Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to Friday, May 29, 2020
Contact: Lisa Oriolo, 410-239-7770

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!  During this time of great professional challenges and new ways of providing services, let's not forget to honor our professions and the great job clinicians are doing serving the children and adults who need our services!  MSHA is pleased to announce that we have worked hard to put together some great webinars focused on telepractice in May to help you gain new knowledge, practice new skills, and earn CEUs!

You will find a schedule full of telepractice experts from different settings and different areas of the country who will come together the last week of May to help you perfect your telepractice skills.

For the low cost of $59 for MSHA members and $69 for nonmembers, you can attend one or all of these webinars covering many telepractice topics.  The sessions will be recorded and available for 30 days after the live dates in case you can't attend the live sessions.  This is an outstanding opportunity to perfect your telepractice skills, ask questions and share stories with our speakers.   Sign up today for these excellent sessions!  


These combined webinars are offered for up to .65 ASHA CEUs or 6.5  contact hours (Various levels, professional area).  ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.  

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Understanding Telepractice - Pieces to the Puzzle (.20 ASHA CEUs or 2.0 Contact Hours, All Levels)

Live Session - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6 PM

Presenters:  Jennifer Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP and Tracy Sippl, M.S. CCC-SLP

This presentation will provide relevant information for the delivery of telepractice.  We will discuss equipment recommendations, ethical considerations, and tele-facilitator expectations to virtual assessments.  Be prepared to come away with tele-practical information!  Learner Objectives:  Participants will (1) List 3 equipment requirements for the delivery of telepractice services; (2) Describe 3 tele-facilitator responsibilities discussed in this presentation; (3) Explain how to determine if a client is a candidate for virtual assessments.

Speaker Bio:   Jennifer Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP has been a speech-language pathologist for almost 18 years.  During that time, she has worked in hospitals, schools, home health, early intervention, with NICU babies and provided teletherapy to school-aged children.  Every setting has taught valuable skills and helped Ms. Martin to be well-rounded in this dynamic field.  As a bilingual speech-language pathologist, she loves to work with Spanish-speaking children and their families.  Supervising and mentoring new graduates is another area that she enjoys because she loves to learn just as much from them as they learn from her. Disclosures:  Ms. Martin receives an honorarium for this session and has not disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Tracy Sippl, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed, experienced Speech-Language Pathologist-Teletherapist and the owner of S & L Teletherapy Consulting, LLC, located in Wisconsin.  Ms. Sippl has over 30 years of Speech-Language Pathology experience working with students across the United States.  She has worked onsite for approximately 24 years along with providing telepractice services for over 7 years, servicing students in PreK-12th grade who demonstrate various types of communicative disorders.  Ms. Sippl is currently serving on ASHA's SIG18:  Telepractice Coordinating Committee and is the Associate Coordinator for the SIG.  Disclosures:  Ms. Sippl receives an honorarium for this session and has not disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Simple, Reliable and Effective Teletherapy Strategies for Engaging Students (.1 ASHA CEUs or 1.0 Contact Hours, All Levels)
Live Session - Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 5 PM to 6 PM

Presenter:  Joseph Comeau, MS Ed., CCC-SLP

Teletherapy can be intimidating to the uninitiated, but it doesn't have to be.  Teletherapy is fun, compelling and engaging!  With just a little bit of planning and organization, you can make use of digital and physical resources,that you may already have and cost nothing, to provide outstanding therapy sessions for elementary students.  This session will highlight many practical examples.  Learner Objectives:  Participants will (1) Be able to identify at least 10 sources of digital and non-digital resources for practical application in teletherapy; (2) Identify three ways of creating simple digital resources for practical application in teletherapy; (3) Identify three specific ways to optimize the work setting while conducting teletherapy.  

Speaker Bio:    Joe Comeau is a speech-language pathologist, adult education provider, and web-based education designer.  He has been the National Director of Telepractice for EBS Healthcdare since 2017.  He received his Master's Degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and has worked extensively with school-age populations and the parents of students who have speech and language disorders.  Joe provided non-profit consultative support to parents and school  administrators as an advocate for better understanding and applicaiton of special education law in the state of North Carolina. He is also an ASHA-approved Continuing Education Provider and regularly conducts web-based continuing education activities,  Disclosures:  Joe Comeau has not disclosed any relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Practical Telepractice Clinical Coding and Billing Guidance for Speech-Language Pathologists 

(.15 ASHA CEUs or 1;5  Contact Hours, All Levels)
Live Session - Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 4 PM to 5:30 PM

Presenters:  Rebecca Politis, M.S. CCC-SLP  and Neela Swanson, B.A.

This course will provide practical information for SLPs considering telepractice as a new service delivery model.  The presenters will discuss clinical, coding, payment and compliance considerations and provide resources to help SLPs navigate changing regulations and ensure compliance.  Learner Objectives:  Participants will (1) Discuss practical clinical considerations to ensure both clinician and patient/client/student readiness for telepractice; (2) Describe coding for speech-language pathology telepractice services; (3) Discuss coverage and payment considerations related to speech-language pathology telepractice services across payers.

Speaker Bios:  Rebecca Politis, M.S., CCC-SLP joined the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assocation staff in 2018 as the Associate Director of Health Care Services for Speech-Language Pathology.  She has over 15 years of experience as a medical-based SLP, primarily working in pediatric hospitals serving children and adolescents with acquired brain injuries and other complex medical conditions.  In her current role at ASHA, she is the ex-officio for ASHA's Special Interest Groups 2 (Neurogenic Communication Disorders) and 18 (Telepractice).  Disclosures:  Ms. Politis has not disclosed any relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Neela Swanson, B.A., joined the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association staff in 2003.  She has over 15 years of experience in the coding and reimbursement policy arena and currently services as ASHA's director of health care policy for coding and reimbursement on the health care policy and education team.  She is ASHA's primary expert for health care coding policy and code development and is a resource for ASHA members regarding coding and reinbursement.  Ms. Swanson works with the ASHA Health Care Economics Committee, American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel and Relative Value Update Committee, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, ASHA members, and other specialty societies as an advocate for Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding issues related to Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.  Disclosures:  Ms. Swanson has not disclosed any relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

 Creative Tips for Your Private Practice - Time for the Telepractice Therapist to Shine!  (.5 ASHA CEUs, or .50 Contact Hours, Intermediate Level)

Live Session - Friday, May 29, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 6 PM

Kimberly Bell, M.S., CCC-SLP

A deadly virus forces us into a new type of technology and treatment.  How do we creatively meet our patients' needs due to new restrictions and Private Practice?  How do we creatively follow stay-at-home orders that now have created an entirely new set of circumstances for Private Practitioners?  How do we creatively deal with the financial ramifications associated with closing or staying open if you are in Private Practice? . Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Gain more information about the Governor's virus decree; (2) Will be able to name three viable options for learning webinars on telepractice; (3) Will be able to name three viable platforms for telepractice; (4) Will learn if your caseload supports the use of telepractice technology; (5) Will learn of barriers and circumstances that are presented during stay-at-home orders;    

Speaker Bio:  Ms. Bell has been a practicing, hands-on speech-language pathologist for over 25 years.  She founded her own successful practice, SPEECH PATHways, in 1999, serving Carroll county and the surrounding areas.  Kim has been very active in the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the past 20 years serving in a variety of capacities including terms on committees and on the Executive board.  She ahs been recognized as a MSHA Fellow in 2009 and in 2002 was recognized for her efforts as a MSHA volunteer.  She mentors students from numerous universities each year through her private practice and enjoys giving back to the field.  She loves to share her knowledge for childhood apraxia of speech and severe sound-based disorders.  Disclosures:  Ms. Bell has not disclosed any relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Telepractice for AAC Assessment (.15 ASHA CEUs or 1.5 Contact Hours, Intermediate Level)
Live Session - Friday, May 29, 2020 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Lauren Tooley, M.S., CCC-SLP
This webinar will provide guidance on using telepractice as an effective method for conducting AAC assessment, trails, and treatment.  Strategies and resources will be provided for conducting AAC therapy via synchronous audio and video.  We will also discuss pitfalls and successes when working with AAC via telepractice.   Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Identify two methods for quickly getting AAC supports to patients remotely; (2) Describe three barriers to effective AAC telepractice therapy sessions; (3) List two ways telepractice may be more beneficial than in-person practice for AAC treatment.  

Speaker Bio:   Lauren Tooley is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with extensive background in the areas of Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  She has worked as the Manager of the AT Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland for six years.  Lauren conducts AAC assessments and therapy sessions with children and adults of all ages with developmental or acquired disabilities and helps patients with obtaining personal equipment through various funding sources.  She also assists patients who need AT supports for reading, writing, executive functioning and environmental control.  As the Manager of the AT Program at Kennedy Krieger, Lauren additionally serves as an internal consultant for AT at the Institute including the school, inpatient, and outpatient programs.  Prior to her current position, Lauren worked with AAC in the public school, non-public school, home and outpatient settings, which gave her an expansive view of AAC services across the lifeslan and environments.  Disclosures:  Ms. Tooley has not disclosed any relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

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