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    • 01 Mar 2021
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    • 31 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Zoom

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    • 06 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 247
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    Unbiased Speech-Language Assessment of Bilingual Students Learning English (An Introduction)
    March 06, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Members: FREE
    Non-Members: $60

    This presentation will give you an overview of who the bilingual student who is learning English in Boston Public Schools (or any other urban district) is; stages of second language acquisition; useful information to help you determine if the student presents with a language disorder or a language difference; and basic considerations when assessing a bilingual student who is learning English.

    Rebeca Rivera Rivera is a Bilingual (Spanish-English) Speech-Language Pathologist working for the Boston Public Schools since 1990. She also worked for 4 years as an Evaluation Team Facilitator for the District coordinating and leading the eligibility meetings for special education. Currently in addition to working with students, she is also the Bilingual Liaison for the Related Services Department. As a dual-language learner herself, Ms. Rivera Rivera is passionate about improving the related services for this population, particularly in the area of fair and valid evaluations. To this aim she has created Professional Development for Related Service Providers, Teachers and Interpreters, and procedures on when and how to request interpreters for an evaluation within the Related Services Department. Ms. Rivera Rivera is also a lecturer for Boston University and Emerson College, presenting seminars on Best Practices for Working with Bilingual Students.

    A native from Puerto Rico she acquired her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus and a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from the same University, Rio Piedras Campus.

    Financial disclosure: Rebecca Rivera Rivera receives a salary from the Boston Public schools. She receives speaking fees for lecturing at Boston University and Emerson College. She is receiving an honorarium for this presentation.

    Non-financial disclosure: Rebecca is a member of MSHA and a member of ASHA.

    Learner Outcomes

    • Have a better understand of who the bilingual student is
    • Be able to recognize the stages of second language acquisition
    • Have a clearer idea of who should NOT be referred for a Speech-Language evaluation if she/he is a student acquiring English as a second language.
    • Be able to name the things you should take into consideration (best practices) when assessing a bilingual student and use them in your practice.

      Timed Agenda

      • 10:00-10:10 (10 minutes) Introduction and Video Reflection
      • 10:10-10:20 (10 minutes) Cultural Competence/Bilingualism
      • 10:20-10:40 (20 minutes)Stages of Second Language Acquisition
      • 10:40-11:00 (20 minutes)
      • Important Considerations When Assessing a Bilingual Student
      • 11:00-11:40 (40 minutes) Case Studies
      • 11:40-11:55 (15 minutes) Quick Recommendations for Bilingual Evaluations
      • 11:55- 12:00 (5 minutes) Questions

      ASHA requires participation in the CEU Registry to receive CEUs. If you are not part of ASHA’s CEU Registry, the Certificate of Completion will serve as documentation for ASHA CMHs.


      This course has been approved for ASHA CEUs

      • 07 Apr 2021
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
      • Zoom
      • 300

      Reflux Complications in Voice & Swallowing:
      Understanding the Impact on Children & Adults
      April 7, 2021 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET

      Members: FREE
      Non-Members: $60

      This course will address voice, feeding and swallowing difficulties within the context of reflux disease complications. Challenges in diagnosis and treatment from infants though geriatrics will be discussed.

      Dr. Eric Blicker CCC-SLP.D, BCS-S
      President and Owner
      Community Care Partners Inc

      Dr. Eric Blicker CCC-SLP.D, BCS-S is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders from the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Blicker received his Clinical Doctoral Degree from Nova Southeastern University. He was trained in Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST) by Dr. Jonathan Aviv, the otolaryngologist who developed the FEESST exam. Dr. Blicker has conducted research using the FEESST exam. He has conducted continuing education courses for the past 10 years, both live and in web-based formats. Dr. Blicker is currently an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University (NY) & also at Adelphi University (NY). He is the President and Owner of Community Care Partners, Inc.

      Dr. Raquel Garcia, SLP-D, CCC-SLP, CNT, BCS-S
      Speech Language Pathologist
      Memorial Regional Hospital

      Dr. Raquel Garcia, SLP-D, CCC-SLP, CNT, BCS-S is a trained craniofacial speech-language pathologist who is a core member of the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Craniofacial team. She works in the acute care setting in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She graduated with her M.S. in communication disorders from Nova Southeastern University and her doctorate of speech-language pathology from Northwestern University. Her clinical interests include upper airway disorders, infant feeding, neonatal care, and dysphagia.


      Disclosures

      Dr. Raquel Garcia SLP-D, CCC-SLP, CNT, BCS-S

      • Financial: Raquel receives salaries from Memorial Regional hospital , Nova Southeastern University and the University of Colorado. She is receiving an honorarium for presenting at this workshop from MSHA.
      • Non-financial: Raquel is a member of ASHA, the Dysphagia Research Society , the National Association of Neonatal Therapists and the American Cleft Palate Association.

      Dr. Eric Blicker CCC-SLP-D, BCS-S

      • Financial: Eric is owner of Community Care Partners Inc. He receives a salary as an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University and at Adelphi University. He is receiving an honorarium for presenting at this workshop from MSHA.
      • Non-financial: Eric is a member of ASHA and the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

      Learner Outcomes

        1. Review normal anatomy and physiology in infants and pediatrics
        2. Differentiate and define dysphagia from a pediatric feeding disorder (PFD)
        3. Review of common pediatric medical diagnosis, genetic anomalies, and syndromes
        4. Identify reflux complications that impact feeding/swallowing development
        5. Based on this continuing education course, participants will be able to identify 3 common laryngopharyngeal manifestations of acid reflux disease in adult and geriatric patients.
        6. Based on this continuing education course, participants will be able to describe the mechanism for throat related symptoms of reflux disease in adult and geriatric patients.

          Timed Agenda

          • 6:30-6:35 Participant instructions for asking questions, credit for participants
          • 6:35-6:40 Speaker introductions, lead into Pediatric portion
          • 6:40-6:50 Review normal anatomy & physiology in infants and pediatrics
          • 6:50-7:00 Differentiate & define dysphagia from a pediatric feeding disorder (PFD)
          • 7:00-7:10 Review common pediatric medical diagnoses, genetic anomalies & syndromes that co-occur with feeding & swallowing difficulties
          • 7:10-7:25 Identify reflux complications that impact feeding/swallowing development
          • 7:25-7:35 Pediatric Q&A, lead into Adult portion
          • 7:35-7:55 Identify laryngopharyngeal manifestation of reflux disease in adults and geriatric patients
          • 7:55-8:15 Discuss the mechanisms and management of throat-related symptoms of reflux disease in adult and geriatric patients
          • 8:15-8:25 Adults Q&A
          • 8:25-8:30 Evaluation

          ASHA requires participation in the CEU Registry to receive CEUs. If you are not part of ASHA’s CEU Registry, the Certificate of Completion will serve as documentation for ASHA CMHs.


          This course has been approved for ASHA CEUs

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