Annual Fall Conference 


Friday, October 22, 2021
7:30am  ~  3:30pm
Crest Hollow Country Club | Woodbury, NY


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Blending Literacy and Speech-Language Targets for School-Age Children and Adolescents

Shannon Hall-Mills. Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Shannon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders,  Florida State University. Her work focuses on language and literacy development and disorders in children and adolescents, educational policy and practices for students with disabilities, and school-based issues in speech-language pathology.

Valid, Reliable, and Efficient Oral and Written Language Progress Monitoring

Douglas B. Petersen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Douglas Petersen is a Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on child language and literacy, with a particular emphasis on learning potential. His psychometric research examines the validity and reliability of dynamic assessments and progress monitoring procedures for language and literacy. His intervention research is focused on examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation of multi-tiered systems of language support.

Updates in Vestibular Diagnostics and Practical Application of Vestibular Rehabilitation Strategies

Bre Myers AuD, PhD, CH-AP

Dr. Myers completed her Master’s degree in Audiology at Bloomsburg University in 2003. She completed her clinical doctorate in Audiology (AuD) in 2006 and her PhD in Biomedicine and Research at Salus University in 2016. Her previous work settings have included ENT practice, VA Hospital, and co-ownership of a private practice. She is currently Associate Professor, and the 3-year track Program coordinator in the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. Her primary area of teaching and research include inter-professional practice/education and vestibular/balance science. She is also active in clinical education of students, serving as a clinical supervisor at The Pennsylvania Ear Institute. She is on faculty in the Salus University Distant Education program, teaching in the AuD Bridge, International MSc and Advanced Vestibular Certificate programs.

She attended the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference in 2012 and is currently the chair of AAA’s Leadership Development Committee. Throughout her career, she has been active at both the state and national levels.  She has held board positions in the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology, serving as Secretary and President. She has also chaired AAA’s convention Outreach sub-committee, and most recently volunteered as a poster submission reviewer. She is an assistant editor for Audiology Today and has authored several articles for this and other publications. She is the author of “The Vestibular Lab Manual” 2nd edition by Plural Publishing. Dr. Myers has been an invited lecturer at several state and national conferences.

When she is not busy with her career she enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and has recently started studying martial arts. She also loves to cook and spend time with her family, including two dogs that keep her company and contribute their snoring to the various zoom meetings when working from home.

Love the Larynx: Physiologic Based Solutions for Disordered Voice

 Laura Purcell Verdun, M.A., CCC/SLP

Laura is Owner and solo-practitioner of Voicetrainer, LLC, serving metropolitan Washington DC.  She is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (DC, VA); and Communication Coach.  She has practiced for more than 25 years in the clinical care of voice, airway, motor speech and swallowing disorders. She presents locally, regionally and nationally; and has published about medical speech pathology topics including vocal fold paralysis, voice therapy, and speech and swallowing disorders in neurodegenerative disease and head & neck cancer. Her background in clinical care, teaching and research provides her a unique and comprehensive perspective.  She is honored to serve as #ASHA21 Co-Chair/SLP in Washington, DC.

Be Nice Leadership

Winn Claybaugh
Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for Winn’s book. A national speaker for major corporations and a business owner for more than 38 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 100-plus schools in the nationwide network have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $22 million for multiple charitable organizations. Recognizing his contributions, American Salon named Winn one of the five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education” and he received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals who have made it their mission to share their knowledge, courage, compassion, talents, and generosity with those less fortunate.


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