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Increasing MLU in Minimally Verbal and ASD Populations

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Please remember to bring Scissors and a Glue Stick for the workshop



Presenter: Denise Ferremi, M.S., CCC-SLP

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

: 5:30pm

Conference: 5:45pm-9:00pm

Member: $60.00

Student: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $85.00

Please Bring Scissors and a Glue Stick. 

This program is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs Intermediate Level: Professional Area



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


Denise Ferremi, M.S., CCC-SLP has no non-financial relationships to report.


Campo Salisbury Center, 718 The Plain Road, Westbury, NY 11590

Workshop Coordinator

Michelle Gartmayer, M.A., CCC-SLP


"This workshop focuses on systematically and strategically increasing your clients' length of utterance.  Topics discussed include: mean length of utterance (MLU) development in typical children; utterance patterns on which to focus; IEP goals to use and avoid; tips to engage minimally verbal and Autism Spectrum populations."  The presentation includes toys, materials and books to use with a variety of learners.  A "make and take" portion allows participants tangible tools to use immediately in their therapy sessions."


Denise Ferremi, M.S., CCC-SLP, graduated with a B.S. in Communications Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University and a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from La Salle University. As a clinician she has over 8 years of experience servicing students in preschool through 6th grade during her time in both the Fairfax County Public School District and at a therapeutic preschool on Long Island. Denise is the author of the blog Speech Language Pirates as well as the creator of therapeutic materials.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify stages of typical language development/early utterance patterns

2. Describe pros and cons of commonly used strategies for increasing MLU

3. Explain strategies for increasing MLU in minimally verbal and non-verbal populations

4. Describe increased versatility and likelihood of carryover with simple utterance patterns

5. List a variety of materials to target increasing MLU in minimally verbal populations


5:30-5:45                     Registration/Light Refreshments

5:45-6:45                     Overview of Typical Language /Development and Progression of Early Utterances

6:45-7:15                     Commonly Used Strategies for Increasing MLU and their Implications

7:15-7:30                     Break

7:30-8:15                     Methods for Systematically Increasing MLU, including Apps, Toys, Crafts, and Books

8:15-8:45                     Make and Take

8:45-9:00                     Questions and Answers


Confirmation of registration can be obtained at or E-mail at

Cancellation and CEUs

Cancellations are refundable if received 72 business hours prior to the event. Please note: Registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed. If you wish to earn ASHA CEUs you must complete ASHA CEU forms and hand them in at the completion of the workshop.


PowerPoint/Handout Presentations will be emailed to confirmed attendees, 72 hours prior to the workshop. There will be no internet access at the venue to download handouts. You will need to either print a copy or download the file to a computer, tablet or phone before the workshop.

Paper Handouts will NOT be available at the workshop.



January 23rd, 2019 5:45 PM   through   9:00 PM
United States
Event Fee(s)
Non-Member Professional $ 85.00

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