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Sally Christian, MS CCC-SLP, is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in San Diego Unified School District.  She is a former Coordinator for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Resource Center, and continues to provides support to the current Coordinator regarding professional development, material procurement, logistics (e.g. forms, resource access), and communication with staff via periodic Speech-Language Pathology Department updates.  Her professional interests include building staff capacity in a multiple areas of practice, including the communication and language development of students with complex communication needs, AAC, motor speech disorders, and building the student language for and within collaborative academic conversations.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Lunch and Learn – The San Diego Unified School District Did it and Can You! Developing a Resource Center for CAS

 

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and her M.S. degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has found her niche working in early intervention, providing family centered services in the child’s natural learning environment. Cari is a therapist, a consultant and a nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…TALK! She has an energetic personality and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. She also has a child with autism and apraxia and can therefore discuss relevant issues both as a professional and as a parent.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 102 – Fun and Effective Motor Planning Activities for Use in Early Intervention

Session 506 – Addressing Sensory Issues in Speech therapy for CAS

 

Theresa Fagundes MA, SLP-CCC, is the founder of Fagundes Speech, Language, and Communication Center, a family-oriented private practice in downtown Turlock, CA. She provides a range of services to children with communication disorders. As a speech-language pathologist, Theresa has worked with children for over 13 years. Her areas of interest are Autism Spectrum Disorders and Motor Speech Disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Theresa earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Chico. She is a past recipient of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Higher Education Fellowship and guest instructor for the American Samoa Speech and Language Teaching program. She is PROMPT trained (Level 2, Bridging Technique to Intervention) and attended the 2016 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute. Her hobbies include event planning, volunteering, creative writing, and cooking.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Fagundes is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 705 – I Can Tell Stories Too; Storytelling Strategies for Students with CAS

 

Tovah Feehan, MS, CCC-SLP, obtained her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Hunter College. Tovah currently works in outpatient therapy at Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children, with a special interest in early communication as well as feeding and swallowing difficulties. Tovah started her career in early intervention and quickly recognized the importance of ongoing support and education for families. Her practice is driven by a passion to empower families and bridge the gaps that often exist in care. She works closely with specialists, therapists and families to provide care with the whole child and family in mind. In her current role, Tovah helps develop interdisciplinary clinics and hospital processes to streamline care. She is involved in community outreach to educate doctors, nurses and families. Last year, Tovah helped launch a community space that fosters social inclusion of people with disabilities and their families and friends.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 704 – Food for Thought

 

Lou LaVecchia is a parent of child with CAS who has successfully advocated for an IEP that has proven successful. He has been self-taught on the laws and rights that all parents with special needs are entitled to in the PPT I IEP process.  Lou has a proven record of working with his school district to improve the appropriate services for children in need of speech services. Lou achieved a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Organization from the University of Central Connecticut. He currently is the vice president of All Seasons Landscaping Inc. (ASL) a construction company located in Connecticut.  His strongest attributes are negotiating and organizational skills.

  • Disclosure: Mr. LaVecchia is the parent of a child diagnosed with CAS. He serves as a member of the CASANA Board of Directors. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 105 – Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate

 

Michelle Leigh is the mother of a young child with CAS. After her son Ryder’s diagnosis, it became her lifelong mission to make his voice, and that of every other child living with apraxia heard.  Her son was diagnosed with Global Apraxia as well as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) around his 3rd birthday. She has been the apraxia walk coordinator for Jacksonville for the last two years and is admin to the Facebook group Apraxia Kids Jax.  She is passionate about spreading CAS awareness and her passion led her to develop the website ApraxiaMommaBear.com, as well as guest-write for various publications including The Mighty, Florida Times Union, Coastline Newspaper, and Jax Moms Blog.  In addition to her writing endeavors, Michelle has garnered numerous media spotlights including appearances on News 4 Jax and YouTube.  Michelle has worked with the state of Florida and city of Jacksonville in 2015 and 2016 to secure proclamations dedicating May 14th as Apraxia Awareness Day. She has also worked with actress Gage GoLightly to share her story and bring awareness to her fight with global apraxia and sensory processing.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Leigh is the parent of a child with CAS and the CASANA Walk Coordinator for Jacksonville, FL. Ms. Leigh also receives a stipend from CASANA to raise awareness and assist SLP’s when registering with the CASANA SLP Directory. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 305 – Life After Apraxia: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

 

Andy McMillin, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Portland State University (PSU). He directs the Speech-Sound Disorders clinic at PSU, which focuses on working with more complex cases, including children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Andy taught as an adjunct for several years, and he was a full-time practicing clinician for more than a decade. His interest in speech sound analysis goes back to his undergraduate degree in Linguistics, when he studied with Nick Clements, one of the originators of non-linear phonological analyses such as Feature Geometry.

  • Disclosure: Mr. McMillin is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 501: Syllable as the Foundation for the Treatment of CAS

 

Katie Micco, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinical instructor in the Speech Production Disorder Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University where she supervises graduate students in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with speech production disorders. She has been a practicing SLP since 2007 in both the pediatric outpatient and educational settings, focusing on the treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech, structural speech issues, voice disorders, language disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. Katie has presented at both the local and national levels on the topics of childhood apraxia of speech and AAC.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Micco is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 204: Social and Behavioral Goals for Young Children with CAS

 

Jennifer Moore, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist in Northern NJ. She currently has a full time private practice where she services children and adults with motor speech disorders. Prior to settling in private practice, Jennifer worked in special education schools and a pediatric hospital. At her current private office, she works closely with an occupational therapist and together they treat motor and sensory issues in order to streamline motor speech acquisition. She has been practicing speech pathology since receiving her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University in PA in 2007. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Autism studies from NOVA Southeastern University. She holds national certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, licensure from the State of New Jersey and New York, and certification from the NJ Department of Education. Jennifer has teaching experience as an adjunct professor at Kean University in NJ and also lectures 4-6 times per year for the PROMPT Institute. She also holds educational workshops for parents and other professionals at her practice.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 701: Motor Speech Dysfunction in Children with Autism: Evaluation and Treatment Using the PROMPT Approach

 

Kathleen A. Post, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Clinic Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at MWU’s Speech-Language Institute. She teaches courses in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and supervises SLP graduate student clinicians at the Speech-Language Institute in all facets of speech and language service. Previously, Kathleen was the Director of Assistive Technology, Speech/Language and Nutrition Departments at a large pediatric outpatient rehabilitation center in Illinois. For over 30 years, Kathleen Post has served individuals and their families who struggle with communication disorders. Her areas of interest continue to include pediatric speech-language disorders, early intervention services, augmentative and alternative communication, and assistive technology for persons of all ages and disabilities.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 203 – AAC: What’s Missing in Your Intervention Practice

 

Erik X. Raj, PhD, CCC-SLP, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a practicing speech-language pathologist who works daily with school-age children with various communication difficulties. He is currently an assistant professor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech- Language Pathology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Dr. Raj regularly presents interactive workshops demonstrating how school-based speech-language pathologists can use Internet and software-based technology to motivate and teach students on their caseload. In addition to developing numerous top-ranking educational iPad apps for children with communication difficulties, he has directed the instructional video components to the speech-language pathology book titled ‘Your Voice is Your Business’ by Plural Publishing, which is currently in its second edition (2016). Dr. Raj has obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Stockton University in New Jersey and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 103 – Creative Middle School Ideas for Using Apps in Speech Language Therapy

Session 503 – Creative elementary School Ideas for Using Apps in Speech Language Therapy

 

Michelle Retzlaff, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a regional consultant in Illinois for Saltillo Corporation. Michelle graduated from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school setting and in an acute hospital setting with adults with acquired cognitive communication disorders. These settings allowed Michelle to develop a passion for AAC. Her experiences helped to build a strong knowledge base regarding the areas of low to high technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and how to incorporate AAC with individuals with various disorders and disabilities. Ms. Retzlaff has developed and presented numerous ASHA and Early Intervention (El) approved trainings regarding the use and implementation of AAC to various school districts, parents, related services providers, and undergraduate and graduate students at various universities.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 203 – AAC: What’s Missing in Your Intervention Practice

 

Laura Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, is CASANA-certified for advanced training and clinical expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech, has completed the PROMPT Level 1 training, and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP).  She has lectured throughout the United States on Childhood Apraxia of Speech and related issues. Laura is committed to raising and spreading CAS awareness following her own daughter’s diagnosis of CAS and dyspraxia.  She is the apraxia walk coordinator for Denver, and writes for various publications including the ASHA wire blog, The Mighty, and on her website, slpmommyofapraxia.com. In 2016, Laura was awarded ASHA’s media award for garnering national media attention around apraxia detailing her encounter with UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, and also received ASHA’s ACE award for her continuing education, specifically in the area of childhood motor speech disorders.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Smith is the parent of a child with CAS and a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. Ms. Smith is also the CASANA Walk Coordinator for Denver, CO. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 305 – Life After Apraxia: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

 

Alyson Taylor, graduated from Emory University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Spanish.  She was diagnosed with CAS when she was three years old. Alyson attended speech therapy until the age of 16 when she made the personal decision to end speech therapy. She is an avid fan and participant in water polo and has been heavily involved in her local community, such as Girl Scouts, where she received the highest award, The Gold Award, by presenting the need for a marked crosswalk at a dangerous intersection to Burbank’s Traffic Commission. Presently, she commits herself to sharing her stories with Apraxia through personal blog posts.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Taylor was diagnosed with CAS as a toddler. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 205 – Achieving with Apraxia

 

Dena Taylor is a mother of two, Alyson and Sara Taylor, and wife to Robert Taylor. She encountered Apraxia after her eldest daughter, Alyson Taylor, was diagnosed at the age of three in the mid-nineties. Ms. Taylor relates to every parent’s fears and concerns for their children diagnosed with Apraxia.  After facing this disorder with her child during a time with limited information, Dena Taylor is passionate about discussing her experiences with other parents facing the diagnosis in their children.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Taylor is the parent of a child diagnosed with CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 205 – Achieving with Apraxia

 

Charlotte Trattner was diagnosed with CAS over eighteen years ago. Currently she is a freshman at University of Central Florida on a full scholarship studying Journalism. She is the founder of Just Like Me 2, a community service organization which mentors children with learning disabilities and speech disorders. She has competed at Miss Florida Teen USA, Miss Teen United States and most recently at Miss United States Teen Earth as Miss Florida Teen Earth. It was at that pageant where Charlotte won the title of Miss Global Charity Queen US. She will be competing in Taipei this summer representing the United States in a pageant that recognizes the importance of volunteerism with likeminded women from all over the world.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Trattner was diagnosed with CAS as a toddler. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 405 – Overcoming Apraxia: I Couldn’t be Bitter, I Had to be Better

 

Breanna Waldrup, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and the new owner of Apraxia Dallas, PLLC. Breanna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (with a focus on neurobiology) and, as well as a  Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Texas and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Breanna’s primary area of expertise is motor planning disorders, especially childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). She has attended numerous continuing education courses on motor planning disorders including an invitation only intensive three day work shop with Edythe Strand, PhD, the creator of DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing). She also attended the 2015 and 2016 CASANA conferences.  Breanna’s secondary interest is in disorders that affect social-pragmatic skills, including autism. She has attended a variety of trainings in different methodologies, including those of Michelle Garcia Winner, MS, CCC-SLP and Patricia Prelock, Ph.D. Breanna has also received training in verbal behavior and PECS (picture exchange communication systems).  Breanna believes strongly that every child has the right to communicate and strives to help each child she works with to find his/her voice.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Session 505 – Using Features of Speech Motor Planning to Teach Reading to Children Diagnosed with CAS

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