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Tell Me a Story Part 1: Methodology for Narrative Skill Assessment

presented by Sean J. Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP

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Financial: Sean Sweeney receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. Non-Financial: Sean Sweeney has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Why are stories important from a clinical perspective and how do we help our clients and students to tell stories? Narrative comprehension and expressive skills have implications for both academic and social success. This course will review research-based methodologies such as story grammar teaching and narrative elaboration treatment and provide recommendations of easy-to-apply interventions. Comprehension and expression of stories can be targeted through easy-to-use and engaging creation tools using images, book creation, animation, and video. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how to incorporate best practices in narrative language interventions while applying a variety of mobile apps to make therapy fun and meaningful for students.

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…

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1. What’s the Story With Stories?

This chapter will detail the implications of narrative skills on student and client performance. This will include citations from the literature of the impacts of story comprehension and expression in both academic and social contexts.

2. How Do We Assess and Treat Narrative Skills

? This chapter will describe methodologies for assessment including formal and informal tools, along with techniques for developing narrative skills and sentence formulation. Several frameworks and adaptable methodologies will be discussed, along with several apps useful in assessment and treatment.

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