analyze your students’ language profile going beyond standardized assessments
  5. Strengthen Your Students’ Language Skills
    Learn dozens of creative, fun activities for strengthening your students’ skills related to vocabulary, self-expression, and language-based critical thinking
  6. Discover the Impact of Narrative Development on All Language Areas
    Narrative development has a profound impact on all domains of language as well as academic success … Increase your identification of the narrative level of your students and acquire strategies for all ages to increase language skills through narrative development
  7. Connect Your Language Therapy with Literacy Instruction
    Learn powerful techniques to enhance vocabulary, narrative and expository language, and written instruction
  8. Build Metalinguistic Skills
    Investigate the relationship between working memory and language skills – review a working memory model to support building metalinguistic skills
  9. Strengthen Your Collaborative Teaching Skills
    Experience learning models that lead to stronger, mutually beneficial relationships with classroom teachers … Learn strategies to improve communication and collaboration
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Language Therapy Resource Handbook
    You’ll leave with an extensive digital resource handbook designed specifically for language therapy and packed with step-by-step activities, materials and resources designed to make your language therapy program more efficient and effective whether working with students in-person or online

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Gather strategies for increasing language skills that can be used through teletherapy as well as in the classroom
  • Determine a concise definition of a Developmental Language Disorder and understand the changing terminology related to language impairments
  • Develop an assessment protocol that evaluates linguistic skills and links areas of needs to functional academic difficulties
  • Identify linguistic skills impacted by a Developmental Language Disorder – determine how syntax, semantic, narrative and social language skills are impacted
  • Utilize innovative and easy-to-use therapy ideas for treating a Developmental Language Disorder – target various linguistic activities – whether working with students at school or online
  • Identify concomitant diagnoses – determine associated diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or dyslexia
  • Motivating ways to expand your vocabulary development and support teachers in vocabulary selection to target curriculum-based vocabulary
  • Numerous, no/low cost, effective therapy materials – receive an extensive list of materials, apps and websites that can enhance your therapy
  • Explore a variety of ready-made materials to target several language goals – ideas for how to use materials to target receptive and expressive language
  • Increase your participation as part of an interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary team – learn strategies to lend your expertise to others working with your students
  • Tie your language goals to the academic skills – discover how your language goals directly impact attainment of academic skills
  • Integrate current language lessons with reading, writing and spelling – take the next step with your therapy goals to support necessary language arts academic skills
  • Enhance reading comprehension – learn strategies for understanding vocabulary, syntax, narrative and expository texts
  • Discover new, easy-to-use language activities – update your toolkit of language interventions to better integrate language and literacy instruction

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I love working with my students! Learning about each student and what works best, has motivated me to continually problem solve, research, and adapt my own understanding of students with language disorders. What are the terms being used, why are the terms changing and what are the best approaches? Over my many years as an SLP, I have noticed how my students need more support to make gains in the academic realm. I see how teachers are not confident interpreting and figuring out what my students need. This led me to create and refine dozens of practical strategies that can be implemented in any program. I want to share with you what I have learned along the way.

Given that language skills are the key to academic success, students with Developmental Language Disorder need support to access the curriculum. As speech language pathologists we need to equip other staff to understand the needs of these students as well as support the students in understanding their own learning profile so that they become strong advocators. Narrative and expository language play a large part in academic success. It is my goal to share techniques to help you expand your therapy and instructional options with regard to language skills. Further, identifying vocabulary words, as well as which words to focus on in therapy, can be a challenge. Together we will break down how to support teachers in vocabulary instruction and how to support students in their vocabulary development.

My goal is to use our time together to learn how we can all improve the success of our students. I look forward to meeting you at the seminar and sharing ideas with you so that you can plan ways to use the information immediately with your own caseload of speech language students.

Christin Mentrikoski, M.S. CCC-SLP

P.S. You will gain access to an online folder to find the extensive digital handbook and resources after the seminar.

Who Should Attend

Specifically Designed for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Grades K-12


This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

ASHA Approved

ASHA-Required Disclosure Statement for Christin Mentrikoski:
Presenter for the Institute for Educational Development and receives honorarium compensation.
No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Special Benefits of Attending:

  1. You'll Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Evidence-based strategies you can use immediately to assess and treat a Developmental Language Disorder – whether you are providing in-person or online therapy
    • Dynamic, fun and interactive intervention activities to address students’ communication challenges
    • Special access to an online folder for downloads and resources
    • Hands-on, practical problem-solving tools treat the linguistic needs of students with Developmental Language Disorder
    • Apps and websites to support your language therapy and much more!
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other speech language pathologists interested in helping students with developmental language disorder.
  3. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  4. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.