Are you ready to Soar to New Heights? Join us at the 2013 NJSHA Convention to gain the knowledge and skills speech-language pathologists and audiologists need to face current challenges in our fields.
I would like to give special thanks to NJSHA’s Convention Program Committee (especially Joan Warner and Karen Kushla) as well as the Board of Directors for all their hard work in making this year’s convention possible. As you read over the program, please take note of the fabulous presenters that are planned for this year’s Convention. We think you will be very pleased! The committee members sought out speakers to present cutting-edge information and techniques on various topics, which you will be able to use throughout the year in your professional practice. You will experience a wide range of outstanding presentations given by renowned professionals that specialize in: Pediatric, Adult and Audiological topics. Additionally, you will be able to take time to enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean and network with your colleagues and friends at the many events we have included into the convention schedule.
The sky’s the limit so come join us at the 2013 NJSHA Convention. See you in Long Branch!
2013 Convention Chairperson
Highlighted Convention Speakers
Debbie Abel, AuD
Dr. Debbie Abel received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, Ohio after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years, taking the ENT with her. Prior to being the Academy’s Senior Education Specialist, Business Practices, she was the Director of Reimbursement and Practice Compliance and served as an Academy Board member-at-large and as the chair of the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee. Associated with Arch Health Partners in Poway, Calif., she provides audiologic services on a limited schedule. Dr. Abel is an adjunct instructor at A. T. Still and Salus Universities. She is the Alliance Area’s 1994 Athena Award recipient and in 2006, was awarded the first “Active Advocate of the Year” by the State Leaders’ Network of the American Academy of Audiology and in 2012, the American Academy of Audiology’s President’s Award. Dr. Abel will present Coding, Reimbursement and Ethics: An Oxymoron? on Friday, April 26 at 9:00 am.
Lois Jean Brady, CCC-SLP, CAS
Ms. Lois Jean Brady is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) & Assistive Technology Specialist. Career accomplishments include: Benjamin Franklin Award for, Apps for Autism, and an Ursula Award for Autism Today TV. Lois is also registered in Animal Assisted Therapy and Computer Based Intervention. In addition to Apps for Autism, she has authored an Animal Assisted Therapy Course, co-authored Speech in Action and Speak, Move, Play and Learn With Children on the Autism Spectrum and co-developed two apps that promote speech in non-verbal students. Currently she is researching and developing products to enhance communication. Buttercup, her potbelly pig, frequently accompanies Lois in therapy sessions and is a huge motivator for all. Buttercup has been featured in Readers Digest November 2012. Ms. Brady will present iPad Apps for Autism, Rehabilitation, iTherapy & Classroom Across Disciplines on Thursday, April 25 at 10:15 am.
Alejandro E. Brice, PhD
Dr. Alejandro E. Brice is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. His research has focused on transference or interference between two languages in the areas of literacy, phonetics, phonology, semantics and pragmatics related to speech-language pathology. In particular, his expertise relates to the appropriate assessment and treatment of Spanish-English speaking students and clients. Dr. Brice will present Language and Literacy of Pre-adolescent/ Adolescent Bilingual Students: Current Research on Thursday, April 25 at 1:30 pm.
Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Dr. Carol Flexer received her doctorate in audiology from Kent State University in 1982. She was at The University of Akron for 25 years as a Distinguished Professor of Audiology in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Special areas of expertise include pediatric and educational audiology. Dr. Flexer continues to lecture and consult extensively nationally and internationally about pediatric audiology issues and has authored more than 155 publications. She has co-edited and authored twelve books. Dr. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, a past president of the American Academy of Audiology, and a past-president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. Dr. Flexer will present Classroom Acoustic Accessibility Using FM and Sound Field Technologies: A Brain-Based Perspective on Thursday, April 25 at 1:30 pm.
Ellayne S. Ganzfried, MS, CCC-SLP
Ms. Ellayne S. Ganzfried is the Executive Director of the National Aphasia Association. She is Past President of NYSSLHA, LISHA and CSAP. Ellayne is an ASHA Fellow. She has written articles and presented regionally and nationally on a variety of topics including aphasia, rehabilitation and leadership skills. Ms. Ganzfried will present Aphasia Advocacy: Tools for Community Outreach, Education and Increased Awareness on Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 pm and Aphasia Therapy and the Arts on Friday, April 26 at 1:00 pm.
Karen S. Helfer, PhD
Dr. Karen S. Helfer is Associate Professor of Audiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research program focuses on identifying factors that influence listeners’ ability to understand speech in adverse situations, such as in the presence noise, reverberation and other people talking. She teaches an undergraduate course in Audiology as well as graduate-level classes in Medical Audiology, Balance Disorders and Tinnitus, and Audiologic Rehabilitation. Dr. Helfer will present Aging and Speech Understanding in Complex Listening Environments on Friday, April 26 at 12:00 pm.
Lindsey Jorgensen, PhD, AuD, CCC-A
Dr. Lindsey Jorgensen is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota. Her clinical and research primarily focus on working with those with traumatic brain injury due to war-time injuries, sports injuries and car accidents as well as those with dementia and other cognitive impairments. Her clinical expertise is working with aging clients with cognitive impairments as well as within the VA as part of the poly-trauma team for those veterans returning with war-time injuries. She has given numerous local, national and international talks on these topics. Dr. Jorgensen will present Patients With Concussive Blast-Related Brain Injury in the Clinical Practice on Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 am.
Mary R. T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, ANCDS-BC
Dr. Mary R.T. Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Kennedy received her PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., and has many years of clinical and research experience with individuals with cognitive and communication disorders after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Currently, she runs the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab (www.neurocognitivelab.com) that conducts outcomes and intervention research with college students with TBI using a dynamic coaching model to facilitate self-regulation. She has been Associate Editor, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and is chair of the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders & Sciences committee that reviews research evidence and develops practice recommendations on managing cognitive and communication disorders after TBI. Recently, she served on the Committee at the Institute of Medicine/National Academies, Washington, D.C., that published Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy after Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluating the Evidence. Dr. Kennedy will present Self-Regulation After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Coaching Approach on Friday, April 26 at 8:45 am.
Timothy Kowalski, MA, CCC-SLP
Mr. Timothy P. Kowalski is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in social-pragmatic communication deficits and internationally known expert on Asperger Syndrome. His Orlando practice has seen clients from Europe, South America and throughout the USA. He regularly consults to schools on best practices for students identified or suspected of having Asperger syndrome and provides school-wide district in-services. He is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges and is also a consultant for forensic cases involving Asperger syndrome. Mr. Kowalski has worked in a variety of psychiatric healthcare delivery systems including in-patient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals, sex-offender units and school-based settings. Mr. Kowalski is the author of four books on Asperger syndrome: Asperger Syndrome Explained, Social-Pragmatic Success for Asperger Syndrome and Other Related Disorders, Are You In The Zone?, The Source for Asperger’s Syndrome, and an article Assessing Social Communication in Asperger Syndrome. Mr. Kowalski will present The Importance of Social Pragmatic Communication to Life Success on Thursday, April 25 at 8:45 am.
Jed Kwartler, MD, MBA
Dr. Jed Kwartler is Director of Ear Specialty Center at Summit Medical Group. In addition to his position at Summit Medical Group, he is Clinical Associate professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, and editorial board/manuscript reviewer for several Journals. Dr. Kwartler will present Implantable Hearing Rehabilitation: Update 2013 on Friday, April 26 at 1:00 pm.
Pamela Marshalla, MA, CCC-SLP
Ms. Pamela Marshalla has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1976. She completed a Master’s Thesis in phonology at the University of Illinois under the direction of Elaine Pagel Paden and Barbara Williams Hodson. She has worked with clients of all ages and ability levels in schools, hospitals, university clinics, parent-infant programs, residential facilities and private practice. Pam is the author of nine books, one standardized assessment tool, one children’s music CD, and several published articles. She has taught hundreds of continuing education courses to tens of thousands of speech-language pathologists in the United States and Canada. These have included numerous invited local, state, regional and national conventions. Pam is a “clinician’s clinician” whose practical books and seminars successfully integrate research data and clinical experiences. Ms. Marshalla will present 21st Century Articulation Therapy on Friday, April 26 at 8:45 am.
Mary McArdle, MA, CCC-SLP
Ms. Mary McArdle is the regional early intervention manager at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey. She will be presenting the Marni Reisberg Memorial Program on Feeding Guidelines for Early Intervention on Thursday, April 25 at 1:30 pm.
Kimberly McGinley, MA, CCC-SLP
Ms. Kimberly McGinley is a certified speech-language pathologist with 22 years of clinical experience. She is currently a Regional Director for EBS Healthcare. She provides supervision/mentorship/support for employees, with an emphasis in Early Intervention and Early Childhood programs. She continues to provide direct services within Early Intervention programs in Pennsylvania and has had a wide range of experiences as an SLP in early intervention, school based and clinical outpatient settings. Kimberly is a Hanen Certified SLP, has completed Environmental Communication Teaching and is trained in the DIR/Floortime model. Past presentations include Guidelines and Checklist for the Early Intervention SLP (2009); Supervision in Early Intervention: An Inside-Out Perspective, presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention (2011), Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia state convention (2012) and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association state convention (2012). Most recently, she provided ASHA continuing education events in Chicago, Illinois titled SLPs in Early Intervention: Services in the Natural Environment, Parts I-II. She also provides workshops, trainings and in-services to parent groups and community based programs on various topics related to early childhood and early intervention. Ms. McGinley will present The SLP in Early Intervention: Services in the Natural Environment on Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 am.
Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Shari Robertson is an Associate Dean of graduate education and Professor of speech-language pathology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Having presented more than 200 workshops and seminars over the past five years and author of a number of articles and books related to language and literacy, Robertson is known for her highly-interactive, practical and entertaining style. Come laugh and learn with her! Dr. Robertson will present Building Better Readers: Meeting the Literacy Challenge! on Thursday, April 25 at 3:30 pm and ASHA and Advocacy: Raise Your Voice! on Friday, April 26 at 1:00 pm.
Barbara Sonies, PhD, BRS-S
Dr. Barbara Sonies is currently Research Professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, and was Chief of Speech Language Pathology Section and Chief of the Oral Motor Function Section, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. She was adjunct Professor at George Washington University Speech and Hearing Department. She currently teaches graduate classes in dysphagia and undergraduate anatomy, and treats private patients with dysphagia. Dr. Sonies was awarded the Honors of ASHA and is an ASHA Fellow. She founded the ASHA Dysphagia Special Interest Division and developed the original plan for Board Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Sonies has Specialty Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and is Secretary of the Specialty Recognition Board. She has published many articles and presented hundreds of seminars and workshops on dysphagia. She continues to mentor students and professionals in dysphagia practice. She originated the use of ultrasound to image the oral cavity for speech and swallowing and has conducted research on various neurologic, neuromotor and systemic conditions that impact on swallowing function. Dr. Sonies will present Neuroplasticity in Dysphagia Evaluation and Treatment on Friday, April 26 at 9:00 am.
This program is offered for up to 1.5 CEUs (Various levels; Professional area).
Professional Development Contact Hours
This program is offered for up to 15 Professional Development Contact Hours.
AAA Continuing Education
NJSHA has applied for approval by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. Pending approval, the program will be worth a maximum of 1.3 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
International Institute For Hearing Instrument Studies (IIHIS) Continuing Education
Individual programs have been submitted for IIHIS approval. IIHIS is the educational division of IHS.
Ocean Place Resort and Spa
A special group rate of $155 (parking included) has been obtained for the Convention. For each additional person, add $10 per room, per night.
The special group rate will only be honored, based upon availability, until April 5, 2013. Please make your reservation early.
Reservations may be made by contacting the Ocean Place Resort & Spa at 800-411-6493 and identifying the group as New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association or online reservation can be made by clicking here.
Visit the hotel website for additional information, www.Oceanplace.com.