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Music and the Brain: An Approach for Speech-Language Pathologists

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Presenters: Terese A. Long, M.S., CCC-SLP and Jason Luft, B.M., M.A., Certified K-12 

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 

: 5:30pm
Conference: 5:45pm - 9:00pm

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New LISHA member*-$110.00 (* includes 2017 LISHA dues)
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NON-Member Professional - $85.00


This program is offered for .3 CEUs Intermediate Level: Professional Area



Terese A. Long, M.S., CCC-SLP and Jason Luft, B.M., M.A., Certified K-12 will be receiving an honorarium for their presentation.


Terese Long, A. M.S., CCC-SLP has nothing to disclose.

Jason Luft, B.M., M.A., Certified K-12 has nothing to disclose.


Campo Salisbury Center, 718 The Plain Road, Westbury, NY 11590

Conference Coordinator

MarieAnn Zumpone-Weibley, Au.D., CCC-A


Music is one of the most powerful communicative activities on earth, yet as a subject of study it is often segregated into an isolated space. This session will focus on music education through the lens of speech-language pathology and autism spectrum disorder. The presenters will describe how the NYU/Steinhardt ASD Nest program works for autistic students and how this program can function in conjunction with a music program. Music activities will be demonstrated that non-musician speech-language pathologists can use in their sessions.


Terese Long is a Speech Language Pathologist for the NYC Department of Education, as well as a Clinical Supervisor at the Diana Rogovin Davidow Speech Language Hearing Center at Brooklyn College. Terese received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Brooklyn College in 2008. That same year, Terese began working as a speech therapist for the Department of Education. In 2013, Terese began her supervising position with the Brooklyn College Clinic. In 2015, Terese began working exclusively as part of the ASD Nest Program for children with high functioning autism, a program offered by the NYC Department of Education.

Jason Luft has been a music educator for ten years for the New York City Department of Education and a cooperating teacher with the City University of New York for seven years. He teaches at the National Blue Ribbon Award winning PS 222 Katherine R. Snyder Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York. An original VHI Save the Music school, PS 222 offers Band, Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, and Core Music classes to over 900 students. Over the past three years Jason has used social media to raise over eleven thousand dollars for this program and its diverse population of learners. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and his M.A. from Stony Brook University where he studied Music and the Brain, and Music and Technology. As a euphonium player with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony Jason has performed at Lincoln Center, Columbia University, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Mid-West Clinic, and Carnegie Hall.

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Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Determine the connections between singing and speech/language and how singing and music making improves motor skills of gross, fine, and oral motor, as well as,               articulation, memory of language, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, syntax, and concepts.
2. Identify music making activities that are verbally enticing and that promote emotional responses in students.
3. Explain about how the ASD Nest program works in New York City schools and how music can help to engage children with autism.
4. Demonstrate music technology activities that help to increase student interaction.


5:30-5:45 Registration
5:45-6:15 Musical Grounding: Body Awareness Through Music
6:15-7:15 Singing IS Language: Music and the Brain
7:15-8:00 ASD Nest Program Overview
8:00-8:15 Break
8:15-8:45 Engaging Students Through Music Technology
8:45-9:00 What can we do better? SLPs Collaborating with Music Educators (Questions and Answers)


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Cancellations and CEUs

Cancellations are refundable if received 72 business hours prior to the event. Please note: Registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed. If you wish to earn CEUs you must complete CEU forms and hand them in at the completion of the workshop.


Handouts will be emailed to confirmed attendees, 72 hours prior to the conference. There will be no internet access at venue to download handouts. You will need to either print a copy or download the file to a computer, tablet or phone before the workshop.

Paper Handouts will NOT be available at the conference.