Annual Continuing Education Conference

 

MSHA is thrilled to announce our Pre-Conference Speaker for April 1, 2019

 

Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an SLP, an associate professor, and Director of the Children Literacy and Speech Sound Lab at Florida State University. Her research interests include school-aged children with phonological and language disorders, the effect of those disorders on the acquisition of literacy skills, and the cognitive, environmental, and academic factors that contribute to phonological and language disorders. Her work is published in the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, Journal of Communication Disorders, and the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, among others.

TOPIC: Connections between speech sound production and literacy: Assessment and Treatment Implications

ABSTRACT: This course will discuss the role of phonological representations as they relate to the development of both speech sound production and literacy skills. In particular, this course will focus on improving clinicians’ ability to identify risk factors for literacy disorders in children who have speech sound production difficulties. Discussion will include appropriate assessment tools to consider and how to incorporate orthography into speech sound treatment. The benefit of this overall course is to help clinicians see the overlap between speech sound production and literacy and to identify appropriate roles for assessment and treatment.


MSHA is excited to announce our full day speaker for Tuesday, April 2, 2019. 

PRESENTATION TITLE: Narrative Intervention to support language and literacy development 

Dr. Sandra Gillam is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University and the immediate past Vice President for Speech Language Pathology Practice for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has received numerous awards and honors including being named ASHA Fellow, Outstanding Alumnus, Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, and Outstanding Researcher of the Year. She earned her BS and MS degrees in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Auburn University and began her career as a speech language pathologist in public schools. Dr. Gillam obtained her Doctorate at The University of Memphis and began her academic career at The University of Alabama. She currently teaches courses in language assessment and intervention for speech sound and language disorders and professional issues. Her research interests include exploring aspects of language and literacy impairments in children with language and learning disorders. Sandi has received funding for her research from the Institute of Education Sciences. Sandi was the PI on an IES grant to develop narrative intervention procedures to improve language and literacy skills for children with language and learning impairments. She is Co-PI on a grant to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the narrative program.