INTERVIEW: The Value of Online Education

 

Laura Wood is a speech-language pathologist working in the public schools in Missouri, and she is an outreach coordinator for Apraxia Kids. Today, she shares her thoughts on our newly updated On-Demand Webinars and the value of online education.

 

How did you first hear about the On-Demand Webinars?

I first heard about the On-Demand webinars when I was searching for information about treating children with apraxia of speech and happened across the Apraxia Kids website.  I saw they were offering a sale on several webinars and decided to try them out.  With the new Apraxia Kids site, the webinars are much more affordable when you purchase a membership and access is unlimited.

 

What is the value of being able to access online education?

As a school-based SLP, I have limited time and limited resources available to attend on-site continuing education.  Onsite CEUs in my area may not be tailored to my caseload’s needs.  Access to online continuing education allows me to learn on my own time, at my own pace, and specifically meet the needs of the individual students on my caseload.  Additionally, it allows me to obtain the CEUs required to maintain my license and my ASHA CCCs.

 

Why was it important to you to learn more about childhood apraxia of speech?

It was important to me to learn as much as I can about childhood apraxia of speech because often the students I see with CAS have severely reduced intelligibility and struggle with even functional communication.

Often, their parents want answers and need a confident and knowledgeable SLP to help them understand the diagnosis and guide them through treatment.  I know these students require specific interventions that are different than articulation disorders and I want to make sure I am providing effective and efficient therapy so these kiddos can make progress on their speech skills even in the constraints of the school system.

Children with CAS are often so unique that it can be a struggle to feel confident in evaluation and treatment. That is why I try to access as much evidence based practice as possible on CAS – because it is one of the most challenging disorders that my students face.

 

As a school-based SLP, what would you tell your colleagues about the information in the On-Demand Webinars?

Being a school based SLP means being resourceful.  It means serving the students in our district to the best of our ability every day.  It means educating parents, teachers, and staff about the communication disorders we treat.  The On-Demand Webinars through Apraxia Kids are affordable and can be viewed over lunch, plan times, on the evenings or weekends.  They touch on a wide variety of topics including evaluation, treatment, parent resources, caseload planning, etc.  The webinars contain information that SLPs can immediately utilize in therapy sessions or share with parents and coworkers to best meet the needs of students who require specialized services.

 

Apraxia Kids is committed to making education for SLPs accessible and affordable. We know that many children who struggle with apraxia of speech seek therapy through their school, so online education for school-based SLPs cannot be undervalued.

You can join Laura and other school-based SLPs in continuing to learn about childhood apraxia of speech by enrolling in our On-Demand Webinars membership. You will receive access to dozens of webinars available for ASHA CEUs on topics such as diagnosis, treatment, school-related issues, bullying, and more!

 

Laura Wood is a speech-language pathologist working in the public schools in Missouri, and she is an outreach coordinator for Apraxia Kids. Today, she shares her thoughts on our newly updated On-Demand Webinars and the value of online education.

 

How did you first hear about the On-Demand Webinars?

I first heard about the On-Demand webinars when I was searching for information about treating children with apraxia of speech and happened across the Apraxia Kids website.  I saw they were offering a sale on several webinars and decided to try them out.  With the new Apraxia Kids site, the webinars are much more affordable when you purchase a membership and access is unlimited.

 

What is the value of being able to access online education?

As a school-based SLP, I have limited time and limited resources available to attend on-site continuing education.  Onsite CEUs in my area may not be tailored to my caseload’s needs.  Access to online continuing education allows me to learn on my own time, at my own pace, and specifically meet the needs of the individual students on my caseload.  Additionally, it allows me to obtain the CEUs required to maintain my license and my ASHA CCCs.

 

Why was it important to you to learn more about childhood apraxia of speech?

It was important to me to learn as much as I can about childhood apraxia of speech because often the students I see with CAS have severely reduced intelligibility and struggle with even functional communication.

Often, their parents want answers and need a confident and knowledgeable SLP to help them understand the diagnosis and guide them through treatment.  I know these students require specific interventions that are different than articulation disorders and I want to make sure I am providing effective and efficient therapy so these kiddos can make progress on their speech skills even in the constraints of the school system.

Children with CAS are often so unique that it can be a struggle to feel confident in evaluation and treatment. That is why I try to access as much evidence based practice as possible on CAS – because it is one of the most challenging disorders that my students face.

 

As a school-based SLP, what would you tell your colleagues about the information in the On-Demand Webinars?

Being a school based SLP means being resourceful.  It means serving the students in our district to the best of our ability every day.  It means educating parents, teachers, and staff about the communication disorders we treat.  The On-Demand Webinars through Apraxia Kids are affordable and can be viewed over lunch, plan times, on the evenings or weekends.  They touch on a wide variety of topics including evaluation, treatment, parent resources, caseload planning, etc.  The webinars contain information that SLPs can immediately utilize in therapy sessions or share with parents and coworkers to best meet the needs of students who require specialized services.

 

Apraxia Kids is committed to making education for SLPs accessible and affordable. We know that many children who struggle with apraxia of speech seek therapy through their school, so online education for school-based SLPs cannot be undervalued.

You can join Laura and other school-based SLPs in continuing to learn about childhood apraxia of speech by enrolling in our On-Demand Webinars membership. You will receive access to dozens of webinars available for ASHA CEUs on topics such as diagnosis, treatment, school-related issues, bullying, and more!



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