Alaska <br>  Speech-Language-Hearing <br>         Association

AKSHA Convention

October 18-19, 2019

The Hilton Hotel, Anchorage, AK

Check out our Exciting 2019 Speakers!

Geralyn R. Timler, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. 

Full day presentation with discussion to follow:  “Best Practices for Social Communication Assessment and Intervention” for preschoolers through young adults"

Areas of research interest:

  • Identification of social (pragmatic) communication disorders in preschoolers & school-age students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and language impairment
  • Development of outcome measures for social communication interventions

Areas of Teaching:

  • Advanced Study of Phonological Disorders (CSD 623)
  • Language Development (CSD 300)
  • Phonological & Language Disorders (CSD 314)

Research Laboratory

Current and Ongoing Research Projects

  • Development of a self-report measure of conversation participation
  • Narrative production in children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders

Roberta J. Elman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS 

Full Day presentation with discussion to follow:  “Life Participation Approach, Aphasia Groups, Neurogenic Groups, Essentials for Treatment (CAPE)”

Roberta J. Elman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is President/CEO and Founder of the Aphasia Center of California, an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1996, providing speech-language treatment, clinical research, and training/consultative services. Dr. Elman received her Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has more than 35 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. Dr. Elman is an internationally invited speaker, author of numerous professional publications, editor of a book for Plural Publishing entitled Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician’s Approach, and an ASHA Fellow. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify literature and data that support the use of life participation models.
  • Describe 3 specific examples of how a life participation framework can be implemented in a variety of clinical settings.
  • List three benefits of increasing community participation for people with aphasia or other neurogenic communication disorders.
  • Identify literature and efficacy data that support the use of neurogenic treatment groups.
  • Identify clinical techniques for increasing group members’ conversational initiation
  • Identify clinical techniques for maximizing group members’ exchange of conversational information.

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C) 

Full Day presentation with discussion to follow:  Direct & Indirect Language Interventions for Individuals using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Jennifer Kent-Walsh

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Principal Investigator/Director of the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Jennifer received her Bachelor of Education degree (Secondary English & Mathematics) from McGill University, her Master of Science degree (Human Communication Disorders) from Dalhousie University, and her Doctor of Philosophy (Communication Sciences and Disorders) from The Pennsylvania State University. 

 Jennifer currently is active in AAC-related teaching, research, and clinical/service activities at the University of Central Florida. Along with her research collaborator, Cathy Binger, and student investigators, she concentrates her research efforts on developing and evaluating interventions designed to improve language and communication outcomes for children with developmental disabilities who use AAC. Jennifer enjoys grounding her research and teaching in local community contexts; currently, she is the Principal Investigator on a Clinical Research Grant funded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, she serves as a Cabinet Member for the Heart of Florida United Way, and she is a Research Committee Member for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Under Jennifer’s direction, the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center was established in 2005 and has flourished in providing critical assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities across 10 Florida counties.

Jennifer and her husband, Scott, have two young daughters – Faith and Grace.  They enjoy traveling together and having fun at the local attractions in Orlando.  Faith and Grace frequently pitch in to test out research procedures and have picked up so much in the process that they have been seen trying to teach their stuffed animals to ‘talk’ using iPad apps! 

2019 Conference Pricing:

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations and refunds will be processed after the convention. Full refunds will be made only if a written cancellation request is received three (3) weeks prior to the convention (by September 27, 2019).

Sept 28–Oct 5th refund 75%

October 6–13th refund 50%

**After the 13th refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.**

1.5 ASHA CEUs available for eligible SLPs

1 UAA credit course available for a fee

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