Presenter’s Guide

 

Pooja Aggarwal, M.S., CCC-SLP is the Owner and Clinical Director of Progressive Speech Therapy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University and has 15+ years of experience helping children with special needs. Pooja is a graduate of the 2011 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Advanced Training Institute – she is “Recognized for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Apraxia-Kids”. Pooja is also the volunteer Regional Outreach Coordinator for Apraxia-Kids. Pooja has experience presenting both locally and nationally to a variety of audiences including parents and educational/medical/allied health professionals.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.  There is no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Nonfinancial:  Pooja Aggarwal is a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator for Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Mikey Akers, has lived with verbal dyspraxia (what they call apraxia of speech in England) for 18 years, after receiving the diagnosis when he was 2 years old.  Mikey’s family accepted that very few people knew what verbal dyspraxia was, and that they would have to explain to everyone his difficulties with speech. After years of intensive speech therapy, Mikey finally found a voice that others began to understand, when he was 8 years old. He was in speech therapy until the age of 15, when the therapists decided that his speech was “as good as it was going to get.” As Mikey says, “It’s good but not perfect.” As he grew older, Mikey saw the worry that his mum lived with about his future.  He felt the loneliness that the diagnosis brings even though he was surrounded by amazing friends. At 13, Mikey struggled to express his feelings verbally so he wrote his first poem, “I am the Boy” about living with verbal dyspraxia and wanting more awareness. This poem inspired him to set up Mikey’s Wish, with the support of his family. Mikey shares his story on social media as he doesn’t want anyone else to feel the loneliness he felt growing up. Mikey is passionate about raising awareness as he believes that “everyone deserves their voice to be heard, even those who struggle with the spoken word.”

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN, is a pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice at Beljan Psychological Services in Scottsdale AZ. The Arizona Psychological Association selected Dr. Beljan in 2016 for the Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology Award. Dr. Beljan served at the Governor’s pleasure on the Arizona Board of Psychological Examiners. He holds child and adult diplomate certifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology (ABPdN) and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN). Dr. Beljan’s professional focus is on Gifted Intelligence, Alcohol/Drug Related Neurodevelopmental Deficit (A/DRND), Learning Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical and Emotional Trauma, and Attention and Executive Functioning Deficit and associated interventions.  He is an expert in evaluating and understanding gifted children and their common misdiagnoses and dual-diagnoses. Dr. Beljan co-authored Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, BiPolar, OCD, Depression, and Other Disorders.  Dr. Beljan also co-authored Large Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Assessment: An Effort to Move Forward.  He has published numerous chapters and articles in various publications about gifted children, learning disorders and executive functioning.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

John Bennett holds undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates from the University of

Connecticut, Manhattan College, and the Sports Management Institute, in which he completed residencies at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia. He is currently the Executive Director of Student Engagement at Manhattan College. A proud parent of three, and one with childhood apraxia of speech, he is passionate about shining light on apraxia to others.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

David Bindrup, Esq., CPA, LL.M. has presented hundreds of times on the topics of estate planning, asset protection and probate and has taught both locally and nationally at estate planning conferences where he is featured as a keynote speaker on the topics of trusts, asset protection, Medicaid planning and special needs planning through the largest continuing legal education provider, National Business Institute. He is the only Nevada attorney who is also a California CPA, Nevada CPA and has an advanced law degree in Taxation (LL.M.).  He owns and operates his own law firm with three locations throughout Southern Nevada, where he practices solely in the areas of estate and special needs planning, asset protection and probate.  David’s passion for estate planning and helping families find common sense approaches to handling complex planning, such as special needs trusts and people with disabilities, shines through in both his dynamic approach to the subject and ability to work with his audience to understand these important concepts.  David’s daughter, Bailey, was diagnosed with apraxia at age three.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Sharon Campbell, M.E.d., LPC, has over 30 years of direct experience working with children and families as well as in a supervisory role with in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, community mental health centers, and currently at a multidisciplinary children’s center. Sharon has directed the psychology department services at Laughlin Children’s Center for the past 8 years. The Center offers the following services: Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Academic Services, and Psychology. The psychology department includes assessment and evaluation, outpatient therapy, and evidence based interventions, such as Parent-Child Interaction therapy. Sharon completed her studies at the University of Pittsburgh and is a licensed professional counselor. She is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, and is a participating member of several other professional groups.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the owner and executive director of Foundations Developmental House, LLC, located in Gilbert, AZ, founded in 2003. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. Lynn’s area of specialization is with the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), language-based learning disabilities (i.e. reading and spelling impairments, written expression), auditory processing disorders, ADHD/Executive Functioning Deficit (EFD), as well as social communication disorders.  Lynn is the developer of The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program. In addition, she has developed a family of iPad applications for apraxia and reading development (used in over 100 countries), other speech & language delays, and educational apps.  Lynn lectures worldwide and has been a past keynote speaker for the Apraxia National Conference.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Developer of the speech EZ Apraxia Program & Gesture.

Non-financial:  No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Sarah Carmody Remy, M.S., CCC-SLP has several years of experience providing multilingual speech and language services. She practices at the Nemours I AI duPont Hospital for Children in their

Deptford, New Jersey outpatient satellite center. She was previously affiliated with the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center in the Bronx, has contracted with local New Jersey school districts and provides services through a small private practice. Her therapeutic focus is with children, birth to 21, with communication challenges that include speech and language impairment, social pragmatic difficulties, voice disorders, feeding impairment, CAS and other motor speech impairments. Sarah obtained her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus in multilingualism and multiculturalism. Sarah is fluent in French and Spanish, having spent time providing volunteer speech and language services in a Children’s Hospital in Bolivia and working as an English Teaching Assistant in France. She is also a proud participant in the 2018 Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Sue Caspari, M.A., CCC-SLP is an instructor and clinical supervisor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Prior to joining the Temple CSD faculty, Caspari worked as a speech-language pathologist with children and adults in a variety of settings including early intervention, private practice and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, including the Mayo Clinic. Over the years, she has come to specialize her practice in the assessment and treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Her specific research interests and publications focus on the early identification and treatment of motor speech disorders, including CAS.  Caspari is an advisory board member of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, an associate member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and a member of ASHA’s Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders Special Interest Division. She is also the owner of Caspari and Colleagues, LLC, a group of SLPs dedicated to providing consultation, evaluation and therapy services for children with CAS and other severe speech sound disorders; and the director of an intensive 5-week summer program for children with CAS.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial:  Member of the Professional Advisory Council of Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Eileen McCartney Cirelli, CCC-SLP is a Speech/Language Supervisor at The Allegheny Intermediate Unit in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has served as Vice President for Public and Professional Information for the Pennsylvania Speech/Language/Hearing Association and as a CEU Administrator for The American Speech/Language Hearing Association.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Administrator of a public education classroom implemented by the Allegheny Intermediate      Unit, from whom she receives financial compensation.

Nonfinancial:  No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Amy Clark, M.S., CCC-SLP, PI is the Director of Clinical Education at the PROMPT Institute.  Prior to this, Amy was a therapist at Children’s Minnesota with over 20 years of direct clinical practice. She has extensive experience working with children with developmental delays, motor speech disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and language disorders in a variety of settings. She is a member of the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Board. Amy is a nationally recognized speaker who has a special interest in motor speech disorders and PROMPT.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Amy Clark receives salary compensation for her role with the PROMPT Institute.  Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial:  Member of the Professional Advisory Council of Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Deborah Comfort, M.A., CCC-SLP initially worked as an audiologist for the Texas Scottish Right Hospital for a short time before taking some time off to be with her family.  She then completed a speech-language pathology degree and has been with the Denver public school system for 29 years as a school-based SLP.  For the past 10 years Deborah has also run a small private practice.  Most of her private clients are children with CAS.  Deborah was a participant in the Apraxia Kids School Intensive Training.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Mary Cousino, M.A., CCC-SLP has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) since 2006, and prior to that she was employed by Ohio Health/Riverside Methodist Hospital from 1988-2006.  She has extensive experience in pediatric speech/language disorders, as well as management experience in the NCH large and growing Department of Speech Pathology.  During the past few years, Mary’s major clinical focus has been on CAS, and from that, an intense interest in reading disorders and the connection between the two has also emerged.  Mary is currently working at NCH as a Clinical Specialist, working with both Dyslexia and CAS, with the goal of developing strong programs and promoting staff education to result in best practice in both areas.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Suzanne DeMarco, M.S., CCC-SLP is a school-based therapist based with the Boston school system.  She is 2011 graduate of the first Apraxia Kids boot camp.  Suzanne has presented at other Apraxia Kids National Conferences and has done a webinar for Apraxia Kids as well.  She does consulting work with SLPs in the Boston public school system and has presented a series of professional developmental workshops on CAS.  Suzanne has been a speaker at the Walk for Apraxia in the Boston area.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Isabelle Demosthenes, M.P.O completed her maitrise professionnelle en orthophonie at Universite de Montreal in 2005. After seven years as a school-based speech therapist in classes for children with special needs, she now operates a private practice in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. She provides services in French to children aged 18 months to 10 years, presenting with a variety of communication challenges (speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, developmental delays, cognitive impairments). Isabelle is also a PROMPT Instructor and a proud participant in the 2018 Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Isabelle Demosthenes receives salary compensation for her role with the PROMPT Institute.

Nonfinancial:  There is no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Cari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She works primarily with young children, from birth to age five, and their families. She places a strong emphasis on establishing a cooperative partnership with parents throughout the therapy process. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, and 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 son with autism and apraxia and can therefore discuss relevant issues both as a professional and as a parent. Cari specializes in assessing and treating young children with suspected apraxia and she recently co-authored a book with Dave Hammer titled The SLP’s Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial:  Co-author of “The SLPs Guide to Treating CAS” for which she receives compensation.

Nonfinancial:  No nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Tovah Feehan, M.S., CCC-SLP obtained her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Hunter College.  Tovah currently works in outpatient therapy at Nemours 1 AI duPont Hospital for Children in their Deptford, NJ satellite location. Tovah has a special interest in early communication as well as feeding and swallowing difficulties. She 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. Most recently, she has been piloting a Neonatal Feeding Clinic to serve NICU graduates and their families alongside Gastroenterology and Nutrition. She is involved in community outreach to educate doctors, nurses and families.

Speaker Disclosure

No financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Margaret (Dee) Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Northbrook, Illinois, with over 35 years of experience as a pediatric SLP.  Her primary professional interests are in the areas of children’s speech sound disorders and language disorders.  Margaret is the author of the book, Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, now in its Second Edition. She is a frequently invited speaker at state, national, and international workshops.  Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical evidence-based ideas to support clinicians working with children with CAS. Margaret serves on the Professional Advisory Council for Apraxia Kids and as a Topic Area Advisor for SpeechPathology.com.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial:  Margaret Fish is the author of “Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech” for which she receives compensation.  Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by    Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial:  Member of the Professional Advisory Council of Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Sarah Freiburger is the youngest of three children, including an older brother who had severe CAS. She decided that she wanted to share her experiences as a sibling of a child with CAS after speaking to many parents at last year’s conference. Their questions made her really think about what her early childhood experience was like and the positives and negatives of being a sibling of a child with special needs. Sarah is a high school freshman and her experiences have inspired her to want to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist and possibly a researcher. She was part of Sean’s speech therapy sessions from before she was born, as he started attending speech therapy when her mom was pregnant. Sarah’s family has been involved with Apraxia Kids since she was a newborn and she is excited to get a chance to share her experiences and hopefully help other families.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Heidy Frycke, M.S., CCC-SLP has been a practicing Speech/Language Pathologist for over 37 years. She has worked in the private and public sector, taught course work at the college level, and specializes in Transitional services, TBI, Autism, and AAC. Heidy is currently working as a Speech Supervisor within the School Age Program at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit; where she co-supervises 45 SLP within a 42 school district region.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Heidy Frycke is a Speech Supervisor within the School Age Program at the Allegheny   Intermediate Unit, for which she receives compensation.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Brittany Furnari, M.S., CCC-SLP is a full-time speech-language pathologist at the DePaul School for Hearing & Speech and a part-time speech-language pathologist at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley. Brittany received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brittany specializes in treating children ages three to fifteen years with varying degrees of aided hearing loss and co-occurring childhood apraxia of speech. Using a modified listening in spoken language approach, Brittany incorporates a multimodal, motor-based approach, incorporating the principles of motor learning in order to treat her clients. Brittany was a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group 9 (i.e., Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood) and has been a volunteer of the Apraxia Kids organization since 2012.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Michele Gianetti is a registered nurse. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Youngstown State University. Michele previously worked as a school nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom and eventually an advocate for her second child, who has special needs.  She is the proud mom of three beautiful children. She loves spending time with her children and her husband. Raising awareness for the disorders that her daughter has a big passion of Michele’s, she has watched so many people work with and encounter her daughter who just did not “get” how her daughter works.  Teaching and raising awareness of Elizabeth’s dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder through her writings and her book is one of Michele’s main focuses, as well as helping parents know that they can make a difference in their child’s life.  Michele is the author of the book “I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey“and a children’s book “Emily’s Sister.”

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial and nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Kay Giesecke, M.S., CCC-SLP has a special interest in reaching out to school-based SLPs and helping them learn more about CAS.  She has also mentored many other SLPs who now specialize in CAS.  For years, Kay has run a unique Apraxia Camp on a Texas ranch, where she has serviced many children and their families though this creative experience.  Kay Giesecke has specialized in CAS 23 years, founded 2 private practices specializing in CAS, and taught about CAS statewide and nationally.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Dave Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Vice President of Programs for Apraxia Kids (formerly CASANA).  Prior to joining the Apraxia Kids staff in 2014, Dave had 35 years of pediatric clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA. His specialty interests have included pediatric stuttering, childhood apraxia of speech and speech sound disorders.  Dave has been invited to present workshops on childhood apraxia and speech sound disorders throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech.  Dave co-authored the book entitled “The SLP’s Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech” with Cari Ebert.  Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Dave Hammer receives salary compensation for his role with Apraxia Kids.  He also receives royalties from the sale of his book, “The SLPs Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech”.  There are no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Kenda Hammer, MEd. is a University of Pittsburgh graduate of Child Development and Early Childhood Education, specializing in literacy.  She worked in the Fox Chapel Area School District as a teacher-researcher of kindergarten (25 years), launched and evaluated the district’s Full-day Kindergarten initiative, then founded and directed (10 years) the Family Literacy Center in a storefront of an underserved community of greater Pittsburgh. Kenda’s career path aligns with her deep connection to the philosophy and work practices of Fred Rogers, also a Child Development degree graduate at Pitt. She is currently Head Coach for The TeamBuilders Group, continuing to lead collaborative study with colleagues and families for continuous improvement in education. Kenda’s collaboration within the CAS community officially began at the inaugural national conference in Pittsburgh in 2004. She supports professionals and families to encourage their children to think, talk, read, play, engage, and create from meaningful explorations.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Marleah Herman-Umpleby, M.S., CCC-SLP has been a clinical content specialist with Tobii Dynavox for 11 years, most currently as Manager of Clinical Outcomes, with a focus on cultivating connections with customers and users and bringing their experiences and voices to the product development process.  Her background with individuals with complex communication needs led to interest in collaborating with teams on effective interventions and supporting positive outcomes in AAC.  She obtained her M.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Marleah Herman-Umpleby is employed by Tobii Dynavox, an AAC Company for which she receives compensation.

Nonfinancial: There is no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Michael Hildebrand, BBiomed Sci, BSc (Hons), PhD is a molecular geneticist with extensive research experience in epilepsy, speech and language disorders, and hearing loss. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, with a well-established track record in applying genetic and functional approaches to elucidate novel pathways involved in human disease. He earned BBiomed Sci (2001) and BSc (Hons) (2002) degrees, and a PhD (2006), all from the University of Melbourne. His PhD explored molecular mechanisms underlying hearing loss at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa (2006-2011) on the genetics of hearing loss.  He has authored 88 articles mostly published in leading journals and has given 39 conference presentations including 18 platforms or workshops at international and national meetings, and 19 seminars or lectures. He sits on committees for the International League Against Epilepsy and the Austin Health LifeSciences Board contributing to translation of research into policy. He is frequently sought to peer-review for international journals.

Speaker Disclosure:

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

           

Julia Hoffman, M.A., CCC-SLP, specializes in children with severe speech sound disorders including childhood apraxia of speech, phonological disorder, dysarthria, lisps, and resistant to treatment sounds. She also treats children with language delays/disorders, fluency disorders, and those who use AAC devices (specifically LAMP). She has been on the faculty at Saint Louis University since 1994 and provides clinical instruction for diagnostics and therapy as well as teaches Phonetics and Speech Sound Disorders. Julie has a private practice in Columbia, IL specializing in treating children with severe speech and language disorders. She has a passion for teaching and working with challenging clients and their families.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

           

Stacey Hyde, M.S. CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

She prefers a rural setting, and has had to wear many hats throughout her career, but found her true passion when the mother of a child with CAS told her about this wonderful organization called Apraxia Kids. From that point on, Stacey worked hard to learn what she could to be able to help this special group of children, and their parents. Stacey lives in South Central Idaho on the ranch that she co‑owns with her husband. She enjoys working for “Hyde & Go Speak,” as the sole proprietor of her company, serving children in the area.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Lisa Kohel, B.Ed., MSLP, R.SLP, SLP (C) is from a suburb called St. Albert, located 15 minutes north of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  She has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist for 13 years and worked in various roles within the school system since 2005. She also has a bachelor’s degree in education.  Four years ago, Lisa began a journey into the complex world of childhood apraxia of speech and has not looked back. She has completed various trainings with Dr. Megan Hodge and since 2014, she has had the incredible opportunity to be mentored by both Dr. Megan Hodge and Lynn Smith (Apraxia Kids Boot Camp Graduate).  Lisa currently coordinates a project to deliver intensive programming for children with severe speech disorders and childhood apraxia of speech at the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Division.  Lisa also volunteers her time as a Canadian Outreach Ambassador for Apraxia Kids.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Jaime LaVecchia, is a Mother for her two children Jayden and Ryan.  Her son Jayden (age 10) was diagnosed with severe apraxia of speech when he was four years old. Jaime and her husband Lou spent countless hours advocating for him to receive appropriate services. Since then she has been deeply involved with Apraxia Kids and for the past six years has been a Walk Participant, Walk Coordinator, National Conference Volunteer and is currently the Volunteer Walk Outreach Liaison. Jaime is also the PTO Vice President at her children’s school, where Jayden recently graduated from speech therapy! Jaime is passionate about helping other parents who may be going through similar circumstances and are in need of advice or guidance.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

 Nonfinancial: Jaime is the Walk Outreach Liaison for Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Lou LaVecchia is a parent of child with CAS who has successfully advocated for an IEP that has proven to be successful. He has been self-taught on the laws and rights that all parents with special needs are entitled too in the PPTI 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.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: No financial relationships to disclose.

Nonfinancial: Lou LaVecchia is a member of the Board of Directors for which she receives no compensation.

 

Megan Leece, M.A., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Syracuse University. She received her MA from Northwestern University in 1999, and has over 15 years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of children with various speech and language disorders in school and university clinic settings. She is a clinical educator at Syracuse University’s Gebbie Speech-Language Clinic and assists Dr. Preston’s research for children with persisting speech sound errors and CAS in the Speech Production Laboratory.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Michelle Leigh, is the founder of Apraxia Momma Bear, an educational advocate, and a five year walk coordinator for Apraxia Kids.  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. Since his original diagnosis, several others have followed including dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder (SPD), dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Michelle is a frequent guest writer for Scary Mommy, The Mighty, and The Florida Times Union.  She has also garnered numerous media spotlights. Her focus is educating and supporting families dealing with similar issues while raising awareness for apraxia.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

 

Lisa Leonard, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who works with children with CAS and acquired pediatric neurogenic communication disorders at the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation Cleveland Clinic. She works in both inpatient and outpatient environments as well as private practice. Lisa frequently completes evaluations for children with suspected CAS, provides treatment for outpatients with CAS, and works as a staff mentor for her department. Lisa has an extensive list of continuing education in the field of CAS and traumatic brain injury and is a 2012 graduate of Apraxia Boot Camp. In 2018, Lisa was accepted to participate in Dr. Edythe Strand’s advanced training workshop titled Clinical Thinking in Management of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Frederique Liegeois, PhD is a Cognitive Neuroscientist at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child health, London, UK, one of the world’s leading institutions in pediatric research.  Dr. Liegeois is internationally renowned for her work examining the neural bases of speech and language disorders.  In particular, she has identified the brain MRI phenotype of individuals with speech-language disorders caused by FOXP2 gene disruption (landmark 2003 paper in Nature Neuroscience; then 2011, 2016).  Her fMRI work on the neural phenotype of the KE family, the family with CAS associated with the discovery of the FOXP2 gene, is highly cited.  She uses advanced MRI analysis methods and has also identified subtle brain differences in individuals with CAS of unknown origin (2019, Brain).  With Prof Morgan, she has combined advanced structural and functional MRI approaches to elucidate the neural correlates of speech disorders in both developmental and acquired conditions (e.g. 2012, 2018).  Dr Liegeois has developed a method to identify speech motor pathways on MRI, and shown that their damage predicts impairments in a range of childhood conditions (2013, 2016, and 2018). With Prof. Morgan, she has also co-authored seminal reviews on the brain basis of child speech disorders (2012, 2014, and 2016) and treatments for CAS (Cochrane review, 2018).

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Guy Lisella is the Executive Director of the PROMPT Institute with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation and more than 10 in executive-level management. Guy continues to improve the operations, outreach and growth of the Institute. Guy is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. Guy has continued his education through the Andersen School of Management at the University of New Mexico and intensive study in Malcolm Baldridge performance excellence criteria.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Guy Lisella is the Executive Director of the PROMPT Institute for which he receives salary compensation.

 Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Edwin Maas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple

University. He holds a Masters degree in Neurolinguistics from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and a PhD in Language and Communicative Disorders from SDSU and UCSD. He obtained postdoctoral training at Boston University and MIT with a focus on speech motor control.

His research centers on speech production and its disorders across the lifespan. Two overarching questions drive his research: (1) What is the underlying nature of a speech disorder? and (2) How can we optimize treatment for speech disorders (in particular CAS)? His research has been funded by NIH, the ASHA Foundation, and Apraxia Kids.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.  Edwin Maas is a past Apraxia Kids Grant recipient. 

Nonfinancial: Member of the Professional Advisory Council of Apraxia Kids for which he receives no compensation.

           

Angela Markwood, CCC-SLP is the speech-language pathologist/classroom teacher at the AIU Primary Expressions Classroom at Hoover Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA.  Prior to her work as the classroom teacher, Angie served as the itinerant SLP in the classroom.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Angela Markwood is a classroom teacher of a public education classroom implemented by The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, from whom she receives financial compensation.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial information to disclose.

 

Tricia McCabe, BAppSc(Sp) Ph.D., CPSP, is Head of Discipline and Professor of Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. She has published 75 peer reviewed journal articles, supervised more than 20 research students, and has had $3.6 million in research grants. Tricia’s research, teaching and clinical practice are all focused on improving treatments for moderate-severe speech impairments in children and adults. In particular, she wants to improve treatments for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and this has resulted in the two Randomized Control Trials comparing different interventions in this population. With a team of colleagues, she has developed the Rapid Syllable Transition Training intervention (ReST), a novel intervention which uses drill practice of non-words to improve the motor planning skills. This treatment has been shown to be effective in both face to face and telehealth service delivery. In 2017, a free internet based training program for clinicians in ReST was funded by The Ian Potter Foundation and this training will provide many more children with access to this innovative treatment. Tricia is also interested in the application of EBP in speech pathology, service delivery innovations and professional voice user training. Tricia maintains a small private practice in Sydney providing second opinion assessments and treatment to children and adults with speech disorders. Tricia tweets as @tricmc on speech pathology topics and baking.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial: Tricia McCabe is a member of the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Council for which she receives no compensation.

 

Patricia McMelleon I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. I have worked at the Children’s Institute for the last 17 years. I am the clinical supervisor for the speech department across 5 locations. I am also a clinical specialist in the area of feeding and swallowing. For the past 17 years I have worked as a practicing speech and language therapist in both inpatient and outpatient areas. I treat patients from birth through young adults. My area of expertise is pediatric patients with feeding/swallowing disorders. My focus is diagnosis/treatment of feeding & swallowing disorders associated with transplants, oral motor deficits, various syndromes, autism, prematurity, GI disorders, respiratory disorders, Brain injury, trach/vent dependent, cardiac disorders, neonatal abstinence syndrome and many other disabilities.

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Patty Miller is from Monroe, Connecticut and has five-year-old twins. Her son of the twin pair was diagnosed with suspected CAS in November of 2017. By July of 2018, he was diagnosed with a “definite” diagnosis of CAS. Wearing her other hat, Patty has been an elementary teacher for eleven years in an urban school district. She also has her reading specialist certification as well as an educational leadership certification. Patty is currently working on obtaining her doctorate in educational leadership and is finishing up the requirements necessary to obtain her dyslexia practitioner certification through Wilson Reading. Patty is a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator for Connecticut working to spread awareness of apraxia throughout New England.

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Hallie Mintz, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a practicing clinician with several years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of children ages birth to 21. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY Hunter College, and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently practices at the Nemours I Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in the Deptford, New Jersey outpatient satellite center. She was previously affiliated with several private practices – Summit Speech School (a preschool for children who are deaf and hard of hearing) and the American Institute for Stuttering. Hallie has completed extensive training and developed areas of expertise working with people who stutter, children with cochlear implants, and CAS. Hallie has also completed research studies in the areas of traumatic brain injury and stuttering treatment.

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Laura Moorer, M.A., CCC-SLP has a Bachelor’s degree in Education of the Deaf and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) from Texas Woman’s University (TWU).  After graduating, she worked as a speech-language pathologist for 10 years in Texas public schools, at the Denton State School, and with Early Childhood Intervention. Since 1994, Laura has worked at TWU teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, providing clinical supervision and as an administrator. She is currently the program director for the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. Over the past 10 years, Laura has developed a passion for helping children who have CAS. Laura is a 2016 graduate of Apraxia Kids Boot Camp. She teaches the graduate course for Motor Speech Disorders at TWU. Laura’s work also includes a 2-week intensive CHAMP camp specifically for children with motor planning issues. Laura is also involved in several research projects to help increase the knowledge base of the profession in the area of diagnosing and treating children with CAS. She is also a volunteer Outreach Coordinator with Apraxia Kids for the North Texas area.

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Angela Morgan, B. Psych (Hon), Ph.D., is a speech pathologist and speech scientist. She leads the Speech and Language group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and is Professor of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne. Angela’s current program of work is focused on understanding the genetic and brain bases of childhood speech and language disorder, in particular in children with apraxia of speech. She leads the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language Neurobiology. In recent years, Angela has developed a passion for studying speech and language in children with rare genetic syndromes to optimise clinical outcomes and to improve prognostic counselling for families of affected children. Angela is a Senior Editor for the newly launched Neurobiology of Language journal. She serves on the Editorial Review board for the International Journal of Communication and Language Disorders and the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. Angela has published over 150 peer review publications and book chapters and continues to work as a clinical speech pathologist.

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No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to dislose.

 

Angela Muis, B.A., SLP-A is a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (CDA) with Ottawa Speech- Language Services.  She received her BA from Queen’s University and her SLP-A from Grant MacEwan University. Angela works in urban Ottawa at Centrepointe Professional Services and in rural Ottawa at a satellite office nestled in the Torbolton Forest. She is owner of Acorn to Oak Literacy and works with children with speech and language difficulties as a private reading instructor. She has contributed articles to OPPEN-CAS advocating for Ontario’s children with apraxia. Angela is the chair of an amazing team actively building a national resource organization for Canadian families.  Above all, Angela is the parent of a wonderful boy with resolved apraxia and she is passionate about paying forward all the support she has received from the apraxia community to other families on the same journey.

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No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Aravind Namasivayam received his Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology with a specialized certification in Neuroscience in 2008 from the University of Toronto. Dr. Namasivayam is a Scientist/Principal Investigator on a research grant from the PROMPT Institute (Santa Fe, NM, USA) and holds an adjunct faculty status at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, and an Affiliate Scientist status at the Department of Medicine, Neurology Division, Toronto Western Hospital and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). Dr. Namasivayam is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Curtin University of Technology (Australia) and the Research Director of the Speech Research Centre in Toronto, Canada.  He has published 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has over 60 international conference presentations and workshops. Dr. Aravind Namasivayam routinely teaches speech physiology, research methods and applied statistics, and speech sound disorders in children at the University of Toronto. He is also a reviewer for several speech pathology journals and the co-founder of Hear2Speak.org (a non-profit organization for improving speech pathology and audiology services in majority countries). His clinical and research interests include motor speech disorders, sensory-motor integration, and motor skill learning.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Recipient of a clinical trial research grant from the PROMPT Instititute.  Research Associate at the University of Toronto and Research Director at the Speech Research Centre from which he receives compensation.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Megan Overby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University, specializing in CAS, speech sound disorders, and literacy. She has over 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in schools, hospitals, and university clinics in addition to having maintained a private practice. Megan’s research in childhood apraxia of speech has focused on potential early red flags of the disorder, its social consequences, and associations between CAS and literacy development. She serves on the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Board, presents regularly at conferences and workshops on CAS, and has published her research in multiple journals and textbook chapters.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial:  Member of the Professional Advisory Council of Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Joy Pennington, M.A. CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and co-owner of ESP Pediatric Therapy Services, LLC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Joy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in communication disorders from Louisiana State University. Joy’s primary areas of interest include childhood apraxia of speech and treatment of children with dual diagnoses including Down Syndrome and autism as well as feeding aversions and disorders. Joy is a graduate of the 2018 Apraxia Kids Boot Camp. Joy is the co-founder of a non-profit school for children with communication disorders with her primary focus on early intervention and preschool-aged children with CAS. Joy serves as a supervisor for graduate level students from Louisiana State University. Joy serves on various boards in community as an advocate for infants, toddlers, and children with communication disorders with a focus on CAS.

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No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Beate Peter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, where she directs the Speech/Language Genetics Lab. Her research interests are to identify the genetic causes of communication disorders, to observe the interactions among genes, brain functions, and speech/language abilities, and to translate this new knowledge into innovative and very early interventions for children at genetic risk for disorders. She regularly gives talks and workshops on clinical genetics for allied health professionals.

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No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Kimberly Peterman, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist in the Columbus, Ohio area who is currently a stay-at-home mother to two sweet, active sons. She has experience with clients from preschool-age through mature adults, and particularly enjoys working with clients in the areas of articulation, stuttering, hearing loss, and now, apraxia of speech. Since her oldest son’s diagnosis of CAS at age two, she has devoted all of her SLP continuing education time and resources to CAS in order to help both her son and others when she returns to her role as an SLP.

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No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Kelly Pichitino is a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator with Apraxia Kids, for the state of Arizona.  She is a mother and homeschool teacher to her son Ryan, a young boy with childhood apraxia of speech.  Kelly and her family have been on the apraxia journey for over three years.  In 2017, and 2018 Kelly volunteered as the Walk Coordinator for Tucson, Arizona.  Through this experience she recognized the dire need for awareness, support and education in her community for the lives affected by CAS.  Kelly is dedicated to building a community where no family feels alone in this journey.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial: Kelly Pichitino is a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator for Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Jonathan Preston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who has been working with children with speech sound disorders for 15 years. He received his PhD from Syracuse University in 2008 and completed postdoctoral training at Haskins Laboratories, an affiliate of Yale University.  He is an Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Syracuse University. His research focuses on evidence-based treatments for speech sound disorders. He currently has a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study biofeedback treatments and different service delivery models for children with persisting speech sound errors associated with CAS.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial: Member of the Professional Advisory Council of Apraxia Kids for which he receives no compensation.

 

Brooke Rea, MCISc, SLP (C) is a 2014 graduate of Apraxia Boot Camp.  She is a licensed speech-language pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (Canada) in addition to being Certified with Speech-Language & Audiology of Canada. Brooke is passionate about Canada and Apraxia Kids.  She has been a Walk Coordinator, fundraiser, and most recently an Instructor for the Apraxia Intensive Training held in Alberta Canada. Brooke owns a private practice in Guelph, Ontario, restricted to children with Motor Speech Disorders including CAS.  She spends considerable time supporting professionals and parents with CAS throughout the province. Brooke enjoys teaching workshops on CAS with a practical and clinical focus, including case and video examples.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Nonfinancial: Brooke Rea is the founder of OPPENCAS for which she receives no compensation.

 

Karen Ruehle Kumar, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and Clinical Director at

Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists in Chandler, Arizona. Karen earned a Bachelor of

Science degree in Education from Baylor University and a Master of Science degree from the

University of Texas at Austin. Karen has practiced in multiple settings including public schools, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals and private practice. Her areas of expertise are motor speech disorders including CAS and pediatric fluency disorders. In addition to attending the 2018 Apraxia Kids Boot Camp, Karen has completed PROMPT Training at the Bridging Level, the CAS Advanced Training Workshop as well as numerous trainings in diagnosis and treatment of CAS. She has received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education multiple times. Karen regularly provides clinical supervision to graduate students from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Karen has served as a Team Coordinator for her practice in the Phoenix Walk for Apraxia on multiple occasions.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Jennifer Sakowicz, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and owner of Pediatric

Communication Center, LLC of Newington, Connecticut. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Master of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Jennifer’s primary areas of expertise are in CAS and language-based literacy disorders, including dyslexia. Jennifer participated in the 2018 Boot Camp as well as attended the 2017 and 2018 Apraxia Kids conferences. She is a three time recipient of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Award for Continuing Education (ACE).

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No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Denise Santos Ford, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of CAS and reading disorders. Owner and director of Speech Therapy

Marin, Inc in Marin County, California, Denise supervises her associates, graduate interns and provides ongoing and intensive treatments for children with a diagnosis of CAS. She is excited about this year’s launch of Camp weTALK, a camp for children with CAS. Denise graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Previously she worked as a teacher of the deaf in Arlington, Texas. She is a 2016 graduate of Apraxia Kids Boot Camp.  Previously, Denise taught and supervised the diagnostic clinic at San Francisco State University. Being a business owner, apraxia nerd and mom of twin preschoolers has her busy in life!

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No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Laura Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP is a 2014 graduate of Apraxia Kids Boot Camp, has completed the PROMPT Level 1 training, and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP). She has lectured throughout the United States on CAS 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 a website she manages 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.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Laura Smith develops products that are sold on Teachers Pay, Teachers Store.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Matthew Stevens lives in central Arkansas and is a healthcare professional who works within the senior living industry. He is husband to a beautiful wife and father to two children, one of whom was diagnosed with CAS in 2018. Ever since his son received this diagnosis, Matthew has made it his mission to be 100% invested in the advocacy of those that share in the same journey. He is passionate about involving the father in this process as it is imperative to approach this through a true family effort whenever possible. Matthew’s style is, “CAS will not define our son, but rather provide the platform to allow him the confidence to conquer anything in this life.”

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP from Rochester, Minnesota, recently retired from Mayo Clinic.  She has experience working as a provider, a clinical coordinator, and independent consultant in the schools, private practice, private rehabilitation agency, and clinic.  She presents locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics, including CAS and intervention for children with hearing loss.  Dr. Stoeckel is on the Professional Advisory Council and Executive Board of Apraxia Kids.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Ruth Stoeckel receives Medbridge revenue share. Partial financial support for attending the             conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial: Member of the Professional Advisory Council and Board of Directors of Apraxia Kids, for     which she receives no compensation.

 

Melissa Taberski, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist in private practice. Melissa is also the mom to Tommy, a 7-year-old with CAS. With a background in AAC, literacy, and CAS, Melissa strives to help every child communicate and succeed. She holds a Masters in Communication Science and Disorders from Penn State. Melissa is licensed in New Hampshire. Melissa enjoys providing training and education to parents and school districts alike so they feel empowered to use new strategies for children with different communication needs.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Erika Edwards Talbot, M.A., CCC-SLP has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio and a Master’s in Communication Sciences from Ohio State University with a specialization in geriatrics.  She has been practicing in adult subacute, long term care, and home settings in the greater Columbus, Ohio area for the last 14 years gaining extensive training and certifications in Parkinson’s disease, dysphagia, and dementia. She has experience in Alternative and Augmentative Communication for patients with ALS and Speech deficits related to CVAs including aphasia and adult onset Apraxia. She has a sweet and sassy 5 year old girl with a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech, resolved dysarthria, and motor planning deficits.  Since her daughter’s diagnosis at the age of 2.5, she has completed numerous hours of continuing education related to CAS in order to help her daughter thrive, while continuing to practice as an SLP with adults.

Speaker Disclosure

No financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Megan Tarchichi was a physician, but after leaving medicine for personal reasons is now a stay-at- home mother to three children. In 2014 her son was diagnosed with CAS when he turned three. Just before turning five, his diagnosis was expanded to severe speech sound disorder. He has had a very challenging course requiring his speech therapists to use multiple approaches to meet his needs as well as occupational therapy, group physical therapy, group speech therapy, evaluation for AAC and treatment for intermittent periods of dysfluency. Despite the challenges and due to his hard work, he is now a mostly intelligible, thriving six year old in Kindergarten. In the midst of her son’s journey, Megan had her third child who also joined the ranks of children with CAS. Her daughter started early intervention at 18 months, private speech therapy at two, and was diagnosed with CAS when she turned three. She also received occupational, physical and speech therapies. While initially it appeared that she would have a much longer course, as she was significantly less verbal than her brother, she has since blossomed. During her children’s journey, Megan has experienced many highs and lows, and loves the opportunity to help other parents navigate the challenging life of a CAS parent.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Nancy Tarshis, M.A., M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with an extensive background in working with children and their parents. She has a Master of Arts in Education of the Deaf and a Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is supervisor of Speech and Language Services at Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore. Currently, she supervises seven SLPs, lectures to medical residents and psychology interns, participates in research, serves as adjunct instructor at New York area graduate schools and continues to maintain a clinical practice seeing patients birth to 21 for diagnoses/treatment. She is a consultant to two New York City schools on social emotional learning. She has extensive experience with a variety of treatment methodologies including Social Thinking.  She is the co-author of their early learner curriculum, We Thinkers Volume 1 and 2 (formerly “The Incredible Flexible You.”)

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.  Nancy Tarshis consults for Social Thinking for which she receives compensation.

Nonfinancial: Nancy Tarshis is a member of the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Council for which she receives no compensation.

 

Maria Vassilaros, M.A., CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  She has had experience in many school-based settings throughout Allegheny County servicing students in grades K-12.  Maria is the itinerant SLP in the Primary Expressions Classroom at Hoover Elementary.  She is a member of the BrainSTEPS Team at AIU3 and serves as a diagnostician.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Maria Vassilaros is a member of the BrainSTEPS Team at AIU and serves as a diagnostician for which she receives compensation.

Nonfinancial: There are no nonfinancial relationships to dislose.

           

Gina Vasiloff, M.S., CCC-SLP has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 1992 and has experience in most areas of the speech-pathology discipline including: articulation, language, dysphagia, low-level alternative communication, autism spectrum disorder, and apraxia. She has particular interest in apraxia and social skills in the autism population. Gina helped develop the SMART social skills program at the Hilliard Close to Home location was delighted to present at state (OSHLA) and national (ASHA) on the topic. Gina is a 2016 graduate of Apraxia Kids Boot Camp.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Shelley Velleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor and Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont. Her teaching, research, and clinical work focus on typical and atypical speech development. She specializes in pediatric motor speech disorders, especially CAS. She also studies the speech of children with neurodevelopmental syndromes such as Williams Syndrome, 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has authored many articles and three books on these topics.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Partial financial support for attending the conference was provided by Apraxia Kids.

Nonfinancial: Member of the Professional Advisory Council of Apraxia Kids for which she receives no compensation.

 

Caitlin Vose, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and postdoctoral fellow in the Speech Production Laboratory in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Syracuse University. She received her PhD from Arizona State University in 2018, with a Ph.D. concentration on Translational Genetics of Communication Disorders (TGCA). Her research areas of interest include evidence-based treatments for speech sound disorders, genetic etiologies of speech sound disorders, and associated brain and behavioral expression.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Breanna Waldrup, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech‐language pathologist and the current owner of Apraxia Dallas, PLLC. Breanna earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biology (with a focus on neurobiology) and communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Breanna’s primary area of expertise is motor planning disorders, especially CAS, in which she has specialized since 2012. She has attended numerous continuing education courses on motor planning disorders including the 2018 Apraxia Kids Boot Camp, a three day workshop in 2016 and a two day workshop in 2019 on DTTC.  Breanna has presented on the diagnosis and treatment of CAS at regional, state and national conventions including Apraxia Kids in 2017 and 2018. Breanna has served as the Walk Coordinator for the 2017 and 2018 Walk for Apraxia in North Texas. 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.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Natalie Yoder is a freshman at Fontbonne University and she plans on becoming a speech-language pathologist with a minor in psychology.  She has been diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech, anxiety, and sensory processing disorder.  When Natalie was 23-months-old, she was only verbalizing at a ten month level when diagnosed with a speech disorder. She was two and a half when she was diagnosed with CAS. In high school, Natalie was the walk coordinator for St. Louis for three years and that was a big part of her learning how to deal with CAS and anxiety.

Speaker Disclosure

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 

Nicole Zielmanski, M.S., CCC-SLP has been a practicing speech-language pathologist at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in the Pittsburgh, PA area for 10 years.  She has had experience in many school-based settings throughout Allegheny County servicing students in grades K-12.  She worked as one of the Itinerant SLPs in the Primary Expressions Classroom for 5 years.  She currently services students in the role of Diagnostician and Itinerant SLP at West Mifflin School District.  She is a member of the BrainSTEPS Team at the AIU3.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family outdoors or volunteering for organizations servicing less fortunate children and animals.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Nicole Zielmanski is a Speech-Language Pathologist who receives compensation from The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and has worked as an itinerant SLP in The Language Classroom at Edgewood.