NJSHA Webinars

Upcoming Live Webinars

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET

Online Registration:

NJSHA Members: $25 / NJSHA Student/Recent Grad Members: $5
Non-Members: $40 / Student Non-Members: $25

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Presenters:

Saskia S. Brown, EdD
Saskia Brown’s professional commitment reflects her conviction that high-quality education is a right that belongs to all children. She has committed over fifteen years of service in the field of education. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology, graduate degrees in special education and educational leadership, and is currently pursuing a PhD in higher education from Seton Hall University. As an educational leader, her vision is to catalyze change in schools by creating authentic learning environments that provide direct support, resources, access and opportunities to children, their families and school district staff. Her goal is to develop school environments that cultivate a natural passion and ownership for teaching and learning.

Dr. Brown previously served as a general education and special education teacher, school program coordinator and school administrator in public and charter school environments. She was a former fiscal and policy specialist at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) in the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and served as the state’s special education consultant. As the special education consultant, she oversaw the Learning Resource Center (LRC) in Morris Plains, New Jersey, providing technical assistance and support to district staff and parents. She also developed state guidance documents and presentations in special education, inclusion, interventions, multi-tiered system of supports and co-teaching, to name a few.

Dr. Brown served as the project manager for the state’s first multi-tiered system of supports grant New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS). She has served on several NJDOE teams to review data, conduct research and develop action plans to support the implementation of state-wide initiatives and partnerships. Dr. Brown taught at Felician University in the School of Education, teaching courses in the Master of Education Program.

Dr. Brown currently serves as a school district administrator as Director of Student Support Services in Sparta Township Public Schools and as an adjunct professor at Drew University in the Teacher Education Program. She is also the owner and educational consultant for Supporting All Students Educational Consulting working to support school districts across the state of New Jersey.

Scott Kercher, MA
Scott Kercher has over twenty years of professional experience in New Jersey Public Schools. During this time, he has served in a number of instructional and leadership capacities. These roles include: a teacher of Honors/Humanities programs, an ESL and ICS instructor, a Mentor-Teacher, a Social Studies Department Supervisor, a Community Outreach Coordinator and a Professional Development Provider.

Mr. Kercher has participated in several statewide committees and projects. He is an active member of the New Jersey Social Studies Supervisors Association and has contributed to service learning and voting rights programs. Recently, he contributed to the NJSLS Social Studies Standards revision. He also regularly contributes lessons to Newsela and Bridgeway Learning Academy as well as serve as a test scorer/rater for a variety of Educational Testing Service programs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Experience
Dr. Brown and Mr. Kercher currently lead efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Sparta Township School District. Dr. Brown serves as the facilitator for the district culture and climate committee, Sparta C3. Mr. Kercher serves as the facilitator for the Sparta Diversity Council. Dr. Brown and Mr. Kercher have hosted several activities for staff, students, families and community members. Most notably was their partnership on the Racial Equity Vlog Project that won several awards including from the New Jersey Department of Education and Kean University. For more information on the project and to watch the video recordings, please visit the Sparta C3 Racial Equity Taskforce page.

Abstract:

This presentation will provide a brief overview of equity, discuss the best practices for advancing equity in the field of speech-language pathology and reflect on the role of speech-language pathologists in advancing equity and access.

Learner Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits for advancing equity in the field of speech-language pathology.
  • Gain an understanding of equity and the forms of bias that can affect decision making.
  • Identify the role of the speech-language pathologist in advancing equity through self-reflection.

Time-Ordered Agenda:

5 Minutes Introduction

  • Presenter’s background and experiences in work around diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Getting to know the participants via chat box activity
  • Overview of the workshop, goals, and session expectations
10 Minutes What is Equity

  • Define equity
  • Common language and associated terms
15 Minutes Why Equity Matters

  • Provide statistical data on disproportionality in speech-language pathology
  • Discuss the importance of equity in the field
30 Minutes Breakout Activity

  • Introduction to the common types of bias: affinity, confirmation, hindsight, etc.
  • Participant self-reflection on bias via Google Form
  • Unpack self-reflection as it relates to professional practice
20 Minutes Discuss Best Practices and Resources for Advancing Equity

  • Share guiding principles for equitable practice
  • Share resources/tools to support implementation beyond the workshop
10 Minutes Reflection/Q&A

 

Continuing Education and Disclosure:

Presenter Disclosure:
Financial Disclosure: Saskia Brown is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for her presentation. She will also reference her place of employment, Sparta Township Public Schools.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Saskia Brown does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Financial Disclosure: Scott Kercher is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for his presentation.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Scott Kercher does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

Online Registration:

NJSHA Members: $25 / NJSHA Student/Recent Grad Members: $5
Non-Members: $40 / Student Non-Members: $25

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Presenters:

Gillian Velmer, SLPD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Gillian Velmer is a licensed speech-language pathologist working in public schools in central New Jersey. She enjoys using music with her young students to facilitate language learning and growth. She is the founder and director of Sing Aphasia, a community-based choir for adults with aphasia, which is a language disorder that may occur after a stroke, brain injury or neurodegenerative disease. She is a co-founder of the International Aphasia Choir, which premiered their first video in November 2020.

Abstract:

In this 90-minute presentation, the presenter will provide an overview of aphasia and describe the journey and growth of her nonprofit 501(c)(3), Sing Aphasia. Additionally, the presenter will describe and discuss the experiences of her members and the impact of Sing Aphasia, including outcomes for speech and language.

Learner Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define the most common cause of aphasia
  • Name two common types of aphasia
  • List benefits of singing in a choir for individuals affected by aphasia

Time-Ordered Agenda:

5 Minutes Introduction
10 Minutes Presenter Background
10 Minutes Overview of stroke and aphasia
5 Minutes Overview of EBP and standard treatment for aphasia
10 Minutes Overview of music to treat aphasia (e.g., Melodic Intonation Therapy)
10 Minutes Benefits of singing for aphasia
5 Minutes Background information on Sing Aphasia; benefits of joining; member testimonials
10 Minutes Connecting with Neuro Music Therapy LLC and the creation of the International Aphasia Choir
10 Minutes Viewing of What a Wonderful World premiere video
10 Minutes Sing Aphasia’s growth in the past year – journey to becoming a nonprofit
5 Minutes Closing and questions

 

Continuing Education and Disclosure:

Presenter Disclosure:
Financial Disclosure: Gillian Velmer is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for her presentation.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Gillian Velmer is founder and executive director of Sing Aphasia.

Recorded Webinars

90-Minute Recording
(Available until November 11, 2021)

Registration

NJSHA Members: $25 / NJSHA Student Members: $5
Non-Members: $40 / Student Non-Members: $25

Presenter

Jed Kwartler, MD, MBA is the Director of the Ear Specialty Center at Summit Medical Group. His practice is limited to Otology and Neurotology. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in Otolaryngology at Rutgers-Newark. He has served on Boards and Medical Advisory Boards of numerous organizations including Summit Speech School, Lake Drive School, NJ-Acoustic Neuroma Association, Acoustic Neuroma Association USA. He has also participated in clinical research trials introducing new Cochlear Implant technologies. When not seeing patients he enjoys active sports, travel and furthering a civil and inclusive society.

Abstract

While the technologies of cochlear implants and other implantable hearing solutions (bone conduction devices, middle ear implantable devices) have been around for many years there has been a recent expansion of patient candidacy criteria to include single sided deafness, asymmetric hearing loss, patients with more residual hearing, younger ages in children and older ages in adults. The goal of the webinar is to bring you up-to-date so you can incorporate these technologies in the management of your patients. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the patient benefits, limitations and outcomes of the various technologies being offered as well as today’s candidacy criteria.

Learner Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify patients who meet today’s cochlear implant candidacy criteria
  • Identify who would benefit from, as well as limitations of, bone conduction devices
  • Explain expected outcomes for cochlear implant and bone conduction recipients

Time-Ordered Agenda

10 Minutes
  • The developing brain, hearing and changes with CI
  • The aging brain, hearing, cognition and rehabilitation
35 Minutes
  • Cochlear implant candidacy criteria for peds and adults, asymmetric hearing loss/Single sided deafness, Electro acoustic stimulation
  • Cochlear implant design changes in relation to candidacy changes
  • Electrode design. Choosing between longer and shorter electrodes, measuring cochlear length, Intraop “steering”
  • CI outcomes and factors that influence outcomes: genetics, Auditory neuropathy, Duration of hearing loss, cognition
10 Minutes Middle ear implantable Hearing devices: new developments and where they fit in continuum of hearing rehabilitation
20 Minutes Bone conduction systems: percutaneous (BAHA, PONTO) and transcutaneous (Bonebridge, Osia) with emphasis on candidacy and outcomes
15 Minutes Questions/Discussion

Continuing Education


This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, professional area)


The New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.15 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.


The New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the International Hearing Society to offer continuing education for this course. This course [CEN-670-20] is approved for up to 1.5 credit(s) of continuing education (1 CE Credit = 1 contact hour). IHS approval of this course is based on the course’s adherence to IHS’s course approval requirements only and does not imply endorsement of the course content, specific products, clinical procedure, instructor or adherence to the IHS Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/Education Provider and not necessarily of the International Hearing Society.

Presenter Disclosure:
Financial Disclosure: Jed A. Kwartler is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for his presentation.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Jed A. Kwartler has no relevant non‐financial relationships to disclose.

90-Minute Recorded Webinar
(Available until January 6, 2022)

Registration

NJSHA Members: $25 / NJSHA Student Members: $5
Non-Members: $40 / Student Non-Members: $25

Presented by Adina Soclof, MS,CCC-SLP

Adina Soclof is a parent educator, professional development instructor and speech-language pathologist working with children in a school setting. She received her BA in history from Queens College and her MS in communication sciences from Hunter College. Adina is the founder of ParentingSimply.com. She delivers parenting classes as well as professional development workshops for SLPs, teachers and other health professionals. You can find her text based continuing education courses at PDResources.com and video courses at Homeceuconnection.com and SpeechPathologypd.com. Adina is the author of Parenting Simply: Preparing Kids For Life.

Abstract

This webinar is a research-based and interactive course which will provide strategies and activities to help children overcome their academic and social challenges and develop a lifelong love of learning. This course describes the various challenges that can sidetrack children in their developmental and educational processes, leaving them with a sense of discouragement and helplessness. Such challenges include learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, behavior disorders and executive functioning deficits. Left unchecked, these difficulties can cause children to develop the idea that they are not capable of success in school, precipitating a downward spiral of poor self-esteem and – eventually – school failure.

The good news is that much better outcomes can result when parents, teachers and therapists engage children in strategies and activities that help them overcome their discouragement and develop their innate intelligence and strengths, resulting in a growth mindset and a love of learning. Detailed in this course are multiple strategies and techniques that can lead to these positive outcomes.

Learner Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.
  • Compare and contrast one’s personal current mindset with a growth mindset.
  • Discuss strategies to foster a growth mindset in our clients and ourselves.
  • Describe skills which enable children to better understand how their brain works when learning in order to foster improved learning outcomes.
  • Discuss appropriate ways to praise children and enable them better to see that mistakes are opportunities to learn.

Time-Ordered Agenda

30 Minutes – Introduction
30 Minutes – What is a Growth Mindset?
20 Minutes – Activities to Foster a Growth Mindset in our Students
10 Minutes – Understanding Praise: Highlighting Effort and Persistence, Discussion and Wrap-up.

Continuing Education


This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, professional area)

Presenter Disclosure
Financial Disclosure: Adina Soclof is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for this presentation.

Non-financial Disclosure: Adina Soclof has no relevant non‐financial relationships to disclose.

90-Minute Webinar
(available until September 14, 2022)

Online Registration:

NJSHA Members: $25 / NJSHA Student/Recent Grad Members: $5
Non-Members: $40 / Student Non-Members: $25

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Presenters:

Dag Strömberg, SLP, BCBA
Dag Strömberg is a licensed speech-language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) from Sweden. Dag has been working with habilitation services for individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders for more than 20 years, intervening directly with children and caregivers as well as training staff members at Autism Center for Young Children and various preschools and schools. Dag is the current president of the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis. He is a former clinical supervisor at Autism Center for Young Children, Stockholm and a former subject matter expert at Autism forum, an information center about autism, run by the Stockholm County Council. He teaches and supervises at the graduate courses in applied behavior analysis at Stockholm University, at the speech-language pathology program at the Karolinska Institute as well as internationally in France, Russia and India. Some of his interests include communication, problem behavior and sleep in children with autism.

Abstract:

Sleep problems are frequent in individuals with autism. This presentation will describe a selection of behavioral interventions to assess, prevent and treat the most common sleep problems, including signs of sleep deprivation as they may manifest in children with autism. Concrete advice on how to increase the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night will be highlighted. The presenter will provide descriptions and examples from his clinical experience from working with children with autism in Stockholm, Sweden. Many of the strategies presented may also be applicable for other populations, such as typically developing children with sleep problems.

Learner Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Use a sleep diary
  • Name common strategies for improving sleep hygiene
  • Name common strategies for behavioral sleep training

Time-Ordered Agenda:

15 Minutes Introduction: Sleep and sleep problems, an overview
15 Minutes Sleep assessment
40 Minutes Behavioral interventions: Sleep hygiene and sleep training
10 Minutes Case examples
10 Minutes Wrap-up and Discussion

 

Continuing Education and Disclosure:

Presenter Disclosure:
Financial Disclosure: Dag Strömberg is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for his presentation. He will also referencing his place of employment, Stockholm University.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Dag Strömberg has no relevant non‐financial relationships to disclose.