American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Schools Conference

Conference Faculty

We handpicked speakers who are dedicated to supporting school-based SLPs. Read on to learn more about these dynamic presenters.

Kenn Apel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He teaches in the area of school-age language development and disorders with a special emphasis on literacy skills. Apel is the current past-president of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2012–2013) and the former editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools  (2007-2009). Apel has more than 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who have language problems and language-based learning deficits and has conducted research in the areas of spoken and written language. Dr. Apel is co-author of Beyond Baby Talk (Random House) and Clinical Decision Making in Developmental Language Disorders (Brookes). He has numerous peer-reviewed publications in speech-language pathology, reading, and psycholinguistic journals. Currently, his research focuses on the underlying linguistic components that support the development of word-level reading and spelling. Dr. Apel is an ASHA Fellow.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalty, Learning By Design
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Heather Bupp, Esq., is ASHA's director of ethics and ex officio to the Board of Ethics. She provides ethical guidance to ASHA members, the professions, and the public through informal telephone and e-mail communication, written opinions of the Board of Ethics, continuing education, and various speaking engagements. Previously, Heather was a solo attorney specializing in ethics and professional discipline, including conflicts of interest, malpractice, practice management, and legal technology. In 2009, she was selected to be a Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that, Heather was legal ethics counsel for the District of Columbia Bar in Washington, DC, where she provided guidance to Bar members, law clinics, and the public on a broad scope of ethical issues. Heather is currently licensed to practice law in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

Heather is a 1990 graduate of Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC, where she has been adjunct faculty for many years. In the past, Heather was also adjunct faculty for Legal Ethics and Legal Technology at Georgetown University. Heather graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus.

Financial Disclosures:

  • ASHA staff

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA Board of Ethics ex officio

Laura Young-Campbell, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Fellow of ASHA and the coordinator for the Special Interest Group on school-based issues (SIG 16). Currently, Laura is a member of ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee on Reading Fluency for School-Age Children Who Stutter and is the SEAL for Alaska. In addition to her 30-year career as a school-based SLP in the Mat-Su Borough School District, Laura is a clinical supervisor/instructor for the graduate speech clinic at the University of Alaska. She is also a member of the Mat-Su FAS Diagnostic Team.

Laura has a long record of service with ASHA, serving as a member of the Committee on Honors and Planning Committee for the 2011 SLP Professional Summit. She was also elected as associate coordinator of SIG 16 and to both the Legislative and Advisory Councils. In addition to being a past president of the Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AkSHA), Laura continues to hold leadership positions with her state association as well as present and facilitate professional development activities on school-based issues.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member, SIG 16 Coordinator

Angela Hein Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Communication Sciences program at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on social language impairment in neurodevelopmental and acquired conditions. She is a member of the Pediatric/Adolescent TBI Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the associate editor for Special Interest Group 2's (Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders) Perspectives. Clinically, Angela specializes in back to school transition.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member, ASHA

Joseph Donaher, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the academic and research program director of the Center for Childhood Communication at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Donaher is an assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board-certified specialist in fluency and fluency disorders and the editor of Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Dr. Donaher is the chair of the Research and Publications Committee of The International Fluency Association. His clinical and research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of school-age children who stutter.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Claudia Dunaway, MA, CCC-SLP, is an SLP and youth advocate in San Diego, California, who specializes in the areas of critical thinking, academic language, and literacy acquisition. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BA in anthropology in 1974 and earned a master's in communicative disorders from San Diego State University in 1978. Her work settings over her 37-year career include San Diego Unified School District, San Diego State University, and private practice. Claudia is a board-certified fluency specialist. In 2007, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation awarded her the Van Hattum Award for outstanding contribution to the profession of speech-language pathology. In 2010, she was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University and delivered the commencement address to the 2011 graduating class. Claudia is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of speech, language, and literacy and former chair of ASHA's School Finance Committee. She has publications in the areas of literacy acquisition, stuttering, articulation, selective mutism, performance-based assessment, and attention deficit disorders.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Honorarium or Speaking Fee; Book Profits, Claudia Dunaway Consulting
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Barbara J. Ehren, EdD, CCC-SLP, has worked in public schools or on behalf of students and educators in public schools for her entire career and is passionate about the importance of SLPs' work in schools. Her favorite population is adolescents who struggle with language/literacy. She is currently professor and director of the doctoral program in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Central Florida, a collaborative program focusing on language and literacy. Prior to serving in this position, she was a research scientist with the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) where her emphasis was on adolescent literacy. Before joining KUCRL, she served as an administrator for 11 years in special and general education in the Palm Beach County Schools, Florida. She has also been an SLP, as well as a classroom teacher in the schools. She is an ASHA Fellow and has served on several key ASHA committees, including the Ad Hoc Committee on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Schools-Based Speech-Language Pathologist; she is currently chair of the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee for SLP School Issues. She serves on the RTI Action Network Advisory Board, the International Reading Association RTI Commission, and on several journal editorial boards.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Intellectual Property Rights; Honorarium or Speaking Fee, Student Success Initiatives, Inc.
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Dave Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP, is the manager of outpatient speech and language services at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, PA. He has over 34 years of pediatric clinical experience, with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech and severe articulation/phonological disorders. Dave has been invited to present workshops on apraxia of speech throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is a member of the CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America) Advisory Council. Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Paid Instructor, DVD Sales Percentage, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board Membership, CE Administrator, Volunteer, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America

Jack Katz, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, began doing therapy for APD 55 years ago when he was a speech and hearing therapist in three rural schools. He tried out a therapy procedure (i.e., phonemics synthesis) that he thought could help children with articulation and reading problems. He was delighted by how successful it was in aiding his students who had articulation difficulties, and the reading specialist also noted the benefits in these children with whom she worked. This led to 5 decades of rewarding and exciting clinical and research work.

Each time Jack found an auditory problem, such as difficulty with speech-in-noise, he tried to find a therapy that would aid those individuals in overcoming the deficit. Over the years, the procedures have gotten better and better. He donated a book on Therapy for APD: Simple, Effective Procedures to the Educational Audiology Association for distribution that detail these therapy procedures. He has carried out APD training in schools, hospitals, a rehabilitation center, and universities, but none compare with what he is doing now. For the past 10 years Jack has been in a solo APD private practice and says that it is the best job he has ever had.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalty, Precision Acoustics
  • Royalty, Upstate Advanced Technologies
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Books and materials distribution, Ed Audio Association

Kim Krieger, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed board-certified specialist in fluency disorders. Kim has worked in the public school system for 35 years in Nebraska, the Department of Defense Dependents School in Germany, and currently in the Mead School District outside of Spokane, Washington. She is the director of the Successful Stuttering Management Program, an intensive stuttering modification program for adolescent and adult stutterers at Eastern Washington University.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA Ad Hoc Volunteer Membership

Melissa Malani, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a graduate from the College of Education (Language and Literacy track) at the University of Central Florida, a practicing SLP, a professional developer, and an adjunct instructor for UCF. Dr. Malani is a clinical educator for several universities and has supervised graduate students ranging from beginning clinic to final externship experiences. She has also supervised numerous clinical fellows in the field of speech-language pathology and continues to provide ongoing clinical education to the SLPs and student clinicians she works with. Dr. Malani has participated in numerous research projects, co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations, and participated in professional development workshops. She has been an invited author and presenter for several topics, including adolescent language and literacy, digital literacy, and augmentative/alternative communication. As an adjunct instructor with UCF, Dr. Malani teaches numerous graduate and undergraduate courses and serves as a program coordinator with community organizations to promote experiential student learning. She is an active member of ASHA and the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA).

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Julie Masterson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Provost Fellow for faculty development and professor of communication sciences and disorders at Missouri State University. She plans and implements development activities to facilitate optimal research productivity and teaching skills in new faculty and provides oversight for the tenure-promotion process. Additionally, she teaches courses in phonology, language-learning disabilities, and research design. Dr. Masterson served as vice president for research and technology for ASHA and president of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has over 150 presentations and publications in the areas of language and literacy. Dr. Masterson is co-author of Spelling Performance Evaluation for Language and Literacy-2, Spell-Links for Reading and Writing-2, Beyond Baby Talk (Random House), and Clinical Decision Making in Developmental Language Disorders (Brookes). She has been an associate, a guest associate editor, and reviewer for numerous scientific journals. Her current research focuses on optimal methods for assessment and documentation of treatment outcomes and response to intervention, spelling skills in individuals with sensory impairments, and the relationship between phonological productions and literacy skills. Dr. Masterson is a Fellow and certified member of ASHA. She holds degrees in both speech-language pathology and elementary education and has worked as a classroom teacher and a school-based SLP.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalty, Learning By Design
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Katie Micco, MS, CCC-SLP, is a senior SLP at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She has worked with various patient populations in the outpatient and specialty school setting, including those with childhood apraxia of speech and alternative and augmentative communication users. Katie has presented at both the local and national levels. She received her bachelor's degree and master of science degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Nina Reardon Reeves, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed, certified SLP as well as a board-certified specialist and mentor in fluency disorders. Presently, she is employed as a staff fluency specialist for Frisco and Garland ISDs near Dallas, TX. Nina also specializes in providing stuttering therapy services to children and adolescents who stutter in her private practice. She is a nationally recognized workshop presenter in the area of fluency disorders and is an author who has published materials for both the National Stuttering Association and the Stuttering Foundation of America. Most recently, Nina has co-authored clinical manuals, including School Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide and Minimizing Bullying for Children who Stutter: A Practical Guide  for her new publishing company, Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc. Nina is involved in numerous state and national committees and volunteers her time for professional and nonprofit organizations who serve children who stutter and their families.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalty; Ownership Interest, Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc.
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Volunteer Committee Membership, ASHA

Jennifer Taps Richard, MA, CCC-SLP, an Indiana University graduate, is an SLP in the San Diego Unified School District. She provides classroom and small group intervention to caseload and at-risk preschool and school-age students. Jennifer is also the coordinator for the district's Phonology & Articulation Resource Center (PARC). In this capacity, she facilitates the application of research-based principles in articulation and phonological treatment through professional development and coaching. Additionally, Jennifer owns SLPath, a private company committed to promoting best practices in speech sound disorder treatment through online resources and intensive workshops.

She has presented throughout the country at national and state conferences regarding San Diego Unified's Speech Improvement Class model and evidence-based, efficient phonological assessment and treatment. Furthermore, Jennifer is utilizing her Hanen certifications to collaborate with her colleagues in San Diego Unified to provide teacher and parent training for supporting preschool students at risk for speech and language disorders. The district has also implemented a response to intervention model to address needs in early childhood.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Intellectual Property Rights, SLPath
  • Honorarium or Speaking Fee, SLPath
  • Ownership Interest, SLPath
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of speech-language pathology and dean's associate for graduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as ASHA vice president of academic affairs in speech-language pathology. Shari spent 17 years as a school-based SLP and special education supervisor. Dedicated to bridging the gap between research and practicing clinicians, Dr. Robertson is known for her highly interactive, practical, and entertaining style.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalty, Dynamic Resources, LLC
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board Member, ASHA

Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP, is director of the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders in the Children's Hearing and Speech Center at Children Hospital in Washington, DC, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He specializes in communication disorders in children, with a specific focus on children who stutter. Dr. Robinson's research and writings have focused on normal fluency behaviors in children and adults as well as service delivery to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. He is an ASHA Fellow and a former ASHA president. Dr. Robinson received his AA degree from Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi; BA and MS degrees from The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi; and his PhD degree from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member, ASHA

Theresa H. Rodgers, MA, EdSp, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathology consultant and a former chief administrative officer for St. John the Baptist Parish. She has more than 30 years of experience in school-based practice, including the positions of special education supervisor and speech-language services coordinator. Theresa is currently ASHA's vice president for government relations and public policy, is a former president of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners (NCSB), the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP), and the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LSHA). A national trainer for state licensure board members, she served five terms on the Louisiana licensure board and on the NCSB Board of Directors.

Named an ASHA Fellow in 2009, she previously served ASHA as a member on the Continuing Education Board, the Council for Clinical Certification (Chair in 2007 and 2008), Committee of Chairs of Standards and Ethics, Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, and Legislative Council. Theresa has also served as LSHA's legislative liaison and authored Louisiana's salary supplement legislation, as well as legislation mandating insurance reimbursement for children's hearing aids. She co-authored a Code of Ethics for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants and was instrumental in the revision of Louisiana's practice act and rules, regulations, and procedures.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board, ASHA

Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of speech pathology and audiology at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin is also currently a part-time itinerant speech pathologist in San Juan Unified School District where she provides direct services to students from preschool through high school. She serves homeless persons in her community through direct work on the streets.

Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin's primary research interests are in the areas of assessment and treatment of English Language Learners with communication disorders as well as service delivery to students from low-income backgrounds. She has over 50 publications, including six books, and has made over 270 presentations at the state, national, and international levels. Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin is a Fellow of ASHA and winner of ASHA's Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs. She lived in the Philippines as the daughter of Baptist missionaries from ages 6 to 17.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, is an educational outreach specialist at the Marcus Autism Center, which is an academic partner with Emory University. She is an SLP specializing in autism, Asperger's syndrome, and related social learning disabilities. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She has also served as an instructor for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she has developed courses to prepare graduate level students for addressing the needs of children with autism and their families. Her publications have focused on early identification of autism, the SCERTS assessment process, and programming guidelines for high functioning individuals with autism and Asperger's syndrome. She participated as a member of ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of SLPs in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs serving children and adolescents with autism and related developmental disorders.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Angie Sterling-Orth, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Before joining the department in 2002, she worked as a public school SLP. Following her experience in the public schools, Angie worked for Thinking Publications in Eau Claire for 4 years, editing and co-authoring resources for use with children with communication disorders. She has particular interest in childhood language disorders, stuttering, and using technology to elevate clinical practice.

Angie currently provides supervision of student clinicians both on and off campus. In addition, she teaches course work in language disorders, fluency disorders, clinical supervision, and using technology in CSD. Angie has been the director of clinical programs and services at UWEC in the CSD department since 2007. Through that role, she has the opportunity to be an "early adopter" of new technology, and she enjoys figuring out high-impact and effective ways to incorporate such technologies into her work as a faculty member and SLP. Since 2010, she has been using the iPad in clinical practice and along with her colleague, Shannon Collins, she has presented nationally to SLPs on iPad innovations through a full-day, interactive program.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Janet M. Sturm, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University (CMU). Dr. Sturm's research and clinical interests include developing writing instruction for students with developmental disabilities and those who use AAC, computer-supported literacy, tying together literacy assessments and instructional strategies, and classroom communication.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Grant funds; Royalty, Don Johnston Incorporated, Central Michigan University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Gail Van Tatenhove, MS, CCC-SLP, has over 30 years' experience working with individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication systems. Her professional experience includes clinical work in a self-contained special education center and as the speech-language therapist on a state-wide multidisciplinary AAC evaluation team. Currently, Ms. Van Tatenhove is in private practice, working with children included in a variety of educational programs.

Ms. Van Tatenhove is a member of ASHA, Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association (FLASHA), International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), and United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAACS). She is currently the co-coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 12, AAC.

Ms. Van Tatenhove's contributions to the field of AAC include (1) development of a school-based loaner Bank of AAC devices, (2) participation in ASHA federal projects focusing on AAC implementation, (3) Board member for the United States Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and (4) author of AAC visual support materials.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Stephanie Downey Toledo, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, has worked in education with people of all ages through her work as a teacher and SLP. Whether helping a child with autism learn to communicate, advocating for a child whose gift of bilingualism is being misunderstood, teaching future SLPs, or currently working alongside colleagues to guide the policy and instruction to support all types of learners, Stephanie is passionate about speaking up for those who cannot yet consistently speak for themselves. Stephanie is a bilingual (English and Spanish) educator and therapist who has worked with the Department of Education, the Department of Health, in private practice, and as a professor at Columbia University. She currently works as deputy chief executive officer of strategy and operations for the Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners. In this role, Stephanie is supporting the citywide implementation of A Shared Path to Success, the special education reform working to ensure improved access and outcomes for students who have been labeled as disabled.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, has over 15 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment, and case management of children, adolescents, and adults with language learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, executive dysfunction, Asperger's disorders, and social pragmatics. Her particular specialty is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders. A popular speaker, Sarah regularly presents locally and nationally on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school, and lay groups. She has presented to and consulted with over 200 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States. Awards received include the MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2002, 2011).

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner; Royalty; Intellectual Property Rights, Cognitive Connections
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Julie Weatherly, Esq., is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education (RISE) with attorneys in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama. She is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia and, for 27 years, has provided legal representation and consultative services to school districts and other agencies in the area of educating students with disabilities. In June of 1996, she appeared with Leslie Stahl on CBS news program "60 Minutes" to discuss the cost of meeting the legal requirements of the IDEA. Ms. Weatherly has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences. She has developed a number of videotape training series on special education law and has published nationally as a part of her trainings, workshops and seminars. She is the author of the legal update article for the National CASE quarterly newsletter and a member of LRP's Special Education Attorneys Advisory Council. In 1998, she was honored by Georgia's Council for Exceptional Children as Georgia's Individual Who Had Contributed Most to Students with Disabilities and, in April 2012, she received the National Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) Award for Outstanding Service.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Michelle Garcia Winner, MS, CCC-SLP, is the founder of Social Thinking®, which specializes in developing treatment models and specific strategies for helping persons with social cognitive learning challenges. She runs and works in her small clinic, has authored numerous books, and speaks internationally. She has worked with people with social learning challenges since 1979 when she first became interested in autism. Michelle's goal is to help educators, mental health providers, and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills is an integral part of students' academic, vocational, and community success. She was honored with a "Congressional Special Recognition Award" in 2008.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary, Think Social Publishing, Inc.
  • Intellectual Property Rights, Think Social Publishing, Inc.
  • Ownership Interest, Think Social Publishing, Inc.
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

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