We invite you to participate in MSHA's Winter Workshop Week!  You can view our live ZOOM sessions from January 25 through January 30, 2021.  Or you can watch these sessions in a recorded format from February 1 through February 28, 2021.   

Four sessions will be offered throughout the week with different topics and speakers.  Your registration fee gives you access to all live and recorded sessions.  Once the live sessions are finished, all those registered will receive links to watch the recorded sessions

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This program is offered for up to .8 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area) and 8.0 Maryland Contact Hours.  Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, special products, or clinical procedures.

 Schedule of Live Sessions 

 January 25, 2021 6 PM to 8 PM

Community of Practice Focused on Culturally-Linguistically Diverse Populations: A Dynamic Approach to Professional Development

Karen Miranda, M.S., CCC-SLP

This presentation discusses the effectiveness of coming together to share knowledge through a community of practice as a dynamic new way to foster professional development for SLPs. Specifically, when working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. 

Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Identify the three key elements for building a successful community of practice; (2) Describe effective models for developing a community of practice that fosters cultural competence when working with culturally and linguistically diverse students; (3) Discuss the advantages of building cultural competence through a community of practice. 

Speaker Bio:  Karen Miranda, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Spanish-Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist on the Bilingual Assessment Team in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches a linguistics and language disorders class.  Speaker Disclosure:  Ms. Miranda has no financial or non-financial disclosures.

 January 26, 2021 6 PM to 8 PM

Culturally Responsive Service Delivery:  A Framework for Treatment in School and Pediatric Outpatient Settings

Ariel La, M.S., CCC-SLP

In support of the current cultural landscape of social justice awareness and advocacy, the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) hosted a Listening Session about Racism in Communication Sciences and Disorders (July, 2020). In response to a participant survey, this workshop was developed to urgently meet the need for clinicians (of any background) to identify ways to support culturally and linguistically diverse clients/families

Learner Outcomes: Participants will (1) describe how systemic racism in the field of Speech Language Pathology impacts clients; (2) mindfully explore how personal factors related to the SLP as an individual may impact one's clinical decision-making and service delivery; (3) learn a framework for providing culturally responsive treatment; (4) select treatment models for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse families; (5) select culturally responsive treatment strategies that can be used by clinicians of any language/dialect background.

Speaker Bio: Ariel La, M.S., CCC-SLP (she/her) is a Speech Language Pathologist at the Treatment and Learning Centers in Rockville, Maryland. She spent over a decade working in language research labs, and enjoys finding different ways to apply evidence to practice. Ariel is a member of the Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus (APISLH Caucus), and the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) Multicultural Affairs Committee.  Speaker Disclosure:  Ms. La has no relevant financial or nonfinancial disclosures.

January 29, 2021 6 PM to 8 PM                                        

Expanding Your Toolbox:  Strategies to Support Linguistically Diverse Students

Kathleen Oppenheimer, M.S., CCC-SLP
Arynn Byrd, M.A., CF-SLP
Michelle Erskine, M.S., CCC-SLP

This session will describe features of African American English and inclusive terminology for describing dialect differences.  Culturally sensitive, evidence-based strategies for clinicians addressing dialect diversity in school settings, including diagnosis, treatment, and interprofessional education will be presented.

Learner Outcomes:   Participants will (1) Describe at least 2 evidence-based strategies that can be used when evaluating speakers of nonmainstream varieties of English who are at risk for or have a developmental language disorder; (2) State 3 strategies for discussing dialect differences with parents and teachers and how dialect differences relate to the processes of diagnosis and treatment; (3) Describe 3 examples that show non mainstream varieties of English are rule- governed and systematic.

Speaker Bios: Kathleen Oppenheimer, Arynn Byrd, and Michelle Erskine are speech-language pathologists completing their doctoral studies at the University of Maryland. They are interested in culturally sensitive diagnosis and treatment of development language disorders in children who speak nonmainstream varieties of English.  Speaker Disclosures:  Ms. Oppenheimer, Ms. Byrd, and Ms. Erskine have no relevant financial or nonfinancial disclosures.

January 30, 2021 from 10 AM to Noon

Nonbiased Assessment: Current Best Practices

Jose A. Ortiz, M.A. CCC-SLP

In this presentation,  an overview of current best practices in nonbiased assessment for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We will discuss current issues and provide a model for assessment, with a focus on using multiple converging sources of information.

Learner Outcomes:  Participants will (1) Be able to discuss major issues in the identification of communication disorders for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; (2) Identify multiple pieces of information that they can incorporate into their assessments; (3) Identify different alternative assessment methods that they can apply.

Speaker Bio: José A. Ortiz is an assistant clinical professor of speech-language pathology at the University of Maryland in the department of Hearing & Speech Sciences. He provides supervision to students in the MA program and has a research focus on disproportionality and assessment in bilingual children.  Speaker Disclosure:  Dr. Ortiz has no relevant financial or nonfinancial disclosures.

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