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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: A Course in Clinical Phonology

This is a practical, interactive 3 day course on treating children with speech disorders. During these 3 days you learn how insights about brain development and social relations can help you teach children learn speech. We discuss newer areas of care, such as providing speech help to infants and toddlers, as well as giving a “brain and social perspective” on speech treatment of preschoolers and students. On the final day of the course you learn how poverty, developmental disability, and medical issues may affect a child’s speech development, and discuss ways you can foster a child’s brain development as part of your speech treatment.

Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Ken Bleile

Ken Bleile is a university professor, a licensed clinician, and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Bleile served twice as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and is the former Chair of ASHA’s International Issues Board. Dr. Bleile is a recipient of the ASHA’s Multicultural Board’s Diversity Champion Award and the State of Iowa’s Regents Scholar Award for excellence in teaching and scholar-ship. Dr. Bleile is the author of two best selling books on speech sound disorders and of numerous articles and chapters on speech acquisition, phonological disorders, and neurological development.

Course Outline

The course emphasizes ways your knowledge of brain development and social relations can improve the social, developmental, and academic success for children who experience speech difficulties. The youngest children we discuss are too young to talk, and the oldest are on the verge of adulthood. The course is highly interactive, case based, and sometimes even fun. The discussion of neurology is relatively non-technical.

Day 1:

The first day focuses on our youngest children. You learn ways to assist an infant’s family to build foundations to improve their child’s long term speech outcome, and methods to help a toddler begin using words to interact with their caregivers. We address such frequently asked parent questions as, Will purchasing good educational videos and computer applications help my baby learn? Will Baby Sign make my child smarter and do better in school? Should I wait till my child is older to begin speech treatment? If you recommend augmentative communication for my child, are you giving up on speech?

Day 2:

The second day focuses on speech treatment of preschoolers and students. You learn how brain and social development in older children shapes speech acquisition and speech treatment. We discuss such questions as, How can you help a preschooler to become more intelligible in a way that also lays foundations for future literacy? What is the research support for speech treatment? How do you teach a student the most challenging sounds in the language while promoting their academic and social success? Why are oral motor approaches and facilitated communication so frowned upon by most people in the profession (including the presenter!)?

Day 3:

The third day focuses on treating some of the more challenging children on our caseloads— those for whom speech is only one part of wider constellation of challenges. These may include children reared in extreme poverty, abuse, or neglect, or who experience attention and other forms of higher cognitive function disorders, or who have any of a wide variety of diagnosed medical and developmental disabilities. You learn how to measure and quantify challenges in a child’s home environment, how stress affects a child’s brain and their ability to learn, the impact of higher cognitive functions on learning, and how you can improve a child’s brain and social development through speech treatment.

Course Objectives

In this course, you learn:

Day 3:

  • Which 3 things every child needs to learn to talk
  • Why social interactions grow a child’s brain
  • How Baby Sign helps and how it doesn’t
  • If educational videos and computer applications are a young child’s friend
  • How to help a toddler talk

Day 3:

  • How brain development impacts speech learning in older children
  • What is the research support for speech treatment
  • How to promote readiness to read
  • Why to be wary of testimonials
  • What are good treatment choices for preschoolers and students

Day 3:

  • How deep poverty, neglect, and abuse may impact a child’s brain development
  • Ways to measure stress in a child’s home
  • How higher cognitive functions affect speech learning
  • Which simple adjustments to speech treatment may improve a child’s brain development
Who Can Benefit?

This course is for speech therapists and speech therapy students.


“The best! Dr. Bleile does an amazing job of making sure everyone is engaged in and truly learning the material.” - Anon conference attendee, 2018

“He is able to explain a concept in an understandable way and show how to apply it to your work.” - Anon conference attendee, 2019

“He is always willing to answer questions when asked. He really does a great job applying the information to real life.” - Anon conference attendee, 2019

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) per pax
30 Jun 2021 1800
Normal Till Full 1950