Fall Conference 2017

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Carol Westby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
and Lee Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP
“Foundations for Social-Emotional Development and Communication: Theory of Mind”

Sean Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP
“Applying Technology to Support Self-Regulation, Mindfulness and Organization”

Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D.
“A Unique Tinnitus Approach: Applying Mindfulness”

Pietro “Peter” DoLuca
Perseverance, Determination, Willingness and Passion

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 

and Continental Breakfast: 7:30am

Conference: 7:50am – 3:30pm

Location: Crest Hollow Country Club at Woodbury, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797

Conference Coordinator
Francine S. Pickus
Conference Chairperson

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This program is offered for .6 CEUs Various Levels: Professional Area


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LISHA is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of .6 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

Speaker Disclosures:


Pietro LoDuca is receiving an honorarium for his presentation.
Carol Westby is receiving an honorarium for her presentation.
Lee Robinson is receiving an honorarium for her presentation.
Richard Tyler is receiving an honorarium for his presentation.
Sean J. Sweeney is receiving an honorarium for his presentation. Sean J. Sweeney has a financial relationship with SpeechTechie.com; Mindwing Concepts, Inc, and Smarty Ears Apps in which he has received consulting fees, speaking fees, and royalties. He is employed and receives a salary from The Ely Center, LLC.


Pietro LoDuca is an adult with hearing impairment.
Carol Westby has nothing to disclose.
Lee Robinson has nothing to disclose.
Richard Tyler has nothing to disclose.
Sean J. Sweeney is a member of ASHA & volunteer author of columns for ASHA Leader.

Keynote Speaker:

Perseverance. Determination, Willingness and Passion

Pietro “Peter” LoDuca is an avid sports fan, a former collegiate athlete and a passionate motivational speaker supporting cancer-related charities/organizations. Born as a hearing baby, Peter was later diagnosed with a severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at the age of four. Fitted with hearing aids, Peter was mainstreamed into the public school system and has excelled at all levels in his academic career. As if hearing loss wasn’t enough to endure, at the age of 12, Peter was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma a treatable but aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After months of chemotherapy, Peter began physical therapy; conditioning and training to make a return back on the baseball field playing the sport he has grown to love and has made a way of life. Peter now also uses a cochlear implant and is currently finishing up his undergraduate studies at SUNY Farmingdale State College where he will earn a B.S. in Sports Management and is looking forward to a career in the sports industry.

This one hour morning presentation will outline My Life Journey and show the importance of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist in my journey.

Course Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1. Share My Life Journey as a hearing-impaired individual.
2. Discuss the importance of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist at the early stages of childhood.
3. Explain the importance of Passion in all fields of study and professions.
4. Discuss the importance of determination and will of the mind to reach your goals.

7:30-7:50 Sign-In and Continental Breakfast
7:50-8:00 Introduction
8:00-9:00 Pietro LoDuca Life’s Journey


Foundations for Social-Emotional Development and Communication: Theory of Mind

Dr. Westby is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services in Albuquerque, NM and an affiliated professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), holds Specialty Recognition in Child Language, and has received the Honors of the Association. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on theory of mind, language-literacy relationships, narrative/expository development and facilitation, assessment and facilitation of written language, metacognition/executive function, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations. She is the developer of the Westby Symbolic Playscale. She has been principal investigator on a number of clinical service, research, and personnel preparation grants. She has a B.A. in English from Geneva College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa.

Lee Robinson is the director of the Speech and Language Clinic at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The clinic specializes in services for children and adolescents with social communication disorders. She has presented nationally on theory of mind, social communication disorders, discourse comprehension, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and been an author on peer-reviewed articles on these topics. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University. 

Given the role of Theory of Mind (ToM) in social and academic functioning in children with language impairments, hearing loss, or autism and the recent rapid increase in our understanding of the neurological and environmental factors that contribute to ToM, it is important that speech-language pathologists recognize delays and deficits in ToM and have strategies for assessing and developing ToM in persons they serve.
This presentation will (a) review current research documenting neural bases for emotional understanding and theory of mind, (b) describe the developmental stages of theory of mind from infancy through adolescence, and (c) demonstrate strategies that foster the types of social interactions that promote development of ToM and communicative competence. Participants will be able to evaluate infants’/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children’s level of ToM and provide justification for targeting ToM in intervention.

Participant will be able to:
1. Summarize current research documenting neural bases for emotional understanding and ToM.
2. Describe the developmental stages of ToM from infancy through adolescence.
3. Implement intervention strategies based on developmental levels to promote ToM for social and academic settings.


7:30-7:50 Sign-In and Continental Breakfast
7:50-8:00 Introduction

8:00-9:00 Keynote

9:15-10:45 Theoretical/Biological Foundations for ToM Foundations of ToM in Infancy Emerging Awareness of Self and Others in Toddlers/Preschool Children

10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Emerging Awareness of Self and Others in Toddlers/Preschool Children (cont’d) and First Order ToM (4-5 years to 7 years)
12:30-1:30 LUNCH (Included)
1:30-3:15 Strategies to Promote First Order ToM and Advanced ToM and Strategies to Promote Advance ToM in Social and Academic Settings
3:15-3:30 Questions and Answers

Applying Technology to Support Self-Regulation, Mindfulness and Organization

Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and technology consultant working in private practice at The Ely Center in Newton, MA. Sean spent over a decade in the public school setting serving in the roles of SLP and instructional technology specialist. His blog, SpeechTechie, was inspired by the combination of those complementary vocations and a desire to empower those in his field to employ technology in their work. Sean currently consults to and presents for local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. Sean is a regular columnist for The ASHA Leader. Contact him at sean@speechtechie.com.

This workshop will demonstrate a variety of visual and interactive applications that can be used as tools to support SLPs’ productivity in our practice, and also within our interventions for students with organizational and executive functioning difficulties. Apps and Web resources promoting self regulation and mindfulness will be demonstrated along with alignments with methodologies such as Zones of Regulation® and Incredible 5 Point Scale. Resources will also cover organizational skills such as time management, planning, and language mapping, including those helpful for older students struggling to access the curriculum and manage their workload, including applications of Google Apps for Education.

Participant will be able to:
1. Align technology tools with specific approaches and methodologies supporting executive functioning.
2. Describe a variety of tools useful for promoting self regulation and mindfulness.
3. Apply applications towards facilitating their productivity, as well as students and parents with planning, organization, and time management.
4. Identify a source of photos useful in situational awareness.
5. Describe one situation in which a five point scale can be used and a tech resource to create a scale.

7:30-7:50      Sign-In and Continental Breakfast
7:50-8:00      Introduction

8:00-9:00        Keynote
9:15-10:45      Approaches and Methodologies Supporting Executive Functioning, Apps Supporting Situational Awareness and Visual Planning
10:45-11:00  Break
11:00-12:30    Tech Resources Supporting Self Regulation and Mindfulness, Practice Activity
12:30-1:30    LUNCH (Included)
1:30-3:15        Tech-Up Your Day to Day for Clinical Productivity, Productivity through an Assertive Technology Lens for Students
3:15-3:30        Questions and Answers

A Unique Tinnitus Approach: Applying Mindfulness

Dr. Rich Tyler was trained as a clinical audiologist at The University of Western Ontario and then completed a Ph.D. in Psychoacoustics at The University of Iowa. He worked initially at the Institute of Hearing Research in the United Kingdom and is currently a Professor in both the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery and in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. His scientific work includes the quantification of tinnitus, necessary for its investigation, as well as the investigation of different treatments. Dr. Tyler sees tinnitus patients weekly, and hosts an annual Tinnitus Treatment Workshop. He has edited The Tinnitus Handbook (2000), Tinnitus Treatments: Clinical Protocols Tyler, R.S. (Ed.). (2006), and The Consumer Handbook on Tinnitus (2008, 2016). Dr. Tyler has served on committees for the National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Veterans Administration.


This session will introduce the big picture of treating tinnitus with Tinnitus Activities Treatment (TAT), and focus on the role of mindfulness in TAT. It will provide background and evolution of mindfulness, and the mental framework require of the clinician to use mindfulness. It will discuss the application of mindfulness to a variety of health problems. The session will focus on details of the application of mindfulness to tinnitus. Exercises will be included.


Participant will be able to:

1. Summarize an introduction and overview of Tinnitus Activities Treatment.

2. Describe Mindfulness, and how it is currently used in the health care field.

7:30-7:50       Sign-In and Continental Breakfast

7:50-9:00       Introduction

8:00-9:00         Keynote

9:15-10:45       Tinnitus Activities, Treatment and Mindfulness Defining Mindfulness

10:45-11:00    Break

11:00-12:30       The History of Mindfulness Therapist Perspective, using Mindfulness

12:30-1:30       LUNCH (Included)

1:30-3:15           Mindfulness Applied ot Tinnitus, Meditating Thoughtful Mind, Tinnitus and Reactions to Tinnitus, Mindful Movement and Mediation Exercises

3:15-3:30           Questions and Answers 

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control.** 


Confirmation of registration can be obtained at www.lisha.org or E-mail at info@lisha.org

Cancellations and CEUs

Refund Policy: All cancellations must be in writing. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 9, 2017.
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.

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