Alaska <br>  Speech-Language-Hearing <br>         Association


Convention 2018

October 19th and 20th

The Hilton Hotel

Anchorage, AK

Friday October 19, 2018

Adult Track

  • Interdisciplinary Concussion Management Cognitive Rehabilitation via Telehealth
  • TBI Treatment via Telehealth
  • Speech Telehealth for Dummies/How do we start? Tele-Audiology
Presented by Dr. Lindsay R. James Riegler

The series of lectures is designed to prepare attendees with a foundation from which to provide cognitive rehabilitative services. (For the purpose of these presentations, cognitive disorders will be viewed separately from aphasia although language may be considered a subcategory of cognition.) Incorporated into this presentation will be the utilization of telehealth to improve access and increase adherence to treatment. A review of Tele-Audiology services currently in practice at the Cincinnati VAMC will also be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions as part of a guided panel discussion at the conclusion of the lecture series.

Pediatric Tracks

Management of Children with Cleft Palate

Presented by Dr. Mary Hardin-Jones

This presentation will focus on interdisciplinary management of children with cleft lip and palate/velopharyngeal dysfunction. Topics to be covered include surgical management of cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) as well as assessment and treatment of speech problems (developmental, obligatory, and compensatory) associated with cleft palate/VPD.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: An update on research and clinical practices for SLPs 

Presented by Laurie Swineford

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is considered a relatively common disorder affecting 1 in 68 children. The rise in prevalence of ASD has a direct and significant impact on the services provided by SLPs as a delay in or lack of language is one of the earliest reasons for referrals of children with ASD and the development of spoken language by age 5 has long been seen as a crucial milestone for predicting outcomes. The purpose of this course is to provide a brief update of research and implications for clinical practices specific to SLPs working with individuals with ASD. This course will cover a range of topics from current diagnostic criteria, screening and early identification, specific language features of ASD, and current treatment models. 

Saturday October 20, 2018

Adult Track

Adolescent and Adult Acquired Brain Injury and Social Language.

Presented by: Dr. Lyn S. Turkstra

Recent years have seen a proliferation of evidence-based guidelines for cognitive rehabilitation after acquired brain injury (ABI), including rehabilitation for social communication problems. The challenge is translating these guidelines into everyday intervention. In this talk, we will review current guidelines for cognitive rehabilitation of children and adults with ABI. We will begin by reviewing common neuropsychological effects of different types of ABI, particularly effects on learning and memory, executive functions, and social cognition; and will discuss how these translate into communication. We then will discuss practical, evidence-informed intervention methods designed to maximize communication performance in everyday life, including a recently developed approach to organizing therapy into targets and “ingredients”. We will end the day discussing adolescents, perhaps the most challenging population of individuals with ABI.

Pediatric Tracks

Best Practice in Assessment and Treatment of Stuttering with specifics for bilingual clients.

Presented by Dr. Courtney Byrd

This presentation will provide an overview of the research completed to date in the stuttering literature with regard to speakers of more than one language and how these data are compromised by the manner in which stuttering and bilingualism has been defined. Additionally, a demonstration of how stuttering can be identified in speakers of languages the clinician does not speak and how this phenomenon has contributed to a faulty assumption that stuttering and typical fluency can be easily identified in bilingual/multilingual speakers.

Assessment of English Language Learner Students with Language Impairments.

Presented by Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin

Conference Pricing:

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations and refunds will be processed after the convention. Full refunds will be made only if a written cancellation request is received three (3) weeks prior to the convention (by September 28, 2018).

Sept 29– Oct 6 th refund 75%

October 7 – 14th refund 50%

after the 14th refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.

UAA 1 credit course is available for a fee.

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