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New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS): A Framework for Supporting ALL Students

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

Presented by Saskia S. Brown, EdD

Saskia S. Brown, EdD, has previously served as a general education and special education teacher, school program coordinator, director, district administrator and adjunct professor. At the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), she has served as a fiscal and policy specialist and special education consultant. She currently serves as the project manager for the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports Early Reading (NJTSS-ER) initiative.

Abstract
New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) is a framework of supports and interventions to improve student achievement, based on the core components of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the three tier prevention logic of Response to Intervention (RTI). With a foundation of strong district and school leadership, a positive school culture and climate, and family and community engagement, NJTSS builds on Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) and gives schools structure to meet the academic, behavioral, health, enrichment and social/emotional needs of all students.

This interactive webinar will provide a brief overview of the NJTSS framework, discuss how the essential components of the framework can be used to support students and its connection to special education, as well as, how speech-language pathologists and other resources can be utilized to support the implementation of the framework. Register to attend this webinar to learn more about the New Jersey Department of Education’s initiative and resources for districts to improve educational achievement and post-secondary success for ALL New Jersey students.

Learner Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to identify the benefits for all when implementing a multi-tiered system of supports framework such as NJTSS, gain an understanding of the essential components of the NJTSS framework and the key resources for implementation, and identify the role of the speech-language pathologist and other intervention team members in implementing the NJTSS framework and its connection to special education.

Webinar fee is $25.

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Additional information and login procedures will be provided to participants after registration. 

Continuing Education

This program is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (introductory level, professional area)

 

Presenter Disclosure
Financial Disclosure: Saskia Brown is employed by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Non-financial Disclosure: Saskia Brown has no non-financial disclosures.

 

Understanding Verbal Operants: A Functional Analysis of Language

Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 pm EST

Presented by Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA

Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA, is Founding Executive Director of ASAP – A Step Ahead Program, LLC, since 2004. Dr. Slim is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst with over 30 years specializing in the diagnosis and management of children with Apraxia, neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders and Autism, with a focus on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Education. Dr. Slim received her doctoral degree in leadership and interprofessional education in health sciences and health administration from Seton Hall University, and her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Pittsburgh. She is recognized for her innovative interdisciplinary/interprofessional education collaborative approach supporting families and their children, promoting communication and integrating interventions across disciplines. Dr. Slim has presented nationally and internationally, in the areas of autism, apraxia, speech-language assessment and interventions, parent and staff training, and Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, and has published peer-reviewed research. Dr. Slim is the Recipient of the 2005 Children Empowerment Award, the 2014 NJSHA Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award and the 2015 and 2016 ASHA ACE award. She holds a Supervision Certificate from the BACB organization. She is currently an executive member of the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group affiliated with the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), chair of NJSHA Interprofessional Autism Conference, vice chair of NJSHA Private Practice Committee, board member of Fill-A-Need Foundation and a member of ASHA. Dr. Slim is active member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), NJSHA, Morris County Speech and Hearing Association (MCSHA), Union County Speech and Hearing Association (UCSHA), NJABA, ABAInternational and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).

Abstract
As speech-language pathologists, one primary objective is to accurately and efficiently select intervention targets to improve communication skills. How we determine when and what needs to be taught, and what the nature of the skill deficit or communication breakdown is, will depend on how effective and successful communication occurs in the interaction between the speaker and the listener. In a weak or ineffective exchange, it is suspected that one of the partners has a language skill deficit. The understanding of the functional units that comprise a discourse between the listener and speaker is critical in determining the skill deficit involved. According to B.F. Skinner’s analysis of language, “function” involves a contingent relationship between environmental variables and the words (language) we use. Skinner refers to Verbal Behavior as a functional account of language. It requires speakers and listeners. It also requires speakers to function as listeners and for listeners to function as speakers.

Furthermore, speech-language assessments provide information on the topography of the skill repertoire of an individual. Although, topography is important in selection of treatment plan components, it does not account for the environmental conditions within which the response occurs. Meaning is derived from the environmental conditions and context that controls and serves it. This webinar presentation will define and describe verbal behavior and verbal operants, and will provide examples of how to incorporate these verbal operants when writing behavioral objectives. As such, a better understanding of the verbal operants will lead to more effective selection of language targets which then will foster generalization of language skills.

Learner Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to identify verbal operants, select language targets based on function and describe effective behavioral objectives.

Webinar fee is $25.

Online Registration


Additional information and login procedures will be provided to participants after registration. 

Continuing Education

This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (introductory level, professional area)

 

Presenter Disclosure
Financial Disclosure: Lina Slim-Topdjian is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for her presentation.

Non-financial Disclosure: Lina Slim-Topdjian is the chair of the NJSHA Interprofessional Autism Conference and vice chair of the NJSHA private practice committee for which she does not recieve any financial compentation for these roles.

 

 

 

 

 

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