Professional Development

Professional Development

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SPG is happy to collaborate with local SELPAs and LEAs to provide professional development trainings/in-services by our multidisciplinary, specialized teams and by nationally recognized speakers in the fields of Special Education and Speech and Language Pathology.


Below is a list of topics available for presentation at a district or SELPA specified location.  Recorded versions are also noted.

Districts partnering with SPG, please refer to the table below to determine your district’s Tier Level. The number of complimentary presentations is based on the number of full-time SPG staff contracted by the district.


Please contact us at if you are a district or SELPA that does not currently partner with SPG, or have additional questions about rates or scheduling an in-service.



Tier 1
(1-3 SPG Staff)
Tier 2
(4-9 SPG Staff)
Tier 3
(10+ SPG Staff)
Complimentary Presentations
(SPG Speakers* only)
1 presentation/year
(3 hours total)
Up to 2 presentations/year
(6 hours total)
Up to 3 presentations/year
(9 hours total)
Email for more info
External Speakers SPG will be responsible for 25% of fee SPG will be responsible for 25% of fee SPG will be responsible for 50% of fee Email for more info
SPG Speakers SPG will be responsible for 25% of fee SPG will be responsible for 50% of fee SPG will be responsible for 50% of fee Email for more info


* If you are interested and qualify for the free trainings that are available, please select from the trainings that are presented by SPG speakers – they are noted with the yellow asterisks in the list below. SPG requires one-month prior notice for training requests presented by SPG speakers. Trainings must be confirmed two weeks in advance.

** If you are interested in an outside speaker, please note a minimum of a two-month notice is required in order to allow time for an outside speaker to make travel reservations, etc. Additional travel costs may also apply to the total speaking fee. Outside speakers are noted with the double red asterisks in the list below.


To view the available trainings in a category, click on one of the below listed categories.
Once the list expands, click on the training you would like to select.


AAC & Technology

  • A Step-By-Step Guide to AAC Assessments, Part I: Assessment Process Guidelines *
  • A Step-By-Step Guide to AAC Assessments, Part II: AAC Tools & Systems *
  • AAC In The Classroom: Empowering Support Staff *
  • AT In The Classroom: Empowering Teacher’s Support Staff *
  • Barriers in AAC for CLD Students *
  • Communication Partner Training & Techniques: Implementing AAC Effectively (or: You Can’t Do It Alone!) *
  • Effective AAC Implementation *
  • I Can Be Included! AT and AAC in the Inclusive Classroom * – new!
  • “It’s My AAC System and I Can STEM If I Want To”: Supporting AAC Users within a STEM Curriculum * – new!
  • Keeping It Legal: AAC Services In The Educational Setting *
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: AAC Toolkit For Communication Partners On The Go! * – new!
  • Strategies for Implementing Alternative Access with Switches – new!
  • Supporting Literacy Learning for Students who use AAC * – new!

Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Schools: Evidence-Based Practices and Current Research *
  • Requesting with Picture Icons: An evidence-based practice approach to teaching requesting skills with the use of picture icons. *

Behavioral Interventions for the SLP

  • Disguising Work as Play Using ABA *
  • Using Effective Behavior Management *
  • Using Low-Impact Strategies to Reduce Disproportionality * – new!

Complex Communication Needs

  • Introduction to the Communication Matrix: Administration, Interpretation and Implementation *
  • The Power of Play in Early Child Development **

Cultural & Linguistic Diversity

  • Assessing African American Students: Avoiding Disproportionality and Bias *
  • CLD Considerations in the Schools: What New SLPs Need to Know *
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Overview: Evaluation of African American & English Learner Students *
  • English Learners: Resources for therapy and the linguistically appropriate IEP *
  • Ethical Considerations for Working with CLD Populations * – new!
  • Evaluation and Eligibility Determination for English Learners: 3-hour version *
  • Evaluation and Eligibility Determination for English Learners: Expanded 6-hour version *
  • Intervention for ELLS with Language Impairment **
  • Non-biased Assessment for ELLs with Potential Language Impairment **
  • Stages/Features of Bilingual Language Development * – new!
  • Therapy Strategies and Materials for a Diverse Caseload * – new!

Deaf, Hard of Hearing

  • Effective Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Cochlear Implanted or Aided Deaf/HOH Students *
  • Fun, Evidenced-Based Approaches For Articulation & Reading For Infants And Children With Hearing Loss **

IEP Compliance: Eligibility, Report Writing, & Assessment

  • Alternate and Dynamic Assessment: From Theory To Practice **
  • Pragmatics: The Art of Alternative & Dynamic Assessment *
  • Ready, Set, Go! The IEP Marathon * – new!
  • Report Writing and the Art of Scoring: a Comprehensive Review of CA Ed Code, Eligibility Criteria and Legally Defensible Reporting *


  • Beyond the Verbs “Look & Go”: Strategies to Teach Curriculum Verbs ** – new!
  • Grammar & Syntax Intervention Strategies for the Young Child through Adolescents ** – new!
  • SLPs Support Two Critical Language Skills ** – new!
  • Vocabulary Intervention Toolbox: Applying Evidence-Based Methods to “Ready-To-Use” Activities ** – new!

Long Distance Learning / Teletherapy

  • AAC @ Home: a Multidisciplinary Approach to Supporting Families Remotely * – new!
  • Introduction to Teletherapy and Engagement * – new!

Middle School & High School

  • Academic Language Skills: Evidence-Based Practices for SLPs **
  • Narratives and Expository Text: Supporting Discourse for Primary/Secondary Students (K-8, 9-12, K-12) **
  • Seeding Success: SLPs in High School Therapy **

Multi-Tiered Support System

  • Pre-School RTI *
  • We > Me: SLPs Play a Role in The Multi-tiered Support System Chain *


  • Assumed Knowledge: Strengthening the Social Of Social Cognition **
  • Bit by Bit: Developing Flexibility for Social Success in Students with Social Learning Challenges ** – new!
  • But You Were My BFF Yesterday! Understanding & Surviving the Bumps of Friendship ** – new!
  • Getting Started: Creating Social Skills Groups for Students on the Spectrum *
  • “Hi” And “Bye” Are Easy: It’s The Middle Part That’s Tricky **
  • I’ve Got a Feeling – Raising Our Comfort Level in Working with Emotions **
  • Inference: the Power of the Double Think **
  • It’s Broader Than You Think – New Curriculum Standards and Social Thought: From Writing Goals to Engaging Intervention **
  • Keep Talking! Narrative Development for Language and Social Learning **
  • Play2Practice: Gaming for Social Learning ** – new!
  • School is Full of Feelings – What’s a SLP/SLPA/OT to Do? ** – new!
  • Social-Pragmatic Skills: A Team Approach to Intervention *
  • That’s So Annoying! The Challenges of Feeling Annoyed & Annoying Others ** – new!
  • Turn It On: Using Media for Social Learning **
  • YouCue Bootcamp: 3 Pathways for Social Learning ** – new!
  • Zip The Lip: Using Silence, Pacing & Gestural Supports for Better Social Teaching ** – new!

Special Day Class, General Education Class & Full Inclusion: Collaborative Partnerships

  • Collaborative Partnerships Across Disciplines: Working Together as SLPs and BCBAs *
  • Improving Students’ Performance by Modifying Teachers’ Instructional Communication **
  • Integrating Your Therapy Into the Special Education Classroom: A Collaborative Approach *
  • Interprofessional Collaboration is Essential: 6 Steps for Success ** – new!
  • SLP and SLPA Supervision & Collaboration: How to Make It Work *
  • Tips for Forging Great Partnerships with Parents ** – new!

Specialized Topics

  • Clinical Supervision – The Requirements and the Rest of the Story *
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the New CA Dyslexia Bill: Implications for the SLP *
  • Exiting and Transition Services: the Nuts & Bolts *
  • Improving Intelligibility in Children with Speech Sound Disorders *
  • Literacy and the Role of the School-Based SLP *
  • Making Sense of Sensory ** – new!
  • Selective Mutism *
  • Supporting Students: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mitigating Learning Loss * – new!
  • The Effects of Alcohol & Drugs on Executive Function & Language Development *

Voice and Fluency

  • Fluency for Ages 2-6: When to Start Therapy and What to Do! **
  • My Top 10 Stuttering Therapy Suggestions for Improved Effectiveness **
  • School-age Fluency Therapy: Materials & Therapy Procedures **
  • Stuttering Therapy: Comprehensive & Practical Evaluation & Therapy Procedures ** – new!
  • Stuttering Therapy: Materials, Ideas, and Generalization **
  • Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech (SCAS) **


The Speech Pathology Group is a state approved Professional Development Provider (PDP-12) for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Dispensers Board. Speech and Language Therapists holding a California License are required to obtain 24 hours of continuing professional development every two years in order to satisfy the Board’s license renewal requirements. Attendees will be able to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards maintenance of their California Speech-Language License if requested.