Language Therapy Advance
Introducing Language Therapy Advance:
A program for SLPs that shows you how to get BETTER RESULTS by focusing on the RIGHT THINGS.
This is me with my husband (Joe) and my stepdaughter (Olivia) visiting the Golden Gate bridge this past year the week of Thanksgiving. We visited family, saw the sites, and played on the beach.
They say that it takes us a couple days to break out of "work" mode and relax because our day-to-day lives get so crazy. Sure, we have the evenings and weekends, but that isn't much help when our work spills in to them.
But what if it didn't have to be this way?
What if you could cut the stress from your day-to-day life, so you could have time for yourself?
What if you could create a system for the most challenging parts of your job, so you wouldn't wear yourself down planning for your sessions or catching up on reports?
Then...you might be able to help your students meet their goals...and still have time to cut loose...
After years of trial and error, digging through research and tons of different materials for language therapy, I finally found a way to do it. But it wasn't always that way.
When I first started working in the schools, I felt like I was the worst SLP in the world.
I had loads of language cases that I had no clue how to treat.
I thought I was signing up for a rewarding career when I picked this field. I thought I’d know exactly what to do once I graduated, but when I took a job in the school systems that included a caseload full of students with language issues, I knew I was in over my head.
Each day, I promised myself that I’d get to work extra early so I could get organized and find some magic bullet for those tricky language cases, but half the time I was so overwhelmed that I just hit my snooze button a million times and came in to work at the last minute feeling frazzled.
Instead of making headway, I ended up just wearing myself out.
I thought if I just worked a little harder, things would get better. But that’s not what happened.
I always felt scattered, and I had students who didn’t get better no matter what I did. I played phone and email tag with teachers so I could make sense of what the kids actually needed to know in school, but most of the time I could barely keep it all straight-and I’d end up just helping kids with pointless worksheets or drilling flashcards, which made me feel like a glorified teaching assistant.
I've since found out, that I'm not the only one who's ever felt this way. One of the founding members of Language Therapy Advance, Connie-Hurley Pronley felt this way even though she's a veteran to the field who's worked with students of all ages.
After joining the program, that all changed for her. She's said:
So if you've ever been frustrated, know that you're not the only one, and there's something you can do about it.
Back before I created a good system, I’d just throw my hands up and grab random activities off my shelves…especially when the paperwork started to pile up.
No one told me when I signed up for this, that the pile of reports on her desk would consume me, taking up my free time.
It made my brain hurt-especially when I had to come up with goals and present levels statements for language…because those just took so much more work, and there was never a clear cut way to do it.
I thought I was just going to be helping people, not sitting in front of a computer all weekend.
I felt like a failure when I didn’t see any measurable improvements. I felt powerless, because there just wasn’t enough time in the day to teach the kids all they needed to know to catch up to their peers.
I decided that I must be the worst SLP in the world.
Does this sound familiar?
If it does, you’re not the only one who feels this way. As SLPs, we work so hard to help our students and clients, our schedules are packed, and we’re always a step away from burn out.
We’re so busy that we don’t have time to stop and breath. We have to make so many little decisions during the day that we don’t have any energy left to actually do what we came here to do, which is help our students do well in school.
It takes so much extra effort to plan for language therapy, that we feel like we’re guessing half the time.
We are supposed to be the experts and have all the answers, but deep down we just want someone to tell us exactly what to do for those language cases so we know that what we’re doing will work.
That's how Carole White felt, even after being in the field for years...but here's what she said after she'd learned the system I've layed out in Language Therapy Advance:
After spending over 12 years as an SLP working with school aged kids with academic problems, this is one thing I know:
When we focus on the right skills in language therapy, we can actually get better results by doing less.
We can’t spoon feed kids everything they need to know. We need to teach them to think about language differently so they can understand how they learn best, and figure out how to teach themselves.
And another thing. We can’t keep reinventing the wheel.
We need a system so we don’t have to think so hard.
If we try to reinvent the wheel, and don’t have a go-to process, we’re just going to wear ourselves out and have no energy left do actually be good therapists, or to have a life outside of work.
When Rachel Wells joined the program, she found she was able to simplify her language therapy and treatment planning...which is a must for her because she just had a baby, is a full-time SLP, is working on her doctorate, starting a private practice, and training for a marathon. She found she could follow the program without losing time with her family.
I’m here to take the guesswork out of language therapy for busy SLPs with a set of PROVEN strategies, so you don’t have to work so hard to see your students succeed.
I’m here to show you what students with academic language issues need so you don’t spend all night planning for sessions.
I’m here to help you with those students who are stuck, who hate school, who have been sitting on your caseload forever not making any gains.
I want to show you how to get these students to generalize skills, so some of them might be able to go through school without being in special education, or to help those students who are in a special education classroom the entire day to finally move out to a regular education classroom for some classes.
Or to teach your students to think about language differently so they like the idea of learning rather than being frustrated all the time.
I’m here to show you step-by-step guides that make paperwork and data collection easy, so you can breeze through that pile of reports on your desk and get home to your family and friends.
And show you how to keep track of the school curriculum and collaborate with teachers, so you are an EFFECTIVE therapist, not an overqualified tutor.
That’s where my signature program, Language Therapy Advance, comes in.
Language Therapy Advance is one of the only programs that will show you exactly how to do language therapy with school aged students.
And not just treatment techniques. I’ll cover it all, from paperwork, to writing goals, to consulting with teachers. Each piece you need to do to successfully do therapy for students with academic language problems, I’ll walk you through it.
Now there are other programs that will show you complete systems, but many of them are designed for teachers and don’t really show us as SLPs what we need to do for language, which leaves us guessing at how to use them for therapy.
Or many other programs are for SLPs, but aren’t really feasible if you work in the school systems. I was a school SLP myself and I know how frustrating that is to have to modify programs to make them work for you, when they weren’t really designed with you in mind.
I’ve made this program JUST FOR SLPS-so you don’t have to guess at what you’re supposed to be doing.
Do you ever wish that instead of having to dig through piles of research articles and manuals, you could just have someone put it all together FOR YOU, so you could just go do some freaking therapy already?
I’ve done that for you, so you don’t have to.
Do you ever feel like you need to just take a coffee break with some other SLPs who GET IT, and talk through some of your most difficult cases so you can go back to work confident that you’re doing the right thing?
So do I. That’s why I’ve created a place for you to do just that.
Ok…it’s not exactly a physical place. Language Therapy Advance is a set of two courses with an online community where I’ll give you step-by-step training and materials for language therapy.
The online community is a Facebook group where you can ask questions about the material, and get support from me and other members of the course.
As someone who has spent over 12 years in the field working in the public schools and completing my doctoral coursework, where I dug in to the research on language disorders and learning disabilities, I’m ready to be your guide in creating your powerful system for language therapy.
Back when I started my career, I was that frazzled SLP I described earlier, so I know exactly how you feel if you are frustrated with your job.
But when I finally starting focus on the right things and prioritizing, I finally started making breakthroughs.
I started either dismissing some of my language cases not because we’d given up, but because they were better, and some of those students who could barely function outside the special education classroom made enough progress to go out for certain classes.
Like "Jay", who came to me a year behind his peers in reading, 1.5 SD below average in expressive language, unable to keep up with the pace of his class, needing special accommodations on tests.
But after two years of focusing on exactly what he needed, which was training metalinguistic awareness and vocabulary, he was able to keep up with his peers, function without special accommodations or an IEP, and had language skills within the average range.
Or like "Missy", whose semantic skills were so weak that I was clueless during classroom discussions, whose reading skills were a year behind, but after learning specific metacognitive strategies, I was able to go to junior high without any special education services.
Or like "Neil", who started Kindergarten in a special education classroom for ALL of the core academic subjects, with delays in syntax, phonology, and morphology, but after receiving specific explicit instruction addressing morphological and syntactic rules, was able to get to that next level.
And by 4th grade, was able to function in a general education for all core academic subjects with a special education teacher co-teaching, and went down to just needing speech therapy for some lingering articulation delays.
Want to know the best part? I was able to do it and still have time for these two:
So, how was this possible? Do I have some secret strategy that no else knows about?
Instead, I’ve taken existing techniques that have already been proven by research, and put them in to a framework that allows you to structure your therapy, so you can create profound results with less effort.
And, because I’ve used this system, I’ve created scripts, templates, and step-by-step guides, and compiled the techniques supported by research in to a system, so you don’t have to.
There are two course volumes in this program.
Language Therapy Advance Volume 1, I cover the "why", the "what", and the how of language disorders. You'll learn a major cause of many academic language problems, what to do about it, and how to do it.
Then, in Language Therapy Advance Volume 2, I’ll show you how to manage all of those things we have to do behind the scenes to actually plan good therapy; like understanding the school curriculum, your student’s current performance with academic language skills, writing goals for language, picking the right things to do in therapy based on your students’ needs, and completing paperwork efficiently so your work doesn’t cut in to your free time.
Here’s a more detailed outline of the modules in the program:
Each lesson will include a video training. Slide decks for every lesson are included as pdfs, so you can have printable handouts to take notes.
In addition to these video trainings, you'll get the follow bonuses.
Bonus 1: Volume 1 Handouts
Each lesson in Volume 1 includes printable downloads (e.g., infographics, worksheets, slide decks, treatment protocols/materials). You can print these and use them right away for therapy and planning, without tons of prep work, so you can easily implement the techniques you learn right away. Handouts include:
Bonus 2: Course Manual: SPOT Framework Guide
In Volume 2, you'll get a 66-page manual that will simplify everything you need to do behind the scenes for language therapy; including consultation, keeping track of what's going on in the classroom, creating comprehensive present levels statements and narrative statements for your paperwork, data collection, writing goals, and choosing the right techniques for your students.
Bonus 3: Language Therapy Advance Private Facebook Community
In addition to all this course content, you'll have the Private Facebook Community where you can get support with course content from me and other members of the program.
Bonus 4: Live Q & A Sessions
I'll also be hosting Live Q & A Sessions via Facebook Live several times throughout the year where I'll be there to support you and answer any questions about what you've learned in the course. Once you join, you'll get email notifications and see announcements in the Facebook group telling you when these will happen.
Language Therapy Advance is right for you if:
You are an SLP working with school-aged students ranging from early elementary on up, and you have students who are really struggling in school due to language issues, like grammar, syntax, and poor literacy skills.
You feel like you just can’t get to all the skills you need to target with your language cases.
You want to take the guesswork out of therapy for students with academic language problems, and you are looking for a program to help you serve students who have language disorders impacting their ability to read and write.
You’re drowning in paperwork, struggling to write language goals, and stay on top of data collection and paperwork.
You feel like you’re doing the work of a teaching assistant because you aren’t sure what exactly your role is with the school-aged population, and you can’t seem to get a clear answer to this issue no matter who you ask.
You aren’t quite sure what to ask teachers or how to communicate with them effectively, and you don’t have enough time to figure out what’s expected in the school curriculum.
You want your students to do well in school but you’re just hitting a wall.
Now, this isn’t right for everyone, so let’s talk about that too. This program is NOT for you if:
You’re looking for something that addresses life skills curriculums or functional skills for those students who are nonverbal. Your students need to be able to do some basic reading, writing, and academic skills for this program to be relevant.
You’re looking for something that will address pragmatics or social language, this isn’t right for you. Some of the metalinguistic training I’ll cover may benefit these areas, but I won’t discuss social skills directly.
You’re looking for a program that discusses speech sound disorders. I do mention phonology, but I do from the standpoint of how it impacts vocabulary and literacy, and not from a standpoint of addressing phonological processes.
Your primary area of focus is NOT school-aged language disorders. For example if you’re in a medical setting and do a lot of feeding a swallowing, or motor speech disorders, this won’t address that. This program is relevant for someone working in an outpatient or medical setting if they focus on academics and collaborate a lot with the school system, it just won’t cover the medical issues.
You are working on language and are looking for fun crafts or art projects, I won’t cover that. My approach is to show you the essential elements so you can eliminate things that aren’t absolutely necessary. If you want that artistic element there are tons of blogs or Teachers-Pay-Teachers products that’ll help you with those extra pieces that you might enjoy adding.
All of these things are important to our field, they just aren’t what I’m covering in this program.
The cost for Language Therapy Advance is $497.
I know this is a big investment, but remember this includes:
When you join, you get over $1000 worth of value, and you’ll also getting the peace of mind that you’re doing the right thing for your students, and you’ll be getting your life back if you have gotten to the point that your work is just consuming you because you’re so overwhelmed.
What’s even better is that you can get all of this without traveling across the state or country to a conference and having to pay for food, transportation, and hotels, because I’m bringing the course modules, and community to you.
And you have lifetime access, so you can re-watch course modules over and over again.
I know you might be feeling a little scared or possibly even skeptical right now, so I want to help you if you are still on the fence.
First, you might be thinking, “What if I watch the course modules and I’m still overwhelmed and not sure what to do?”
I know this happens a lot. You sign up for a course or a seminar, but you feel like you’re drinking water through a fire hose, you’re totally overwhelmed, and you’re not sure how to actually execute what you’ve learned.
This is totally normal, when you’re learning something new.
That’s why I want to support you if this does happen, so I’ll be here to answer questions for you on the Live Q & A’s, and I’ve created the Facebook community so you can ask questions.
Next, you might be thinking, “How do I know this will work for me?”
You might be wondering if it’s possible for certain students to improve.
If you’re feeling like this, I totally understand, because I felt like that too. It seemed like some cases were a lost cause.
This concern is completely legit.
The truth is, it’s not like my students were perfect straight A students once I did the right interventions. Many of them still have to work really hard in school, or still need support in some way, but the point is that I got them to the next level and made a breakthrough when I thought things weren’t ever going to improve.
You’re not going to magically start getting all of your language cases off your caseload, because that just isn’t realistic. Some students will need your help through the long haul.
This system I’ll teach you is about progress, not perfection. But progress is possible if you focus your energy on right things, and I want to help you get there without running yourself ragged.
Next, you might be feeling so overwhelmed that you think you don’t have enough time for this program. You might be totally swamped and have a huge caseload.
I totally get it because that’s the reality of being an SLP.
If that’s the case, this is exactly the problem I want to solve for you. I’ll show you how to prioritize and do only the most important things so that you can have your time back.
So if you can carve out just a couple hours a week to work on the course materials, you can actually save time in the long run.
Last, obviously this is a big investment. And there are a lot of other materials you can get that are cheaper, or even free.
But, while that might be true, it will continue to take a lot of time an effort on your part if you are constantly putting things together yourself. I’m going to save you a lot of time and effort by putting this in to a complete system, so that is a huge payoff to you.
If you are in debt and this program will push you over the edge and create more stress for you, then it might not be the best time to join.
If that’s the case, please stay on my mailing list and take advantage of my free articles on my blog. But if you are able to make this work, this offer will not last forever, so if you’re in, now is the time to take action and join.
If you join Language Therapy Advance, you can go through the material at your own pace, because you’ll have lifetime access, so if you don’t understand something from one of the training videos, you can re-watch them as many times as you need, and you have a community of SLPs waiting to support you.
I know you’ve probably been frustrated in the past when you’ve signed up for programs, or ordered materials and found that they weren’t what you’d expected.
That’s why I want to remove all risk & offer a 90-day money back guarantee.
This past year, a group of high-performing SLPs joined, and started seeing amazing results with their students. I've already told you about some of them, but here's what a couple more of them had to say:
It's possible for you to join this group of students and get results like they did...
But it’s up to you.
You can keep struggling to piece things together yourself head down the road to burn out..
Or, you can invest in yourself and your students, and carve out just a couple hours a week for the next few months to learn this system-so instead of struggling for years like I did, you can start shaving hours off of your workday and making breakthroughs with your language cases.
I would love to have to be your guide, so you can do what you set out to do when you decided to become an SLP, which was change people’s lives.
All you have to do is click the link below to register for Language Therapy Advance for $497.