Available on-demand

Course Description:

This course explored nine evidence-based strategies for teaching vocabulary. Classroom-based intervention strategies and scenarios were provided. The reciprocal relationship between reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge was explored and explained. Examples of grade-level text books and the book’s target vocabulary were provided.

Target Audience:

This course is geared towards SLPs, SLPAs, Special Education Teachers, and Reading Specialists working with students from preschool through adolescent with mild to moderate disabilities.

Course Level:

Intermediate; Assumes participants’ general familiarity with the literature and professional practice in the topic area of executive functions. The activity focuses on updating participants’ knowledge, increasing their understanding of concepts and applications, and promoting evidence-based practice.

Instructional Methodology:

Lecture Format with slides via live webinar.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe and summarize research regarding vocabulary development

  • Design evidence-based treatment sessions using prefixes, suffixes and root word

  • Define and discuss grammatical, inflectional, and derivational morphemes

Time-Ordered Agenda

  • 30 minutes: Introduction and vocabulary development

  • 30 minutes: Improving vocabulary development in the young child, Selecting target vocabulary words

  • 15 minutes: Reviewing 9 EBP Vocabulary Intervention Techniques and applying these techniques with “targeted” vocabulary words

  • 15 minutes: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Development, selecting target vocabulary words from grade-level text books

  • 15 minutes: Break

  • 30 minutes: Review grammatical morphology and inflections

  • 30 minutes: Applying grammatical morphology intervention techniques

  • 30 minutes: Apply morphological intervention techniques with prefixes, suffixes and root words

Presenter Biography:

Cathy Alexander, MA CCC-SLP has worked in public school settings and private clinics in Texas for over 20 years. Cathy is a national and international speaker on the topic of vocabulary. She has presented at the American Speech and Language Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention in 2017, 2018, and 2019.


Financial: Cathy Alexander receives an honorarium for the presentation of this course. She is the owner of the website
Non-Financial: There are no non-financial disclosures at this time.

Course Completion Requirements:

For 0.3 ASHA CEUs/ 3 CTLEs

Satisfactory completion of the course and the earning of credit is based on attending the entire live webinar, completing a learning assessment and course rating form, and your timely submission of information as required by ASHA. Partial credit will not be offered for this course.

Refund Policy for LIVE courses:

If program is cancelled or rescheduled by our organization:

TheraSmart reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course due to extenuating circumstances, inclement weather, speaker availability, or insufficient registration. You will be notified via email or phone at least 24 hours before the start of the class. Participants will be offered an opportunity to reschedule or a full refund for registration and course fee(s) will be issued to registrants (not to include travel or other costs). TheraSmart liability is limited to the tuition fee only.

If registrant cancels:

A full refund, less a 25% administrative fee will be provided if your refund request is received in writing (by mail or email) at least 14 days prior to the course start date. No refunds will be made after the 14 day deadline. Tuition will be forfeited for no-show or cancellations.

Complaint Policy:

We do our best to address your concerns. Any complaints or grievances must be submitted via email to Please include the name, address, phone number, email, profession of person submitting the complaint or grievance, the title of the CE course, as well as the exact nature of the complaint/grievance. The CEA (continuing education administrator) will make an effort to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of the complainant. This may include issuance of a credit for another CE course or other action suitable to all parties.

Special Needs:

Please indicate any special needs you may have at least 14 days prior to the event by calling or email us. We will try our best to accommodate your needs. This course is applicable to SLPs, SLP assistants, special educators, and teachers.

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