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    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 44

    Facts and Impacts of Pediatric Late-Onset Hearing Loss
    October 23, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

    If you have any issues on the day of the program, please contact Martha Testa at 508-510-1905 or mshapreselect@gmail.com

    Members: FREE
    Non-Members: $60
    Audiologists: $10 (call 781.314.9517 for the code)

    This course highlights the impacts of late onset pediatric hearing loss. During this presentation the signs and risk factors for pediatric hearing loss will be identified, as well as, specific hearing loss configurations that present unique challenges. The latter portion of the course will address the services and accommodations that a child with hearing loss may need from the time of identification throughout their school age years.

    The course begins with an introduction by Valerie Abbott James, author of Padapillo. A story about a young child’s unexpected identification of hearing loss.

    About the Speakers

    Alsyse Zucker, AuD

    Alyse Zucker is an Audiologist who specializes in Educational Audiology. She has practiced in Boston, Massachusetts since 2012. She has worked with children with hearing loss from birth to age 22; including transitioning into and out of the public school system. Alyse has worked passionately to increase the continuum of deaf and hard of hearing education services in Boston Public Schools. Her areas of interest include pediatric hearing loss, social and emotional well-being of children with hearing loss, consulting and educating school personnel about hearing loss, and family engagement.


    Financial Disclosure: Alyse receives a salary as an employee of the Boston Public schools. She is receiving an honorarium from MSHA for this presentation.

    Non-financial Disclosure: Alyse is a member of ASHA

    Valerie James Abbott, Author, Padapillo

    Valerie James Abbott
    is the parent of a child who was diagnosed with permanent hearing loss when she was a toddler. Today, she is an active parent-advocate and champion for early hearing detection and intervention and parent-to-parent support organizations in Virginia. She is co-founder of Late Onset Hearing Loss Awareness Week (May 4-10), a campaign aimed at improving earlier identification of acquired hearing loss and connection to services and resources. Valerie is a past-board member of Virginia Hands & Voices and currently serves as the first parent co-chair of the Virginia EHDI Advisory Committee. Her debut book, Padapillo, was published in May 2021 and is based on her family’s hearing loss journey.


    Financial: Valerie receives royalties from her book Padapillo.

    Non-financial: Valerie is the first parent co-chair of the Virginia EHDI Advisory Committee. She serves on the Olive Osmond Hearing First Late Onset Hearing Loss Awareness Campaign. She is receiving an honorarium for this presentation which she is donating to purchase and mail copies of her book Padapillo to the participants of the workshop.

    Learner Outcomes

    1. Participants will be able to identify signs and risk factors for childhood hearing loss.
    2. Participants will be able to understand unique challenges of unilateral and reverse slope hearing loss.
    3. Participants will be able to identify accommodations to consider in the child’s Individualized Education Plan or Individualized Family Service Plan.

    Time ordered agenda

    • 10:00 - 10:30 Parent Perspective Late-Onset Hearing Loss
    • 10:30 - 10:45 Signs and risk factors for childhood hearing loss
    • 10:45 - 11:00 Atypical hearing loss configurations (e.g unilateral hearing loss, reverse slope, asymmetrical losses)
    • 11:00 - 11:20 IFSP/ IEP details for a child with hearing loss, including accommodations, professionals, services
    • 11:20 - 11:30 COVID-related considerations for additional or modified accommodations (e.g. barrier masks and lip-reading, bus monitors)
    • 11:30 - 12:00 Question and Answer Session

    This program is approved for ASHA CEUs

    • 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 

    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.

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