Empowering Communication Through Echolalia: An Introduction to Gestalt Language Processing

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Presenter: Adrienne Koenig, M.S., CCC-SLP

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022

: 5:30pm

Workshop:  5:45pm - 9:00pm

Member: $60.00

Student Member: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $85.00

**Meets CTLE Requirements if documented with the ASHA CE Registry**



Adrienne Koenig, M.S., CCC-SLP, will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation.


Adrienne Koenig, M.S., CCC-SLP, has no relevant non-financial information to disclose.


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Workshop Coordinator

Robin Ehrlich, M.S., CCC-SLP
Director of Speech-Language Pathology


This session will provide a robust introduction to the topic of gestalt language processing. Participants will learn the differences between gestalt and analytic language development, and how to identify the characteristics of each. Participants will learn the four main stages of gestalt language processing, and what language can look like at each stage. The session will describe the shifts in interaction style that can be made to best support gestalt language processors, as well as appropriate therapy goals for each stage. Vignettes will be provided, with practice exercises for participants to identify language processing style and identify different stages of NLA. Participants will be provided examples of activities with more traditional analytic language elicitation strategies and be given the opportunity to describe adaptations that better support gestalt language processors.


Adrienne Koenig (she/her) has worked as a SLP since 2017. She is the Director of Speech Language Pathology at The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf, a special education school in Beverly, Massachusetts for children aged 3-21 who have disabilities and/or are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Adrienne provides evaluations and therapies to students with a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex communication needs, including many AAC users and gestalt language processors. Adrienne first learned of gestalt processing at Dr. Lilian Steigler’s ASHA presentation in 2018 and developed a deep interest in the topic. She has learned from Marge Blanc through her Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) book, Level 1 and 2 courses, and additional conversations. Adrienne completed the Meaningful Speech course and provided contract work for Meaningful Speech during the spring of 2022. Adrienne has presented on the topic of gestalt processing during multiple school professional development sessions, at the Federation for Children with Special Needs’ Voices of Community Conference (2021), and through a widely viewed public webinar through The Clinic at CCCBSD (November 2021). Adrienne is honored and excited to engage with LISHA for this workshop as an independent presenter.

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control. **

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
1. Identify gestalt language processing by describing and identifying key characteristics.
2. List the four (4) main stages of Natural Language Acquisition and identify language examples of each stage.
3. Explain appropriate goal areas for each of the early stages of Natural Language Acquisition.
4. Describe how to make shifts in interaction style to support gestalt language processors in contrast to traditional language elicitation techniques used with analytic language processors.


5:30 – 5:45 Registration
5:45 – 6:15 Gestalt vs. Analytic Language Processing
6:15 – 6:45 We’ve Identified That the Individual is a Gestalt Language Processor- Now What?
6:45 – 7:30 Deeper Dive into Each Stage: Identifying Language and Reviewing Goals
7:30 – 7:45 Break
7:45 – 8:45 Targeting Language in Various Activities, Interactive Practice Examples, Adapting Traditional Activities for Gestalt Learners, Resource Sharing

8:45 – 9:00 Questions and Answers


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Handouts and Zoom Link

**PowerPoint/Handout Presentations and Zoom link will be emailed to confirmed attendees 72 hours prior to the workshop. If you do not receive the Zoom link, please contact us at info@lisha.org or call 516-626-8000. Someone will be able to help you up until the start of the workshop.**


December 1st, 2022 5:30 PM through  9:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
United States
Event Fee(s)
Professional Fee $85.00
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