Workshop - Friday, December 6, 2019

Reaching and Teaching Young Children and the Families Who Love Them
The Lusk Center, 2501 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC

Are you looking for practical strategies and intervention ideas to improve speech and language skills in young children? Do you want to improve your coaching skills so that you can effectively empower caregivers? Are you searching for a simple but flexible format for delivering speech and language therapy – one that can be adapted to any child regardless of skill or needs? Then, this workshop is for you! Speech-Language Pathologist, Rachel Arntson, will share tricks of the trade that she used daily as a provider of early intervention services. She will include endless strategies, videos, and personal examples of how to improve communication skills in children – changing them from silent observers to active, verbal partners. Intermediate information level [6 hours, .60 ASHA CEUs].

Presenter: Rachel Arntson, MS, CCC-SLP
Rachel Arntson, MS, CCC-SLP, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area since 1980 and has worked in a hospital, pediatric clinic, and in early intervention. From 1991 to 2015 she worked in the Osseo School District in Maple Grove, MN where she provided family-centered speech and language intervention to infants and toddlers in their homes. Since retiring from Osseo Schools, she has focused on her company, Talk It Rock It, speaking, developing new products, and working with private practice clients. Rachel is creator of all Talk It Rock It products including 4 critically acclaimed song sets, the WE CAN TALK parent training book, the Blast Off Board Sound Sequencing Set, the Push-Pull Puzzle, and Animation Station videos for speech and language learning. Her passion for music and fun is reflected in both her products and presentations. For more information about Rachel Arntson and Talk It Rock It products, please visit

Workshop Description

Rachel believes that improving speech and language skills in children is most effective when EVERYONE connected with a child is involved, whether it be a parent, a sibling, grandparents, a teacher, speech-language pathologist, para-professional, or others. Meeting parents where they are will be discussed and will include examples of how to improve parent coaching skills.

Attendees will learn to analyze and improve 7 communication skills in children and learn strategies for teaching those skills to caregivers. These skills are applicable to any child regardless of his/her speech and language delay or disorder. Simple acronyms, analysis forms, and activities for those seven communication skills will be emphasized.

After learning the 7 communication skills, attendees will learn the 9 techniques from the WE CAN TALK parent training program developed by Rachel. These strategies will be immediately usable by professionals and caregivers.

Intermixed in this seminar will be examples of using music to enhance speech and language therapy. Research supports the use of music to improve language skills, interaction, motor skills, speech imitation/articulation, and attention/relaxation. Rachel believes that all who work with young children should analyze how music is incorporated into therapy sessions and teachable moments for children.

Join us for this dynamic, inventive, interactive workshop loaded with practical, immediately usable strategies.

Comments from Rachel's past workshops:

"Excellent! Extremely helpful and practical. A perfect example of what these presentations should offer us - great ideas and how to apply them to daily therapy classes."

"So inventive. So creative. The best! I've never heard anyone like you!

"Wonderful, useful information in a hands-on approach. Rachel gave me tons of ideas and background information on different ways to promote speech-language with nonverbal and/or autistic children."

Registration opens September 1 and is limited to 100. (6 hours, .60 ASHA CEU) Cost: $100 for NCSHLA members and $150 for non-NCSHLA members