Play On: Evidence-Based Strategies in Early Intervention Treatment

· May 17, 2022

Course Number: ABIO2217

When: Available June 2, 2022 – June 2, 2023

Where: Audio available once you register under “Course Content” at the bottom of this page.

Description: This session discussed evidence-based strategies in early intervention treatment for all team members. This session discussed types of functional strategies that can be embedded into daily routines and used in parent coaching. This session also identified materials to consider for early intervention treatment.

Who This Course Is Good For:

  • Any ASHA member, CCC holder, or other professional that is licensed or credentialed to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology or preparing to earnASHA CEUs.
  • A professional who works with pediatric clients that have limited natural speech
  • A professional who works with pediatric clients that use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems or may be good candidates for AAC
  • A speech-language pathologist (SLP) who works in an early intervention setting
  • A speech-language pathologist (SLP) who works using teletherapy
  • A professional who works with pediatric clients that exhibit challenging behaviors

Who This Course Isn’t Good For:

  • Any professional who has an extensive background in caregiver coaching with children that exhibit challenging behaviors
  • Any professional who is not familiar with the terms caregiver coaching or early intervention
  • Any professional that does not currently work with any pediatric clients or plan to in the near future
  • Professionals that solely provide one on one therapy in a medical setting as this course is focused on daily routine implementation in a home-based setting.


Venita Litvack, M.A, CCC-SLP

Venita is an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant in south Florida. She has a passion for using AAC, AT, and literacy to support individuals with complex communication needs, autism, and other disabilities. Venita has delivered poster presentations on several topics related to AAC at ASHA and co-presented several ASHA CEU accredited courses. Venita co-authored two articles published in ASHA Leader’s online publication, as well as the Lou Knows What to Do book series published by Boys Town Press. Recently, Venita started utilizing the power of social media to empower and motivate educators across the country through the Speechie Side Up podcast, blog, Instagram account, and YouTube channel.


Cara Tambellini is a  Speech-Language Pathologist with more than fifteen years of experience. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) and her M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University, which is ranked in the top 5 Graduate Speech-Language Pathology programs in the United States (US News & World Report Ranking). Cara has experience working in a variety of settings, including private practice, early intervention, schools, and rehabilitation hospitals. Cara uses evidence-based therapeutic interventions. She tailors speech therapy sessions to the individual needs of each client. Her clients look forward to speech therapy as Cara strives to make each therapy session fun and motivating. You can find Cara on her instagram account @caraspeech.

Disclosure Statements

Venita Litvack has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: ownership interest in Speechie Side Up, LLC and Tassel Learning, LLC; royalties from the Lou Knows What to Do book series.

Venita Litvack has the following relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose: member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 12.

Cara Tambellini has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: recieved payments from Tassel Learning, LLC; royalties from her 4 children’s books; payment from her course: Helping Your Child Communicate.

Cara Tambellini has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Learning Outcomes

As a result of this activity, participants will:
  • Identify early developmental milestones
  • Describe 2 types of early intervention strategies
  • Describe 3 evidence-based strategies parents can use in daily routines
  • Identify at least 2 resources to use in early intervention treatment


10 minIntroductions and Backgrounds
12 minDescription of early intervention milestones
6 minDescription of early intervention strategies
12 minDiscussion about evidence-based strategies parents can embed in daily routines
14 minDiscussion about how books can be used in treatment
6 minDiscussion of helpful resources

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  • 2 Requirements
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