Institute for Educational Development

Location: PEORIA
Date: March 7, 2018

$249.00 per person
Group Price: $229.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

Speech-Language Pathologists:

Maximize Your Effectiveness, Efficiency and Reach

NEW Seminar Presented By
Teresa Farnham

Outstanding Speech-Language Pathologist and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK-12

  • Powerful, evidence-based strategies designed to maximize your effectiveness, efficiency and reach as an SLP
  • Innovative solutions and ideas to address common problems of practice facing school-based SLPs – how to put your focus where it belongs
  • Ways to accelerate your students’ speech-language skill acquisition and to extend your reach beyond face-to-face therapy
  • Maximize student progress through efficient, optimal methods of managing your paperwork, scheduling, assessment, documentation, dismissal, and more!

Practical Strategies and Materials

As school-based SLPs, our work is both highly rewarding and highly challenging. The rewards of successful therapy are great, but the many nonclinical and administrative aspects of the work can sometimes seem to take over. Keeping students motivated and progressing, moving them steadily to proficiency in speech and language skills, knowing when, how and why they are ready to exit services, applying principles of evidence-based practice (EBP), and then administering and documenting all this for educational records and state requirements can be overwhelming.

In this NEW seminar, outstanding SLP and national presenter, TERESA FARNHAM, will show you how to expedite children’s progress in speech and/or language therapy, help students become more responsible for their own progress, and ultimately meet exit criteria, thereby reducing your caseload. You will also learn ways to powerfully extend your therapeutic reach to times when you’re not there! Numerous ideas to help manage the administrative part of your workload will be shared as well.

Learn to look at the big picture and bring into focus the things that truly matter to maximize your effectiveness, efficiency and reach. Join Teresa for a day full of outstanding ideas and solutions.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Powerful Strategies Every SLP Can Use to Provide Outstanding Services
    Maximize your effectiveness, efficiency and reach … Proven, practical, evidence-based strategies designed specifically to maximize student progress
  2. Accelerate Students’ Speech-Language Skill Acquisition
    Discover strategies and practices that can accelerate your students’ speech-language learning. No more therapy “Lifers!” … Reduce your caseload by facilitating genuine, lasting progress
  3. Maximize Your Reach Beyond Therapy
    Implement powerful tools and strategies that your students and other staff members can use when you’re not there! … Extend your therapy reach and accelerate student progress
  4. Increase Student Progress Through Assessment and Analysis
    Discover specific assessment processes that can maximize your students’ progress … Learn how to step back for the “long view” and how you can focus on the essential, high-impact skills that will propel your students forward
  5. Maximize Your Effectiveness
    Powerful ways to utilize foundational principles of intervention to increase your effectiveness with all types of speech-language disabilities … Best-practice, high-impact strategies to expedite all your students’ progress
  6. Scheduling to Strengthen Student Progress
    The best, most effective ways to configure your day in order to facilitate strong student progress, while meeting individual needs and IEP goals … More face-to-face time doesn’t necessarily result in faster improvement, but intentional, effective use of your existing time will!
  7. Blaze a Trail Through the Paperwork Jungle
    Utilize tools and strategies designed to help you effectively address this key issue and stay organized … Doable ways to accomplish more in less time
  8. To Dismiss, or Not to Dismiss: That is the Question
    How to think and act strategically to set and reach long-term goals for all students so “graduation” from therapy becomes a viable target for everyone … Validate your decision for dismissal with well-documented student progress toward mutually understood goals
  9. Document Accurately, Usefully and Efficiently
    Learn innovative ways to write goals and objectives to quickly measure over-arching skill development while leaving latitude to address and fine-tune more specific skills
  10. Receive an Extensive Handbook
    As a participant, you will receive an extensive resource handbook packed with all the tools and strategies necessary to help you maximize your effectiveness, efficiency and reach as a school-based SLP

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Powerful and doable ways to help you maximize your effectiveness, efficiency and reach as a school-based SLP
  • Ways to evaluate your caseload and workload with the big picture in mind
  • Powerful interventions that extend your reach beyond face-to-face therapy
  • Tools to develop schedules that accelerate student progress AND actually work for you
  • Ways to develop speech-language interventions that have pragmatic integrity
  • Innovative, real-life, motivating intervention strategies designed especially for long-term and multiple disabilities students
  • Instructional activities that strengthen your students’ self-monitoring skills
  • How to maximize your productive intervention time
  • Techniques that increase response frequency and accuracy in any therapy setting
  • Strategies and activities designed to counteract students’ disinterest or apathy, and to help them make more rapid progress
  • The best, most current ways to effectively utilize evidence-based practice in every therapy session and with any type of speech/language disability
  • Ways to maximize students’ success in acquiring speech and language skills
  • How to increase your students’ independence and ownership both in and outside of therapy
  • Strategies to tailor your program to individual student needs and apply differentiated therapy models to enhance student progress
  • Relevant, engaging strategies and activities to keep the real target – communicative competence – in view for all your students

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Communication is the heart of our human experience, making speech-language pathology (at least in my view) the ideal profession. I love helping children succeed and overcome speech and language disabilities. It is so gratifying to see a successful young adult who was once a “speech kid” in a public speaking role, to have a parent express their amazement at how much their preschooler has learned to say, to see a child with autism express himself clearly and calmly in a challenging situation, or to watch a teen with a hearing impairment give a class presentation about her disability.

Despite so many rewarding moments like these, our profession is not without its challenges. Often, I have heard school-based SLPs express frustration with time constraints which seem to prevent them from providing the best possible services to children, with decisions over when and how to dismiss a child from therapy, with a student “hitting the wall” in therapy and struggling to continue making progress, with children heading toward becoming caseload “lifers,” and of course with the time consumed by paperwork.

Several years ago, I made a conscious decision to pursue and develop new strategies for maximizing my therapy effectiveness within my available time, particularly for students who never seemed to reach the level of performance necessary for them to “graduate” from therapy. My unwritten motto became “No more lifers!” In the process, I found many doable and powerful strategies I could implement in my daily work that significantly improved my effectiveness, efficiency and reach as an SLP. This will be the focus of our day together.

My goal for this workshop is to lighten your load, while maximizing your treatment effectiveness for many types of speech-language disabilities. Please join me for a day of revisiting and refining our routine SLP practices in powerful ways. I want to share ways to tame the paperwork monster and to extend your reach beyond face-to-face therapy. Let’s put our considerable problem-solving skills to work on resolving key practice issues, with the overarching goal of moving all our students to higher levels of performance to support their overall success.

I look forward to meeting you!

Teresa Farnham

P.S. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook filled with practical strategies and ideas to help you maximize your effectiveness, efficiency and reach as a school-based SLP.

Who Should Attend

Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK-12.


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

ASHA Approved

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. You'll Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical strategies to help you manage your caseload by more rapidly moving students through therapy for all types of speech sound disorders
    • Key elements of effective intervention applied to language and speech disorders
    • Sources for low/no cost technology to use in your therapy
    • Ideas and strategies to increase student engagement and independence
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in maximizing their effectiveness, efficiency and reach as SLPs.
  3. Consultation Available
    Teresa Farnham will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own speech-language program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. 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.