Friday, April 20, 2018
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis
210 Holiday Court
21401 Annapolis , MD
Contact: Lisa Oriolo, 410-239-7770

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2018 Annual Convention!  You will find excellent sessions led by nationally known speakers.  They will spend the day sharing their knowledge with you on a variety of topics.  We will also have a sell-out crowd of vendors who will be available to tell you about their products and services.  And in case you have not heard, we have lowered the cost of the Convention for MSHA members.  This is our way of saying 'thank you' for your loyalty to this organization.

Plan to attend and network, learn and earn CEUs!  Full information on speakers and topics is listed below.  We hope to see you on April 20th!

This program is offered for .7 CEUs (Various levels, professional area).  ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


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(Full Speaker and Course Information Listed Below)

Convention Pricing until March 1st - Higher prices apply for those who register after March 1st

MSHA Members              $150
Non Members                 $200
Students                         $  25
Caregivers                      $100
Groups of 10 or more    $140

Vendors Scheduled to Attend To Date 

Baltimore County Public Schools
CapTel Outreach
Discovery Toys
Prentke Romich Company
Simply Thick
The Hearing and Speech Agency
The Maryland Board of Examiners

7:30 to 8:AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast/Coffee Service

Session A  8 AM to 3:30 PM - Bonnie Singer, Ph.D, CEO, Architects For Learning
Pre-Writing, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing:  Teaching and Learning Strategies for ALL Learners   (5.5 Maryland CEUs, .55 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate/Advanced Level)

This workshop will introduce practical, relevant, and theoretically grounded approaches to writing intervention that targets several language skills essential for academic success.  Strategies for initiating writing, comprehending task demands, establishing text production goals, writing summaries, and paraphrasing will be introduced.  Hands-on practice will allow participants to put strategies to use immediately.  Learner Outcomes:  Explain how the interplay between executive function, language, and reading comprehension influence student performance with writing; Use a strategic instructions routine for writing that guides assignment analysis, comprehension, and initiation of the writing process; Use instructional strategies for teaching students to write summaries and paraphrase.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Bonnie Singer is the CEO of Architects for Learning, where she directs a staff that provides academic intervention services and she provides teacher professional development and school consultation internationally.  Her primary research and numerous publications focus on the relationship between spoken and written language, cognition, spatial processing and self-regulated learning.

Session B  8 AM to Noon - Connie Porcaro, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Professional Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology ( Full Morning Session)  (3.5 Maryland CEUs, .35 ASHA CEUs, (Beginner Level)
Different styles of supervisory interaction will be compared.  Participants will learn about transitioning with different types of levels of supervisees as more independence is gained.  Attendees will participate in a discussion of how to effectively conduct a performance appraisal that will provide insight and positive support to your supervisees.  Learner Outcomes:  The participant will be able to compare their own supervisory qualities with others that may be needed for effective supervision; the participant will be able to define differential supervision; the participant will be able to state appropriate instances for each level of differential supervision.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Porcaro has presented dozens of workshops on supervision and actively supervised hundreds of students and clinical fellows.  Dr. Porcaro has published on supervision theory and practice throughout her 25+ year career in the field of speech pathology and served for five years as Clinical Director at the University of Wyoming.

Session C  8 AM to 10 AM - Elizabeth Bortz,  M.S., CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist and Regional Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, Prentke Romich Company and Gisele Morin-Connolly, M.S., CCC-SLP, Howard County Public Schools

"More with Core":  Using Literacy to Teach Core Vocabulary to Children with Complex Communication Needs  ( 2.0 Maryland CEUs, .2 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level)

"More with Core" will help teach SLPs how to use literacy to promote language growth with children with complex communication needs.  Participants will learn how to utilize hands-on experiences to promote cognitive engagement, increase participation and encourage multi-modal learning.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will learn three strategies to increase active participation; motivation and cognitive engagement for children with complex communication needs; participants will learn how to ask questions to help elicit responses from students using core vocabulary; participants will identify three low tech/high tech solutions to support literacy using core vocabulary. 

Speaker Bios:  Elizabeth Bortz has served as a speech-language pathologist in many capacities across her career, from working in schools with children of all ages to adult populations with communication disabilities.  Elizabeth is passionate about helping to give individuals an effective means to communicate.  Gisele Morin-Connolly has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 30 years.  She has worked at Cedar Lane School in Howard County for over 22 years and has been a member of the Instructional Access Team of Howard County for over 15 years.  Gisele has devoted her career to serving students with complex communication needs, including students with cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairments as well as children on the autism spectrum.

Session D  8 AM to 10 AM - C'Rai Weeden Shannon, M.A. CCC-SLP
Round Table Discussion:  Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders  (2.0 Maryland CEUs, .2 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level)

This round table discussion will review multicultural and diversity issues in communication disorders.  During this session, participants will review resources to increase cultural competence; as well as ASHA resources and evidence-based practices when evaluating and providing treatment with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will discuss issues that communication disorder professionals face when assessing and providing treatment to individuals from multicultural backgrounds; participants will identify strategies to prevent disproportionate diagnosis and representation of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals; participants will identify resources that will help CMD professionals increase their cultural competence.

Speaker Bio:  C'Rai Weeden Shannon is a speech-language pathologist with 13 years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings including non-public school, public schools, hospital and early intervention.  C'Rai is a member of the MSHA Executive Board and serves as the MSHA Multicultural Affairs Director.

Session E  8 AM to 10 AM - Erin O. Mattingly, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS, Senior Consultant, Enterprise Resource Performance, Inc.
TBI:  Assessment and Functional Treatment in the Acute Care and Inpatient Setting  (2.0 Maryland CEUs, .2 ASHA CEUs, Beginner Level)

This session will include a brief overview of the mechanics of traumatic brain injury; review the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); introduce functional therapy ideas for patients surviving acquired brain injury during acute care and rehabilitation, and discuss incorporating functional, multidisciplinary goals into patient treatment and family education.  Learner Outcomes:  The learner will explain aspects of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and the Plan, Implement, and Evaluate (PIE) framework and develop goals based on these frameworks; the learner will list three functional therapy tasks to use in the acute rehabilitation setting for various cognitive and physical deficits; the learner will discuss the benefits of co-treating and developing multidisciplinary goals in functional treatment of brain injury.  

Speaker Bio:  Ms. Mattingly is an SLP, Senior Consultant and subject matter expert supporting the Veterans Health Administration.  She has over twelve years of experience treating patients across the continuum of brain injury severity.  She serves in a variety of leadership positions across brain injury and SLP organizations.

Session F  10:30 to Noon - Pamela Rowe, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Director and Owner of Pamela Rowe Speech Therapy
Implementing An Evidence-Based Oral Pathology Screening in Your Oral Mechanism Exam  (1.5 Maryland CEUs, .15 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level)

Early Detection of oral pathologies/oral cancer can impact the course of treatment and dictate treatment options.  Learn how to conduct a thorough oral mechanism exam and encourage self-examination methods that can contribute to the detection of these pathologies.  Learner Outcomes:  The participants will describe the most common oral pathologies in pediatric and adult populations; list specific ways to identify risk factors for oral pathologies; and discuss three ways to implement oral pathological screening methods and education during an oral mechanism exam.

Speaker Bio:  Pamela Rowe, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Clinical Director of an Adult and Pediatric Therapy Practice in North and Central Florida.  Pamela is co-author of "Putting Your Dreams to Work:  Keys to Setting Up Your Therapy Practice."

Session G  10:30 to Noon - Amy Hasselkus, M.A., CCC-SLP, Independent Contractor
Health Literacy:  Everyone's "Problem"  (1.5 Maryland CEUs, .15 ASHA CEUs, Beginner Level)

Health literacy is needed to access, understand, and use health information to make health care decisions.  This course will discuss who is at risk for poor health literacy, how decreased health literacy affects health outcomes, and how health care professionals can help.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will define and describe health literacy; discuss the impact of poor health literacy on health outcomes, and describe ways that health care professionals can address health literacy in daily practice.

Speaker Bio:  Amy Hasselkus is an SLP who discovered a passion for clear health communication while working at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She studied health communication at George Mason University and teaches undergraduate communication classes.  She also works as an independent contractor developing continuing education programs for SLPs.

Session H  10:30 to Noon - Karen Fallon, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, Professor, Towson University
It's Never Too Late:  Improving Adult Literacy Skills with Structured Literacy Instruction  (1.5 Maryland CEUs, .15 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level)

This session will provide research-informed guidelines for implementing structured literacy instruction with adolescents and adults who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.  The presentation will include information about the basic tenets of structured literacy instruction, supporting research evidence, and specific clinical applications for improving the skills of adults who struggle with literacy.  Learner Outcomes  The participant will explain the basic tenets of structured literacy instruction; explain the research evidence supporting structured literacy instruction; and apply evidence-based clinical methods to teach written language to adults who struggle with literacy.

Speaker Bio:  Karen A. Fallon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Towson University.  Her teaching and research focuses on language disorders and literacy.  She has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and presented her research regularly at national and international conferences.


Session I  1:15 to 5PM - Connie Porcaro, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University"
Speech Intelligibility:  Clinical Approaches Based on Current Research  (Full Afternoon Session)  (3.5 CEUs, .35 ASHA CEUs, Beginner Level)


This session will translate current areas of speech intelligibility research into clinical approaches that can be used effectively with individuals with dysarthria.  Treatment options to be covered include speaker strategies, manipulation of the communication environment, and listener strategies. Case studies will be utilized to apply these concepts to actual clients.  Learner Outcomes:  The participant will be able to list variables that can affect intelligibility; the participant will be able to determine how variables impacting intelligibility can be best examined in evaluation and management of clients with dysarthria and dysphonia; the participant will be able to apply treatment methods to improve intelligibility based on research for individuals with dysarthria and dysphonia.


Speaker Bio:  Dr. Porcaro's current research focuses on understanding variables, such as visual information that influences speech intelligibility in individuals with motor speech disorders.  She has published articles in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Medical Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and The International Journal of Speech Pathology on intelligibility.

Session J  1:15 to 3:15 PM - Laura Sibbald, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Prince George's County Public Schools, with assistance from Monica Cetuk, SLP, Tamarra Jones, SLP, Lisa Tuit, SLP and Morgen Whiteman, SLP.
The SLP Vision:  Exploring the Changing Role of the SLP in the Public School Setting to Address Rigorous Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards and Improve Student Performance  (2.0 Maryland CEUs, .2 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level)

This session will focus on the development and application of an SLP Toolkit website, where SLPs can find professional development resources and evidenced-based practice information.  This information can be used for collaborative planning and co-teaching of academic vocabulary and complex language tasks to support achievement of MCCRS and improved PARCC outcome data.  Learner Outcomes:  The participants will understand the relationship between language competence and MCCRS and the developing role of the SLP; identify methods of collaborative planning/co-teaching and relevant resources to support academic vocabulary acquisition; and discuss and justify variations in service delivery models to support academic vocabulary acquisition.

Speaker Bio:  Laura is a nationally certified SLP and mentor therapist with extensive experience in the high school environment.  Within PGCPS, Laura regularly provides professional development training for SLPs, administrators, and educators on benefits of collaboration and use of IPP to support student learning.

Session K  1:15 to 3:15 PM - Amy Hasselkus, M.A. CCC-SLP, Independent Contractor
Communicating Clearly with Patients and Families (2.0 Maryland CEUs, .2 ASHA CEUs, All Levels)

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists advocate for people with communication disorders.  However, we do not always model clear communication.  This course will discuss plain language and how it can improve access to, and understanding and use of, health information.  Participants will practice improving both oral and written communication skills.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will explain how using plain language can improve patient outcomes; discuss three to five ways to improve communication with patients and families; and describe strategies to improve oral communication with patients and families.

Speaker Bio:  Amy Hasselkus is an SLP who discovered a passion for clear health communication while working at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She studied health communication at George Mason University and teaches undergraduate communication classes.  She also works as an independent contractor developing continuing education programs for SLPs.

Session L  1:15 to 3:15 PM - Jay R. Lucker, Ph.D, Howard University Professor and Private Practice Owner
Appropriate Therapies for Children with Different Types of Auditory Processing Disorders  (2.0 Maryland CEUs, .2 ASHA CEUs, All Levels)

Professionals are concerned regarding providing appropriate, evidence-based practice therapy for children identified with auditory processing disorders (APD).  This session focuses on what the different types of auditory processing disorders are and what specific interventions (accommodations and therapies) are appropriate for each type of APD.  Evidence-based research will be presented supporting the use of the therapies discussed.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will be able to state the various types of auditory processing disorders (APD) that a child may have; describe specific accommodations relevant to each type of APDs, and describe specific therapies relevant to each type of APDs.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Lucker is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington, DC.  He also has a private practice in the DC Metro area (including offices in Maryland) where he provides assessments and consultations for children, adolescents and adults with auditory processing disorders and related language processing issues.

Session M  3:30 to 5 PM - Deborah Dixon, M.A. CCC-SLP, Consultant and Private Practitioner
Ethical Practice:  What is It?  How Do I Do It?  What are the Pitfalls?  (1.5 Maryland CEUs, .15 ASHA CEUs, All Levels)

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists with ASHA certification operate under a code of ethics revised in 2016 as well as their state code of ethics.  This presentation will discuss the impact of the changes, review cases in which members have violated the code, and discuss how to practice ethically.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will understand the revisions to the ASHA Code of Ethics; will apply strategies that help to avoid ethical violations, and will describe situations that place them at risk for ethical violations.

Speaker Bio:  Deborah A. Dixon, M.A. CCC-SLP has made school-based practice the focus of her career.  She has served as the Director of School Services in SLP Practices, as a coordinator of special education,  and as a lead SLP and school-based SLP.  She currently has a small private practice and consulting business.

Session N  3:30 to 5 PM - Adrienne Fuller, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, ASHA
Transitioning from the School Setting to Private Practice:  8 Easy Steps to Creating the Private Practice You Want (1.5 Maryland CEUs, .15 ASHA CEUs, Beginner Level)

Many speech-language pathologists have a desire to transition to private practice.  Whehter it is seeing patients after your full-time job or transitioning to working for yourself full time, starting a private practice is something that is possible if you follow a plan.  Learner Outcomes:  The participants will identify the reasons why private practice could be the next step in their career; the participants will identify the things needed in place before transitioning to private practice; and the participants will identify ways to increase referrals by marketing their practice to the community.

Speaker Bio:  Adrienne Fuller, M.S.,CCC-SLP is the Clinical Director and Owner of SpeechBuilders Speech and Language Therapy in Apopka, Florida.  Adrienne is also the co-author of the book "Putting Your Dreams to Work, Keys to Setting Up Your Private Practice", a how-to manual for opening a therapy practice.;

Session O  3:30 to 5 PM - John Sloan, M.S., CCC-SLP, The Hearing and Speech Agency, and Christopher Kelter, Executive Director, The Maryland Board of Examiners for Hearing Aid Dealers, Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
Current Topics of Interest to SLPS and AUDS - Questions and Answers with the Board of Examiners

Attend this session to learn the latest licensing updates and stay informed on licensure law in the state of Maryland.  (1.5 Maryland CEUs, .15 ASHA CEUs, All Levels)

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