SPALS Conferences

A big “THANK YOU!” to everyone who made our 22nd Annual SPALS Conference so successful!

22nd Annual SPALS Conference

October 2nd and 3rd, 2014

Cajun Dome, Lafayette

ON-LINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. ON-SITE Conference Registration will be available.

No Personal Checks please- Cash or Card transactions only.

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A reminder that session room temperatures fluctuate, for your comfort please bring a sweater.

 Thursday, October 2, 2014

7:30 Registration/Exhibits

8:30-11:15 Morning Presentations (2.5 hours; 0.25 ASHA CEUs)

Dr. Cheryl DeConde Johnson (AM SESSION ONLY)— — “Beyond the Sound Booth: Classroom Listening Assessment” - A listening assessment completed in the student’s classroom provides authentic data to manage communication access and design a productive learning environment. Components of a classroom listening assessment are described in a five step protocol that addresses classroom communication, functional listening skills, and classroom acoustics. Considerations for hearing assistive technology will also be explored.

 

Nancy Telian – A Common Sense Approach to Handling the Common Core Standards for Reading: Get Fully Trained and Certified in Reading with TLC’s Lively Letters  and Sight Words You Can See”- FULL DAY Aligning your literacy instruction to the Common Core State Standards does not have to be a daunting task. Spend a day becoming fully trained and certified in the “go-to” program for SLPs and their colleagues who are committed to quickly closing achievement gaps.  As fun as it is powerful, Lively Letters utilizes mouth/hand/body cues, music, embedded letter pictures,  and mnemonic stories to train phonemic awareness, phonics, and sight words.  Research-based and clinically proven since 1990, the unique techniques shared via lecture, video, and hands-on practice, are aligned with the Common Core and RtI initiatives, and can be used immediately to simultaneously address literacy and speech objectives.

Bridget Seals- Lights! Camera! Action!”- Imagine that instead of going to the “Speech Room” for communication training students go to a Broadcast Studio instead. The Communication and Broadcast (CAB) Program is a multimedia program with a mock Television and News studio setting. Televisions, cameras and microphones are the props that encourage talking. Peers of all ages work together. Today’s technology is simple and affordable.

 

Claudia Dunnaway— “Think and Speak Successfully: Improving the Critical Thinking and Academic Language of Secondary School Students” - This presentation examines the role of the SLPs who provide language intervention to secondary students with mild-moderate disabilities. Participants will learn how to integrate six critical and academic strategies that expert learners use with ease: rehearsing, questioning, lifting their language, inferring, determining what matters and holding an academic conversation.

 

Keli Richmond- “Why Not? Enhance Literacy and language Skills While Addressing Speech Sound Disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech” - Simultaneously develop a strong literacy foundation while improving speech intelligibility , expanding language skills, and enhancing phonological awareness with orthographic instruction (printed cues).

11:15-12:40 Lunch and Awards (Conference badges must be worn)

12:45-3:30 Afternoon Sessions (repeat of morning sessions unless otherwise specified for 2.5 hours; 0.25 ASHA CEUs)

 

Dr. Cheryl DeConde Johnson (PM SESSION ONLY)— “Understanding and Supporting Reluctant FM Users”- The best technologies are irrelevant when the intended users are reluctant to employ them. Often, FM and other technologies are written into IEPs or 504 Plans without involving the student in the discussion and decision for their use and/or without providing the necessary supporting services to engage the student’s acceptance and participation. Issues in FM use including social and management challenges will be discussed as well as strategies to promote student FM use including a framework for self-determination.

EXHIBIT HALL (area closes at 3:30)

3:45 SPALS Business Meeting (Please join us for our yearly membership meeting, we will be electing our 2015-16 Board Members)

SPALS Social – Immediately following our SPALS General Membership and Election meeting we’ll have our very special SPALS Social with Dancing, please join us for some net-working, relaxation and fun.

Friday, October 3, 2014

7:30 Registration/Exhibits

8:30-11:15 Morning Presentations (2.5 hours; 0.25 ASHA CEUs)

Dr. Anna Vagin- “Using  Multimedia for Communication”- This presentation will focus on materials emphasizing social movement and how to break down IEP goals to address underlying  social learning concepts as well as define social learning categories that can be addressed through supported media viewing.

Dr. Karen Anderson –  “Estimating and Addressing Access to Verbal + Instruction”  – (FULL DAY) More students are being educated in the general education setting.  Because hearing loss is a barrier to learning rather than a learning disorder, students require appropriate assessment, accommodations and skill building.  Information will be presented to help education professionals support the success of students with hearing loss in the classroom.

Dr. Laura Riffel—“Duct Tape Is Not A Behavioral Intervention” (FULL DAY) This presentation will provide interventions and strategies to assist professionals, educators, and family  members in how to ameliorate behavior in and out of the classroom. As well as how to communicate more effectively with individuals of differing ability levels.

Anne Weerda- “Measuring Growth for Student Learning Targets” -This presentation will focus on  student growth measures  by utilizing  data driven instructional decision making.

Beth Holland— “Apps for Vocabulary Assessment and Intervention: Administer, Score and Interpret the Clinical Assessment of Articulation and Phonologuy-2” - (FULL DAY) This presentation will focus  on  the  “Clinical Assessment of Articulation and Phonology—CAPP-2” (how  to administer, scoring and interpreting results as well as  Apps for Vocabulary Assessment focusing on 3 tiers of vocabulary as well as administer and score the Montgomery Assessment of Vocabulary Acquisition (MAVA)  App for iPad.

11:15-12:40 Lunch and Awards

12:45-3:30 Afternoon Sessions (repeat of morning sessions unless otherwise specified for 2.5 hours; 0.25 ASHA CEUs)

EXHIBIT HALL (area closes at 3:30)

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