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Assessment, Eligibility, and Dismissal in Schools: Strategies, Tools, and Decision-Making

October 12–24, 2022 | Online Conference

Ginger G. Collins, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at the University of Montana in the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences. Dr. Collins’s research focuses on school-based interprofessional collaborative practices to promote language-literacy success and prevent academic failure, with an emphasis on morphological awareness/morphological knowledge, postsecondary transition planning, and effective pedagogy in communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Collins directs the MARVEL (Motivational Adolescent Research in Vocabulary and Expressive Literacy) Lab at the University of Montana and supervises undergraduate and graduate research projects focused on postsecondary transition planning for high school students with communication disorders. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Collins was employed as a secondary school-based SLP.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary from University of Montana
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Lizbeth Dooley-Zawacki, MS,CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is an SLP currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University in New York. She is licensed to practice in both New York and South Carolina. She was employed for over 25 years as an elementary (K-5) school-based clinician, and for over 30 years as both an adjunct faculty member and clinical instructor. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes across the communication sciences and disorders curriculum, including those related to phonetics, early childhood development, language development, speech-sound disorders, and SLP services in the school setting. She served on ASHA’s Advisory Council, Legislative Council, the Council for Academic Accreditation Nominating Committee and the Editorial Review Committee for SIG 16. She is currently a member of ASHA's Board of Ethics-Ethics Education division, having served as the 2020 Chair of the Board of Ethics. Lizbeth has served as the president of a regional association as well as a member and elected member to related boards and committees. She has completed over 50 presentations on topics related to character education, child language, collaborative teaching strategies, ethics, RtI, school-based issues, and training methodology for school-based clinicians.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Travel and lodging expenses are paid for by ASHA for in-person attendance at ASHA Board of Ethics meetings

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA's Board of Ethics, currently serving on the Ethics Education Subcommittee
  • 2020 Chair of the Board of Ethics
  • Has presented several workshops on this topic, including a presentation currently available through the ASHA Learning Pass

Teresa Farnham, MA, CCC-SLP, is a graduate of Ashland University and Case Western Reserve University. She has more than 40 years of experience working with children and adults with communication disorders as an SLP, speech pathology supervisor, and assistive technology consultant. She has experience in both the private sector and public education, and currently is sole proprietor of Clarity for Communication LLC, a speech-language pathology private practice. Teresa has served as ASHA SEAL from Ohio, and as President, SLP-at-Large, Conference Chair, and Governmental Affairs Coalition representative for the Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC). She has given numerous presentations at the regional and state level on assistive technology, language and literacy, and best practices in speech-language pathology, particularly in treatment of severe phonological disorders. She has previously presented with ASHA and the Assistive Technology Industry Association national conference.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Materials vendor at teacherspayteachers.com

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of the board of the Ohio Schools Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition

Sandra Laing Gillam, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. She is an ASHA Fellow and past ASHA VP for Speech-Language Pathology Practice. Her research is focused on assessment and intervention for school-age children with or at risk for developmental language disorders (DLD). Her research has largely been funded through grants from the Institute of Education Sciences.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Presentation mentions the TNL-2, which was developed by her husband, Ron Gillam, and for which he receives royalties
  • Designed the MISL, a freely available progress monitoring tool for measuring narrative ability

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Nichole Mulvey, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). She worked as a school-based SLP for 10 years before joining the faculty at EIU and continues to provide services as an early intervention therapist. She teaches graduate courses in early childhood and school-age language disorders and supervises graduate student clinicians, focusing on remediation of language and literacy deficits in a variety of childhood and adolescent cases. Dr. Mulvey's research interests include social development, language sampling, narrative and literacy abilities, and curriculum and instruction for language-based skills.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Presentation includes information and materials generated while being a faculty member at Eastern Illinois University

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Active affiliate of ASHA SIG 1 (Language Learning and Education)

Fe González Murray, EdD, MS, CCC-SLP, is an associate clinical professor in the department of Communication Science and Disorders at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Prior experiences include working as professional interpreter and translator, and working as a bilingual SLP (English and Spanish) for 25 years in early intervention, schools, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and home health. Most of her career has been spent working with Diné (Navajo Nation) and Latino families. She completed a research EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse exceptionalities (CLDE) in 2012 and joined NAU shortly thereafter. As faculty at NAU, her primary responsibilities include supervising graduate students in their clinical practicum rotations (including a bilingual evaluation and treatment team) and teaching graduate courses. Her clinical and research interests include pediatric speech sound disorders; language disorders and delays; bilingual assessment and treatment; cultural reciprocity, responsiveness, and humility; and client/family empowerment. Dr. Murray has a history of advocacy for audiologists, SLPs, and SLPAs in the state of Arizona as a longtime executive board member of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ArSHA), including a 2-year stint as President. She serves ASHA on the Coordinating Committee for SIG 14, and on the Multicultural Issues Board.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board
  • Member of Coordinating Committee for ASHA SIG 14 (Cultural and Linguistic Diversity)

Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Professor Emerita at Western Michigan University. Nelson studies language/literacy development and disorders in school-age children and adolescents, including ways to be relevant to their language learning needs in school settings. She chaired the ASHA Committee that produced the ASHA position statement and technical reports on SLP Roles in Reading and Writing and is an author of the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills. Nelson was the editor of Topics in Language Disorders in 2005-2018. She is an ASHA Fellow and received Honors of the Association as well as the Kleffner Clinical Career Award from the ASHFoundation.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalties for Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills and Student Language Scales from Brookes Publishing
  • Federal grant funding for much of the research behind this presentation, but the views presented will be my own and not the U.S. Government's

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Stacey Pavelko, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Speech and Language Pathology at Binghamton University State University of New York. She is the Editor for SIG1 Perspectives. Her research interests include language and literacy development and disorders in preschool and early school-age children, language sample analysis, and IPE/IPP.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Salary from Binghamton University
  • Co-owner of SUGARLanguage, LLC, where we are paid to offer SUGAR workshops and professional development

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Elizabeth D. Peña, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the School of Education at UCI. She is an ASHA Fellow. Her research focuses on two lines of inquiry that address the goal of differentiating language impairment from language difference. These two interrelated areas include dynamic assessment and semantic development in bilinguals leading to test development.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalties from sales of the BESA

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Advisory Board of DLD & Me

Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is Professor Emeritus at Longwood University for many years, serving as the first Program Director, Department Chair, and Interim Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Previously, she worked at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), where she served as a Director in the Office of Special Education and Student Services. Among her responsibilities at VDOE was the revision of the Virginia special education regulations. Lissa has served as an active volunteer throughout her career, with volunteer leadership in ASHA and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV). Her work includes services as ASHA's Vice President of Ethics and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (2014-2016), ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL), Council on Academic Accreditation site visitor, SHAV President and Board member, and various other ASHA and SHAV committees and boards. She regularly writes and presents in the areas of ethics, special education, educational standards, and serving as an expert witness. She received the ASHA Leader Outstanding Recognition for her article on special education eligibility in 2012 and has received teaching, leadership, and service awards at Longwood University.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Kathryn D’Agostino Russo, MS, TSSLD, CCC-SLP, is a school-based SLP in New York City. After receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland, she began working in special education schools with elementary-age students with complex communication needs. Kathryn has been interested in AAC since her undergraduate studies and developed her passion for alternative access as an early professional. She currently works for New York City’s Department of Education’s District 75. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG) 12 (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
  • Member of ASHA SIG 12's Professional Development Committee

Shannon M. Theis, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor and Program Director with the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and a member of the Rush Craniofacial Center. Dr. Theis has specialized in caring for children with feeding/swallowing difficulties, voice and resonance disorders, and craniofacial anomalies/cleft lip and palate for 20+ years. Dr. Theis is an active clinical researcher and presenter and has published several articles related to pediatric voice and swallowing disorders.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary for faculty position with Rush University

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Geralyn R. Timler, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor and Director of the Social Communication and Language Evaluation (SCALE) lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary from James Madison University

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None
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