Word Finding Assessment and Intervention

Friday, October 27, 2017


Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel and Suites
15 Spectacle Lake Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X7

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Conference Description

This full-day conference is intended for Speech-Language Pathologists, Resource Teachers, Learning Disability Specialists or School Psychologists. It involves an Intermediate Level of Instruction and the content is applicable to learners 4 years – Adult.

Presenter's Biography

Diane J. German, PhD
Professor Emerita
Department of Special Education
National-Louis University, Chicago

Diane German is Professor Emerita at National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois. She is holder of the Endowed Chair in Special Education; funded to support her research and scholarly work in Word Finding. She has also been selected as an ASHA fellow and a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She has conducted extensive research in Word Finding, published many articles, presented many technical papers, and conducted numerous state, national, and international seminars in the area of Word Finding. She is the author of the standard in Word Finding assessment: the Test of Word Finding - Third Edition (TWF-3), the Test of Adolescent/Adult Word Finding, Second Edition (TAWF-2), and the Test of Word Finding in Discourse (TWFD).  Further, she has authored the Word Finding Intervention Program, Second Edition (WFIP-2) and a user friendly self help book in word finding, It’s on the Tip of My Tongue, Word Finding Strategies To Remember Names and Words You Often Forget.


7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Conference Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Morning Seminar begins
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon Morning Seminar continues
12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Seminar

Seminar Descriptions

Morning Seminar Title: Differential Diagnosis via Deep Assessment in Word Finding

This 3-part morning seminar will focus on the first step to strategic Word Finding Intervention, Differential diagnosis and Deep Assessment in Word Finding. Part 1 will highlight an explanatory theoretical model of lexical processing. Part 2 will present a process for the differential diagnosis of semantic verses phonologically based Word-Finding errors. Part 3 will describe deep Word-Finding assessment using the Test of Word Finding, Third Edition (TWF-3) and the Test of Adolescent/Adult Word Finding (TAF-2). Questions will be entertained through out. Please visit http://www.wordfinding.com to review introductory material.

Morning Seminar Outcomes

Outcome 1:  Participants will be able to describe an explanatory model of lexical processing that is the theoretical underpinnings of Differential Diagnosis, Deep Word Finding Assessment, and Word Finding intervention.

Outcome 2:  Participants will be able to identify potential disruption points in the lexical process that underlie three word finding error patterns.

Outcome 3:  Participants will be able to list oral and written language characteristics of these three word finding error patterns.

Outcome 4:  Participants will be able to explain deep assessment in Word Finding using the new Test of Word Finding, Third Edition (TWF-3).

Afternoon Seminar Title: Comprehensive WF Intervention based on Deep Assessment

The afternoon seminar will present a 3-fold comprehensive strategic approach to Word Finding Intervention, Mnemonic Retrieval Strategies, Word Finding Accommodations, and Self-advocacy Instruction, with a special focus on mnemonic retrieval strategy instruction. Retrieval strategies appropriate for each of the three Word Finding error patterns will be presented. Digital videos demonstrating Retrieval Strategy instruction for academic vocabulary in the language room and in the classroom will be shared. Technology recommendations will be made where appropriate. Questions will be entertained through out

Afternoon Seminar Outcomes

Outcome 1:  Participants will be able to describe a comprehensive approach to Word Finding Intervention - Retrieval Strategy Instruction, Differentiated Instruction, and Self-Advocacy Instruction.

Outcome 2:  Participants will be able to explain cognitive modification and Mnemonic Retrieval Strategies for the three Word Finding error patterns.

Outcome 3:  Participants will be able to describe the Impact of Word Finding on Oral Reading


NSTU member $100.00 (includes membership in SPAA)
Non-NSTU member $100.00
Student / Parent / Substitute / Retiree $75.00

Lunch can be order at the time of registration for a cost of $20.  Dietary needs can be noted during the registration process.

The SPAA Annual General Meeting will take place over the lunch break.


Colleen Rowland and Elizabeth Hamilton


Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel and Suites
15 Spectacle Lake Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X7

Rate:  $135. plus applicable taxes (Deadline September 26, 2017)

Guests can call 1-866-676-9846 and ask for the room block for SPAA. Online reservations can be made at  www.bestwestern.com with the BW group ID: 6V4PX1X2. Guests need to select group reservations at the top left of the website and find the location to enter the group ID.

Registration will be online only.

While we encourage members to have an NSTU web account, one is NOT REQUIRED to register for a conference.
You may register utilizing any email account.

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