In case you stop reading here: GO. TAKE. THIS. COURSE. My only complaint with Tera's continuing education class was that it was not longer - hands down, the biggest influence of my career since leaving grad school! I've long felt that traditional language goals and intervention did not make sense from what I knew about how language is wired neurologically. Tera addresses the root of the issues and discusses in practical ways how to remediate so we can see real progress and carryover. As an SLP, it is crucial to learn this information so we can help the kiddos we care so much about! - Jessica Peterson, SLP
This was one of the best seminars I have attended. Tera is extremely knowledgeable and is able to break the information down not only so that it is understandable but so that it is not intimidating to try to implement. There are definitely components that I can start implementing in therapy right now. These principles can be applied to all facets of therapy. - Melissa Fitzgerald, SLP
On behalf of Arizona IDA, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you for your very active participation in AZIDA’s first Virtual Learning and Literacy Symposium. The Symposium Chair, Beth Bovee, and Board Members have also asked me to pass along their sincere appreciation for your efforts in supporting the Symposium in this important undertaking. We also appreciate the time you spent to learn and navigate through the Hopin platform.
Your knowledge and expertise in Executive Functioning was highly appreciated and well-received. It is an area we just don't hear enough about, but is vital for the dyslexia community to understand. Your presentation was outstanding, and for me, was one of the highlights of the event! You had the highest turnout rate of all of our sessions.
I once again would like to thank you for such a wonderful presentation, and hope to get the chance to learn more from you in the not too distant future.
Heather Caska, M.S., CCC-SLP
President Elect, AZIDA
"Dear Tera, We cannot thank you enough for your presentation on Friday. I have heard nothing but rave reviews and everyone LOVED it! It was so accessible and informative and really applied to all of our caseloads which are extremely diverse. We are so appreciative of your time. Again, I cannot express to you how wonderful the presentation was. You made it so entertaining and applicable to all levels. We are all looking forward to using the things you shared with us with our students and seeing great progress!"
Krystal J Eichas
Speech Language Pathologist
Speech Department Chairperson
Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
I am so glad I took this webinar! I haven't attended training that I consider a "game changer" for how I do my therapy in a while and this one was definitely it!! Thank you for sharing your expertise with us. - Andrea Lalic, SLP
If you are tired of beating your head against the wall, trying to sort out how to provide effective language therapy, and find yourself jumping from idea to idea in trying to best support students, this model is right for you! Tera's seminar helped me realize that structuring language therapy around executive functioning may be the missing piece of a decade long search. - Julia Pike, SLP
Tera creates a cohesive framework for the pieces that you haven’t put together for your language therapy. If you have a kids that you feel at a loss with, then look to her executive functioning framework for guidance. -Dennette Vassell, SLP
Tera provides a fresh perspective on how to address the underlying issues for all areas of therapy. It makes you think and re-wire your own brain to better serve your students. She makes it easy to understand, and she gives you the evidence/research behind it. - Jamie Blakeley, SLP
I have been following you on facebook and instagram for months now, actually saving every tip and trick you post and trying my best to apply them to my caseload. I work at a private practice that takes insurance, so I am at the mercy of their guidelines when it comes to visit frequency. In addition, I am adapting these tips to the teletherapy platform. Regardless of the limits that are set on my therapy, I have found a way to transform the way I approach each of my clients and have seen a drastic change in everyone I treat because of your cognitive approach!! -Kara Clark, SLP
Tera does an amazing job of challenging old ways of "speech and language" interventions. This is exactly what I've been looking for because I find that so many of my clients are "more than" the scores on assessments and old ways of thinking only treat symptoms, not the whole child. Tera's cognitive model finds a way to blend all these cognitive areas into usable and practical strategies for intervention. - Katherine Melillo, SLP
This seminar was so informative and engaging! Tera clearly explained how (and why) executive functioning skills can be addressed while simultaneously working on other therapy activities. - Samantha Sullivan, SLP
This was such a valuable seminar for me both professionally and personally. You have given me a new lens with which to view my interactions in ways that can encourage and guide rather than mainly correcting errors and identifying deficits. - Katie Steinlicht, SLP
Tera is very knowledgeable and helps you to think outside the box and address the foundation of their deficits, not the label. - Heather Caska, SLP
I would recommend this seminar to anyone who works with students who struggle academically or socially. The information is interesting and able to be put to use in your very next therapy session or lesson. Tera is a wonderful presenter. Three hours really did fly by! - Katharine Price, SLP
Tera did a brilliant job explaining how executive functioning, speech and language, literacy and cognitive processes are intertwined. After her training, I feel like I understand my student's need better and feel equipped to implement her approach into my own therapy practice. A must for ANYONE working in schools! - Mehreen Masoud, MSc Cert MRCSLT (London, UK)
Tera has really changed my perspective and the lens through which I see my patients. I now think critically about executive functions and question whether my patients' deficits are purely language in nature or more secondary to executive function challenges. I see my patients in a new light as I see their challenges with executive functions. I also think critically about the underlying cognitive processes. In implementing Tera's tips and 4-step plan I have seen tremendous gains in my kiddos. It’s been amazing. I can’t wait to read her book and see how her cognitive processes model influences our field. - Kate French, SLP
The assessment and intervention portions were filled with "use it now" information. The whole basis of working from an executive functioning lens is really going to change the way I approach therapy sessions in 2021. - Ashley Panno, SLP
The information Tera presented is invaluable to me as an SLP. It helps to shift our focus from trying to target the multitude of minute skills that we need for speech, language, literacy and overall educational success and provides a framework from which to work from and help children learn a variety of skills with increasing independence. - Jessica Norris, SLP
Tera’s cognitive model has helped me understand areas of speech therapy that I’ve grappled with for years. It’s the missing piece that I wasn’t taught in school. - Heather Eisenman, M.S., CCC-SLP (Fairbanks, AK)
I have found Tera Sumpter's "Putting the Pieces Together Virtual Seminar" to be instrumental in helping me to make sense of how to incorporate strategies that strengthen the executive function skills in my students who struggle with deficits in speech, language, pragmatic, and even voice. She has developed a simple, easy to implement 4-step process that can be individualized in order to use each and every time with all of students, regardless of ability or age. Her methodology is supported by the evidence as I found out in reading some of the studies when I first heard about her approach. I could not be more eager about her upcoming book and future professional development endeavors! - Elizabeth Blackwell, SLP
This course has helped me to expand my therapy approach in working with children in which I have always expected a bigger difficulty than language disorder. Being an SLP with ADHD, this presentation has increased my understanding of my own difficulties and help me to create more efficient treatment plans so that children do not stay in therapy for an extended amount of time. I have learned an approach to help generalize therapy into their everyday life. - Simone Tunstall, SLP
Every professional who works to educate children should participate in this seminar and learn from Tera's knowledge and experience! It was so validating and encouraging for concerns/questions I've had in my SLP career since the beginning! Tera is passionate about getting this information out into the world and it's so important that we do! I wish every school professional I know would participate! -Megan Hand, CCC-SLP
First of all, Tera did an excellent job presenting her information. She was highly engaging, funny, and I'm pretty sure everyone left there feeling like they wanted to be her best friend. That is a feat unto itself!
As to the material itself, Tera has obviously done a lot of work reading and synthesizing information. The synthesis is the amazing part, because so often we look at all of the pieces parts (phonological awareness, visual processing, etc.) but to my knowledge, no one has put it all together in a way that is so clear. Now that I know it, it seems obvious- like we should have all known it forever.
Now, for what I have been thinking over the past week: it has revolutionized my thinking. I have evaluated two kids this week, and as I am thinking about how their scores are coming out, and the kid with the most fascinating brain I have seen (autism and ADHD, with amazing talents in some areas and amazing deficits in others), I am thinking in terms of Tera's model. I will be adding phonological awareness testing on a kindergartner, which I would not have thought to do a week ago, but since I am suspecting some difficulty between his phonological processing and speech processing, with minor carryover into his language processing (for grammar), I am going to dig there a little more. Tera has already revolutionized at least one SLP's brain!
- BeckyAnn Harker, SLP, OSSPEAC 2018
This was the missing piece of my education as an SLP. I have always felt that teaching a child skills piece by piece didn't carry over or translate into a marked difference in language skills in their life. But I see that teaching from an executive functioning perspective and teaching the step by step of how to complete a language or other attention task helps the student as a whole. I can use this training with my own 7 year old who has impulsivity and attention issues to helping in the evaluation of speech and language in preschoolers which in what I do daily. - Alison Black, CCC-SLP
This seminar gave me a new structured framework for thinking about cognitive processes and specific techniques I am excited to incorporate into my therapy. I wish the seminar could have been longer as I gladly would have listened to Tera speak for many more hours. I'm so glad I participated and would jump at the chance to hear Tera again.
Today was extremely eye opening and informative. Tera brought a new light into how much executive function is the building block for our kids' speech and language development. Being able to see life examples from Tera and her therapists along with breakdowns of each process was amazing and provided me with the brainstorming and planning abilities I need to implement into my own therapy sessions with my kids. - Colleen Meder, CCC-SLP
Such a great seminar.....really challenges the SLP to re-evaluate what constitutes the most effective therapy targets for children and teens. - Grainne de Paor, SLP, Ireland
Thanks you Tera for lighting up my SLP brain. I've been an SLP for 25 years and wish I would have learned this Cognitive Processing Model years ago! This will forever change my assessment and treatment. -Kristin Medved, CCC-SLP
I attended Tera's sessions at the KSHA conference last night and was incredibly impressed with the approach to cognitive processing that she developed. I enjoyed her dynamic speaking style. Tera held the interest of the audience and seemed approachable. I also appreciate how she provided a solid rationale based upon research for her model.
-Kellie C. Ellis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor; Communication Disorders Program Coordinator
Department of Educational Leadership, Counselor Education, and Communication Disorders
College of Education
Eastern Kentucky University
My colleagues and I enjoyed Tera's presentation so much!!! She was so engaging! We were commenting to each other how we didn’t even check the time on our phones because we were so interested in what she was saying, and she was so funny, entertaining, and genuine! By far my favorite session of the conference. My only complaint is I wish it could have been an all day presentation. I want to know more!!! Please write a book!
- Tanya Romanini, SLP, OSSPEAC 2018
Tera's presentation was very impactful to me. I have already related her theory to at least 5 professionals in my building. Everyone agrees with the fact that executive functioning should be thought of as a circle around everything else. Tera's presentation is making me rethink how I approach expressive language and executive functioning. Her theories on reading are also interesting as that is a topic that we as educational professionals deal with everyday! I hope to see Tera present again in the future.
- Stacey Gardner, SLP, OSSPEAC 2018
Tera's presentation was very helpful! The model she has created will allow a more comprehensive and precise analysis of a child’s area of deficits. While I have frequently recognized deficits in children who do not qualify for therapy services in school, Tera's model is a systematic guide to assist with pinpointing problem areas.
- Amy Vissing, MS, CCC-SLP, KSHA 2019
Tera's presentation made a BIG impact on me! I can see so many of the issues she spoke about in my students and I want to change the way I assess students and provide intervention. I loved her presentation style and lots of great info on her PowerPoint! I’m excited about her book....please keep us posted on release date!
-Lara Harris, SLP, KSHA 2019
I loved everything about Tera's presentation! I think having her session last longer would be the only thing I would suggest.
- Val McConkey, SLP, OSSPEAC 2018
The comprehensive way all components of learning are connected [in her model] is needed as well as forward thinking if we are to truly help our students breakthrough. My favorite part was when she got out her diagram and we had behaviors and categorized them according to where they belonged. I liked doing that collaboratively. Followed by therapy ideas/examples - very hands on information.
-Jenny Likens, SLP, KSHA 2019
First and foremost, Tera had a wonderful presentation and I had a lot of "AMEN" moments! I work in a school district and I am looking to take all of this information back to increase the education of my colleagues. I am also going to be looking at my evaluation process differently, so thank you!!!
-Allison Miller, M.A., CCC-SLP, OSLHA 2019
"I am not indicating all 5's to be nice… She is truly amazing. The was one of the most useful sessions."
"Great, practical information!"
"Very clear presentation, presented in an enjoyable easily digested format."
"Love the tool to visually summarize assessment data!"
"Great speaker, good energy/explanations helpful."
"I liked the framework for assessments"
"Have her back and give more time to what she is sharing."
- attendee feedback from 90 minute Putting The Pieces Together presentation at the Indiana Speech Language Hearing Association state convention 2019
"I appreciate your "scrap box" moments and passion. Thank you for realistic, encouraging solutions to what seems to be obvious now, but not before, problems with exec function."
"Great info! Very helpful and functional. I enjoyed the new way to look at executive functions!"
"Very helpful presentation"
"Very good speaker!! Easy to listen to. Down to earth! Gave a framework for reflexive questioning that was a new way to look at therapy for exec functioning."
"Tera was very interesting and motivating!"
"Very engaging! Would like to see her again!"
"Lots of interesting ideas."
"Write a book and bring it to sell :)"
"Speaker was enthusiastic."
"Very helpful - bring her back for longer presentation."
"Get her back to expand more on this topic."
"A ton of practical information in this course. I can see my patients (and at least one of my own children) in more things that were said."
"Wish she had more time. Would have loved to learn more about the topic."
"I attended based on my own kids' needs (3 with ADHD). My youngest has had two counselors and is medicated. She is 11 and it's not working. I know she has executive function needs. Need more time with presenter. Treat my child!"
"Get her back for 4 sessions or bring her for the fall."
- attendee feedback from 90 minute Executive Functions presentation at the Indiana Speech Language Hearing Association state convention 2019
I greatly enjoyed attending your presentation for a second time. I attended the first one during the summer 2 years ago at Chagrin Falls. I have since been seeing more students with Executive Function characteristics and wanted to refresh my memory and you actually added some info so that was helpful too. I really liked the visuals of the circles and how they intertwined. I also like going through the exercise of putting the different deficits on the board to predict what the greatest are of problem could be. I also LOVED the reflexive questions. Been using them with students and getting them to tell me what it looks like to them. Much better perspective. Criticisms would be I truly see your presentation being a two day not one. Sooo much you can share and have us interact with to help learn how to help our students and parents and ultimately the teachers. Thank you!! Love you!!!
-Jennifer Pelham, SLP, OSSPEAC 2019
I only attended the pm session but wish I had also attended the am session. A colleague of mine attended the am session and had so many positive things to say about it! I found your presentation on executive functioning to be both informative and engaging. I now have a much better understanding of executive functioning and it's impact on language skills. My AHA! moment came when you explained how EF deficits frequently result in receptive language test scores that are lower than expressive language scores along with inconsistent performance across various measures. I immediately thought of a handful of students with whom I am working and am grateful for having a better framework with which to address their needs. Thank you!!
-Christina Brancheau, SLP, OSSPEAC 2019
Your enthusiasm, knowledge and actionable items were outstanding. I loved how approachable you were. I think you met me right at my level and then blew my mind wide open. You really helped me put the pieces together that I had already been slowly forming into a puzzle. I would say It was a lot to digest after 3 days on information. I am a visual and kinesthetic learner and the video of the little girl, really brought it home for me.
-Hannah Agoston, SLP, OSSPEAC 2019
I have attended various conferences during my 12 year practice span, and you have been the most engaging. You kept everyone’s attention, the entire 2 hours! I think public speaking is a natural skill for you. The content was exceptionally conveyed to your audience.
-TaRonda Clark, Au.D, OSSPEAC 2019