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

AKSHA Convention -- October 18-19, 2019

The Hilton Hotel, Anchorage, AK

Check out our Exciting 2019 Speakers!

Geralyn R. Timler,


Full day presentation with discussion to follow:  “Best Practices for Social Communication Assessment and Intervention for preschoolers through young adults"

Geralyn R. Timler, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Director of the Social Communication Lab and Graduate Program Director for the Residential Master’s Degree program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her research and clinical interests focus on social communication skills in preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents. She has examined the use of peer conflicts tasks, narrative and conversational analyses, parent report and child self-report to describe the social communication profiles of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and specific language impairment. Dr. Timler served on the coordinating committee for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 1, “Language, Learning, and Education and is currently on the Editorial Board for Topics in Language Disorders.

Learning Outcomes: As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • List the diagnostic criteria for social (pragmatic) communication disorder S(P)CD
  • Describe the social-pragmatic profiles of individuals with communication disorders
  • Design a comprehensive protocol for social communication assessment in preschoolers through young adults
  • Identify evidence-based intervention strategies and programs for supporting social communication success in individuals with S(P)CD


Financial: Dr. Timler receives an honorarium from AKSHA for this presentation.

Non-Financial: Dr. Timler has no non-financial relationships to disclose.


Arlene Carney, Ph.D., CCC-A

AKSHA Vice President of Standards & Ethics in Audiology

30 Minute Keynote:

"Advocacy: ASHA and It's Members"

and Ethics presentations 

Learning Outcomes: As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why advocacy is important to our professions
  • List the important focuses of the 2019 advocacy activities at ASHA
  • Describe why these particular focuses are important
  • Participate in advocacy activities at the local, state, and national levels

60 Minute Lunch Presentation:

"Ethical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Today: Dilemmas and Solutions"

Learning OutcomesAs a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to act when faced with a possible ethics violation
  • Detect if certified clinicians have a history of an ethical violation
  • Examine the COE thoughtfully to determine how to prevent ethical violations
  • Obtain help from the Ethics Office at ASHA to discuss possible ethical violations


Financial: None.

Non-Financial: Dr. Carney is ASHA Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Audiology. She is a former member and chair of the Board of Ethics (BOE) but the current presentation is not an official presentation of the BOE. This presentation represents the viewpoints of the presenter and not the Ethics Office at ASHA.

Roberta J. Elman,


Full Day presentation with discussion to follow: “Life Participation Approach to Aphasia & Other Communication Disorders: Essentials for Treatment (CAPE) and Neurogenic Communication Groups ”

Roberta J. Elman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is President/CEO and Founder of the Aphasia Center of California, an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1996, providing speech-language treatment, clinical research, and training/consultative services. Dr. Elman received her Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has more than 35 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. Dr. Elman is an internationally invited speaker, author of numerous professional publications, editor of a book for Plural Publishing entitled Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician’s Approach, and an ASHA Fellow. 

Learning OutcomesAs a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify literature and data that support the use of life participation models.
  • Describe 3 specific examples of how a life participation framework can be implemented in a variety of clinical settings.
  • List three benefits of increasing community participation for people with aphasia or other neurogenic communication disorders.
  • Identify literature and efficacy data that support the use of neurogenic treatment groups.
  • Identify clinical techniques for increasing group members’ conversational initiation
  • Identify clinical techniques for maximizing group members’ exchange of conversational information.


Financial: Dr. Elman receives a salary from Aphasia Center of California. She receives royalties from Plural Publishing for book editing and from MedBridge for webinar creation.

Non-Financial: Dr. Elman has relationships with a variety of nonprofit organizations including ASHA, ANCDS, Aphasia Hope, National Aphasia Association as a member and/or committee member.



Friday, October 18, 2019

7:00-8:00      Registration/ Breakfast

8:00-8:30      Keynote - Carney

8:45-10:30    AAC - Kent-Walsh

10:30-10:45  Break

10:45-12:15  AAC - Kent-Walsh

12:15-12:45  Lunch Provided

12:45-1:45    Ethics - Carney

1:45-2:00      Break

2:00-3:15      AAC - Kent-Walsh

3:15-3:30      Break/Vendors

3:30-5:00      AAC - Kent-Walsh

5:00-7:00      Social & Shopping

7:00-8:00      YOGA or Painting (TBA)        

Jennifer Kent-Walsh,


Full Day presentation with discussion to follow:  Direct & Indirect Language Interventions for Individuals using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., S-LP(C), CCC-SLP. Dr. Kent-Walsh is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida. In addition to conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in AAC, assistive technology, and language disorders, Dr. Kent-Walsh has served as the Founding Director of the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center at UCF since 2005. Dr. Kent-Walsh, along with her research collaborators, develop and evaluate interventions designed to improve language and communication outcomes for children with developmental disabilities who use AAC. Dr. Kent-Walsh is currently the Principal Investigator for projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD), the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology. She is an Honoree of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Learning OutcomesAs a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two barriers individuals with complex communication needs often face relating to their developing language skills.
  • Describe one protocol for communication partner instruction in AAC
  • Describe one grammar intervention protocol involving concentrated modeling and aided AAC modeling.


Financial: Dr. Kent-Walsh receives NIDCD Grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (via University of Central Florida) as Principal Investigator that supports the research discussed in this presentation.

Non-Financial: Dr. Kent-Walsh has no non-financial relationships to disclose.



Saturday, October 19, 2019

7:00-8:00      Registration/Breakfast

8:00-10:00    Breakout Sessions

                      1. Aphasia - Elman

                      2. Social Comm - Timler

10:00-10:15  Break/Visit Vendors

10:15-12:15  Breakout Sessions

                      1. Aphasia - Elman

                      2. Social Comm - Timler

12:15-2:00    Business Meeting

                      Lunch Provided

2:00-3:45      Breakout Sessions

                      1. Aphasia - Elman

      2. Social Comm - Timler

3:45-4:00      Break/Visit Vendors

4:00-5:45      Breakout Sessions

                      1. Aphasia - Elman

                      2. Social Comm - Timler


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 27, 2019).

Sept 28–Oct 5th refund 75%

October 6–13th refund 50%

**After the 13th refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.**


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