Introduction to Understanding Gestalt Language Development


Listen, take a quiz, and earn a certificate of completion! Listen to this episode course at the bottom of this page or on your favorite podcast listing platform (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). ASHA requires that CE courses take attendance (your unique login) and learner earns a certificate of completion (by passing the quick quiz). This program has been approved for 1 clock hour of continuing education credit by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA). TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

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This course explains the two different valid forms of developing language, analytic and gestalt language development. It lists 4 stages of Natural Language Acquisition and offers ways we can support gestalt language processors. 1 clock hour of continuing education credit (Introductory Level, Professional Area).

As a result of this presentation the participant will be able to:
1. define analytic and gestalt language processing.
2. list the 4 stages of Natural Language Acquisition.
3. identify one example of how we can support gestalt language processors during their language acquisition.


Michelle Andrews M.S. CCC-SLP

Michelle Andrews M.S. CCC-SLP

Founder and Managing Director

Michelle has been a speech-language pathologist since 2014. She has worked in the schools, private clinics, and home health. She started creating speech therapy materials for SLPs years ago and founded Pep Talk LLC. She discovered her passion for education and developed this continuing education podcast for SLPs everywhere. She desires to help SLPs feel confident and to produce the best treatment by increasing knowledge and skills.

Alexandria Zachos M.S. CCC-SLP/L

Alexandria Zachos M.S. CCC-SLP/L

Guest Speaker

Alexandria is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Illinois and has been practicing since 2003.  Over the past eighteen years, she has provided therapy for all ages in a variety of clinical settings, including public schools, home therapy, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient clinics. She received her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2003 and her Bachelors Degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001. Learn more about Alexandria here.


Michelle Andrews’ financial disclosers include: She has a Teachers pay Teachers, Boom Learning, and Teach with Medley store under Pep Talk LLC. She is also the founder and manager of Pep Talk and the Pep Talk Podcast. Teach with Medley Educational Games is a sponsor of this podcast.

Michelle Andrews’ non-financial disclosures include: She has a stock participation plan with Teach with Medley Educational Games.

Alexandria Zachos’ financial disclosers include: Alexandria is the CEO of Meaningful Speech. She teaches and sells courses for SLPs.

Alexandria Zachos’ non-financial disclosers include: No relevant non financial disclosers


5 min: Introduction, bio, disclosures, learner objectives

15 min: Research, definition of gestalt language processing, comparison
of analytic vs gestalt language development

20 min: 4 stages of Natural Language Development

10 min: Ways we can support gestalt language processors

10 min: summary, ”take away” points, closing


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TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


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