Friday, October 20, 2017
Westminster Conference Center
451 WMC Drive
21158 Westminster , MD
Contact: Lisa Oriolo, 410-239-7770 or

The Annual Clinical Connections Conference will be held at the Westminster Conference Center.  It will be held on October 20th from 8:30 to 4:15, and will feature Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield from SMARTER Steps.  They will present a morning and afternoon session covering information on IEPs.  Please review full course information below.

On-line registration will be available until October 13th.  After that date, you can register at the door at an increased price.

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This program is offered for .6 CEUs (Various levels, professional area).  ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. 

Course Title
(AM Session)  8:30 AM to 11:45 AM

SMARTER IEP Goals:  Time-Saving Strategies for SLPS  (3.0 Maryland CEUs, .3 CEUs)

This workshop focuses on teaching the S.M.A.R.T.E.R steps framework that SLPS can use to develop legally compliant IEP goals.  The presentation explains the following components of an IEP goal:  (1) Specific; (2) Measurable; (3) Attainable; (4) Research-based; (5) Teachable; (6) Evaluated/communicated to parents, and (7) Relevant to state standards.

Session Objectives/Learner Outcomes:
The participants will be able to define the three components of 'individualized' for IEPS as related to goal development; Identify the 7 components of a SMARTER IEP goal as these align with federal mandates; and write an IEP goal containing the SMARTER components using a template or district's goal page model form.

Break for Lunch:  11:45 AM to 1:00 PM - Lunch is on your own.

(PM Session)  1:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Student Led IEPs:  An SLP's Role in Student Preparation  (3.0 Maryland CEUs, .3 CEUs)

While it seems sensible enough to include the student in the IEP development, it has not become a routine practice nationwide.  This workshop focuses on the SLP's role in helping students increase self-determination skills by preparing them to participate in their own IEP meetings.

Session Objectives/Learner Outcomes:
Participants will learn the benefits of Student Led IEPs; How to overcome barriers related to student participation in IEP meetings; and Evidence-Based Practice to Implement Student Led IEPS.

Speaker Bios

Kelly Ott has over 20 years of experience in various roles as a Speech-Language Pathologist, educator, and administrator.  She has served children and adults with diverse communication needs.  She is currently in private practice and works with schools, children and their families to maximize learning.  

Lara Wakefield has over 20 years of experience in various roles as a Speech-Language Pathologist, researcher, and Parent Advocate.  Lara is in private practice and works on special education advocacy cases in 27 districts in mid-Missouri.  She helps families and schools create meaningful and compliant IEP goals.

Disclosures:  Both Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield are SLPs who have worked in the school setting. They are both currently involved in private practice, and are co-owners of Smarter Steps, providing support to families and students in constructing IEPs, and advocating for students.  They receive royalties for their publications and honoraria for speaking.  They have no additional financial or relevant non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Time-Ordered Agenda

8:00 to 8:30 AM
Registration and Coffee Service
8:30 AM to 11:45 AM (includes one 15-minute break)
AM Session - SMARTER IEP Goals:  Time-Saving Strategies for SLPs
Lunch - 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
1:0 PM to 4:15 PM (includes one 15-minute break)
PM Session - Student-Led IEPs - An SLP's Role in Student Preparation

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