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Morphemes Matter Part 1: Assessing Morphological Awareness

Morphemes Matter Part 2: Morphological Awareness Instruction/Intervention

Kenn Apel, PhD. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Formerly, he was chair of that department. Dr. Apel has more than 30 years of experience conducting research in the areas of spoken and written language. His recent research focus is on the linguistic factors that contribute to the development of reading and spelling, including morphological awareness and orthographic knowledge. He recently was the principal investigator on a three-year, $1.4M IES-sponsored grant (MATRS: Morphological Assessment for Reading and Spelling) to develop a morphological awareness assessment measure for students in the 1st through 6th grades. Dr. Apel is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He also received the Honors of that Association.


Effective strategies to support minimally verbal autistic children and their families

 Angela Barber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Professor and Chair of the Samford Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Barber’s teaching, clinical work, and research focus on autism and social communication in early childhood. Her primary research looks at improving accessibility to effective early identification and interventions for children with increased likelihood for autism by building cooperative and sustainable solutions that promote health equity. Barber also studies pedagogical approaches to train speech pathology students to support the needs of minimally verbal children.


Facilitating Children’s Emergent Literacy Skills: Training Parents on Shared Book Reading via Text Messaging

Brenda L. Beverly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP earned her CCC-SLP in 1987 after completing her bachelor's and master's degrees at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D. at the University in Tennessee in 1999. Dr. Beverly has been on faculty at the University of South Alabama (USA) in Mobile since 1998. She is a co-founder of the Autism, Pediatric Language, & Literacy Lab at USA, and her research focuses on language processes in typical development as well as impairment.


"I can't fight this feeling anymore" The Globus Sensation

Dr. James Callaway, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology at UAB and practices at both the Birmingham Veterans Hospital and The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency, Chief Residency, and GI fellowship at UAB. He serves as the Director of the Esophageal Function Lab at UAB and the Section Chief of Gastroenterology at the Birmingham VAMC. He has an avid interest in the clinical education of both residents and fellows and his major clinical interests include dysphagia, esophageal motility disorders, esophageal strictures and gastroesophageal reflux disease and its complications.


What the E-L-L?

Kandis Chatman, MS CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Deer Valley Elementary School in Hoover City Schools. She has over 17 years of experience working in interdisciplinary clinics, university clinics, and schools. Most recently, she was a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Educator at The University of Alabama (UA) in the Department of Communicative Disorders and the Speech-Language Pathologist at the UA RISE Center. She has also worked as the Clinic Director in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Montevallo. Prior to that, she was the lead Speech-Language Pathologist at Easter Seals Pediatric Therapy as well as the Program Manager. Mrs. Chatman received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association. She holds Licensure from the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. She serves as the Ethical Practices Chair and Past President of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama (SHAA). She is the recent recipient of the Honors of the Association Award for SHAA. Mrs. Chatman has served on various departmental and state diversity committees including the Communicative Disorders Diversity Committee, the College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES) Committee for Diversity and Inclusivity (CDI), and the RISE Committee for Diversity and Inclusivity. She developed the SHAA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and is the current Chair.


Funding Without Fear: The Basics of AAC Evaluation and Funding

Sonia Cleckler is a graduate of the University of Montevallo for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees and has worked as an SLP for over 20 years. She has worked in the school system, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient and inpatient rehab settings. For the past 9 years she has worked for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) in the Children’s Rehabilitation Service division (CRS) serving as the Program Specialist for Speech-Language Pathology. While Sonia serves in many roles at CRS, the reason she is speaking to you today is because she is the sole external quality control reviewer for all ACDs funded by the Alabama Medicaid Agency. That means that if Alabama Medicaid is a payer source for your client’s ACD, Sonia will read the report and make the decision to either approve or deny based on your submitted information meeting Medicaid’s requirements. She’s here today to not only teach you about what Medicaid requires, but also why certain documents are required. Most importantly, she’s here to let you know she is always available to answer any questions and help you navigate the ACD funding process.

Beyond the Widget: OTC Hearing Aids and the Future of Audiology

Lindsay S. Creed, Aud., CCC-A is an Associate Director of Audiology Practices at ASHA. She serves as the team lead on OTC policy work and is the Ex Officio of ASHA’s Technology Member Advisory Group. Other focus areas include educational audiology and auditory rehabilitation. Prior to joining ASHA, she worked at an ENT practice, where she specialized in pediatric diagnostics and amplification.


Interprofessional Collaboration between SLPs and AUDs in Adults with Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Hearing Loss

Tara Davis , Ph.D., CCC-A is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Audiology at the University of South Alabama. Her research interests include differential diagnosis of adult hearing disorders, auditory event-related potentials, hearing conservation, and interprofessional education/practice.


 Interview and Resume Skills

Laura Dennis, MS, CCC-SLP is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Restore Therapy. Her responsibilities include clinical education for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology in accordance with current federal, state and local standards governing healthcare settings. Laura has over 25 years of experience working with adults in a variety of settings with focus on geriatrics in the skilled nursing facility. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a Master’s degree from the University of Montevallo. Laura has presented at the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama (SHAA) and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) on cognitive disorders, aural rehabilitation and reimbursement issues. She was awarded Honors of the Association at the SHAA convention in 2019 for her contributions to the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders for speech language pathology and audiology through clinical practice, teaching, research, administration and legislative activity. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL).


Seamless Communication and Instruction with Boardmaker

Amber Dollar M.Ed, is a seasoned educator and administrator with over twenty years of experience in public education. Prior to joining Tobii Dynavox, Amber served in the public schools in numerous roles including teacher, special education coordinator, consultant, transition specialist, trainer, AT supervisor, and curriculum writer. Amber serves as an account manager for the Boardmaker team. In this role, she works with organizations to help them effectively create, deploy, and use education, self-regulation, and communication supports. She also presents at local, national, and international conferences about educational and AAC topics. Amber's contact information is


State Department of Education Updates

Stephanie Frucci-Bear, Ed.S., CCC-SLP is with the Alabama State Department of Education in Special Education Services, with a focus on speech-language impairment, preschool special education, English Learners with special needs, and technical assistance. She also serves school systems as a Regional Specialist. Prior to joining the State Department eight years ago, she served primarily as a preschool speech-language pathologist in the Elmore County Schools for thirteen years, and before that worked with students of all ages in the Marietta, Georgia Schools.


Evaluation and Treatment of Executive Functions After Brain Injury

Dr. Caroline Gammill, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CBIS is the assistant program director and an assistant professor for the online M.A. SLP program at Faulkner University. She holds degrees from Harding University (B.A.), Texas Christian University (M.S. EB-SLP), and Northwestern University (SLPD). Dr. Gammill is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and is a writer for The Informed SLP. Dr. Gammill has worked primarily in the post-acute rehabilitation setting for adults with acquired brain injuries, but she has also worked in acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. Her clinical interests include aphasia and cognition in adults post-stroke or traumatic brain injury. She loves all things brain injury and teaching!


Best Practices in Providing Dysphagia Services in the ALS Population

Best Practices in the Clinical Swallow Examination

Dr. Garand Ph.D. CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, CCRE is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her primary clinical and research interests relate to swallowing function in motor neuron disease and sleep-disordered patient populations. She has also published extensively on alterations in swallowing function that occur as a result of aging. Currently, she is the Editor for ASHA Perspectives of the Special Interest Group (SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders) and serves as Vice-Chairperson for the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.


Differential Diagnosis of Speech Sound Disorders

Choosing the Right Phonological Approach

Eliminating Lateral Lisps

Amy Graham, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist and owner of Graham Speech Therapy, a private practice in Colorado Springs that specializes in pediatric speech sound disorders. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton and has been an SLP for over 20 years. Amy frequently speaks to and trains SLPs on various evidence-based practices regarding the assessment and treatment of SSD and is the creator of numerous SSD-specific assessment and therapy resources. She has been a guest on numerous SLP podcasts and has a particular interest in supporting and equipping SLPs by posting frequent therapy videos and practical therapy tips on social media platforms.


Cultivating a Culturally Responsive Mindset: Questions for Reflection

Megan-Brette Hamilton, PhD, CCC-SLP; Chief Staff Officer for Multicultural Affairs at ASHA, has been an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist for over 20 years. She earned her B.A. from Hampton University, M.A. from the University of Maryland, and PhD from the University of Illinois, with each degree focusing on communication sciences and disorders. Megan-Brette has published, presented, and trained on the topics of African American English, culturally responsive practices, and effective communication across a variety of settings and audiences. Previously, she worked as a qualitative researcher and academic professor, teaching courses on child and adolescent language disorders, clinical problem solving, and communication disorders in society. Prior to academia, she spent 10 years as a practicing clinician working collaboratively with families and other professionals in New York City K-12 schools. Megan-Brette has hosted Brooklyn cable television shows, is the former host and producer of the Honeybee Connection podcast by MB, and owner of


Assessing ASD and Commonly Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

Laura Hansen, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works full-time at Mitchell’s Place. She received her bachelor’s from Centre College in Psychology and French and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Clinical Psychology in 2019. Her dissertation research examined factors and correlates of knowledge of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in parents, teachers, and medical trainees. Dr. Hansen completed extensive training in both general and pediatric psychology, as well as specialized supervision in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Indiana University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Autism Research

  Meredith Hankins, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist with United Ability in Birmingham, Alabama, where she has worked since 2006.  Prior to coming to United Ability, Meredith served at-risk preschoolers with special needs in a greater-Birmingham-area public school. At United Ability, Meredith has provided services to children and their families through its early learning, early intervention and outpatient therapy programs.  Through these programs, she has gained expertise in transdisciplinary service delivery, and nurtured her passion for training families and teachers to enhance the communication and socialization of children.  Meredith is a graduate preceptor for local universities and speaks frequently on the topics of AAC and complex communication needs.  Meredith is a LAMP-certified provider through the Center for AAC and Autism and is a recipient of the Speech-Language Hearing Association of Alabama AAC Professional Award.  She is a member of ABESP and ASHA and is the current chair of the Complex Communication track of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama.

Facilitating Children’s Emergent Literacy Skills: Training Parents on Shared Book Reading via Text Messaging

Victoria S. Henbest, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department at the University of South Alabama (USA) where she teaches the graduate-level school-age language and literacy and augmentative and alternative communication courses. Dr. Henbest worked for 5 years in the public-school early childhood setting before returning to school for her Ph.D. She currently supports children with language and literacy needs in USA’s in-house Speech and Hearing Center. She has over 12 years of experience working with young children with speech, language, and literacy deficits and has published on these topics in professional peer-reviewed journals.


Resume Building and Interview Skills for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Setting

Leigh Hester, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Endoscopy Services Manager at Restore Therapy Services. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montevallo and a Master’s Degree from Alabama A & M University. Leigh has worked in the health care industry with experience including provision of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), Modified Barium Swallow Studies, clinical swallowing evaluation and treatment in adults and geriatrics.


Seeing Sounds: Using Ultrasound in Speech Therapy

Alice Henton, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, P-NAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montevallo. She teaches courses in speech science, aural rehabilitation, anatomy and physiology, cleft palate and syndromes, and motor speech disorders. She also has experience teaching courses in personal and professional ethics, research and professional writing, disorders in the school-age population, and clinical methods. Her research interests are in aural rehabilitation, simulation, and interprofessional education. Her clinical interests are primarily in aural rehabilitation and literacy. She has clinical experience in schools, home-based early intervention, and severe-profound developmental disabilities. She received her B.S. (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and M.S. (Communication Disorders) from the University of Mississippi and her SLP.D from Nova Southeastern University.


Clinical Supervision with Gen Z: Are You Meeting the Standards?

Mrs. Grayson Hill, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of clinical experience in acute and long-term rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home-based services, and private practice with adults and children. Since 2014, she has served as full-time clinical faculty at the University of South Alabama, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom and in clinical practicum experiences. Her current clinical practice is at the University of South Alabama Speech and Hearing Clinic serving adult and pediatric clients with feeding/swallowing disorders, voice disorders, oral function disorders, as well as speech and language disorders. She is an advocate in the special needs community, providing Inservice education for parents and para-professionals across the region. She has served as a consultant to many professional practices in the Mobile area and across the state of Alabama.


The Power of Unlocking the Voice of a Child

Elizabeth Huntley, JD is an experienced civil litigator dedicated to child advocacy work. Liz is not only a formidable litigator, but she is also a committed child advocate. In addition to her practice focusing on complex civil litigation matters, Liz also provides legal and consulting services to government and nonprofit agencies that serve children and families. After law school, Liz clerked for not one but two judges — Judge U.W. Clemon of the U.S.District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and Judge John Bush of the 19th Judicial Circuit, State of Alabama. She brings the experience she gained from working inside the judicial system to work on behalf of her clients in handling their most challenging civil litigation matters. Her cases routinely include issues involving product liability, personal injury, financial services and governmental entities. Committed to the legal profession, Liz is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). She is also active in the Alabama State Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association. As someone whose childhood was tainted by poverty and other challenges, Liz has become a well-known child advocate in Alabama. She serves on several boards, including the Children’s Village Board of Directors, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, Auburn University Board of Trustees and University of Alabama School of Law Board of Governors. She is also the president and co-founder of The Hope Institute. Liz also serves as a motivational speaker to various groups and organizations where she challenges audiences to adopt her “no excuses” philosophy. 


Collaborating to Meet the Access Needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Dr. Johnson, Ed.D. is an educational consultant and advocate for deaf and hard of hearing children through her practice the ADEvantage, audiology - deaf education vantage consulting. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, College of Education. She has served in a variety of capacities supporting deaf and hard of hearing children in local schools as well as with the Colorado Department of Education. She is a past president and member of the Educational Audiology Association and co-founder and member of Hands & Voices, a parent-driven organization supporting families of deaf and hard of hearing children. She is also co-author of the Educational Audiology Handbook (3rd ed).


Wallenberg Syndrome: Clinical Considerations for the SLP

Kalea Jones, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS is a speech-language pathologist specializing in communication and swallowing disorders in adults in the acute care setting. She attended the University of Alabama for her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology, and has since been a speech pathologist to several acute hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals in New York City and Alabama. She has experience training other clinicians on evidence-based evaluation and treatment, including instrumental assessments of swallowing for both FEES and MBSS. Currently, Kalea serves as a communications coordinator with the Alabama Dysphagia Collective and is pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior. She is passionate about the behavioral foundations of health, health disparities, and how to achieve health equity to best serve her patients.


Working on /ɹ/? Let's "Build a Bridge"!

Carol Koch, EdD, CCC-SLP is a Professor at Samford University. Much of her clinical work has been in early intervention, with a focus on children with autism spectrum disorder and children with severe speech sound disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech. Her research and teaching interests have also encompassed early phonological development, speech sound disorders, and CAS. She has been honored as an ASHA Fellow and is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language. Recently, Dr. Koch published a textbook, Clinical Management of Speech Sound Disorders: A Case-Based Approach. She is also a co-author of the Contrast Cues for Speech and Literacy and the “Box of” set of cues for articulation therapy and the Box of /ɹ/ Facilitating Contexts through Bjorem Speech Publications.

Treatment of Acquired Reading Impairments in Persons with Aphasia

Jordan S. Lins, M.S., CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist and doctoral student in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama. Her research interests include assessment and treatment for individuals with aphasia and concomitant alexia, with a specific focus on reading prosody and comprehension. Additional interests of hers includes person-centered interventions for aphasia, as well as assessment and treatment of apraxia of speech.


Managing Children with Hearing Loss

Jane R. Madell, PhD, FAAA, CCC A/SLP; LSLS Cert AVT has been a pediatric audiologist for about 50 years. She currently has a private practice providing consultation with families, school districts and speech and hearing programs with the goal of maximizing auditory skills for children with hearing loss and other auditory disorders. Dr. Madell was formerly Director of the Hearing and Learning Center and Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Center at The Ear Institute, New York Eye and Ear infirmary/ Beth Israel Medical Center. She is a certified audiologist, speech-language pathologist, LSLS auditory verbal therapist. Dr. Madell’s clinical and research interests have been in evaluation and management of hearing in infants and young children, assessment of auditory function, family and child support. Dr Madell has published 7 text books, and numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is the 2017 recipient of the Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology and of the 2021 Honors of the AGBell Association. She is the Executive Producer with Irene Taylor Brodsky of The Listening Project, a documentary, in which she interviews 15 young adults who’s hearing loss she identified when they were babies, available on She presents nationally and internationally on topics related to hearing loss and other auditory disorders in infants and children.


The Hear Here Alabama Project: A Novel Initiative to Address Hearing Healthcare Inequities in West Central and South Alabama

Marcia Hay-McCutcheon , Ph.D., CCC-A is a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. She obtained her PhD (2004) at the University of Iowa and from 2004 to 2008 she worked at the Indiana University Medical School in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery where she conducted research that examined how cochlear implants improve speech understanding skills in both children and adults. She joined UA in 2008 where she has been working to improve access and affordability of hearing healthcare for adults with hearing loss who live in rural regions of Alabama. In past lives she has been a clinical audiologist and a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing children.


A Crash Course in Literacy-Based Therapy

How to Target Grammar and Vocabulary Goals Using Literacy-Based Therapy

Marisha Mets, M.S. CCC-SLP earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She has worked as a school-based SLP and shares therapy ideas and resources on her blog (SLP Now). Marisha also developed a membership for SLPs that includes digital tools and resources to streamline evidence-based therapy.


Ethical Principles, Standards and Practices: ABESPA Update for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 

Lawrence (Larry) Molt , Ph.D., CCC-A, CCC-SLP, FASHA, FAAA is Professor and Director of the Neuroprocesses Research Laboratory in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at Auburn University in Alabama. An ASHA Fellow, he holds both CCC-A and CCC-SLP and was in the initial cadre of Board-Certified Fluency Specialists. He teaches, does research, and provides both clinical supervision and clinical services in both audiology and speech-language pathology. Larry serves as Chair of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact Commission, is Vice-President for Finance for ASHA, represents ASHA & the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics on the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) Rehabilitation 2030 Initiative Rehabilitation Competency Framework (RCF) Technical Working Group, and serves on the WHO Package of Rehabilitation Interventions (PRI) Development Group. He also currently serves as Chair of the Alabama Board of Examiners for SLP and Audiology (ABESPA), on the SHAA Board of Directors, Special Olympics Alabama Board of Directors, and as Chair of the ASHA Financial Planning Board. He is a past president of SHAA and received SHAA's "Honors of the Association".

SUGAR: A Sweet Introduction to Language Sampling

Stacey Pavelko, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP is an Associate Professor at Binghamton University. Her research interests include language sampling, the development of language and literacy in preschool and early school age children, interprofessional education and practice in schools, and the diagnostic accuracy of screening and diagnostic measures.


Communicate with Me: Early Intervention & AAC

Dianna Havard Penn, MS, CCC-SLP serves as a Speech Language Pathologist for Children’s Rehabilitation Service, a division of Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Service. She coordinates the Augmentative Communication Technology Clinics for the Montgomery and Opelika offices. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education (Speech Pathology) from Auburn University and her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Alabama A&M. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and Licensure from ABESPA. She has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with Complex Communication Needs, including 3 years in Bulgaria, where she provided consultative services for local SLPs and established an AAC Resource Center and AAC Loaner Library.


What the E-L-L?

Crystal V Perry M.Ed ESOL is an English Language Learner Specialist (ELL) in Hoover City Schools. She currently serves students at Deer Valley Elementary School and Brock’s Gap Intermediate School. She has over ten years of experience in English as a Second Language/ELL teacher leadership. Mrs. Perry received her Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston with an EC-6th Texas Teacher’s Certification. She received her Master's in English as a Second Language from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, she holds a Pk-12 English to Speakers of Other Languages certification as well as a P-3 Early Childhood Education teaching certification from the state of Alabama. 


Multisensory Teaching of Reading Skills

Laura Promer MS CCC-SLP AGOPE, SLDI is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and NSSLHA chapter advisor at Samford University. Laura received her undergraduate training at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and attended graduate school at the University of Alabama. She completed her clinical fellowship training at the Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, GA. In the early years of her career, she provided services to patients in acute care and rehabilitation settings at Trinity Medical Center and UAB. She founded Communication and Reading Therapies in 2001 where she evaluates and treats language, reading, writing and related disorders in children and adults. She received training in structured reading evaluation and treatment at the Chrysalis Academy in Atlanta, GA. She is an Associate in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and a certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist (SLDI) through the International Dyslexia Association.


You've Almost Earned Your Degree! What's Next? Preparing for your Future as an SLP

Mary Ray-Allen, M.Ed., CCC/SLP received her BS in Education from The University of Georgia in 1993 and her master’s degree from Valdosta State University in 1995. Her clinical area of expertise is in adult neurogenic communicative disorders. She served as the Clinic Director of The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center for 6 years, 2016-2021, overseeing the day-to-day operations and clinical training experiences for graduate and undergraduate CD students. Prior to this, Mary was instrumental in establishing the Adult Neuro Clinic at The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center, which is a thriving adult program, serving clients with strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and progressive neurological diseases.


Language Variation in Diagnosis and Assessment: A View of the Individual

Paul E. Reed, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of phonology/speech science at the University of Alabama. His research focuses on the sociophonetic variation and change in the English varieties of the American South, particularly of the Appalachian region. His research analyzes the impact of local identity on a variety of phonological features. His work has appeared in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the American Speech-Language Association, American Speech,WIRES Cognitive Science, Speech Prosody, and the Southern Journal of Linguistics, as well as collections about the South, such as Language Variation in the New South: Contemporary Perspectives on Change and Variation and Appalachian Englises in the 21st Century.


An Audiologist’s Perspective on Vestibular Migraine

Richard A. Roberts, PhD. is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His primary research interests include assessment and management of vestibular dysfunction. Dr. Roberts has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology, and as a Trustee of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. In 2021, he was recognized by the American Academy of Audiology with the Clinical Excellence in Audiology award. In 2022, he was honored as Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Stop Being Boring: Surprising ways to combine research and creativity for dynamic telepractice sessions

Discover Your Secret Superpower: Identifying your strengths to reframe you therapy

Loophole or Liability: Reframing Ethics in Telepractice

Tara Roehl, MS, CCC-SLP is a nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Tara holds Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She owns and operates a private telepractice clinic in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning and the use of technology in therapy. In recent years, Tara has extended her practice by working with individuals outside of the United States, including developing long distance remote speech therapy approaches with individuals in Rwanda, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. She is co-founder and president of Hacking Autism, a non-profit with a mission to fund, create and support opportunities that improve the personal and professional lives of the neurodiverse community. Tara speaks and trains parents and therapists through webinars, state conferences and at both national and international conventions. She also runs The Telepractice Course, an online webinar teaching professionals how to run a successful online telepractice.

Treatment of Acquired Reading Impairments in Persons with Aphasia

Kimberly G. Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an associate professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama. Her research investigates speech and language processing in neurotypical adults and persons with aphasia, particularly related to reading and processing of multimodal stimuli. She is also interested in person-centered assessment and treatment, as well as the quality of life of persons with aphasia.

We are Fam-i-ly!

Elizabeth Stewart, Ph.D., ATP is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia in the Department of Literacy and Special Education as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities. Elizabeth developed an interest in assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication while in the classroom as a middle school special education teacher. She has also worked as an AAC Solutions Consultant for Tobii Dynavox. Elizabeth continues to advocate for AT/AAC users and develop her skills and expertise in this area.

Assessing ASD and Commonly Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

Meredith Street, M.S., CCC-SLP graduated from Samford University with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. Meredith’s clinical training and practice has been primarily in the area of pediatrics, including working with autistic individuals. Her certifications and credentials include: the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and she is licensed in the state of Alabama for the practice of speech-language pathology. Additionally, Meredith is a trained Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) feeding therapist with experience in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, DTTC trained with experience in evaluating and treating childhood apraxia of speech, LSVT LOUD certified, Orton-Gillingham trained, and completed MBSimP certification. Meredith participates on SHAA board as the Director of Publications and the Public Information Chair.


Insight on optimal delivery method for tongue strengthening

Sarah Hegyi Szynkiewicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders with Samford University. Dr. Szynkiewicz holds a research Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a clinical Master of Science in Speech-Language-Pathology. In addition, Dr. Szynkiewicz is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified Speech-Language Pathologist and a Full Member of Dysphagia Research Society. Her primary area of interest is dysphagia (swallowing impairments). Dr. Szynkiewicz’s current projects include examining approaches to enhance dysphagia rehabilitative exercise, including the use of motor imagery exercise. Dr. Szynkiewicz is a trained diagnostician using FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) and VFSS (Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study).


Modified Barium Swallows Part 1: The Radiologist's and Speech Pathologist's Roles & Relationship

Duane Trahan, MS, CCC-SLP is the lead speech pathologist in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at UAB Medicine with specialty areas in evaluation and intervention/rehabilitation for oropharyngeal & esophageal dysphagia as well as in care for head & neck cancer/surgery population regarding swallowing disorders, communication, and facial palsy intervention. He is a co-founder and primary therapist of the UAB Facial Nerve Multidisciplinary Clinic. He has performed numerous in-services and presentations with emphasis on diagnostic workup and treatment implications related to swallowing and communication.


Expanding Cochlear Implant Candidacy Indications

Ellison Uzzell, Au.D. is an Audiologist currently serving as Clinical Territory Manager for Cochlear Americas supporting Alabama and Northwest Florida. She shares your passion for best patient care by providing clinical and surgical support along with training and education for Nucleus Cochlear Implants, Baha and Osia Systems. Prior to joining Cochlear, Ellison worked as an audiologist for 7 years after obtaining her doctorate from Auburn University. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL with her family


Descriptive Talking-Teaching-Testing with Students using AAC Systems: The Descriptive Teaching Model

Rock ‘n Roll Therapy: Activity-Based Strategies for AAC Intervention with Older Students

Gail M Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with 40+ years of experience working with children and adults who use AAC systems. She has worked in a special school for children with multiple disabilities, on a statewide AAC assessment team, and in a private practice providing services with children and adults using AAC systems. Gail was named an ASHA Fellow in 2016 for her contributions to the field of speech-language pathology.


Voice Emotion Recognition of Children and Teens with Hearing Loss

Mandy Weydeck, Au.D. is Oticon’s Pediatric Account Manager for the South-Central US. She is a licensed audiologist in the state of Texas where she practiced pediatric audiology for 5 years prior to joining Oticon in 2015. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Tennessee with an emphasis in Pediatric Aural Habilitation. Mandy has been serving Alabama audiologists for 8 years and looks forward to SHAA every year.


Hearing aids in children and adults with “functional” hearing losses.

Gail M. Whitelaw, Ph.D., is an audiologist who is a clinical associate professor and Clinic Director at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Dr. Whitelaw is also the audiology faculty member on the LEND grant, a Maternal and Child Health training grant. She has a broad range of clinical interests, specifically auditory processing disorders in children and adults, tinnitus and sound tolerance issues, professional issues, and leadership education. She precepts AuD students in their clinical education, teaches coursework in these areas, and provides direct clinical services. Dr. Whitelaw is a past-President of the American Academy of Audiology and the Ohio Academy of Audiology, and past chair of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Audiology. She holds the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC) and is a Certificate Holder in both Tinnitus Management (CH-TM) and Auditory Precepting (CH-AP) from the American Board of Audiology (ABA). and participated as a subject matter expert in the development of the certificate. Additionally, she serves on the Editorial Advisory Panel for the American Tinnitus Association. She received the Outstanding Educator Award from the American Academy of Audiology in 2019.


Clinical Supervision with Gen Z: Are You Meeting the Standards?

Brent Wiles, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama. He educates undergraduate and graduate students in the assessment and treatment of both adult and pediatric clients in the classroom and through direct clinical instruction in the USA Speech and Hearing Center’s outpatient clinic. His current clinical practice focuses on adult and pediatric speech and language disorders as well as adult dysphagia. Mr. Wiles completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2004 and his Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2012, both at the University of South Alabama. Before joining the faculty at South Alabama in 2018, he worked in adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation addressing the needs of clients with speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders. He has also worked with specialty populations, including trach/vent, medically fragile geriatrics, and memory care.

Modified Barium Swallows Part 2: Anterior-Posterior (A-P) view and Treatment implications

Jessica G. Zarzour, M.D. completed her undergraduate training at Auburn University, followed by medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at UAB and served as chief resident during her senior year. Following an abdominal imaging fellowship at UAB, she joined faculty in the abdominal imaging section at UAB. Clinically, Dr. Zarzour practices a full spectrum abdominal imaging including fluoroscopy, CT, MR and US. Research interests include esophageal disease, contrast enhanced ultrasound, and dual energy CT. Dr. Zarzour is the program director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency and enjoys being involved in resident education.

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