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