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CHILD TOPICS/DESCRIPTION/OBJECTIVES

Thursday, February 17

8:30-10:00 (90 minutes of CE time)
Theresa H. Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, ASHA Fellow, L-SLP, EdS (LD)
Title: Ethical Dilemma: Shades of Gray

10:30-12:00 (90 minutes of CE time)
J Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F ,F-ASHA
Title: Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Approach
Description: Stuttering in preschool and young school-age children can be one of the more challenging disorders for speech-language pathologists. Many clinicians wonder about which children need treatment and what are the most effective way to help children overcome difficulties with speech fluency. This brief workshop will provide a high-level overview of answers to these and other difficult questions so that clinicians will be able to provide effective treatment young children who stutter.
Objectives:
Identify preschool children in need of a comprehensive evaluation of speech fluency
Develop individualized treatment approaches aimed at helping preschool children overcome their speaking difficulties
Effectively educate parents about 3 strategies for facilitating preschool children’s fluency at home and in other situations

10:30-12:00 (90 minutes of CE time)
Brenda K. Fetter, MA, CCC-SLP
Title: Feeding and Swallowing Concerns for Medically Complex Pediatric Patients - Part 1
Description: Feeding difficulties are often the result of multiple factors including medical concerns, feeding skill deficits, and behavioral concerns. During the first part of this two part presentation, we will explore the impact of medical concerns such as non-oral feedings, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), tracheostomy, larynomalacia, and laryngeal cleft on oral intake in the pediatric population
Objectives:
Describe 2 types of non-oral feedings
Identify 1 strategy for weaning non-oral feedings
Give 3 examples of how eosinophilic esophagitis, tracheostomy, larynomalacia and laryngeal cleft impact oral feeding

1:00-3:00 (120 minutes of CE time)
J Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F ,F-ASHA
Title: School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Approach
Description: School-age children who stutter can face many challenges, both in and out of the classroom. Unfortunately, many speech-language pathologists report that they are not confident in their ability to help children deal with the negative consequences of stuttering. The purpose of this workshop is to provide clinicians with applicable, practical strategies for helping school-age children and adolescents who stutter overcome the problems associated with stuttering. The presentation will provide instructions for how to prepare children for therapy to ensure success; examples of treatment strategies and activities that help children improve their fluency, reduce their negative reactions to stuttering, educate others about stuttering, and communicate effectively across speaking situations. Participants will come away from the workshop feeling more confident in their ability to help children who stutter and more knowledgeable about how to approach stuttering treatment in the school setting and beyond
Objectives:

Select and implement several appropriate treatment strategies for helping school-age children and adolescents who stutter speak more easily and communicate more effectively
Help students identify, understand, and overcome affective and cognitive reactions to stuttering
Describe several ways to effectively involve families, teachers, and others in the treatment plan

1:00-3:00 (120 minutes of CE time)
Brenda K. Fetter, MA, CCC-SLP
Title: Feeding and Swallowing Concerns for Medically Complex Pediatric Patients - Part 2
Description: Feeding difficulties are often the result of multiple factors including medical concerns, feeding skill deficits, and behavioral concerns. During the second part of this two part presentation, we will explore the impact of medical concerns such as cleft lip and/or palate, Trisomy 21, cerebral palsy, and 22q deletion syndrome on oral intake in the pediatric population
Objectives:
Describe two treatment strategies for feeding difficulties related to cleft palate
Identify two common feeding/swallowing concerns associated with Trisomy 21
Describe two feeding concerns for patients with 22q deletion syndrome

3:30-5:30 (120 minutes of CE time)
Jennie Bjorem MA, CCC-SLP
Title: CAS Assessment - Part I
Description: A recent survey of over 1500 SLP’s collected by Bjorem Speech indicated that over 88% of SLP's consider themselves novice/still learning in the area of childhood apraxia of speech. If SLP’s do not feel comfortable explaining, diagnosing and treating CAS, parents, teachers, paras and administrators are not able to be supported in helping children with this disorder. During this course we will outline the definition of CAS including digging into the characteristics through videos and how they are discriminative from other speech disorders. We will walk through the evaluation process, learn how to choose targets, and write goals
Objectives:
Identify the characteristics of CAS that separate the diagnosis from other speech sound disorders
Define childhood apraxia of speech
►Become familiar with differential diagnostic criteria for CAS and learn how to informally assess

Friday, February 18

8:00-10:00 (120 minutes of CE time)
Jennie Bjorem, MA, CCC-SLP
Title: CAS Treatment - Part II
Objectives
Identify the characteristics of CAS that separate the diagnosis from other speech sound disorders
►Define childhood apraxia of speech
►Become familiar with differential diagnostic criteria for CAS and learn how to informally assess

10:30-12:30 (120 minutes of CE time)
Kelly Farquharson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Title: The Overlap Between Speech Sound Disorders and Word Reading
Description: This session will review new research on the overlap between speech sound production skills and word reading ability. Specifically, we will discuss several theoretical frameworks, such as the phonological processing theory of reading and the double deficit hypothesis. We will discuss phonological processing skills, as they relate to both speech production and word reading. This will include an overview and brainstorming session on SLPs’ role in assessing these skills. General assessment and treatment implications will be highlighted and discussed. Participants are also encouraged to be prepared to brainstorm ideas for advocating for system-wide change in their current eligibility processes for children with speech sound disorders
Objectives:
Explain the phonological processing theory of reading
List three phonological processing skills
Outline ways to assess phonological processing abilities in children

1:30-3:30 (120 minutes of CE time)
Kelly Farquharson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Title: Working on Speech Sounds in the Context of Children's Books
Description: This session will review the importance of embedding literacy-based activities into speech sound therapy. Within the context of children’s books, we will review practical tips and strategies for easily incorporating books as therapy tools. In additional to targeting speech sounds, we will discuss how to strategically choose therapy words to incorporate vocabulary or morphosyntax goals within the same session. We will also discuss several theoretical frameworks that underpin the importance and relevance of incorporating literacy into speech therapy sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring a children’s book with them to use in break-out activities
Objectives:
Describe the research
Explain orthographic facilitation supporting print referencing
Demonstrate application of topics reviewed to a children’s book of their choice

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