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    • 01 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Best Practices for Supporting Children with Selective Mutism (SM)
    Presented by Annie DiVello, M.S., CCC-SLP, M.Ed 

    June 1, 2024

    Members: $10

    Non-Members: $60

    Description:

    This interactive webinar is intended to deepen SLPs & SLAs understanding of best practices for supporting children with selective mutism. Attendees will be offered an overview of SM along with insights regarding the SLP’s role. An overview of the different treatment approaches will be provided and the ins and outs of private and school-based supports will be explored.


    Presenter: Annie DiVello, M.S., CCC-SLP, M.Ed


    Learner Objectives:

          Describe this most mysterious disability in your own words

          Name three feeling words to illuminate the inner experience of a child with SM

          Differentiate between SM and the silent acquisition phase of second language learning

          Clarify why students with SM qualify for supports under IDEA

          Explain why both private support and school-based supports are necessary

          State which treatment approach most resonates for you


    Time Ordered Agenda:

    10:00 - 10:30 AM: An Overview of Selective Mutism

    10:30 - 10:45 AM: ASHA's Guidance on the SLP Role

    10:45 - 11:10 AM: School-based Supports for SM

    11:10 - 11:30 AM: Private Supports for SM

    11:30 - 11:50 AM: The Difference Treatment Approaches

    11:50 - 12:00 PM: Special Considerations


    About the Presenter:



    Annie graduated from West Virginia University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Hungry to learn more about behavior, personality, the mind, and mental health, she went on to complete her M.Ed. with a focus in school psychology at Rivier University in 2022.

    She has lived and worked with individuals all across the country including New England, West Virginia, Atlanta, and South-Central Los Angeles. Though she has worked with many populations, Annie’s particular area of clinical passion is selective mutism.

    Annie is the Selective Mutism Association (SMA) State Coordinator for NH, MA, and ME.  She provides a variety of ASHA CEU trainings on the topic of selective mutism to school teams around the world. She is licensed in ME, MA, and NH and enjoys working closely with school teams in those states to create a collaborative “round table” model of support for students with selective mutism. Some of the school-based supports that she provides include school-based evaluations, 504/IEP goal writing & implementation, and consultations.

    Annie is passionate about supporting school teams and about helping them bring their students’ brave voices to school. She feels that the ability to communicate is a beautiful gift and the foundation of human connection.

    Annie lives with her husband, Gary, their daughter, Elizabeth, and their rescue pups, Abby and Chloe, in North Yarmouth Maine. In her free time, she enjoys reading books on mindfulness & self-compassion, practicing yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family.


    Financial: Annie receives a salary as a Founder of Annie DiVello Consulting, LLC

    Non-financial: Annie is a volunteer Selective Mutism State Coordinator for MA, ME, NH, and VT. She is a member of ASHA and is an ASHA CEU provider.

    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.


    ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

    If you have any questions, contact our office at 781-647-7031 or by email at theoffice@mshahearsay.org.

    • 01 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 AM
    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Self-Study
    Register

    Medicaid Billing for Student-Based SLPs

    Available July 1-31

    Members: $10 

    Non-Members: $60

    Program materials will be distributed via email July 1, 2024

    Description
    Representatives from MassHealth’s School Based Medicaid Program (SBMP) and UMass Chan Medical School’s Center for School Based Claiming, will provide an overview of program requirements and respond to questions.

    Presenters
    Margot Tracy
    Emily Hall

    Learner Outcomes
    The participants will be able to:
    1. List expectations of an SLP participating in SBMP
    2. Describe Direct Service Claiming (DSC)
    3. List and apply reimbursable services and requirements to SLP, including Medical Necessity ICD Diagnosis and/or Signs and Symptoms Codes
    4. Describe Plan of Care - Medicaid Service Authorization
    5. List minimum Service Documentation elements
    6. Find resources for additional information and training on the SBMP website

    Time-Ordered Agenda
    5 minutes: Introductions, Agenda Overview, Housekeeping
    5 minutes: What is expected of an SLP participating in SBMP?
    10 minutes: What is Direct Service Claiming (DSC)?
    25 minutes: Reimbursable Services & Requirements Medical Necessity ICD Diagnosis and/or Signs and Symptoms Codes
    10 minutes: Plan of Care – Medicaid Service Authorization
    15 minutes: Service Documentation
    10 minutes: Interim Claims & Billing Forms
    10 minutes: Random Moment Time Study Tips for Direct Service Practitioners
    30 minutes: Q&A

    About the Presenters

    Margot Tracy is the manager for the MassHealth School Based Medicaid Program (SBMP). She has Prior to her role in SBMP, she worked in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services under the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). She holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health..

    Emily Hall - As director of School-Based Medicaid Programs at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Ms. Hall has worked in and managed the administration of school-based Medicaid programs for Massachusetts for the past 15 years. She has experience in a variety of school-based Medicaid reimbursement methodologies with particular expertise in cost-based reimbursement. Prior to coming to UMass Chan, Ms. Hall had over 20 years of experience in the health insurance industry, as well as in health care delivery systems and hospitals and in Medicare managed care program administration. Ms. Hall earned her Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy and Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Disclosure Statements

    Margot Tracy
    Financial: Margot receives a salary as an employee of the State of Massachusetts as the manager of the Mass Health School Based Medicaid Program.
    Non-financial: No non-financial relationships exist.

    Emily Hall
    Financial: No financial disclosure exists.
    Non-financial:
    Emily is volunteering her time for this presentation.


    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.


    ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

    If you have any questions, contact our office at 781-647-7031 or by email at theoffice@mshahearsay.org.

    • 01 Aug 2024
    • 12:00 AM
    • 31 Aug 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Self-Study
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    Contemporary Considerations in Auditory Processing Disorders

    August 1-31, 2024

    Members: $10

    Non-Members: $60

    Program materials will be distributed via email August 1, 2024

    Description
    This session will focus on an overview of current aspects of auditory processing disorders in children and adults and the role of audiologists and speech/language pathologists with this population. Characteristics of APD will be discussed and the “science” behind this disorder will be highlighted. Assessment of auditory related disorders related to APD will be discussed with specific techniques described including obtaining authentic assessment information. An overview of treatment and management options will be presented. Treatment will focus on “building a better auditory system” by taking advantage of neural plasticity. Management recommendations will focus on how people with APD in their real world listening situations. Cases will be included in the discussion.

    Presenters
    Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD

    Learner Outcomes
    At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
    1. Define current consideration in auditory processing disorder
    2. Describe assessment protocols and the role of an interdisciplinary team
    3. Discuss management strategies
    4. List treatment approaches including technology and aural rehabilitation

    Time-Ordered Agenda
    5 minutes: Introduction
    25 minutes: APD: What it is and what it's not. Critical issues in hearing and listening
    30 minutes: Assessment of auditory processing disorders: Interdisciplinary issues and the role of a team
    15 minutes: Special populations: mTBI, students with dyslexia, younger children, people who identify as neuro-diverse
    15 minutes: Service Documentation
    35 minutes: Overview of treatment/management
    20 minutes: Questions and wrap-up

    About the Presenter


    Gail M. Whitelaw, Ph.D. is a clinical associate professor of audiology and the Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She provides direct clinical services and is a preceptor for Doctor of Audiology (AuD) students in their clinical experiences. She is also an educational audiology consultant to school districts and provided contract services to school districts in Central Ohio for more than 25 years. Dr. Whitelaw’s clinical interests are in the areas of auditory processing disorders (APD) in children and adults, tinnitus and sound tolerance issues, and patients with traumatic brain injury. She teaches courses in pediatric audiology, tinnitus, and professional issues in audiology and speech/language pathology.

    Disclosure Statements

    Financial: Gail receives a salary as a clinical associate professor of Audiology and the Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
    Non-financial: Gail serves on the honors and awards committee of the American Academy of Audiology. Gail is a board member of the accreditation commission for Aud. Ed. She is an editorial reviewer for the American Tinnitus Association.

    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.

    ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

    If you have any questions, contact our office at 781-647-7031 or by email at theoffice@mshahearsay.org.

    • 01 Nov 2024
    • 12:00 AM
    • 30 Nov 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Self-Study
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    Public Policy & Audiology

    November 1-30, 2024

    Members: $10

    Non-Members: $60

    Program materials will be distributed via email November 1, 2024

    Description
    This course identifies and describes current trends in the political and public policy landscape of relevance to audiology. The course further explores the making of public policy and the importance of advocacy in each stage of the public policymaking process. Finally, the course outlines ASHA’s approach to advocacy, ASHA’s annual Public Policy Agenda, and the work that ASHA undertakes in partnership with audiologists to advance the priorities of the profession.

    Presenters
    Susan Adams & Tim Boyd

    Learner Outcomes
    The participants will be able to:
    1. Identify trends in the current political and public landscape
    2. Define advocacy and its importance to audiologists
    3. Learn about the audiology advocacy objectives ASHA is undertaking to advance the priorities of the 2023 Public Policy Agenda

    Time-Ordered Agenda

    5 minutes Introduction
    40 minutes Current Trends in the Political & Public Policy Landscape
    20 minutes The Public Policy making process and Importance of Advocacy
    40 minutes ASHA Advocacy and Audiology Priorities
    15 minutes Questions & Discussion

    About the Presenters

    Susan Adams is the Director for State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at ASHA. She is responsible for advancing the public policy objectives of ASHA by representing the Association in all phases of state legislative and regulatory advocacy. Susan received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University and her juris doctor from the University of Baltimore, School of Law. Susan holds the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives.

    Tim Boyd has served as ASHA’s Director of State Health Care and Education Affairs since July 2019. Before joining ASHA, Tim worked on state policy for the National Organization for Rare Disorders and domestic policy for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Tim earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara and an M.P.H. from the George Washington University.

    Disclosure Statements

    Susan Adams
    Financial: Susan receives a salary as an employee of ASHA.
    Non-financial: No non-financial relationships exist.

    Tim Boyd
    Financial: Tim receives a salary as an employee of ASHA.
    Non-financial: No non-financial relationships exist.

    ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


    Interested in sponsoring this event? Please consider partnering with us for this worthwhile experience. If you have any questions, contact our office at 781-647-7031 or by email at theoffice@mshahearsay.org.

    • 01 Dec 2024
    • 12:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Self-Study
    Register

    Working with LGBTQ+ Persons

    December 1-31, 2024

    Members: $10

    Non-Members: $60


    Program materials will be distributed via email December 1, 2024

    Description
    As LGBTQ+ civil rights and societal acceptance has expanded, continued dissemination of knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community remains critical to support colleagues, patients, and other stakeholders. This session will provide a basic introduction and resources for supporting LGBTQ+ identities.

    Following events in early 2020, our professional organizations have pledged to grow efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. While we must continue to diversify the professionals we train and employ, we must also continue to learn how to support these diverse communities to ensure a supportive work environment. With the increased visibility and focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging it remains increasingly important for our professions to continue to provide equitable healthcare and an inclusive culture to diverse individuals, including those identifying in the LGBTQ+ community.

    With estimates of approximately 4.5% of the population, and rising, the LGBTQ+ community is a large and growing minoritized community (Gates, 2017). Despite increased representation, research has indicated that individuals and families identifying under the umbrella of LGBTQ+ are still underserved by healthcare providers, more likely to drop out of high school, and more likely to experience poorer health outcomes, when compared to their cisgender heterosexual counterparts (Palmer, et al. 2016). Additionally, with sources indicate that as many as 46 % of LGBTQ+ workers in the US are closeted (or kept secret) in the workplace (Fidas & Cooper, 2019), it is not unreasonable to expect, that we have colleagues who have felt uncomfortable expressing their authentic selves in the place where they spend majority of their work week.

    This presentation aims to dismantle misinformation surrounding LGBTQ+ identities, provide resources to better serve patients and support our LGBTQ+ colleagues while initiating conversations that center diverse perspectives (and people). As members of the LGBTQ+ community, we have the lived experience of receiving and providing healthcare. As providers we take a patient-centered approach to healthcare; this means we must consider all lived experiences. This also holds true when we are trying to promote a collegial environment where diversity and equity is at the forefront. By understanding our unique differences, as well as our similarities, we are better able to collaborate and engage as professionals, which ultimately better serves our patients and their loved ones. Through this introduction, professionals will be empowered to create more inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals, foster better comradery in our communities, and increase diverse perspectives that ultimately advance our profession.

    Presenters
    Henry Botzum, AuD, CCC-A
    Sarah Blizzard, EdD

    Learner Outcomes
    The participants will be able to:
    1. List two benefits and consequences of an LGBTQ+ individual coming out to a provider
    2. Demonstrate at least three ways SLP/AuD providers can create an affirming and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ individuals
    3. Identify at least three factors to accessible care for LGBTQ+ individuals

    Time-Ordered Agenda

    5 minutes Introduction
    10 minutes LGBTQ+ identities (LGBTQ 101)
    30 minutes How to be an ally / LGBTQ+ healthcare specific considerations
    15 minutes Questions & Discussion


    About the Presenters

     

    Dr. Sarah Blizzard (she/they) is a passionate educator who has spent her career promoting intercultural and interpersonal dialogue as a way to understand and create inclusive and diverse communities. With BA and MA degrees in Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro and an EdD in Higher Education from University of Denver, Dr. Blizzard has a unique approach to organizational change that highlights the importance of shared language and understanding. Currently, Sarah is enjoying creating Berkshire Community College's first multicultural center as well as freelancing as a certified life coach and organizational consultant.

    Henry Botzum (he/him), AuD, is a Regional Sales Manager for Widex USA. Dr. Botzum completed his Clinical Doctor of Audiology from the University of Memphis following a BA in Music Performance from Ohio University and MA in Music from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to his work at Widex, Henry served as a clinical audiologist at Berkshire Medical Center in Western, MA. Henry is active in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advocacy, serving on the DEIB and Membership committees for AAA.

    REMINDER: Please check both your personal and professional email address if you have not received a confirmation email prior to the event. In the past, some participants have forgotten which was used during registration and missed the program!

    Disclosure Statements

    Henry Botzum, AuD, CCC-A
    Financial: Henry receives salary as an employee of Widex, USA.
    Non-financial: Henry is a member of AAA (membership & DEI committees), ASHA, and MSHA (VP Clinical Practice).

    Sarah Blizzard, EdD
    Financial: Sarah receives a salary as an employee of Berkshire Community College.
    Non-financial: No non-financial relationships exist.

    ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


    Interested in sponsoring this event? Please consider partnering with us for this worthwhile experience. If you have any questions, contact our office at 781-647-7031 or by email at theoffice@mshahearsay.org.

Education listings are free of charge for MSHA members and non-profit organizations. Others interested in including an event listing here are welcome to explore our advertisement options. To include your education program on the MSHA website, email the office at theoffice@mshahearsay.org.

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