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2018 Fall Conference

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Handout Mitchell Trichon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Handout  Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Handout Susan Antonellis, Au.D., CCC-A

Handout Jasen Ruiz, Sc.D., CCC-A and Michelle B. Brady, Au.D., CCC-A

Handout Lyndsey Zurawski, SLP.D.,CCC-SLP

2018 Fall Conference "What's In Your TOOLBOX?"

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 

and Continental Breakfast: 7:30am-7:50am

Conference: 7:50am-3:30pm

To receive full .6 CEUs you must arrive in time to attend the KEYNOTE Speaker. 

REGISTRATIONS FEES                                                 

Members:                                                                          $175.00             

Students:                                                                           $  65.00            

New Member:  (includes 2018 membership)                     $225.00            

New Member Student:  (includes 2018 membership)        $ 90.00            

Professionals:                                                                    $250.00             

This program is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs,  Various Levels; Professional Area 


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.



Crest Hollow Country Club 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797


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


Keynote Speaker

Mitchell Trichon, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been on the faculty at St. John’s University and La Salle University and has nearly 15-years of experience of teaching communication science and disorders classes. In the domain of fluency disorders, he has written over ten peer-reviewed publications and has given over 50 presentations at national and international conferences, including keynotes in Albany, the Czech Republic, and Japan (in July). Mitch, himself a person who stutters, is currently a Board Member of the International Stuttering Association. As a Board Member of the National Stuttering Association, he co-led the national network of adult support groups. He is also the co-founder of Stutter Social, an Internet-based videoconferencing community and private social network community for people who stutter. Mitch, a native Long Islander, also has a private practice. 

Susan Antonellis, Au.D., CCC-A is the Director of the Center for Hearing Health (CHH), program of Mill Neck Services. Previously, she served as the Clinical Coordinator of Audiology/Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint John’s University, part of the LI AUD Consortium. She holds a NYS license in Audiology, ASHA certification, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is a licensed NYS hearing aid dispenser. Dr. Antonellis recently published       a chapter entitled “Aural Rehabilitation and Habilitation” in the book Goal Writing for the Speech-Language Pathologist and Special Educator and she also co-authored the chapter “Considerations and Implications of Children with Hearing Loss” in the textbook, Language and Communication  Disorders in Children, now in its 6th edition. Her passion is aural rehabilitation and counseling families who are dealing with the hard of hearing. She has been a clinical evaluator for over 25-years and has supervised hundreds of students and still participates acting as preceptor to AUD students at the CHH at Mill Neck and on the CHH Mobile Van. She is currently the President of the Board of Regional Association Presidents (BRAP) of NY, a Past President and currently the Director of Communications for LISHA.

Maryellen Rooney Moreau, ME.d., CCC-SLP president of MindWing Concepts has a passion for helping children to think, communicate and learn. Prior to founding MindWing Concepts, her forty year professional career includes: school-based SLP, college professor, diagnostician at the Curtis Blake Child Development Center and Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development at the Curtis Blake Day School, of American International College, for children with language learning disabilities. She designed the Story Grammar Marker® after years of research and practice and was awarded two United States Patents. In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International  Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership, service or achievement in the area of helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities. She has written more than 15 publications and developed more than  30 hands-on tools based on this methodology. The Story Grammar Marker® and related tools are in the hands of over a million of children world-wide and Moreau is an internationally recognized professional development presenter. 

Lyndsey Zurawski, SLP.D., CCC-SLP Practicing clinician, supervisor, presenter, blogger and product developer, Lyndsey Zurawski, has "tried her hand" successfully in various speech and language related positions in In her 13 years as a practicing SLP in the public school system. Dr. Zurawski currently is employed by The School District of Palm Beach County as an SLP providing inclusive services to pre-k thru high school students, along with supervising clinical fellows, and working as a district diagnostician. Dr. Zurawski’s focus is on providing inclusive services, literacy-based (curriculum-based) therapy, dyslexia and state standards. In addition to her work as a school-based SLP, Dr. Zurawski runs a private practice providing home-based therapy to clients with a variety of disorders. Dr. Zurawski is an Adjunct  Professor at Nova University, a national trainer for Reading with TLC (Lively Letters program), as well as, a National Consultant on Inclusive Practices, and presenter. In 2016, Dr. Zurawski received the  Rhonda Work School Clinician of the Year award from FLASHA. She is now the current President of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA).

Jasen A. Ruiz Sc.D., CCC-A earned his BA Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, from Iona College. Dr. Ruiz earned a Doctorate of Science in Audiology from Montclair State University. He has training and experience in vestibular and neurological testing. His specialized interests focus on the evaluation and fitting of amplification for the adult population. He excels in aural rehabilitation and creates a specific plan for each  patient. He is certified by Towson University to administer Tinnitus Retraining Therapy for the management of tinnitus and hyperacusis. Dr. Ruiz holds both Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispenser Licenses in both New York and Florida.

Michelle B. Brady, Au.D., CCC-A graduated cum laude from Iona College with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She  received her Doctorate of Audiology from the LI Audiology Consortium. While earning her graduate degree, she completed various clinical rotations through the VA hospital, a pediatric private practice and Advanced Audiology of NY. She is a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Cassie Billiet, Au.D., joined Starkey Hearing Technologies in 2018. Prior to working at Starkey, Dr. Billiet worked as a clinical audiologist primarily in the ENT setting. She provided diagnostic services for patients of all ages, central auditory processing assessment and treatment, as well as amplification for those with hearing loss. Her current responsibilities include assisting in content development of education materials and leading training classes. She has published multiple articles in the central auditory processing literature and has participated as a co-author in all three editions of Central Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment, Management, and Treatment. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.

John Sheehan has worked in the hearing industry for more than seven years, serving in multiple roles with Starkey Hearing Technologies. His industry experience includes private practice business development, clinical operations, product training, marketing strategy, customer service, and community relations. John is currently Starkey’s Field Sales Representative for the New York City market. He attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth and currently lives in Manhattan.

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


"Insights from My Stuttering Journey: Co-Exploring Therapy Approaches and Helping Clients Beyond the Therapy” 

Keynote:  Mitchell Trichon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


This one-hour presentation will outline My Journey and show therapy approaches, resources, and benefits for clients.


Participants will be able to: 

  • Describe major therapy approaches to stuttering therapy and the importance of individualizing to their client.
  • Identify potential external resources for their clients. 


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

7:50-8:00 Intro/Keynote (ALL MUST ATTEND)

8:00-9:00 Mitchell Trichon - Life’s Journey 

9:00-9:15 Transition to Breakout Sessions


Financial:  Mitchell Trichon will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for his presentation.

Non-Financial:  Mitchell Trichon is a  Board Member of the National and International Stuttering Association. He is the co-founder of Stutter Social, an Internet-based videoconferencing community and private social network community for people who stutter. Mr. Trichon will be speaking on his personal journey as a person who stutters.  

“We Really Use the Brain to Hear—Give Your Clients the Tools to Communicate Stress Free!” 

Presenter: Susan Antonellis, Au.D., CCC-A


The morning session will cover the mechanics of the ear and its relationship to the brain. Type and degree of hearing loss and lack of auditory stimulation will be  discussed. The relationship between hearing loss and the brain effects on Alzheimers’s and Dementia. The benefits of aural rehabilitation, support services and use of technology. The afternoon session will cover the use of technology and assistive devices for rehabilitative purposes. Discussion of recommending assistive devices beyond the amplifition system including accessories, cell phones and other devices available to the hard of hearing and deaf. 


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the mechanics of the ear and its link to the brain.
  • Understand and realize the statistics linking auditory deprivation to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
  • Explain the purpose of aural rehabilitation, support services and the use of technology for their clients’ benefit.
  • Discussvarious technological advancements available for the hard of hearing.
  • Operate apps and computer programs related to the hard of hearing and deaf.
  • List the benefits and best use of support services for the hard of hearing and deaf population.


9:00-9:15         Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-10:15       Mechanics of the Ear

10:15-10:45     Current Research Linking Auditory Deprivation to  Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

10:45-11:00     Break

11:00-11:30     Current Research Linking Auditory Deprivation to Alzheimer’s and Dementia...Cont’d 

11:30-12:30     Benefits of Aural Rehabilitation/Support Services/Technology

12:30-1:30       LUNCH (Included)

1:30-2:30         Various Technological Advancements including Apps and Computer Programs

2:30-3:15         Demonstration of Apps, Computer Programs and Discussion of Support Services

3:15-3:30         Questions and Answer


Financial:  Susan Antonellis is the Director of the Center for Hearing Health (CHH), program of Mill Neck Services from which she  receives a salary. Susan will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation.

Non-Financial:  Susan Antonellis, is the current Communications Director and past president of LISHA and current President of BRAP. 

Story Grammar Marker®: A Tool for Building Narrative Structure” and  6-Second Stories and the Critical Thinking Triangle: 2 Story Grammar Marker® Methods for Social Communication”

Presenter: Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC- SLP


The morning session will focus on narrative development utilizing the Story Grammar Marker®. The “ narrative” (story) is the human mode of thought and is an integral part of both social and academic success.  The presenter will explain the seven Stages of Narrative Development and include the accompanying literate language feature.  The presenter will show examples of students’ oral and written language with assessment and progress monitoring measures using the narrative developmental sequence. The afternoon session will focus on how to use Story Grammar Marker® and the Critical Thinking Triangle® for telling stories, taking perspective, developing Theory of Mind, building central coherence, solving problems, recognizing feelings through verbal and nonverbal pragmatics, making inferences, building complex sentences, and connecting thoughts with cohesion. She will also demonstrate the 6 Second Stories™. 


Participants will be able to: 

  • List seven Stages of Narrative Development.
  • List the measurable elements of Macrostructure and Microstructure.
  • Use the Critical Thinking Triangle® for making connections, perspective taking and inference.
  • Define receptive and expressive conversational repair with Six-Second-Stories™.
  • Identify and connect the narrative components that refer to Critical Thinking: kickoffs, feelings & plans (perspective taking).


9:00-9:15     Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-9:35     Story Grammar Marker® & Braidy Methodolgy®

9:35-9:50     Narrative Macrostructure

9:50-10:15   Oral Language and the Link to Literacy 

10:15-10:45  Paper Bag Princes by Robert Munsch-readers’ Theater and Group Analysis 1

0:45-11:00    Break

11:00-11:30  Critical Thinking Triangle/Narrative Microstructure

11:30-12:30  Analyzing Student Samples/Progress Monitoring

12:30-1:30    LUNCH (Included)

1:30-2:30      Critical Thinking Triangle®/Analysis of Children’s literature, Kick-Offs, Feelings, Plans and Mental State

2:30-2:45      Theory of Mind, Sentence Complements, Oral and Written Expression

2:45-3:15      Six Second Stories Method for Expressive and Receptive Conversation Repair 

3:15-3:30      Questions and Answers 


Financial:  Maryellen Rooney Moreau has ownership interest in MindWing Concepts, holds intellectual property rights and patents. Maryellen is employed as president of MindWing Concepts. In that capacity, she writes books, creates materials, consults, trains and presents. Maryellen will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation. The presenter will discuss the methodology of Story Grammar Marker®  and other MindWing Concepts, Inc. products

Non-Financial:  Maryellen Rooney Moreau no relevant non-financial relationships.

“Utilizing Growth Mindset for a Successful School Year  and What’s in Your Therapy Toolbox? Fill it up, Maximize Student Success” 

Presenter:  Lyndsey Zurawski, SLP.D., CCC-SLP


Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in the schools are faced with challenges from a variety of sources. However, given the right tools, SLPs are able to utilize the idea of Growth Mindset to face these challenges to assist themselves, along with students and collaborate with staff members and administrators. Have you ever struggled to manage all the therapy materials you have? Ever feel like you don’t have enough materials or don’t have the right materials to meet the needs of your caseload? This session will target how to “fill up your therapy” toolbox, by utilizing strategies and materials to maximize student success.


Participants will be able to:

  • Define growth mindset vs fixed mindset and the relationship to the fields of speech-language pathology.
  • Develop strategies for developing a growth mindset within themselves and students with communication disorders.
  • Identify strategies that will engage efforts between SLPs and staff to increase student achievement.
  • Describe therapy activities that can be utilized across settings to increase success for students.
  • Apply tips and tricks to implement language and literacy lessons that correlate to State Standards for whole group and small groups.


9:00-9:15        Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-9:40        Foundations and Theory about Growth Mindset/Fixed Mindset

9:40-10:15      Growth Mindset Kahoot- Interactive Activity/the Power of Yet

10:15-10:45    Steps 1-7 to Establish and Implement a Growth Mindset

10:45-11:00    Break

11:00-11:30    Steps 1-7 to Establish and Implement a Growth Mindset cont’d

11:30-12:30    Therapy Activities/Strategies

12:30-1:30       LUNCH (Included)

1:30-1:45         Collaboration to Increase Student Success

1:45-1:55         Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) and Adapting Lessons to Meeting Needs of Diverse Learners

1:55-3:15         Pre-K/Elementary/Secondary Therapy Lessons/Strategies

3:15-3:30         Questions and Answers


Financial:  Lyndsey Zurawski has a relationship with Reading with TLC/Lively Letters from which she receives consulting and speaking fees. She has ownership and intellectual property rights with the Inclusion Mentoring and Training Program (IMAT), Speech to the Core/Teachers Pay Teachers and Speech to the Core/ Lyndsey Zurawski, from which she receives financial compensation. Lyndsey will be receiving an honorarium from the LISHA for her presentation. 

Non Finanical:  Lyndsey Zurawski is the current President of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA).  She is a volunteer member on the ASHA advisory committee and author of SIG 16 Perspectives Article.

“Sink or Swim as a Private Practitioner: Thinking Outside the “BIG BOX” and Getting Back to the Basics”

Presenters:  Jasen Ruiz, Sc.D., CCC-A, Michelle B. Brady, Au.D., CCC-A, Cassie Billiet, Au.D., and John Sheehan


Many people like the idea of being their own boss.  But not all of them are aware of, ready to accept, or prepared to handle the challenges that go along with owning/running a business.  What are the risks associated with owning a private practice?  What are the rewards? These are two very broad questions, whose very specific answers will help determine whether or not private practice is the right choice for you. With Internet sales, and over-the-counter hearing aids; the hearing technology industry is changing. More now than ever practitioners need to differentiate themselves to secure private practice as a channel to seek hearing healthcare through.  One must be willing to adapt by welcoming new ideas as well as revisiting some old ones; such as the art of impression taking and the custom products. 


Participants will be able to:

  • Define the crucial decisions in starting a private practice and running a private practice.
  • Describe differences between working as a private practitioner audiologist vs. big box, online sales, PSAPs and managed care insurances.
  • Identify the value in custom products and how to bring the art back into our science.
  • List current changes in the Hearing Technology Industry. 


9:00-9:15      Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-10:00    Overview, Background and Experiences. Why Private Practice?

10:00-10:30   From the ground up: How Dr. Ruiz started his practice

10:30-10:45   Private Practice Interview Panel

10:45-11:00   Break

11:00-12:30   Private Practice Interview Panel

12:30-1:30     LUNCH (Included)

1:30-2:00       Changes in the Hearing Technology Industry

2:00-2:45       Custom Products & the Art of Impression Taking

2:45-3:15       Private Practice Interview Panel

3:15-3:30       Questions and Answers


Financial:  Jasen A. Ruiz is the owner of Advanced Audiology of NY. PC. Jasen A. Ruiz and Michelle B. Brady will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for their presentation. Cassie Billiet and John Sheehan are employed by Starkey Hearing Technologies.

Non-Financial:  Jasen A. Ruiz, Michelle B. Brady, Cassie Billiet and John Sheehan have no non-financial information to disclose.



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All cancellations must be in writing. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 12, 2018.  Please note: Registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed.  If you wish to earn ASHA CEUs you must complete ASHA CEU forms and hand them in at the completion of the workshop. 





October 26th, 2018 7:30 AM   through   3:30 PM
8325 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797
United States
Event Fee(s)
Individual Fee $ 250.00

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