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Tell Me a Story Part 2: Technology Tools for Targeting Narrative Skills

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. Technology Tools Adaptable for Narrative Interventions: Image-Based Resources

This chapter will provide detailed demonstrations of apps in genres that include image and collage creators, book makers, and story mappers. Examples will illustrate alignment with narrative and sentence formulation, in addition to presenting a model for using apps within a language-building process. Resources for presenting stories via technology tools (i.e. e-books) will also be reviewed.

2. Technology Tools Adaptable for Narrative Interventions: Dynamic Resources

This chapter will provide detailed demonstrations of apps based in animation and video, along with artifacts from therapy sessions. Examples will illustrate alignment with narrative and sentence formulation, in addition to presenting a model for using apps within a language-building process. Resources for presenting stories via technology tools (e.g. video) will also be reviewed.

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