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Innovative Methods for Preschool Assessment, Collaboration, and Treatment

February 20–March 4, 2019 | Online Conference

Conference Faculty

"I was most impressed by the speakers and their depth of knowledge and experience. This was an impressive and memorable learning experience."
Past ASHA Professional Development online conference participant

Donna K. Edwards, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an author, inventor, national/international speaker, Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing/Swallowing Disorders, and associate professor at Baldwin Wallace University. She has worked in schools alongside the national autism teacher of the year and served as Dysphagia Coordinator of a Level I Trauma Hospital. She worked on acute care and TBI/SCI/CVA rehabilitation teams to serve patients across the age span from NICU to geriatrics before transitioning to inpatient/outpatient clinical settings at a children's hospital. As Director of Legislative Advocacy for the Ohio Speech, Language and Hearing Association (OSLHA), Edwards advocated for patients/families affected by communication/hearing/swallowing disorders. She served as Mentorship Committee Chair/Application Committee member for the American Board of Swallowing/Swallowing Disorders and is a past OSLHA president, past editor of ASHA SIG 13 Perspectives, and past member of ASHA's Government Relations Public Policy Board. Edwards has received the following honors: Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award (2009), OSLHA Fellow of the Association (2013), and ASHA Fellow (2014). She has a patent pending for a chewing measurement device and authoring of free pediatric educational coloring books containing multilingual information to reduce choking risk.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary from Baldwin Wallace University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Past ASHA Government Relations Public Policy Board Member
  • Applications Committee Member and Chair of Mentor Committee for the Specialty Board on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders 
  • Past OSLHA President
  • Past ASHA SIG 13 Editorial Committee
  • Past ASHA SIG 13 Perspectives editor

Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who specializes in working with multicultural, internationally and domestically adopted, as well as at-risk children with complex communication disorders in hospital, school, and private practice settings. She has been published in several magazines including Adoption Today, Adoption Advocate, Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists as well as ASHA Perspectives on School-Based and Global Issues. She has also presented for a number of medical, academic, and nonprofit organizations as well as speech-language-hearing associations, including Speechpathology.com; American Academy of Pediatrics: Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship; New Jersey Taskforce on Child Abuse and Neglect; New Jersey, Long Island, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Wayne County, and Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Associations; New York City Department of Education; Greenwich Public Schools; Butler County Educational Service Center; Los Angeles Unified School District; Speech-Language & Audiology Canada North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC); and ASHA.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Founder/executive director of Smart Speech Therapy LLC, through which she draws a salary, publishes articles, presents workshops, and sells a variety of speech-language educational materials; select Smart Speech Therapy LLC materials may be briefly mentioned in this presentation
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Sandra M. Grether, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an SLP III at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Cincinnati (UC), College of Allied Health Sciences. Grether is responsible for interdisciplinary student leadership training and research in prelinguistic communication with individuals with significant intellectual disabilities, the impact of cognition on language in pediatric hearing loss and cognitive disabilities, childhood apraxia of speech, and augmentative communication. Grether has been with CCHMC and UC for 19 years and has been a practicing clinician for 45 years.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA SIG 12 (AAC) 

Leah L. Kapa, PhD, is an assistant professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the relationship between cognitive skills and language among individuals with typical and disordered language development. Kapa is particularly interested in the development of executive functioning - cognitive skills related to controlling and directing attention, thought, and behaviors. She addresses questions about how executive functioning may contribute to language learning and how language may be used as a strategy when completing difficult cognitive tasks. She has conducted studies documenting differences in executive functioning between preschoolers with and without developmental language disorder and studies identifying a relationship between children’s executive function abilities and their performance on language-learning tasks. Her current research is considering the role of self-directed speech in executive function performance among preschoolers with developmental language disorder.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of University of Arizona
  • Grant funding from NIDCD
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Julie O'Brien-Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, is currently a Speech Language Coordinator for a special education cooperative that has 27 district members. She has been an SLP for 25 years. O'Brien-Smith has worked in various environments including hospitals and schools and has experience with various diagnoses and ages. She has done numerous presentations including at Closing the Gap, ASHA, and ISHA, as well as local workshops.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Rhea Paul, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor and chair of Speech-Language Pathology at Sacred Heart University. She was the editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research from 2013-2017. She is the author of more than 100 refereed journal articles, more than 50 book chapters, and nine books. Paul has served as principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, Autism Speaks, and Meyer Memorial Trust. She has been elected Vice President for Program for both the Oregon and Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Associations, and was president of the Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) from 2010-2014. Winner of the National 1996 Editor’s Award of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and the Slifka Foundation Award for Clinical Research from the International Society for Autism Research in 2010, she received Honors of the Association in 2014 from both the Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association and ASHA. She was also awarded an Annual Faculty Scholarship Award for her book, Let’s Talk: Navigating Social Communication Supports for Your Young Child with Autism from Sacred Heart in 2016.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Keli Richmond, MS, CCC-SLP, is a practicing school-based SLP with the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. She strives to improve speech, language, and literacy skills as she collaborates with Head Start, preschool, and kinder-aged classrooms. Promoting her passion to help children communicate, Richmond conducts in-service training for school-based personnel, presents accredited continuing education seminars nationwide for Northern Speech Services, and speaks at speech-language-hearing conventions, educator conferences, and related events. She is the author of Literacy Speaks!, a comprehensive program driven by orthographic instruction (printed cues). The Literacy Speaks! program focuses on improving speech intelligibility and expanding language skills while developing a strong literacy foundation.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of Northside Independent School District 
  • Royalties from Northern Speech Services for Literacy Speaks!
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation  

Gissella Santayana, MHSc, is an SLP with 10 years of experience working in fluency, language, and speech disorders with preschool children. In fluency, she works with children, teens, and young adults who stutter. She has participated in a Lidcombe Program Training Consortium (LPTC) workshop and currently assists in LPTC training workshops in North America. She also has training in the Camperdown Program for Stuttering and Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®), and has participated in a training in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as the Stuttering Foundation’s 2017 Western Workshop. She is a co-author on an article recently published in Seminars in Speech and Language: "What Are the Options for the Treatment of Stuttering in Preschool Children?"

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary from Montreal Fluency Centre                   

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Preference for The Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter, which will be discussed as a part of this presentation  

C. Melanie Schuele, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was a school speech-language pathologist for several years. Her teaching and research interests focus on school-based issues. Schuele is project director for a U.S. Department of Education PhD Leadership Grant focused on language-literacy intervention research. She developed and directs Vanderbilt’s School SLP Specialty Track in their master's program. Schuele conducts research in complex syntax and early literacy acquisition and teaches courses in child language impairment and speech sound disorders. She is a frequent provider of professional development for SLPs and other educators. Schuele co-authored The Intensive Phonological Awareness Program (2014), a small-group Tier 2 intervention that builds foundational phonological awareness skills in preparation for early decoding and spelling instruction. From 2000-2005 she collaborated with the West Virginia Department of Education to promote statewide curriculum changes that focused on classroom phonological awareness instruction and IPA Program intervention with kindergartners and first graders. Currently Schuele collaborates with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in developing a speech-language-literacy intervention curriculum for preschoolers with primary speech and/or language impairment. She has provided extensive volunteer service to ASHA.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of Vanderbilt University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation
"Each presenter was very experienced and knowledgeable about the specific topic and provided information of practical value in the real treatment world."
Past ASHA Professional Development online conference participant

Amy Skinder-Meredith, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinical professor and director of graduate studies at Washington State University in Spokane. She is an experienced clinician who has worked in university clinic, public school, hospital, and private practice settings. Her primary clinical and research interest is in children with motor speech disorders, and she has published and presented her research on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) at national conferences. She and her colleague Dr. Nancy Potter run an intensive 2-week summer camp for children with CAS and their families. She also runs two after school programs for children with CAS. The camp focuses on motor speech, early literacy, language, parent education, and positive well-being. Skinder-Meredith has given numerous workshops for practicing speech-language pathologists across the U.S., in Canada, and in Guatemala on assessment and treatment of CAS. She earned her PhD from the University of Washington under the mentorship of Dr. Edythe Strand and Dr. Carol Stoel-Gammon. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of Washington State University
  • Jan Norris, the author of the Phonic Faces program mentioned in the presentation provides her materials a discount for speaker's university clinic
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of Professional Advisory Council for Apraxia-Kids, which was formerly called Professional advisory board member for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) 

Elaine Weitzman, MEd, is an SLP and executive director of The Hanen Centre, a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization that specializes in caregiver-implemented early language intervention. Over the last 30 years, Weitzman has played a major role in the development of Hanen programs for parents and educators, integrating principles of adult education into these programs to optimize parents' and educators' learning. She has co-authored seven Hanen guidebooks for parents and educators on how to facilitate children's early language and literacy development, as well as co-authoring numerous journal articles on caregiver-child interactions and the efficacy of Hanen programs. Weitzman is an adjunct professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of The Hanen Centre
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Author of a number of resources published by The Hanen Centre, for which The Hanen Centre holds the copyright and she derives no financial benefit from sales

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