Narrative assessment and intervention: From research to practice

Dr Marleen Westerveld, MSPA CPSP

NSW Narrative assessment and intervention

Workshop summary

This workshop focuses on oral narrative assessment and intervention for children (pre-school and primary school-age) across two narrative contexts: personal narratives and fictional narratives. It provides hands-on practice in analysing oral narratives and in assessment-based goal setting, evidence-based intervention planning, and progress monitoring.

Learning objectives

The workshop will consist of lecture style content (using case examples and video footage), as well as interactive discussion, and hands-on case-study activities. It will:

  • Provide a brief overview of the development of oral narrative abilities in typically developing children and adolescents and map narrative discourse competencies to the achievement standards outlined in the Australian English Curriculum.
  • Include a summary of research describing the oral narrative skills of children with developmental language disorders and language disorders associated with biomedical conditions, such as Down syndrome and autism. This part of the workshop includes case examples from the presenter’s extensive research into the oral narrative skills of children from different client groups.
  • Provide participants with hands-on practice in analysing oral narrative samples across a range of genres, including personal event narratives and fictional narratives. Narratives will be analysed at microstructure (including grammar, vocabulary, and literate language features), and macrostructure (overall quality and cohesion) levels.
  • Provide the participants with the opportunity to apply theoretically motivated as well as evidence-based principles and strategies when 1) evaluating existing oral narrative intervention programs; and 2) designing a narrative (based) intervention program.

Who should attend?

  • Registrants must be speech pathologists.
  • This workshop does not cater for speech pathology students.
  • This workshop is relevant for speech pathologists working with children (preschool and school-age) with language difficulties and disorders, including developmental language disorders and language disorders associated with Down syndrome or autism.
  • Relevant caseload: Paediatric: pre-school, school-age (ages 4 to 12)
  • Workshop level: a mix of core practice and practice progression
  • Registrants are assumed to have knowledge of and experience in child language assessment and intervention.
Before the workshop
Participants are not required to bring anything to the event. All materials are provided

Workshop details

One day workshop in Sydney on Friday 21 February 2020
8.30 am registration for a 9.15 am start, concludes at 4.30 pm

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If you have any questions about the workshop or venue, please contact Shirani Gomes, CPD Coordinator

If you have any questions about the registration process please contact National Office or 1300 368 835.

21/02/2020 9:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Cliftons Level 13/60 Margaret Street SYDNEY NSW 2000
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Registration Fees

Registration categoriesFee
SPA Certified Practising, Non Certified or Re-entry Members$371.00
SPA Non Practising or Full-time Postgraduate Student Member$279.00
Non Member$643.00
Early Bird closing date is 1 month before the event. After this date an additional $99 registration fee applies.
In proceeding with your registration you agree to the SPA CPD Branch Terms and Conditions.