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          Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
          Human Services Building,
          Room 207
          215 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2433

          Dr. Mary Beth Mason
          Department Chair
          Office: Human Services Building, Room 221
          Phone: (814) 732-1287
          Email: 
          mbmason@edinboro.edu 

          Annual Alumni Conference



          29th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Conference

          8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017
          Venue: Frank G. Pogue Student Center
          Presented By: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania NSSLHA Chapter
          Registration: $75 (includes lunch); Registration opens on July 17th
          Continuing Education: 0.5 ASHA CEUs available

          This conference offers information for speech-language patholologists working in a variety of practice settings, across the lifespan. Opportunities to discuss two broad patient populations are available. Focusing on either a pediatric or adult framework, attendees will be able to gather information on applying the latest assessment and treatment techniques relevant to their patient population.


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          SLP Conference 2015

          Distinguished Speakers:

          Lissa Power-deFur Aug 2016 photo portraitLissa Power-deFur, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP-ASHA-F
          Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders Director, Speech, Hearing and Learning Services
          Longwood University
          powerdefurea@longwood.edu

          Presentation: Aligning the SLP's Work with Education Standards

          Abstract: SLPs are increasingly expected to link their work to the education standards. These standards include many complex language and communication expectations. This session will lead participants through analyzing education standards and student-specific needs to develop direct and collaborative that enable students' success in the general curriculum. Case studies of children with speech-language impairment, autism, and hearing loss will be used to highlight analysis and intervention approaches. 

          Bio: Lissa Power- deFur, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood University in Virginia. she received her education at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at Longwood, where she was instrumental in starting the graduate to join the faculty at Longwood, where she was instrumental in starting the graduate program, Lissa worked as special education administrator at the Virginia Department of Education. while there, she was responsible for special education regulations and provided technical assistance regarding speech-language issues in schools. Lissa has presented on the SLP's role with education standards around the country and has recently published a book, Common Core State Standards and the Speech-Language Pathologist, with Plural Publishing. Lissa is passionate about our profession and has been an active volunteer in her state association and at ASHA. She recently completing a three-year term on the ASHA card of Directors as Vice President of Standards and This in Speech-Language Pathology. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren or in her garden in her free time. 

          Time Ordered Agenda

          TimeAgenda
          8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome, Agenda Review
          Purpose of Education Standards
          Language and linguistic expectations of the Common Core State Standards
          10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
          10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Communication challenges students with SLI will face in the classroom
          12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
          1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Application of the Analysis Model to Case Studies
          2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
          2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Case Studies Continued
          Individual and Collaborative Intervention
          3:30 p.m. End


          Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this conference the participants will be able to:

          • Describe the language and linguistic expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
          • Contrast the language and linguistic expectations of academics with the skills of children with communication disorders.
          • Analyze the Common Core State Standards with respect to the communication skills of a specific child.
          • Identify typical classroom activities and/or materials, designed to implement the CCSS, that will be challenging for children with communication disorders. 
          • Plan both individual and collaborative activities to support the skill development of children with communication disorders. 

          Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

          Financial Disclosures: Dr. Power-deFur will be receiving an honorarium for the presentation. She authored a book on the Common Core State Standards and the Speech-Language Pathologist, published by Plural Publishing. 

          Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Power-deFur is an active volunteer in the PA Speech-Language Hearing Association and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She recently completed a three-year term on the ASHA Board of Directors as Vice President of Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology.

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          This course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)


          Wasileski and SmithAnita Wasileski, M.S., CCC-SLP
          Graduate Clinical Supervisor
          Bloomsburg University
          awasiles@bloomu.edu

          Pamela A. Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
          Professor of Speech Pathology, SLP Graduate Coordinator 
          Bloomsburg University
          psmith@bloomu.edu

          Presentation: Long Term Recovery in Aphasia: The Magic of Groups and Making them Work

          Abstract: People with aphasia (PWA) often receive treatment for their communication disorder for a very limited time. Despite the increasing knowledge based about brain plasticity and establishment of neural connections for far longer than the period of "spontaneous recovery," many PWA discontinue treatment and may not seek support in an aphasia group once their insurance has terminated reimbursement for therapy. Most concerning to Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and family members, insurance regulations have not kept pace with scientific knowledge about recovery form aphasia. One way to provide ongoing treatment to PWA may be in the form of aphasia groups. Approaches to treatment that involve groups of PWA, the family, and practical daily activities are being provided in aphasia groups/outpatient centers and university clinics. This presentation will discuss several aspects of aphasia rehabilitation and is intended to spark discussion about the benefits and challenges of long term aphasia treatment. Models of treatment, specific programs, and methods and data from our clinic's aphasia groups will be shared. We will also brainstorm different ways to make these approaches work and ways we might be able to make long term treatment available to patients in settings where clinician time is extremely limited and reimbursement for services is a concern. 
           
          Bio: 
          Anita Wasileski: Mrs. Wasileski is a graduate clinic supervisor and instructor at Bloomsburg University with 40 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Bloomsburg University and has worked in a medical center in acute care and rehabilitation settings, home health, skilled nursing facilities and private practice. Since 1987 she has been an adjunct instructor at Bloomsburg and assumed clinical supervision responsibilities in 2002. Mrs. Wasileski is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (member of topic committee for the 2017 convention), member of Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing  Association and the Northeastern Speech-Language Hearing Association of Pennsylvania. 

          Pamela Smith: Dr. Smith received her Bachelor's Degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, her Master's Degree from Ohio University , and Ph.D from Temple University. She has over 30 years of experience as a medical speech-language pathologist and has worked in acute care, acute rehabilitation, long term care (SNF), and home healthy prior to entering higher education. At Bloomsburg she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psycholinguistics and acquired neurogenic disorders of communication and swallowing. She also coordinates externship placements and has been involved in clinical education. Dr. Smith is active in the Northeastern Speech-Language-Hearing Association of PA (executive council), the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Vice President for Public Information and Professional Communication), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (member of several SIGs and topic co-chair for the 2017 convention).

          TimeAgenda
          8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Brain reorganization and plasticity, changes in the brain with communicative challenges 
          10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
          10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Group Therapy 101
          Treatment planning, goals, activities, date collection and outcomes, How do we run a group?
          12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
          1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Group Therapy 102
          Involving and empowering participants, Who can lead a group?
          2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
          2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Group Intervention Moving Forward
          How can this work in different settings?
          3:30 p.m. End

          Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this conference the participants will be able to:

          1. Describe three skills that PWA can acquire better in a group setting than in individual treatment
          2. Discuss three methods of involving and empowering both SLP and NON-SLP group facilitators
          3. Discuss challenges and possible solutions to implementing group based treatment in different clinical settings

          Level of Difficulty: Advanced. Knowledge of types of aphasia and general patterns of recovery is assumed. 

          Financial Disclosures: Mrs. Wasileski and Dr. Smith receive a salary from Bloomsburg University and each will receive an honorarium for this event.

          Non-Financial Disclosures: Anita Wasileski is a member of ASHA (member of topic committee for the 2017 convention), a member of the PA Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Northeastern Speech-Language Hearing Association of PA (NESHAP). Dr. Smith is active in NESHAP (executive council), the PA Speech-Language Hearing Association (VP for Public Information and Professional Communication), and ASHA (member of several SIGs and topic co-chair for the 2017 convention), including: SIG #2, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, SIG #10 Issues in Higher Education, SIG #15 Gerontology.

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          This course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area)