Steps to Apply for
the SLP Advanced Diagnostics Certification
through the Lavi Institute
This certificate program will provide you with all the required content needed to gain advanced knowledge in the area of assessment of communication disorders. Gain clinical confidence in advanced assessment related topics. Learn how to conduct language and literacy based independent evaluations. Requirements include 50-hours of professional development courses (may be taken via CEU SmartHub or via another organization, 2 comprehensive case studies, as well as a final examination)
We make sure every class is easily understood, and that all students reach the same level of expertise needed for today’s high expectations in the area of special education.
- Professionals’ names will be placed in a national professional directory accessible to parents, advocates, as well as special education attorneys seeking professionals to conduct comprehensive language and literacy assessments
- Professionals will be hired by parents, school districts, and attorneys as consultants on complex literacy cases to conduct independent evaluations
- By becoming better informed regarding the evidence-based literacy assessment process, professionals will become highly effective evaluators
Upon receipt of the certificate, you will be ready for a number of thoughtful professional changes.
- Perform rigorous independent comprehensive language and literacy assessments and consultations
- Collaborate with Advocates and SPED attorneys on literacy-related client cases (assessment and review)
- Perform program observations to determine the appropriateness of delivered interventions based on assessment findings
12 months from the start date.
Yes, provided we receive the request in writing which explains the extenuating circumstances why the applicant was unable to complete the certification in the allotted time period. A $75 processing fee will be charged at the time of extension acceptance.
Currently, the programming recommendation is to split up the time rather equally between language and literacy assessment (~20 hours in language and 20 in literacy).
Yes, in order to satisfy the course requirements a variation of the following coursework is required (samples of courses/not exhaustive/ subject to change):
- Appropriate selection of psychometrically sound standardized language and literacy instruments
- Clinical assessment of language disorders in speech-language pathology
- Clinical assessment of literacy for SLPs
- Standardized test application: strength and limitations interpretation
- Narrative/discourse assessment, interpretation, and treatment
- Contextualized intervention therapy
- Assessment and treatment of phonological awareness
- Assessment and treatment of orthographic knowledge
- Assessment and treatment of reading fluency and comprehension
- Assessment and treatment of morphological competence
- Assessment and treatment of spelling
- Assessment and treatment of writing
Since we are not a degree-granting program, it is not necessary for us to go through the accreditation process at this juncture. The Lavi Institute, however, is an ASHA approved ASHA CEU provider and all of the currently offered CEU Smart Hub course content is presently approved by ASHA for ASHA CEUs.
Yes, provided that the SLP is a paid member of a CEU Smart Hub since we will need proof of course attendance (certificates of attendance, ASHA CEUs, etc.).
Yes, some (but not all) of the courses will be counted toward the requirement. Coursework will be reviewed and relevant courses will be counted.
That is not necessary. The 50 hours of coursework can be obtained from any relevant educational organization (e.g., IDA), if not obtained through the CEU Smart Hub. If it is obtained from another organization, the following information is required to be listed for each taken language/literacy course as proof of coursework. Please note that there is a $100 processing fee to review coursework documentation.
- Organization name through which the course was taken
- Course Title
- Course Description
- Learning Objectives
- Number of hours/CEUs obtained
- Confirmation of successful completion (proof of completion/attendance)
Yes, maintenance requires a yearly completion of 10 hours of required language and literacy coursework. Courses can be accessed through the CEU Smart Hub or obtained through other organizations (a processing fee of $25 will apply for course review). The cost of yearly certification maintenance is a $50 processing fee.
YES, as long as they can provide appropriate documentation of their credentials and can meet all other certificate requirements.
The certificate is open to SLPs who are interested in gaining in-depth knowledge in the areas of assessment of children with language and literacy disorders. This certification offers not just continuing education hours in the advanced practices pertaining to the assessment of literacy but also a final examination and 2 lengthy in-depth projects requiring professionals to appropriately and comprehensively design assessment plans for children with language and literacy impairments.