NJSHA offers live conferences which serve to meet the continuing education needs of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

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Annual Fall Conference (in-person event)

SUGAR: Language Sample Analysis for Eligibility and Progress Monitoring
Saturday, October 23, 2021
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Montclair State University
Presented by Stacey Pavelko, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP and Robert E. Owens, Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP

Please note that the early registration fees are only valid to October 1, 2021. After October 1, 2021, late fees will apply.


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COVID-19 Restrictions: NJSHA will comply with the safety measures required by the venue. Currently masks and social distancing are required for events held indoors at Montclair State University.

Cancellation Policy: Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received by October 1, 2021. A $25 administration charge will be deducted from your refund. Email cancellation request to

Sampling Utterances and Grammatical Analysis Revised (SUGAR) is a free, easy, valid, evidence-based language sample analysis (LSA) method for use with children 3-10 years of age. In this practical presentation, participants will be taken through a brief history of SUGAR’s development and a description of its use in LSA with an emphasis on hands-on application, specifically collection and analysis of language samples, and identification of possible intervention targets. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to use SUGAR in their assessment of the language of children.

Learner Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this Conference, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss reasons to include a language sampling when assessing children’s language.
  • Describe current language assessment practices.
  • Calculate the four SUGAR metrics.
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration
8:30 am – 10:00 am Rationale for language sample analysis (LSA).
Development of SUGAR.
Getting the sample.
10:00 am – 10:15 am BREAK
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Demonstration and Practice with Transcription and Analysis.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH (provided)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Demonstration and Practice with Transcription and Analysis (continued)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm BREAK
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm A practical strategy for identifying intervention targets from language sample and exploring ideas for intervention
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Discussion/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn
Stacey Pavelko, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP, is currently pursuing a year of SUGAR and other research. Previously, she was an associate professor and assistant program director for the MS-SLP program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She was also an associate professor and Undergraduate Program Director at James Madison University. Her research interests include language and literacy development and disorders in preschool and early school-aged children, language sample analysis and IPE/IPP. She has published numerous research articles and book chapters and presented extensively at local, national and international venues.

Robert E. Owens, Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP (“Dr. Bob”) is a Professor at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, and a New York State Distinguished Teaching Professor. In 2015, he was awarded Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He teaches courses in language development and language disorders and is the author or co-author of four textbooks. He has written a score of book chapters and professional articles. Recently, he has co-developed SUGAR (Sampling Utterances and Grammatical Analysis Revised). Dr. Bob has presented more than 230 professional papers and workshops around the globe. His professional interests are language disorders in infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are also some of his best friends. And he’s a gran’pa!

Presenter Disclosure:
Financial Disclosure: Stacey Pavelko is receiving an honorarium and travel support from NJSHA for her presentation. She will also be referencing SUGARLanguage, LLC., a company in which she is co-owner.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Stacey Pavelko is a board member of SUGARLanguage, LLC.

Financial Disclosure: Robert E. Owens, Jr. is receiving an honorarium and travel support from NJSHA for his presentation. He will be referencing SUGARLanguage, LLC., a company in which he is co-owner. He will also reference his place of employment, College of St. Rose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Robert E. Owens, Jr. does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Product Disclosure: SUGARLanguage Workshops will be mentioned as well as other related products.

The Fall Conference will be held in the University Ballroom at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043.

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Please note that parking fees will apply.

2021 Clinical Supervisors Workshop

Providing Supervision Utilizing a Lens of Cultural Humility and Responsiveness

2-Hour Recorded Presentation
(From Live Virtual Conference on June 2, 2021)

This session will address the movement from cultural competence towards cultural humility/responsiveness in the education and healthcare professions. Currently a medley of terms exist over the best term to address cross-cultural challenges in service delivery. Since the field of CSD continues to require cultural competence as part of the standards it must be aware of the variety of terms. This presentation will address the importance of providing clinical supervision utilizing a lens of cultural humility and responsiveness when entering clinical encounters.

Learner Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this Conference, participants will be able to:

  • List the differences between cultural competence, cultural humility, cultural competemility and cultural responsiveness.
  • Describe how cultural humility/responsiveness can be applied to the profession of communication sciences and disorders and the role it plays in effective supervision.
  • Evaluate their own biases and cultural values and how it relates to effectively supervising.
  • Identify what microaggressions are and how it impacts a clinical encounter.
5 Minutes Introductions and Disclosures
15 Minutes Defining Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility, Cultural Competemility, and Cultural Responsiveness
15 Minutes Describe how cultural humility/responsiveness can be applied to clinical supervision
15 Minutes Define a microaggression and provide examples of each type
15 Minutes Discuss how to check your biases during clinical encounters; discuss checklist of tips before, after and during a clinical encounter
25 Minutes Discuss case scenarios
15 Minutes Conclusion and Wrap-Up
15 Minutes Questions from the audience
Kyomi D. Gregory, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor at Pace University in the communication and sciences disorders program. Her research interests include child language acquisition and assessment in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, parent/teacher training and prevention models in speech-language pathology, inter-professional education and regional dialect differences.


  • NJSHA Members: $30
  • Non-Members: $50

Payment Methods:

  • Checks payable to NJSHA and mail to 174 Nassau Street, Suite 337, Princeton, NJ 08542.
  • Credit card services are available. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX).

Registrants must be current NJSHA members to register at the member rate.

Online Registration: (with credit card payment)

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This course may be eligible for the ASHA supervision requirement.

Presenter Disclosures:
Relevant Financial Relationships: Kyomi Gregory will be receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for her presentation. She is a salaried assistant professor in the Communication Sciences at Pace University.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Kyomi Gregory does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.