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Digital Seminar

Multisensory Interventions for Speech, Language & Early Literacy: Creative Puppetry, Print & Play Techniques for Young Children

Linda Siciliano
6 Hours 15 Minutes
Audio and Video
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Oct 22, 2015
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  • 10-step hands-on, multisensory approach for speech and early literacy
  • Strategies for children with attentional, sensory, articulation, linguistic/phonological needs and those at risk for reading disorders
  • Accelerate communication skills through the power of pairing puppetry with personal print experiences

Complete this workshop and discover innovative intervention activities and instructional strategies to empower young children with attentional, sensory, articulation, linguistic/ phonological needs and those at risk for reading disorders who struggle with language, sound production and early literacy foundation skills.

Through the use of puppets, manipulatives and hands-on activities, storytelling and video examples-walk away with multimodal, multisensory teaching strategies with an emphasis on student learning through tactile/kinesthetic input, such as:

  • reproducible manipulatives and corresponding alphabet chart to construct all 26 sounds of the alphabet and connect them to print
  • template for unique stories and poems to personalize for instruction
  • 10 original illustrated nursery rhyme characters for use as language and literacy tools
  • copy-ready lesson plan template for multisensory instruction
Leave this workshop equipped with new strategies, materials and activities to promote:
  • Rhyme and syllable level
  • Words starting/ending with the same sound
  • Representation of the number of sounds in words
  • Segmenting/blending
  • Emergent writing
  • Identifying, sequencing and producing sounds



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards


This course consists of 6.25 self-study clock hours. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Illinois Educators


6.0 ISBE Professional Development (PD) Clock Hours have been made available through Quincy University. Those requesting ISBE PD Clock Hours will need to complete additional steps in order to receive the ISBE “Evidence of Completion for Professional Development” form.


While completing the post-test/evaluation be sure to answer the question “Are you an Illinois Educator” Yes. PESI will then be prompted to send you the “Evaluation for Workshop, Conference, Seminar, Etc.” form. You will need to complete the ISBE evaluation form, and return it plus the ISBE $20 enrollment fee (made payable to PESI, Inc.), and your name within two weeks from receiving your CE certificate. You will then be emailed the “ISBE Evidence of Completion for Professional Development” form.

Indiana Educators

6.0 Professional Growth Points are available for full attendance of this self-study package per the Indiana Department of Education standards.

Montana Educators

This self-study package is offered for 6.0 Renewal Units. PESI, Inc. is an Approved Renewal Unit Provider with the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel

6.0 Actual Professional Development Hours (self-study). MEDS-PDN, powered by PESI, Inc., is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept of Education.  

Texas Educators

PESI, Inc., has been approved as a CPE Provider #500-981 for Texas Educators by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBED). This self-study package qualifies for 6.0 CPE clock hours.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 6.0 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists

Approved for 7.5 self-study continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Linda Siciliano Related seminars and products: 1

Linda Siciliano, M.A., CCC-SLP, has served children identified with special needs and their families for more than 37 years in both educational and clinical settings. She is the creator of Teddy Talker™ and owner of Creative Speech Products, a company that designs multimodal, multisensory teaching strategies with an emphasis on student learning through tactile/ kinesthetic input. She consults in educational settings and provides training/coaching on how Creative Speech Products learning tools can build both communication and academic skills for children.

In addition to her experience as a speech-language pathologist, Linda has worked as a special education and early intervention teacher, teacher of the deaf/ hearing impaired, assistant principal and principal. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool to college level students. Selected as one of 16 principals across the United States, Linda served on Scholastic Book Fair’s inaugural National Principal’s Advisory Board. Her professional career has provided the exciting opportunity to present numerous workshops for professional staff and for families.

She earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College, M.A. from NYU and Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from SCSU. In addition, Linda holds teaching and administrator
certification along with her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Linda Siciliano is the owner/president of Creative Speech Products, LLC and creator of Teddy Talker™. She is a consultant for School Health Corporation and her products are included in their catalog. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-Financial: Linda Siciliano is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Teachers/Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals


  1. Communicate the rationale for using a manipulative-based approach to speech and literacy foundation skills.
  2. Incorporate multisensory strategies to support phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge and phoneme-grapheme correspondence and compare to other current methods utilized.
  3. Summarize and prioritize language-based areas of importance in supporting reading comprehension and decoding skills.
  4. Integrate puppets and props to develop narrative structure and a variety of language concepts.
  5. Create personalized stories and poems to improve students’ language skills while maximizing engagement.
  6. Develop an action plan for implementation of new strategies across school-to-home setting.


Part I: Language Interventions


Build Success for Students with Communication Needs: From Theory to Practice

  • Speech and language foundations for early literacy
  • The role of play, imagination and engagement in achievement
  • Construct learning through manipulatives
  • A solid evidence base for multisensory intervention
  • Access for ALL: Universal Design for Learning


Strategies for Speaking and Listening

  • Multisensory methods to improve speech/phonology
  • Vocabulary/semantics, grammar and morphology through iPad, puppets and props
  • Pragmatic skills through puppets and role-play
  • Video modeling of play routines
  • Interrogative structures with hands-on activities


Set the Stage for Narrative Development

  • Puppetry for story elements
  • Visual and Kinesthetic tools
  • Unique, personalized texts to engage your students


Part II: Connecting Language to Literacy: Interventions For Home and School


Strong Foundation for Early Literacy

  • Print Concepts: learning about print in an interactive way
  • Alphabet recognition with multisensory supports
  • Play with phonological awareness to build explicit awareness of:
    • rhyme and syllable level
    • words starting/ending with the same sound
    • representation of the number of sounds in words
    • segmenting/blending
    • phoneme deletion and manipulation
  • 10-Step hands-on approach to connect sound production with phonics, word recognition and phonological skills


Connect Learning

  • Create an action plan tailored for each child
  • Multisensory strategies in an RTI tiered intervention model



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