SHAV 2020 Conference
March 11-14, 2020
At this time the 2020 SHAV Conference will take place as planned in Herndon, VA. We are watching closely for new developments around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep SHAV attendees apprised of the latest developments. At this point neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have recommended that conferences such as this one be canceled. Additional information on the COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website. Check back often at this site for updated information.
Greetings from the SHAV President
I hope that this finds you well. We are gearing up for yet another Conference and are excited to provide you a glimpse of what will be offered. SHAV’s focus for each Conference is to provide you opportunities for professional development, as well as networking with others from across the commonwealth. Johanna Klein, Leslie Dulay and Gary Pillow, along with their dynamic Conference Committee, have been working tirelessly in putting together a Conference line-up that will meet our diverse needs and interests.
We kick off the Conference with Shari Robertson as our Pre-Conference presenter. She comes wearing three hats: current ASHA president, our ASHA Board of Directors representative and an expert in the areas of phonology, language and literacy. Come to hear her discuss and problem solve how to address the literacy challenge through the support of listening, talking, reading and writing. Dr. Robertson will also be our keynote speaker, Thursday evening, sharing how we, as imaginoloists, imagine, create and discover in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology.
The Short Course this year features Christopher Bugaj. His presentations are always high-energy and informative. He will be focusing on augumentative and alternative communication (AAC), from consideration and selection to implementation. He is a school-based speech-language pathologist working with Loudoun County Public Schools. His work focuses on how to support students, their families and support team with AAC and provide all with tools and strategies to support differentiated learning for students using AAC.
The highlighted speakers cover an array of topics. Angela Alexander will be traveling from New Zealand to present on auditory processing disorders as well as a session on alternative hearing aid delivery models. We have the privilege of hearing from Vince Clark on the topic of fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). Another viewpoint on AAC will be shared by Brian Whitmer, founder of CoughDrop, as he discusses how to build a stronger AAC team as well as the features of their AAC platform. We will be hearing from Ellen Pritchett Dodge about how to support school-aged students with their social and emotional learning. Jennie Bjorem will be sharing with us what we need to know about apraxia of speech. These are just to name a few.
Our Conference would not be possible without our members who boldly submit a call for papers, ready and willing to share with the rest of us lessons they have learned and journeys they have taken throughout their career. As I write this, the call for paper submissions are being gathered and prepared for the review process. I am looking forward to reading the submissions and getting a preview of the wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be shared with you in a few months. It is our hope that we will see you in March 2020, in Herndon, Virginia!
Amber Handon, MEd, CCC-SLP
President, Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia
Angela Loucks Alexander, AuD, CCC-A graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010, and found her passion in the specialty of auditory processing disorder (APD). She owns and operates Hear Better Audiology and Auditory Processing Institute in New Zealand, serving all populations. She currently trains her peers to provide APD diagnostic and therapeutic options to patients with APD via AuditoryProcessingInstitute.com. Through these online learning modules, she hopes to double the number of speech-language pathology and audiology professionals providing auditory processing services to better serve this population.
Nicholas A. Barone, PhD, CCC-SLP, EMT is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia in communication sciences and disorders. He is the director of the NeuroVoice Lab, where he studies the neurophysiology of voice, communication, cognition and learning using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Dr. Barone has presented at state, national and international conferences. Using his expertise in voice and neurology, he also teaches courses in voice disorders, dysphagia, neuroanatomy, anatomy and physiology of communication sciences and disorders.
Jennie Bjorem, MA, CCC-SLP received her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Saint Louis University and graduated from Truman State University with her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She has a great understanding from a parent perspective as she has a young child with special needs. Ms. Bjorem’s area of expertise is in early intervention birth through age five, parent education and childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). She is recognized for her advanced training and expertise in CAS by Apraxia Kids. She is the creator of the Bjorem Speech Sound Cues for acquisition of speech and literacy.
Lee Caggiano, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD is a board-recognized specialist in fluency disorders and the co-founder and director of FRIENDS: the National Association of Young People Who Stutter, the leading support organization for young people who stutter and their families. She is director of the Colorado Institute for Stuttering, providing therapy and resources for children, adolescents and adults. Ms. Caggiano teaches the graduate fluency online course for New York University and supervises at a camp for children who stutter at Colorado University-Boulder.
Corey H. Cassidy, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services and the director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice at Radford University. 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 interprofessional education and practice in health care and human services.
Edgar V. (Vince) Clark, MEd, CCC-SLP is the administrator of Integra Rehabilitation’s Agency and currently manages the Flexible Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing Program serving multiple locations. He has been employed with Integra Rehabilitation since 1999, and has served that organization in several positions.
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, FAAA is an independent audiology consultant in Millstone Township, New Jersey. He maintained a private practice for 30 years in Freehold, New Jersey, and currently teaches undergraduate courses in audiology at Kean University. He received his doctor of audiology degree from the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. He holds a master’s degree in audiology from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree in speech education from St. John’s University.
Ellen Pritchard Dodge, MEd, CCC-SLP is a recognized leader in speech-language pathology and communication skills in the classroom. She has published numerous books and articles in the area of social emotional learning. She has worked extensively in public schools, where her communication curriculum won a National Character Education Award. In 2013, she served on Parenting Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. In 2017, the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association bestowed upon Ms. Dodge the Honors of the Association.
Meredith P. Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP is a scientist and clinician, working to find realistic solutions to implement our field’s best research in practice. She is also the founder and owner of The Informed SLP, a website dedicated to connecting clinicians and scientists with each other’s work.
K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a professor of speech-language pathology in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Akron. He also serves as a speech-language pathologist and listening and spoken language specialist certified auditory-verbal therapist for the Cochlear Implant Program at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Bradley Kesser, MD specializes in otology/neurotology. In 1998, he completed his residency training at the University of Virginia (UVA) and received his fellowship training from the House Ear Clinic in 2000. Previously, Dr. Kesser worked in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, with a clinical appointment at Emory University. In 2004, he returned to UVA to continue his research in optimizing outcomes for aural atresia surgery, unilateral hearing loss in children and pulsatile tinnitus. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery with subspecialty certification in neurotology.
Susan Mapes, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with Chesterfield County Public Schools, where she works in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), providing evaluations, consultations and training to support school teams. She has more than 30 years of experience with children who use AAC in the school setting. Ms. Mapes has presented regularly at SHAV Conferences and Virginia’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC) TechKnowledgy Conferences.
Cynthia O’Donoghue, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP has practiced professionally with both adult and pediatric neurogenic populations. She holds membership in the Dysphagia Research Society, Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences, American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She serves on the National Advisory Council for the ETS PRAXIS in Speech- Language Pathology. Dr. O’Donoghue is a distinguished fellow and Scholar to the National Academies of Practice in speech-language pathology.
Amanda Owen Van Horne, PhD, CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist who researches child language development and disorders. She received her master’s degree from University of Texas at Dallas and her doctorate from Purdue University. She currently studies treatment efficacy in developmental language disorder. Her work has been recognized with the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (JSLHR) Editor’s Award in language.
Alicia D.D. Spoor, AuD is the audiologist and president of Designer Audiology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her doctorate from Gallaudet University. She opened her own business, Designer Audiology, LLC, with an unbundled/itemized pricing structure (one of the first in the nation to do so from day one). She is the legislative chair for the Maryland Academy of Audiology and a past president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She is an adjunct professor at Gallaudet University where she teaches third-year doctor of audiology students and is a member of the Osborne College of Audiology College Advisory Board at Salus University.
Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP is professor of communication sciences and disorders at Longwood University. She has served as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Ethics and on the ASHA Board of Directors as vice president of standards and ethics in speech-language pathology. Dr. Power-deFur has presented on ethical decision-making nationally and through online professional development.
Emily Walker, MEd received her master’s in special education with a certification in early childhood special education from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is currently in her second year teaching in a self-contained classroom in Chesterfield County. Ms. Walker is passionate about language acquisition. Before teaching in the public school setting, she taught English as a second language in Thailand and in the English Language Program at VCU.
Julian White, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC is a current doctorate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at James Madison University. Her research focuses on the evaluation of feeding and swallowing disorders in children, with a particular interest in practicing instrumental assessment for medically complex, premature infants. Ms. White continues to practice as a pediatric speech-language pathologist for the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia.
Brian Whitmer, MS is the founder of CoughDrop, an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app. He started CoughDrop in collaboration with more than 30 speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and assistive technology coordinators. He created the app to raise awareness of modern technology improving the lives of individuals like his daughter, who has Rett Syndrome and uses AAC as a core part of her communication strategy.
Christine Wing, PhD, CCC-SLP is a childhood trauma survivor. She works with children who have experienced trauma in collaboration with mental health professionals, health care providers and educators. She is the former co-chair of the Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association and manager of Developmental and Rehabilitation Services, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minnesota. She is the sole proprietor of I’ve Got Two Wings and provides consultation to organizations serving children and families.
Featured Short Course
Friday, March 13 – 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Necessary Components of Successful AAC Consideration and Implementation
Presented by Christopher R. Bugaj, MA, CCC-SLP
If a student is not successfully using verbal speech as her or his primary form of expression by the age of three, the educators working with that student should consider augmentative and alternative communication. But what are those considerations? Considerations discussed during this short course will include the least dangerous assumption, vocabulary selection and organization, aided language input and engaging language opportunities. This short course explores strategies for teaching even the youngest students language by engineering environments so all communicators have opportunities for rich, meaningful practice of language in the context of everyday routines.
Short course fees are additional and registration is required. Register early and receive the discounted rate of $30!
Cerumen Management Workshop
Friday, March 13 – 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Presented by Kim Imajo, AuD; Debra Ogilvie, AuD; Kim Fisher, MA
This hands-on educational workshop will cover the anatomy and physiology of the outer ear, conditions of the ear, otoscopy, properties and characteristics of cerumen, demonstration of three methods of cerumen management (including loop, irrigation and suction) and related issues such as liability, reimbursement and regulations regarding state licensure. During approximately 90 minutes of this workshop, participants will be able to use a variety of cerumen removal instruments and equipment.
Workshop fees are additional and registration is required. Register early and receive the discounted rates!
This program is offered for up to 1.50 ASHA CEUs (various levels; professional area).
The Ethics sessions (24 and 30) are offered for up to 0.3 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area).
The Supervision session (57) is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (introductory level; professional area).
SHAV is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.95 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.