Continuing Education Course - Spring

Fredonia's CDS Spring Speaker Collection

March 14, 2014

Williams Center, SUNY Fredonia

The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences is sponsoring two 3 hour (0.3 ASHA CEUs) workshops providing a total of 6 hours (0.6 ASHA CEUs).

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Session I

Language Assessment in Bilingual Children, Anny Castilla-Earls, Ph.D.

This presentation will provide clinicians with information on the bilingual assessment practices that are supported by current research with the main focus on support for clinical decisions regarding language impairments in bilingual children. Four areas of discussion will include:

1) Variation in degrees and types of bilingualism. Although bilingualism is usually treated as a categorical variable (you are either bilingual or monolingual), current clinical approaches are oriented to see bilingualism as a "degree" variable. 2) Similarities and differences between the development of the languages. There are strong similarities in the development of phonology, morphology and syntax when compared to monolinguals; however, vocabulary development is the exception. 3) Language disorders in bilingual children as current research show that bilingual children with language disorders will show language difficulties in both languages. These language difficulties are comparable to the ones experienced by monolingual children.  4) Standardized tests available for bilingual children.

At the completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • define bilingualism as a degree variable
  • identify the main similarities and differences between the language development of bilinguals and monolinguals
  • identify the main characteristics of language disorders in bilingual children
  • recognize the complexity of the decision making process required to identify bilingual children with language impairments

The Mobile Technology Frontier:  Utilization and Application of Mobile Technology for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs, Katrina Fulcher, M.S., CCC-SLP

Many SLPs are concerned with understanding the technology opportunities and barriers, as well as, understanding which application program will fit the client's individual needs. How can SLPs best adapt the technology to meet the environmental, physical, social, and functional necessities of the individual and their family? This presentation will cover how tablet technology can be utilized in a diagnostic and therapeutic setting, with a specific focus on AAC.  Specific tablet applications for children and adults with complex communication needs will be presented, discussed, and used by session participants. In addition, we will review the potential physical access adaptations that can be made to these mobile technologies including: switch/scanning capability, volume modifications, mounting systems, microphones, etc. The capabilities of these technologies for classroom learning, emailing, social networking, and texting; and the research and frameworks regarding a way to evaluate the usefulness of these mobile technologies will be presented. 

At completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • decide whether a mobile technology is appropriate for a client
  • evaluate the appropriateness of given software applications to meet individual communication needs
  • be informed about technology proficiently regarding its ability to address the physical, social, intellectual, and communication needs of a client

 

Session II

Mining Clinical Research for Evidence-Based Practice in Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Kevin P. Kearns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

The movement toward evidence based practice (EBP) and the availability of systematic reviews and practice guidelines (ANCDS; ASHA) have accelerated interest in intervention research that can be understood by clinicians and readily adopted into clinical practice. The purpose of this presentation will be to review exciting advances in the aphasia treatment literature within the context of the EBP movement. In addition, aspects of research strategies that are important for critically appraising the intervention literature and improving clinical practice will also be reviewed and discussed.

At completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • recognize recent findings in the aphasia intervention literature that can be incorporated into evidence based clinical practice
  • apply strategies for critically appraising the intervention literature and improving clincial accountability
  • identify the strengths and shortcomings of the evidence based practice (EBP) movement and be able to access relevant EBP resources for aphasia and related disorders

Use of Laryngeal Techniques in Treating Hyper and Hypofunctional Voice Disorders, Bridget A. Russell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Excessive activity of the extralaryngeal muscles affects laryngeal function and contributes to a spectrum of interrelated symptoms and syndromes including muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) and spasmodic dysphonia. Recognition of the role of extralaryngeal muscle tension is helpful in ensuring proper diagnosis and selection of appropriate treatment. This presentation will cover diagnosis and identification of the symptoms of MTD and other vocal disorders which present with musculoskeletal tension. The symptoms presented in adults and children will be differentiated. Treatment techniques and goals will be presented in order to initiate and monitor the progress of therapy using circumlaryngeal massage. Lastly, the technique of circumlaryngeal massage will be demonstrated and small group practice will be completed.

At completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • identify and describe symptoms of muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) and other vocal disorders which exhibit increased musculoskeletal tension
  • Develop treatment goals and assess the progress of circumlaryngeal message therapy
  • administer circumlaryngeal message therapy

 

Speaker Biographies

 

Anny Castilla-Earls, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia. Her publications and current research focus on language acquisition and language assessment in monolingual and bilingual Spanish-speaking children. She has served as an editorial reviewer and has presented at national, state and international conferences.
Financial Disclosure:  Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia at the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.
Non-Financial Disclosure:  There is no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Katrina Fulcher, MS-CCC-SLP, is a doctoral candidate and Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia. Her research focuses on how individuals with complex communication needs utilize their AAC communication systems in everyday communication contexts. Specifically, she studies how individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their life partners interact and overcome the issues associated with communicating using a form of technology. Her current research investigates how individuals utilize a shared device display screen during multiple communication tasks. Clinically, she provides diagnostic and intervention services to children and adults in the areas of literacy, device utilization, mobile technology use and social communication.
Financial Disclosure:  Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia at the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.
Non-Financial Disclosure:  There is no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Kevin P. Kearns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has published extensively in the area of neurogenic communication disorders, research, and clinical outcomes. He is an editorial reviewer for several professional journals and serves on the ASHA Publications Board. He is the recipient of the Honors of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders (ANCDS) and he is an ASHA Fellow. Dr. Kearns is the Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development and Professor of Communication Disorders and Sciences at SUNY Fredonia; also serving as the campus Operations Manager for the SUNY Research Foundation, and President of the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator.
Financial Disclosure:  Professor at SUNY Fredonia at the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences and Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development.
Non-Financial Disclosure:  There is no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Bridget A. Russell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at SUNY Fredonia. She has over 80 presentations at international, national, and state conferences on issues relative to voice disorders, including the effects of manual tension reduction therapy in pediatric dysphonia; ventilation and energy measurement during speech; and retraining techniques for patients with paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction. She has served as editorial consultant and reviewer for several professional journals and publishers. Currently, she is researching predictors for surgical revision in pharyngeal flap procedures.  
Financial Disclosure:  Associate Professor at SUNY Fredonia at the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.
Non-Financial Disclosure:  There is no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

 

Schedule

8:30-10:00-Language Assessment in Bilingual Children

10:00-10:15-Break (Beverages provided)

10:15-11:45-The Mobile Technology Frontier:  Utilization and Application of Mobile Technology for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs

11:45-12:45-Lunch on your own

12:45-2:15-Mining Clinical Research for Evidence-Based Practice in Neurogenic Communication Disorders

2:15-2:30-Break (Beverages provided)

2:30-4:00-Use of Laryngeal Message Techniques in Treating Hyper and Hypofunctional Voice Disorders

Cost per session is $50.00
Cost for full day (Session I & Session II) $90.00

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    This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

 

Parking:  Use of SUNY Fredonia's Park and Ride Shuttle is encouraged.  You can learn more about this here.  Handicapped parking as well as limited non-handicapped parking will be available in surrounding parking lots.

 

 

 


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