SAC Webinar: How to Coach Families and Caregivers: Seven Things Speech-Language Pathologists Need to Know

Mary McKenna, M.Sc., RSLP, BCBA, S-LP(C)
September 23 2021
Speech-Language Pathology
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Registration deadline is September 23, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

September 23, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

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Intended audience: Speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology assistant, students

This session pertains to: Pre-School (0-4)

Level: Introductory (Assumes that the participant has little or no familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)



Parents play a key role in a child’s early speech-language development and, for child showing delays in communication, parent engagement is critical to their progress. Parent coaching is a process whereby speech-language pathologists and parents participate in a collaborative relationship to support a child’s communication development. Parent coaching has been found to increase parent engagement as well as improve parent knowledge, confidence and satisfaction. In addition, children develop new skills and show improved generalization and maintenance of skills. Parent coaching is an example of an evidence-based parent mediated intervention (PMI) model. 

This webinar will answer the following questions:

1. What is parent coaching?
2. What are the five coaching characteristics?
3. What fidelity measures are used in parent coaching? 



• What is Parent Coaching?
• Five Key Characteristics of Coaching
• Examples of Parent Coaching in Speech-Language Therapy
• Parent Coaching Fidelity Measures
• Resources for Coaching


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biography

Mary McKenna, M.Sc., RSLP, BCBA, S-LP(C)

Mary McKenna has worked with young children and their families, early intervention caregivers and professionals for over 30 years. She is a certified as both a speech-language pathologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst working in both the public and private sectors. In addition to practicing as a parent coach, she is a certified therapist and trainer in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an evidence-based early intervention approach for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Recently she participated as the coach trainer in the Parent and Child Early Coaching (PACE) research project with the University of British Columbia, where she trained early intervention professionals across the province of British Columbia in the Community-ESDM and parent coaching. She has been a presenter at numerous conferences and has served as board member of Speech and Hearing British Columbia.      


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