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    • 26 Jan 2022
    • 29 Jan 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Webinar
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    Evolving Your School-Based Practice to Align with Best Practices

    January 26, 2022 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET
      January 29, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET


    Non-Members: $80 

    This 2 part live webinar (Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) will review current laws and best practices in the schools. Participants will self-assess current practices and reflect on where they would like to be. SLPs will then identify barriers standing in their way of fully adopting best practices and discuss next steps to move their practice forward. Presenters will use an interactive, problem-solving approach to help each participant create their own personalized action plan.

    Time Ordered Agenda

    January 26, 2022 (6:30p.m - 8:30p.m.)

    6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

    Presenters will Review Best Practices in the Schools, including

    6:30 - 6:40 Federal and State Special Education and Related Laws/Regulations

    6:40 - 6:50 ASHA Guidance for School-Based Practice

    6:50 - 7:00 Current Evidence informing Best Practices

    7:00 - 7:10 Evaluation Process focused on School Access, Participation, and Progress in the Educational Context

    7:10 - 7:20 Providing Services in the LRE, IEP Service Delivery Grid / Thinking out of the 2x30/week box, Strategies for providing services in the classroom and other school contexts

    7:20 - 7:30 Collaborative Practice – Working collaboratively with the team to determine eligibility, goals, and services and to ensure carryover of strategies and skills in the classroom and other contexts

    7:30 - 7:45 Moving from Caseload to Workload / Workload Analysis / Dynamic Scheduling

    7:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. 

    Participants will complete a self-assessment.

    8:15 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. 

    Participants will complete an anonymous survey regarding barriers they identified on their self-assessment. 

    8:20 p.m. - 8:30p.m. 

    Question and Answer Period

    January 29, 2022 (9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.)

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Presenters will provide participants with case studies regarding barriers to best practice and a framework to identify solutions and action steps.

    In groups, participants will review case studies to identify barriers, possible solutions, and action steps.

    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Participants will work individually or in small groups to identify barriers to best practice in their school-based role and possible solutions.

    Participants will create an action plan to move their practice toward best practices.

    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Presenters will facilitate larger group discussion(s) to share ideas, ask/answer questions, and facilitate the completion of participants’ individual action plans.

    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    1. Summarize current laws and best practices in the schools.
    2. Compare and contrast their current practices and where they want to be.
    3. Identify barriers standing in their way and possible solutions to overcome these challenges.
    4. Develop and personalized action plan to improve the alignment of their school-based practice with best practice.

        About the Speakers

        Jan Hollenbeck

        JAN HOLLENBECK, OTD, OTR, FAOTA, is a Special Education Administrator responsible for related services, secondary transition services, assistive technology, and Section 504 for the Medford Public School District in Massachusetts. She received her BS and Doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from Tufts University - Boston School of Occupational Therapy and her MS degree from Boston University with a specialty in pediatrics. She is co-owner of PASS - The Partnership for Advancement of School Service-Providers, LLC, providing professional development, consultation, and staff training in areas that inform and empower related service providers teachers, families and others to support and facilitate the success of children in educational settings. Dr. Hollenbeck has presented extensively at state and national levels on the role of the related service provider in the public schools and through PASS, LLC is an approved provider of professional development for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has authored several chapters and articles on the role of OT in public schools and is currently co-editing a pediatric textbook for OTAs. She is the MAOT Liaison to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the first author of the Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy Services in Massachusetts Public Schools. Dr. Hollenbeck is currently Co-Facilitator of the AOTA State Leaders in School Practice CoP and served a 3-year term on the AOTA Early Intervention and Schools Special Interest Section Committee.

        Financial Disclosure:  Jan receives a salary from the Medford Public schools for being a special education administrator. She has ownership interests in PASS – the Partnership of Advancement of School Service-Providers LLC. She receives consultation fees. Jan is receiving a speaking fee for this presentation.

        Non-financial Disclosure:  Jan is a member of AOTA and volunteers as co-facilitator of the AOTA Leaders in Schools Practice Community of Practice. She also is a member of MAOT and serves in a volunteer position as liaison to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

        SUZANNAH CAMPBELL M.S. CCC-SLP; C.A.G.S., earned her graduate degree in Communication Disorders from Northeastern University. She has spent the last twenty years working in the school setting, first as a speech-language pathologist and now as a special education administrator. In her current role, Suzannah is the Districtwide Coordinator of Speech-Language-Hearing Services for Medford Public Schools and Special Education Coordinator for McGlynn Elementary and McGlynn Middle Schools in Medford, Massachusetts. In addition, Ms. Campbell is a facilitator for the Speech@Emerson program at Emerson College, Boston.. In this role, Suzannah facilitates a graduate levels course, Clinical Methods II, School Age Language. Ms. Campbell is passionate about school-based practice, inclusive practices, and disability awareness. She also holds the position of secretary for MSHA.

        Financial Disclosure:  Suzannah receives a salary from the Medford Public schools as a special education administrator. She receives a salary as a facilitator for the Speech@Emerson Program at Emerson College. She is receiving a speaking fee for this presentation.

        Non-financial Disclosure: Suzannah is a member of ASHA. She is a member of MSHA and serves on the board as secretary. 

        • 27 Jan 2022
        • 29 Jan 2022
        • 2 sessions
        • Webinar

        Connecting the "Why" to the "What": 
        Targeted Interventions for Dysphagia Management

        January 27, 2022 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET

        January 29, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET


        Members: $60*
        Non-Members: $120 
        Students: $40*
        *To register, members of other SLPA associations must use code: SLPAGuest
        tudents must use code: Student2022

        Clinicians often take a “more is better” approach to dysphagia intervention – long lists of exercises, and strategies that our clients and their families can’t possibly adhere to, or interventions that don’t match the underlying diagnosis or impairment. This course will discuss potential underlying causes of dysphagia and their accompanying impairments in order to help clinicians develop targeted interventions for adults with dysphagia. Case reviews will be utilized to assist participants in identification of physiological targets for swallow treatment including breathing/swallow discoordination, delays in swallow response, and pharyngeal dysmotility among others.  Assistance with development of impairment-specific strategies, exercises and compensations will be provided.

        Time Ordered Agenda

        Thursday January 27, 2022 (5:30 – 8:30p):

        I.  Introduction (5:30-5:45p)

        A.  Current practice patterns

        B.  Moving toward an impairment-based practice

        II.  What’s the Diagnosis? Identification of impairments specific to medical diagnose

        A.  5:45-6:15p COPD, COVID 19, OSA and other Respiratory Disorders

        B.  6:15-6:30p Neuromuscular Diseases

        C.  6:30-6:45p Head/Neck Cancer

        D.  6:45-7:00p CVA and brain injury

        E.  7:00-7:15p Cervical Spine

        F.  7:15-7:30p Esophageal dysphagia

        G.  7:30-7:45p Dementia and Palliative Care

        III.  Pneumonia – Who gets it and what causes it? (7:45-8:30p)

        A.  7:45-8:10p What exactly is aspiration pneumonia

        B.  8:10-8:30p Risk factors for pneumonia in patients with dysphagia

        Saturday Jan 29, 2022 (12:00 – 3:00p):

        IV.  Dietary Modifications– considering the risks as well as the benefits

        A.  12:00-12:30p Texture Modifications

        B.  12:30-1:00p Thickened liquids

        V.  Cough – what does it tell us and how can we improve it? (1:00-1:15p)

        VI.  Exercise and Motor Learning

        A.  1:15-1:30p Principles of exercise physiology and motor learning

        B.  1:30-1:50p Identification of appropriate candidates for exercise

        C.  1:50-2:15p Choosing exercises by impairment

        VII.  Sensory interventions (2:15 – 2:30p)

        A.  Cold

        B.  Carbonation

        C.  Taste

        VIII.  Compensations – Choosing strategies based on impairments (2:30-3:00p)

        Learning Objectives:

        Participants will be able to...

        1. Identify impairments in swallow function associated with specific disease processes
        2. Describe three risk factors for aspiration pneumonia in adult clients with dysphagia
        3. Evaluate the risks and benefits of thickened liquids and texture modifications as part of a dysphagia management plan
        4. Describe two strategies to improve airway protection via improved cough response
        5. Implement swallow exercises that are specific to underlying impairments in individuals with swallow dysfunction
        6. Describe two potential sensory interventions to improve swallow response

        About the Speaker

        ANGELA MANSOLILLO, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with more than 30 years of experience. She is currently a senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and development for inpatient and outpatient programming including quality improvement initiatives, patient education, and clinical policies and protocols. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Elms College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, provided numerous regional and national presentations, and lectured at several colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Most recently, she is the author of Let’s Eat, a clinical manual for treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Angela is a sought-after speaker for both live and online continuing education courses as she seamlessly blends current research with clinical experience.

        Financial Disclosure: Angela receives a salary as an employee of Cooley Dickinson Hospital and as an adjunct professor at the Elms College. She receives speaking fees from Medbridge, PESI, and HCEU. She is receiving an honorarium for this presentation. Angela receives royalties and speaking fees from her book "Let's Eat".

        Non-financial Disclosure: Angela is a member of ASHA and MSHA.

        • 12 Feb 2022
        • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
        • ONLINE - Zoom Platform
        • 77


        This event will present information important to CSD students in their second year of graduate school preparing to enter into the workforce. Presentations and activities will cover topics including obtaining a CF, interviewing, ASHA certification, state and DESE licensure, and provisional licensure advocacy. The goal of this event is to meet the needs of second year graduate students as they prepare to transition to clinical fellows.

        Learner Outcomes

        1. Understand the process and requirements for obtaining ASHA CCC, State Licensure, and DOE teacher certification (DESE).
        2. Understand implications of states that do not provide provisional licensure on billing as a CF.
        3. Understand the process for obtaining Clinical Fellowship including job search, interviewing and hiring process.
        4. Understand basic concepts for advocacy as they pertain to the field of speech-language pathology.


        MSHA Student Members: Free

        Non-members: $15


        Program: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

        Disclosure Statements

        Lisa Moran, M.S., CCC-SLP 
        Financial: Lisa receives a salary for employment at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

        Non-financial: Lisa is the Government Affairs Committee Lead for the Massachusetts Speech Language Hearing Association.

        Meredith Finnie, M.S., CCC-SLP
        Financial: Meredith receives a salary for employment as a speech pathologist/Regional director with EBS Healthcare. 

        Non-financial: Meredith serves as President of the Massachusetts Speech Language Hearing Association. She speaks to and teaches groups for MSHA.

        If you would like to see a timed agenda for the day click here

        NOTE: Zoom information will be sent closer to the event. *Please plan to log into the Zoom room at least 10 minutes early, as content will start at 9am sharp*

        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.

        • 12 Mar 2022
        • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • ONLINE - Zoom Platform
        • 90


        This presentation describes the steps taken to adapt OPERA America’s Music!Words!Opera! curriculum for students with communication challenges, including those with complex communication needs. Adaptations draw upon best practices from the fields of speech language pathology, augmentative and alternative communication, and accessible music education and provide a rich, multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory platform in which to target multiple language, communication and social skills goals. The presentation will take participants through the stages of the curriculum in which students first learn about stories told through music and, over several weeks, watch and study a full-length opera and, second, create and perform their own original sung drama. Participants will gain familiarity with language based strategies for creating lyrics and music, research that supports arts integrated methods, accessible music technology and strategies using picture based visual supports.


        Lisa Pierce-Goldstein, M.M., M.S., CCC-SLP

        Learner Outcomes

        1. Participants will identify speech and language goals to target during music and drama-based curricula
        2. Participants will review different types of picture-based visual supports to increase communication and participation during arts instruction for students with complex communication needs.
        3. Participants will learn language-based strategies to generate text and music for song creation
        4. Participants will gain familiarity with scholarly research that supports using arts integration strategies


        Members: FREE
        Non-members: $60 (includes a MSHA Membership, code sent following the program)


        Program: 10:00am - 12:00pm

        Time-Ordered Agenda
        1. Introduction and Disclaimers (10 minutes)
        2. Overview of MWO Curriculum, Setting, and Students  (10 minutes)
        3. Literature Review (15 minutes)
        4. Adaptations of Listen and Discover (15 minutes)
        5. Adaptations of Create and Produce (25 minutes)
        6. Composition Activity (20 minutes)
        7. Music Technology Resources (10 minutes)
        8. Conclusion and Questions (10 minutes)

        About the Presenter

        Lisa Pierce-Goldstein is a speech language pathologist and opera singer who has worked with students with autism and complex communication needs for 20 years, as part of the New York City Department of Education’s District 75, and the Boston Public Schools.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, Yale School of Music and Teachers College Columbia University and a current PhD candidate at Lesley University.  She is a frequent conference presenter on the topics of complex communication needs, augmentative and alternative communication and on adapting music and drama curricula to address communication needs, having presented her work at the American Speech Hearing Association National Convention, ABLE Assembly (Berklee), Massachusetts Music Educators Association annual conference, Kennedy Center VSA Intersections, New York State Speech Language Hearing Association Conference, Harvard University and Wheelock College.  She is a guest lecturer and member of the board of advisors to the Berklee Institute of Arts Education and Special Needs.  Her work has been published in VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education, Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Paper Series, The ASHA Leader and Music Therapy Perspectives.  

        Disclosure Statements

        Lisa Pierce-Goldstein, M.M., M.S., CCC-SLP 
        Financial: Lisa receives a salary as an employee of Boston Public Schools. She receives Honoraria as an opera singer from Boston Lyric Opera. She is receiving a speaking fee for this presentation.

        Non-financial: Lisa is a member of ASHA and MSHA. She is a Lead Partner Teacher for Boston Lyric Opera. Lisa is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. Lisa is a current PhD candidate at Lesley University.

        NOTE: Zoom information will be sent closer to the event. *Please plan to log into the Zoom room at least 10 minutes early, as content will start at 10am sharp*

        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.

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