Friday, April 26, 2019
The Meeting House
5885 Robert Oliver Place
21045 Columbia , MD
Contact: Lisa Oriolo, 410-239-7770

On-line registration is now closed, but you can still register at the door on Friday!

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2019 Spring Symposium!  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.  Also, take a look at our 2019 prices!  By cutting costs this year with facility and food, we are able to offer this full-day Continuing Education opportunity at the early-bird rate of $125 for MSHA members.

Plan to attend and network, learn and earn ASHA CEUs!  Full information on speakers and topics is listed below.  We hope to see you on April 26th!

Vendor List

Allied Instructional Services
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Continuing Education
Baltimore County Public Schools
Discovery Toys - Peg Diehl
Impressions Pediatric Therapy
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Maryland Disability Determination Services
Maryland Relay
T.E.L.L Lab
Prentke Romich Company
Super Duper Publications
The Maryland Therapy Network
Therapy Source

This program is 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.


Schedule at a Glance

 Early Bird Convention Pricing (Register By March 2nd)

MSHA Members              $125
Non Members                 $150
Students                         $  25


7:30 to 8:AM - Registration and Coffee Service

 Session A      8 AM to 3:30 PM

Introduction to The Greenspan Floortime Approach  (.55 ASHA CEUs or 5.5 Contact Hours, Beginner/Intermediate Level)
Presenter:  Jake Greenspan, Director, The Floortime Center (Full-Day Course)  
This is a prerequisite for the interactive certification training offered by The Greenspan Floortime Approach.  Jake Greenspan is a licensed provider of Greenspan Floortime lectures and certification training.

Children with developmental challenges can benefit from intensive periods of Floortime and Floortime-based services.  This workshop will introduce participants to the Greenspan Floortime Approach and how this therapy will benefit children in their care.   The Greenspan Floortime Approach is based on developing and deepening relationships that naturally give positive emotional rewards.  These are not external and superficial, but instead center on the feelings you have.  Floortime is an intervention that can be used by parents, family, or professionals to optimally stimulate a child's development growth.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Identify the primary six milestones of the Greenspan Model; (2) State the difference between a traditional thinking-based approach and the Greenspan Floortime approach; (3) Identify strategies in using the three steps of Greenspan Floortime.  

Floortime Approach Timed Agenda:  8 AM to 10AM - The Six Milestones of the Greenspan Model 
                                                        10:30 to Noon - Traditional Versus Greenspan Approach
                                                          1:30 to 3:30  -  The Three Steps of Greenspan Floortime

Speaker Bio:  Jake Greenspan, Founder and Co-Director of The Floortime Center, was directly trained and mentored by Dr. Stanley Greenspan for over 10 years.  Since 2004 he has worked with over 2,000 families and has presented workshops to dozens of health and educational organizations.  Jake is a graduate of Kenyon College and started working with his father, Dr. Stanley Greenspan, in 1998.  Together they authored the Functional Emotional Developmental Questionnaire.  He has worked with a wide range of children with developmental and learning challenges using Floortime.  Disclosures: Mr. Greenspan receives an honorarium for this presentation.  He has not disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Session B       8 AM to 10 AM
Advocating for Speech-Language Pathologists, Children and Adults During Tumultuous Times  (.2 ASHA CEUs or 2.0 Contact Hours, All Levels)
Presenters:  Paul Rao, Ph.D. and Marie Noplock, M.S., CCC-SLP

How do we sustain value and quality services in today's environment?  It seems that it becomes more difficult to recognize and understand how to advocate for your clients and yourself in today's world.  This session will review policies that impact practice and outcomes for children and adult.  Case studies will provide context for successful advocacy to achieve positive change for our professions and those we serve!  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will:  (1) Describe three current Public Policy Issues that provide challenges and opportunities to our professions and to those we serve; (2) Recognize and understand how to define and measure value in service provision; (3) Identify resources and strategies to assist in advocating for client service provision at the local, state, and federal levels.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Paul Rao served as ASHA President in 2011 and Chair of ASHA's Government Relations and Public Policy Board in 2018.  He is a Rehabilitation Consultant who retired as Vice President of Inpatient Operations and Compliance at the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2014. He received his B.A. from St. Vincents College, his M.A. from Catholic University, and his Ph.D. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland.  He is currently the Board Chair of the Children's Guild.   Disclosures: Dr. Rao has not disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Speaker Bio:  Marie Noplock is a speech-language pathologist and President of The Maryland Therapy Network; a founding member of the ASHA STAR network, and MSHA Director of Governmental Affairs from 1998 to 2003.  She recently served on the board of the Monarch Academy AA schools after a twelve-year tenure as Trustee of The Children's Guild Board.   Disclosures: Ms. Noplock has not disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Session C       8 AM to 10 AM Dealing with Difficult People: Working with YOU is Killing Me!  (.2 ASHA CEUS or 2.0 Contact Hours, Intermediate Level)
Presenter:  Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Cranky colleagues?  Surly students?  Abominable administrators?  Pushy Parents?  Difficult people in your professional setting create conflict that raises stress levels and reduces productivity. This seminar will provide you with proven strategies for neutralizing the negative behaviors of difficult people in your workplace.  Take charge and rise above the fray!  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Describe how difficult people think, what they fear, and why they act the way they do; (2) Implement strategies to neutralize the behavior of specific types of difficult people in your professional setting.  

Speaker Bio:  Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor of speech-language pathology and Provost's Associate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She is an ASHA Fellow and the 2019 President of ASHA.  Robertson has published numerous articles, book chapters, and clinical materials and presented hundreds of workshops at state, national, and international venues on a variety of topics.  She enjoys helping her fellow ASHA members find ways to nuture their professional and clinical skills as well as find their entrepreneurial talents. Disclosures: Dr. Robertson has not disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

 Session D  10:30 to Noon

Ethical Considerations in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (.15 ASHA CEUs or 1.5 Contact Hours, All Levels)
Paul Rao, Ph.D.

Paul Rao, Ph.D.  SLPs and Audiologists need to develop sensitivity to ethical concerns and acquire decision-making strategies when confronted with ethical quandaries.  This session will focus on ethical considerations in a variety of practice settings.  After reviewing the Revised Code of Ethics and an 'ethical decision-making framework," we will discuss today's ethical dilemmas.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Outline a possible 'ethical decision-making framework" for evaluating an issue in ethics; (2) Identify and describe the three most common ethical concerns reported to ASHA; (3) Outline the steps involved in submitting an ethics complaint to the ASHA Board of Ethics or the Maryland Board of Examiners.

Session E  10:30 to Noon
ASHA and MSHA Peeps:  We've Got Game!  (.15 ASHA CEUS, or 1.5 Contact Hours, Intermediate Level)
Presenter:  Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Put on your game face and get ready to play!  This presentation by 2019 ASHA President Shari Robertson will showcase opportunities to lead, advocate, and volunteer in support of your state and national associations and the clients we serve.  Member benefits, new ASHA initiatives, and hot topics in the professions will also be shared.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input that will be shared with the ASHA Board of Directors.  Friendly competition and a few surprises?  You have to get in the game to find out!  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Recognize opportunities to volunteer and lead in local, state and national venues; (2) List at least 5 ASHA or MSHA member benefits or new ASHA initiatives; (3) Identify three legislative and/or regulatory advocacy issues important to members.  

Session F  Lunch and Learn  12:15 to 1:15 PM
Considerations and Intervention Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children Using AAC (.1 ASHA CEUs or 1.0 Contact Hours, Intermediat Level)

Presenters:  C'Rai Weeden Shannon, M.A. CCC-SLP and Jose A. Ortiz, M.A., CCC-SLP

Brown bag and join your colleagues for this excellent lunch and learn.

Use of culturally responsive techniques is essential to success and effectiveness of AAC with culturally and linguistically diverse children.  This presentation will review the impact of culture and values on language and AAC.  Strategies to ensure appropriate selection of culturally and linguistically appropriate tools, techniques, and targets to increase effective use of AAC in all environments will be explored. Learner Outcomes:  Participants will understand how culture and values impact language and AAC; (2) Participants will list strategies relative to the provision of culturally responsive AAC; (3) Participants will be able to select culturally and linguistically appropriate tools, techniques and targets to increase effective use of AAC in the child's environment.

Speaker Bios::  C'Rai Weeden Shannon, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with 14 years of clinical experience.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including non-public school, public school, hospital and early intervention.  She is a member of The Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) Executive Board and serves as the MSHA Multicultural Affairs Director.  In addition to her interest in working with culturally and linguistically diverse poulations; her clinical specialty areas include AAC, functional communication, and communication techniques for individuals with severe-profound communication needs.  Neither presenter has disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Session G - 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Cervical Surgery and Impact on Swallow Function (.2 ASHA CEUs or 2.0 Contact Hours, Internediate Level)
Presenter:  K
rysta Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP

This session reviews research and recommendations following cervical surgery and the impact on swallow function.  Discussion involves identifying potential causes and risk factors that may result in dysphagia following cervical surgery.  In this session there will also be discussion on current barriers and areas of improvement when treating this population with interdisciplinary team members.  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Identify risk factors and potential causes of dysphagia following cervical surgery; (2) Describe barriers and lmitations of current research related to dysphagia following cervical surgery, standardization, and measuring outcomes; (3) Utilize information received in presentation to apply to daily practice to increase early identification of potential patients who are at risk for developing dysphagia; (4) Identify barriers and opportunities for improvement when evaluating and treating patients following cervical surgery.

Speaker Bio:  Krysta Smith is a certified and licensed SLP with a special interest in dysphagia following stroke and cervical surgery.  During her career, she has developed and initiated with her interdisciplinary team members workflows for dining programs for dsyphagia patients.  She regularly provides education and training to students, residents, interdisciplinary team members, and nursing staff about speech pathology as well as instructs mandatory competencies pertaining to dysphagia.   Disclosures: Ms. Smith has not disclosed any other relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

Session H - 1:30 to 3:30 PM
I Used to Have a Handle on Life, But it Broke!  (Strategies for Managing Time and Stress for SLPs)  (.2 ASHA CEUS or 2.0 Contact Hours, All Levels)
Presenter:  Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Feeling stressed out?  You are not alone!  The feeling of having too little time and too much stress is a common denominator for SLPs and Audiologists across all professional settings.  Perpetual paperwork, challenging clients, burgeoning workloads, and ever-changing regulations are just the tip of the iceberg.  This workshop will provide you with proven strategies to help you work smarter, serve your clients better, find personal time, and enjoy your job more.  Learn to survive and THRIVE in your professional setting!  Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) develop personal and professional goals; (2) communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, administrators, and families; (3) actively manage thinking and behavior to reduce stress in your professional settings.  

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