Annual Alumni Conference - Edinboro University
          Contact Info

          Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
          Human Services Building
          Room 202
          215 Scotland Rd
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2344

          Craig Coleman, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA-F
          Department Chair
          Human Services Building
          Room 240
          Phone: (814) 732-1407

          Annual Alumni Conference


          30th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Conference

          8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday, September 28th 2018
          Venue: Frank G. Pogue Student Center
          Presented By: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania NSSLHA Chapter
          Registration: $75 (includes lunch)
          Continuing Education: 0.5 ASHA CEUs available

          This conference offers information for speech-language pathologists working in a variety of practice settings, across the lifespan. Opportunity to discuss two broad patient populations are available.  Focusing on either a pediatric or adult framework, attendees will be able to gather information on applying the latest assessment and treatment techniques relevant to their patient population.

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          Distinguished Speakers:

          Dixon_picDeborah A. Dixon, M.A. CCC-SLP
          Educational Consultant and Speech-Language Pathologist

          Presentation: What needs to be in the School-Based SLP’s Toolbox?

          Abstract: The world of education is changing quickly and dramatically. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) need to be prepared to practice differently in the school setting to produce good outcomes, and prepare students for school and community success. The areas that will be addressed in this discussion include:

          • Collaborative Assessment and Goal writing
          • Dynamic Service Delivery
          • Interprofessional Practice and Collaboration
          • Integrating Curriculum
          • Cultural Competence
          • Entry Exit Criteria
          • Advocacy and Ethics 

          Bio: Deborah A. Dixon, M.A. CCC-SLP – School based practice has been the focus of her career. She had served at ASHA’s Director of School Services in SLP Practices from 2008 to 2017. Prior to that she worked in Pennsylvania schools as coordinator of special education, a state consultant, a program coordinator and a school based SLP.  Having recently retired from ASHA, she currently has a small private practice and consulting service.  She has co-authored RTI in Action K-2 and RTI In Action 3-5.  She has served as ex officio to Special Interest Group 16, ASHA’s School Issues Advisory Board and the National Join Committee on Learning Disabilities and has presented at the state and national level.

          Time Ordered Agenda

          8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Interprofessional practice and collaborative strategies in schools
          10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
          10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dynamic service delivery and service delivery models; Establishing entry and exit criteria
          12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
          1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Integrating curriculum and classroom objectives into therapy
          2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
          2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. What are the ethical issue most relevant to school practice? Advocating for support and services that improve outcomes for students
          3:30 p.m. End

          Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this conference the participants will be able to:

          • Identify strategies to integrate interprofessional practice in the school setting
          • Apply dynamic service delivery and different collaborative models in practice
          • Develop a variety of ways to integrate curriculum and classroom objectives into speech/language therapy sessions
          • Establish appropriate entry and exit criteria
          • Describe major elements of the ASHA Code of Ethics and how they apply to school based practice
          • Identify two changes to advocate for at the state or local level that would improve services to students and apply advocacy strategies to these initiatives

          Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

          Financial Disclosures: Deborah Dixon will be receiving an honorarium for the presentation. She owns a small private practice in Maryland where she sees a small caseload of clients and occasionally consults with school districts across the nation.

          Non-Financial Disclosures: Deborah Dixon is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a member of ASHA’s SIG 16. She worked for ASHA as the Director of School Services, SLP Practices, from 2008-2017. In this position, she served as ex officio to the following groups: Special Interest Group 16, SLP School Issues Advisory Board, and National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities. She was a consultant to the ASHA School Finance Committee and represented ASHA on the Advisory Group for the speech-language pathology Praxis exam. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA, is a licensed SLP in the state of Maryland, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in Anne Arundel County.

          Clark - headshotEdgar V. (Vince) Clark, M. Ed., CCC/SLP

          Presentation: Access on Demand: How Flexible Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES) is a Game Changer for a Rural Healthcare System in Georgia

          Abstract: The assessment and treatment of dysphagia should be a patient-centered process driven by instrumental visualization of the swallow and considered in the context of patient-specific concerns and needs. Unfortunately, access to vital imaging and individualized, outcome-oriented care is often hampered by a lack of physical access, lack of referring clinician education, financial mis-considerations and/or a general absence of understanding by those managing rehab departments as to the vital importance of basing treatment on appropriate testing. However, some organizations are doing things the right way and are seeing a positive difference in outcomes both clinical AND financial. Treatment and management driven by evidenced based practices involving instrumentation results in significantly better patient outcomes and greater patient/clinician satisfaction. In this presentation, the results of an organization moving to “always available” access to flexible endoscopic examination of swallowing (FEES) will be explored and presented in a manner relevant to SLPs in a variety of settings with different experience levels. From the newbie to the seasoned professional, this presentation will offer information useful to improve both diagnostics and patient outcomes. 
          Edgar V. (Vince) Clark, M. Ed., CCC/SLP is a Past President of the Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association (GSHA). He has served in various GA association offices and on several boards at the state level. He was the GSHA to AHSA Liaison for the 2012 ASHA convention in Atlanta, GA, a past Georgia Clinician of the Year, a recipient of the Bob Hull Leadership Award and in 2013 was the Alumni of the Year for the Dewar College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University, the first speech-language pathologist to receive this honor. He has been proudly employed with Integra Rehabilitation since 1999, is currently the Director of Dysphagia Diagnostics with that organization and is a recent appointee to the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. He is currently on a mission to make sure that every patient who needs a visualization of swallowing for diagnostic purposes gets one.

          Time Ordered Agenda

          8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Understanding the Issues of Imaging Access. Why Speech-Language Pathologists are Often in a Fight for the Tools They Need: A History and Background. 
          10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
          10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Implementing Best Patient-Centered Practices: The How and Why of Evidence Based Dysphagia Practice Driven by Imaging
          12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
          1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Examination of Real Life Outcomes: Case Studies from the Long-Term Care Environment
          2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
          2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Case Studies Continued/Ending Questions & Discussion
          3:30 p.m. End

          Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this conference the participants will be able to:

          • Describe the history and evidence supporting FEES as “the other gold standard” in dysphagia diagnostics.
          • Explain how referring SLPs may identify candidates for FEES utilizing chart review, screening, and CSE protocols.
          • Identify normal and abnormal physiology seen endoscopically in long-term care residents with and without dysphagia, including laryngopharyngeal reflux sequelae, post-extubation dysphagia, laryngeal pathologies, and neuromotor impairments.
            1. Identify the components of complete, clear, and concise reports describing the pharyngeal and laryngeal anatomy and pathophysiological impairments, including reflux and secretion rating scales, management, referral and specific treatment recommendations and rationales, and integration with patient preferences.

            Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

            Financial Disclosures: Mr. Clark will be receiving an honorarium for the presentation.  

            Non-Financial Disclosures: Mr. Clark is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA. He is a licensed SLP in the state of Georgia and currently serves on the Georgia Board of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology. Mr. Clark is past president and member of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA). He is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS).