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2015 SHAV Conference
March 25-28

DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian
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Welcome from SHAV President, Wendy Pulliam

You are invited to join your colleagues in Virginia’s Capital at the Doubletree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian for our Annual Conference, Turning Science Into Practice. Vice President for Continuing Education Amber Handon, worked diligently on creating a diverse and extraordinary agenda. Vice President for Audiology Marty Lenhardt worked with Amber and our audiology membership to provide an audiology track that will meet the needs of audiologists and speech-language pathologists alike.

Our Pre-Conference begins on Wednesday, March 25 with Dr. J. Scott Yaruss. Dr. Yaruss will be presenting on fluency disorders. He is an associate professor and director of the master’s degree program at the University of Pittsburgh, and his research examines methods for evaluating treatment outcomes in people who stutter. He has co-authored several books, booklets and brochures on stuttering along with more than 50 published papers in peer-reviewed journals and 100 other articles, papers and chapters on stuttering.

Dr. Lauren Swineford will be presenting on Thursday, March 26 on autism. Dr. Swineford is a primary clinician at the National Institute of Mental Health and has extensive experience in working with young children with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Nancy Swigert will be returning this year to present on Thursday, March 26, on dysphagia and health care issues. Dr. Swigert is a board recognized specialist in swallowing and the director of speech- language pathology and respiratory care at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. We always love having her present at the SHAV Conference.

Please plan to join us for the Communication Disorders Foundation (CDF) silent and live auctions. We have planned our Alumni Night to coincide with the auction. Don your collegiate gear and come out for an excellent social gathering. Verbalina is bound to make a debut in her newly designed attire.

Bring your ideas and imagination, together with old friends and colleagues you will leave with innovative ideas to put into practice!

Please encourage your colleagues and university students to attend this annual event and to join SHAV.

Wendy Pulliam, MS, CCC-SLP
SHAV President

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Conference Highlighted Presenters

Lori Bobsin, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the coordinator of the Aural Habilitation Program for University of Virginia Cochlear Implant Team in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lori has more than 15 years experience providing listening and spoken language therapy, as well as consultation and training to individuals, schools and to families on a variety of topics related to Auditory-Verbal practice, and has supervised practicum experiences for speech-language pathology and audiology students. She has presented at national and state conferences and has taught graduate-level classes in aural habilitation.

Ann Hughes, MA, has been the coordinator of the Technical Assistance Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Who Work with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC) at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) since 2006. Ann conducts regional and school division trainings as well as pre-service professional training in the area of hearing impairment including Seethe-Sound Visual Phonics. She also coordinates Virginia’s annual Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential Institute for education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Ann also serves on the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Committee to continue development of services for infants and young children who have hearing loss. Hughes holds a bachelor’s in speech pathology and audiology (West Chester State University) and a master’s in education of the hearing impaired (Northwestern University). Prior to coming to VCU, she served for 28 years as a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing in Virginia Public Schools working with all ages, pre-K through post-secondary.

Dr. Bobsin and Ms. Hughes will present Seeing the Sound: How Meaning is Extracted From Vision and Audition on Thursday, March 26, at 10:15 am.

Janet Brown, MA, CCC-SLP, is ASHA’s director of health care services in speech-language pathology. She tracks trends affecting speech-language-pathologists in health care, serves as ASHA’s liaison to other organizations and assists in developing resources for ASHA members. She was a co-editor of the publication Business Matters and has written and presented on a number of topics, including telepractice, private practice and health care issues. As part of ASHA’s Strategic Objective on Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice, she is one of a number of ASHA staff members presenting at state association meetings across the country.

Ms. Brown will present IPE/IPP: Breaking Down Silos to Enhance Quality and Outcomes on Friday, March 27 at 11:30 am.

Corey Cassidy, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Radford University.She is the author of the chapter entitled Service Delivery Issues in Early Intervention in R. Lubinski & M. Hudson’s (Eds.) Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Fourth Edition. She teaches courses and conducts research in the areas of early language development and disorders, efficacy of caregiver and childcare provider training, the relationship between music therapy and communication intervention with young children and the transition from theory to practice. Cassidy is a licensed speech-language pathologist and serves on the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council as a provider.

Dana Childress, MEd, has worked in the field of early intervention for almost 20 years as an early childhood special educator, service coordinator, supervisor, trainer and writer. She currently works as part of Virginia’s early intervention professional development team, developing professional development resources and conducting web-based and in-person training. She manages content for the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center and writes the Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog. She is the co-author of the upcoming book, Family-Centered Practices in Early Intervention: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments. Childress is also a doctoral student in special education at Old Dominion University. Her interests include family centered practices, autism spectrum disorders, supporting family implementation of intervention strategies and finding ways to help bridge the research to practice gap through interactive professional development for in-service early intervention practitioners.

Cori Hill, MEd, Virginia early intervention (EI) training specialist works at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the project director for the Integrated Training Collaborative which provides coordination and oversight for Virginia’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for early interventionists. Hill has worked in the field of early intervention since 1992 as an infant program director, special instructor and service coordinator. As the EI training specialist, she provides personnel training and develops curriculum for early intervention providers. Hill is also an adjunct faculty member at James Madison University where she teaches and supervises graduate early childhood special education and inclusive early childhood education students.

Dr. Cassidy, Ms. Childress and Ms. Hill will present Where EI Magic Happens (Hint: It’s NOT on the Floor!) on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 am.

Julie Durando, EdD, directs the Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults With Deaf-Blindness (VDBP) at the Partnership for People With Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2009, she served children with multiple disabilities and sensory impairments including deafblindness for eight years as both a classroom and itinerant teacher in central Florida. She completed her doctorate in education in special education from the University of Northern Colorado as a National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment Fellow. Durando’s research and writing focused on early braille literacy experiences and instruction for children with sensory impairments and multiple disabilities.

Dr. Durando will present Basic Strategies for Students With Deaf-Blindness and Additional Disabilities on Friday, March 27 at 2:45 pm.

Ernest Edwards, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, entered into audiology in 1963 and along the way has taught at the Medical College of Georgia. He has served as president of the Central Virginia Speech and Hearing Center and the John W. Looper Speech and Hearing Center. He has served in various offices of Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia. He has presented at the Center for Exceptional Children, GSHA, SHAV and American Academy of Audiology conferences. He has served ASHA as a PSB site visitor and a member of the Financial Planning Board. He is the recipient of various awards from national, state and local organizations. He has more than 50 years of service to the hearing impaired.

Dr. Edwards will present Audiology and an Audiologist’s 50 Year Journey on Thursday, March 26, at 12:45 pm.

Gregg Givens, PhD, is professor emeritus in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. Givens holds a PhD degree from Florida State University and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. His research is in the areas of teleaudiology and auditory processing skills. He is the author of 40 refereed publications and more than 300 presentations. Givens holds five United States patents, two international patents and one provisional patent in the area of teleaudiology. He currently serves as president of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology as well as a member of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Dr. Givens will present Tele-Audiology: A Room Without a Roof on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 am.

Henry Heffner, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of Toledo. He received his doctorate in psychobiology from Florida State University in 1973 and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychology Science. He has been engaged in tinnitus research on animals for the last 15 years. His chapter Behavioral Tests for Tinnitus in Animals appeared in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research series.

Dr. Heffner will present Testing Animals for Tinnitus on Thursday, March 26 at 3:45 pm.

Rickye Heffner, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of Toledo. She received her doctorate in psychobiology from Florida State University in 1973 and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychology Science. She has been studying the hearing abilities of animals for many years and has tested more than 40 different species ranging from mice to elephants and more recently alpacas and vampire bats. Her chapter, The Behavioral Study of Mammalian Hearing appeared in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research Series, vol. 50, Perspectives on Auditory Research, 2014.

Dr. Heffner will present Testing the Hearing Abilities of Animals on Thursday, March 26 at 2:30 pm.

Martin Lenhardt, PhD, AuD, CCC-A/SLP, FAAA, holds a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in audiology speech-language pathology from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, an AuD from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, a doctorate in psychoacoustics/speech science from Florida State University and a postdoctoral fellowship in otolaryngology and biomedical engineering at the John Hopkins University. Lenhardt is presently professor of biomedical engineering at Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has been at VCU for more than 40 years. Lenhardt is a principal in two biotech companies developing medical and speech devices. He co-authored, with the late Dan Johnson, the OSHA ultrasonic hearing standards and has numerous patents and more than 100 peer review publications.

Dr. Lenhardt will present CAP: Is It More Than Auditory Information Processing? on Friday, March 27 at 12:45 pm.

Jay Lucker, EdD, CCC-A/SLP, FAAA, is an associate professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders at Howard University in Washington, DC. He also has a private practice specializing in auditory processing disorders (APD) and language processing disorders in the northern Virginia area. He has developed an integrated approach to APD in which auditory processing is viewed as an integration of six different systems not merely the auditory system. He has provided numerous publications, research projects and professional presentations on various topics related to APD including an invited presentation at the 2013 and 2014 Annual SHAV Conferences.

Dr. Lucker will present Therapies for Children With Auditory Processing Disorders on Friday, March 27 at 1:45 pm.

Alfred Ochs, PhD, directs the balance disorder and sensory evoked potential laboratories in the neurology department at the McGuire Veterans Medical Center in Richmond. Over the last three years he utilized techniques of MRI brain measurements of patients seen at the Virginia Institute of Neuropsychiatry in order to document localized atrophy secondary to a traumatic brain injury. He holds an adjunct appointment in biomedical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Ochs will present MRI Investigation of Audition Disorders Post Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Friday, March 27 at 10:30 am.

Douglas Petersen, PhD, CCC-SLP, University of Wyoming, Virginia Department of Education Highlighted Speaker, is an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming. He is a certified speech-language pathologist with several years of clinical experience developing and implementing narrative assessment and intervention procedures. He has particular interest in researching narrative assessment and intervention and its application with children who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

Dr. Petersen will present Embracing a New Paradigm and Practice of Collaboration: Dynamic Assessment and Multi-Tiered Language Instruction on Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 am.
This session is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

Judith Page, PhD, CCC-SLP, 2015 ASHA President, is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, where she has served as clinic director, department chair and program director in communication sciences and disorders. Her primary areas of interest are augmentative and alternative communication and communication intervention strategies for persons with multiple/severe disabilities and complex communication needs. Page is currently serving as a co-PI for Project TAALC: Teaching Age-Appropriate Academic Learning via Communication, a state/federally funded State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The primary purpose of the project is to ensure that all students with the most significant disabilities and complex communication needs (CCN) have communication systems in place in order to participate in the academic curriculum in the public school setting. Dr. Page has served as president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association, chair of the Kentucky Licensure Board, chair of the Council on Academic Accreditation, chair of the Council for Clinical Certification and is an ASHA Fellow.

Dr. Page will present the Keynote Address, Leadership Lessons From the Lorax, Thursday, March 26 at 4:45 pm.

Gary Pillow, EdD, AuD, CCC-SLP/A, graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in speech and hearing. He stayed to complete a Master of Arts in audiology. He has an Educational Specialist Degree in reading education from the University of Virginia, and he received his Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Child and Youth Studies. His major doctoral study was entitled Promoting the Recognition and Treatment of Central Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) as an Educational Issue. He also has earned a doctorate of audiology from Salus University. Dr. Pillow holds Virginia Collegiate Professional Teaching Endorsements in speech disorders, hearing disorders, public speaking and as a reading specialist. He is licensed in both audiology and speech-language pathology by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, he holds Virginia licensure as a hearing instrument specialist. He has earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in both audiology and speech-language pathology. Gary is currently in a part-time private practice in Covington, Virginia, and works full-time as a speech-language pathologist, educational audiologist and teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing for Floyd County Public Schools, Virginia.

Dr. Pillow will present Auditory Processing Disorders and Academic Success, Friday, March 27 at 8:00 am.

Charles Ross, PhD, has been at Longwood University since 1992, serving as professor of physics, chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and as dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering, a master’s degree in engineering physics and a doctorate in materials science from the University of Virginia. He won the Maria Bristow Starke Award for Faculty Excellence at Longwood in 2002. Along with colleagues at the University of Virginia, he was a co-author of a five million dollar National Science Foundation grant involving work on nanotechnology. He has written three books involving the role of science and engineering in military history. This work has led to appearances on The History Channel, PBS, the National Geographic Channel and National Public Radio.

Dr. Ross will present Civil War Acoustic Shadows on Saturday, March 28 at 11:00 am.

Dathan Rush, EdD, CCC-SLP, received his master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Oklahoma State University and his doctorate in child and family studies from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has a bachelor’s degree in special education from the Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Rush joined the staff of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program in Morganton, North Carolina in 2002. As part of his more than 28 years of experience in the fields of speech-language pathology, early childhood and early intervention, Rush has held the positions of associate director of Oklahoma’s statewide Early Intervention Program (SoonerStart), clinical assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and president of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has served as an editorial board member of Infants and Young Children and has published articles in the area of in-service training, coaching, supporting children and families in natural learning environments, and teaming in early intervention. Rush served as a member of the teaming strand for the revision of the International Division of Early Childhood Recommended Practices in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education. He has coauthored the texts Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood Intervention, The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook and The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook: The Primary Service Provider Approach. Rush has also written several book chapters on topics related to coaching and use of a primary service provider approach to teaming. He has consulted with more than 30 states and numerous programs across the country as well as internationally and provides training on evidence-based early childhood practices related to how to coach, implement a primary service provider approach to teaming and provide early intervention supports and services within natural environments.

Dr. Rush will present Coaching Families in Early Intervention: When, How & Where on Friday, March 27 at 8:00 am.

Mary Shall, PhD, PT, is the professor and chair of the department of physical therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned a master’s degree in physical therapy at Duke University and a doctorate in anatomy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Shall will present Vestibular System is Critical to Motor Development and Eye-Hand Coordination on Friday, March 27 at 9:15 am.

Nancy Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is the director of speech-language pathology and respiratory care at Baptist Health Lexington, an acute care facility in Lexington, Kentucky. She serves on the Neuroscience Board and the Home Health Advisory Board. She maintains her involvement in the provision of clinical services through supervision of new staff, provision of diagnostic services to in-patients and out-patients and as principal investigator on dysphagia research. She is an adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky, where she frequently guest-lectures. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a former president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents and was president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1998. She chaired the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders from 2012- 2014.

Ms Swigert will present Will SLPs Survive in the New Health Care Environment? on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 am, Coding and Documentation Update: What’s it Take to Get Paid? at 9:45 am and Medical Conditions and Their Relationship to Dysphagia at 1:00 pm.

Lauren Vanner Nicely, MS, is a genetic counselor with the maternal fetal medicine division in OB/GYN at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She is on the Virginia Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities faculty, is former director of the master’s genetic counseling training program at VCUHS and former board member with the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association. Her involvement in clinical and research activities has led to multiple medical literature publications. Vanner Nicely has more than 20 years of clinical experience in prenatal, pediatric and cancer genetic counseling. As a member of several multidisciplinary clinical teams she has provided genetic counseling services to families with genetic conditions involving sensory disorders.

Ms. Vanner Nicely will present Medical Genetics in the Practice of Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm.

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Highlighted Short Course - Thursday, March 26

Join us for a Special Six-Hour Short Course Presented by Lauren Swineford, PhD, CCC-SLP

Short course fees are additional and preregistration is required. Register early and receive the discounted rate of $30!

Diagnostic Practices and Intervention Techniques for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The recently released Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) includes revised diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as a new diagnostic category called social (pragmatic) communication disorder. Since the release of the DSM-5, there has been a focus on how these particular changes may affect clinical practice for professionals providing services for individuals with ASD including speech-language pathologists.

Dr. Swineford is a speech-language pathologist and research fellow in the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. Swineford has several years experience working with young children and expertise in the area of early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. Her primary research interests include understanding the core and secondary symptoms of ASD during the toddler years, with an emphasis on prelinguistic and language development.

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3 Easy Ways to Register!

You can register for the SHAV Conference by Mail, Fax or On-Line Registration.

  • Register On-Line
  • Mail your completed registration form and payment to the SHAV Office, 3126 W. Cary Street, #436, Richmond, VA 23221
  • Fax your completed registration form with your credit card information to 888-729-3489.

At this time, all registrations must be made on-site.

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New for 2015 On-LINE CE reporting

A Record-Keeping Process for Everyone!

e-file your continuing education hours for ASHA, AAA or just for SHAV record-keeping using the new e-file system.

It’s Fast, Easy and Electronic, Saving You Time!

No more standing in line to turn in your CE Records! You will be able to enter your session attendance information into the NEW e-file system at your convenience. Yes, that means you can update your on-line CE record after each session, at the end of a day or from the comfort of your couch after the Conference. Access to your on-line CE record is unlimited until you select “I’m Done-Submit” and generate your Certificate of Attendance.

Deadline to report your hours earned is April 11, 2015

Detailed instructions on how to submit your CEUs on-line will be provided at the Conference in your On-Site Program.

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Graduate Student Lunch and Roundtables
Friday, March 27, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This luncheon is geared especially for student concerns and will offer a networking opportunity and panel discussion for students to prepare for their profession and the future.



DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian (formerly the Koger Center)
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond VA 23235

A special room rate of $102.00 per night will be available until March 4, 2015 or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first.

1-800-222-TREE or (804) 379-3800 direct to hotel.


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Session Handouts will not be provided at the Conference. Handouts will be posted to the SHAV website. Please plan accordingly to view and print all session information prior to your arrival at the Conference.

Handouts will be available for viewing on the SHAV website two weeks prior to the Conference.

Having trouble accessing the handouts on the SHAV website? Please contact the SHAV office at 888-729-7428 or send us an email at shavoffice@shav.org.

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Continuing Education and disclosure

This program is offered for up to 2.05 CEUs (various levels, professional area).

AAA Continuing Education
SHAV is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.65 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

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