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2019 Fall Conference "Framework For Success"

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Handout - Motivation -  Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-A

Handout - CAPD -  Jeanane Ferre, Ph.D.

Handout - Laryngology 201 - Joel Portnoy, MD, Ajay Chitkara, MD and Steven M. Asofsky, M.A., CCC-SLP

Handout - Autism, ABA and the SLP - Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA and Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Handout - Revolutionizing Vestibular Testing - Ellen Fredericks, Au.D., CCC-A

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2019 Fall Conference "Framework For Success"

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

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

Conference: 7:50am - 3:30pm

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

Member Registration Fees

Members:      $175.00

Students:      $65.00

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


Keynote Speaker

Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from C.W. Post/Long Island University, and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York. Dana is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped in New York State. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Dana has conducted presentations on autism and speech-language related topics at the local, state, national and international levels. Dana has worked in a variety of settings, including private and public schools, private practice, and Early Intervention. Currently, Dana is working as a Consultant for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition, she serves as an Associate Professor at Adelphi University, where she is the current Department Chair. She is a past president of the Long Island Speech Language Hearing Association.   

Steven M. Asofsky, M.A., CCC-SLP, has been the chief administrator and managing partner of a private practice in Babylon, NY since 1995. He also serves as the Rehab Supervisor at the Long Island Select Healthcare. Mr. Asofsky has earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. As a speech-language pathologist, he has been dedicated towards the treatment of patients ranging from birth through geriatrics where he has a concentration in the medical aspect of speech-pathology encompassing the treatment of voice disorders, feeding/swallowing difficulties, motor speech disorders and other congenital syndromes and acquired neurogenic disorders. He is experienced in performing modified barium swallow studies where he has set up such programs at a private radiology practice and hospital settings. He is certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation (Vital Stim) where he was recognized in the Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologist (Jan.29, 2007 Vol. 17 No. 5) “Dysphagia Treatment Benefits Patient”. Mr. Asofsky has his certification to perform Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST) from the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery Voice and Swallowing Center at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. Asofsky is Lee Silverman Voice Technique (LSVT) certified in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological disorders. Mr. Asofsky is an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University where he teaches the courses on “Swallowing Disorders in Children and Adults” and “Motor Speech Disorders”  in addition to having taught “Aphasia and Related Disorders of Communication” and “Voice Disorders”. Mr. Asofsky is an active member of the Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LISHA) he holds a position as the Director of Legislative and Practice Issues. He is further an active member of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSHLA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) where he is active in a number of special interest divisions.  

Ajay E. Chitkara, MD, graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1998 and completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in Laryngology/Neurolaryngology at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders under the mentorship of Andrew Blitzer, MD, DDS. When he came back to Long Island in 2004, he was the first fellowship trained laryngologist in the area. Since then, Dr. Chitkara has been offering advanced voice and swallowing care to people across this region. He treats patients with voice disorders in the operating theater, as well as, in the office setting. Dr. Chitkara, in collaboration with Dr. Portnoy, was among the first to bring office-based laryngeal laser surgery to Long Island. He also has experience in the use of botulinum toxin for treating movement disorders of the head and neck such as spasmodic dysphonia, hemi-facial spasm and blepharospasm. Dr. Chitkara also treats problems relating to general adult and pediatric otolaryngology. He remains active in specialty organizations and is a past President of the Long Island Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 

Jeanane Ferre, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Audiology from Northwestern University. She is in private practice in the Chicago metropolitan area providing, exclusively, evaluation and treatment of central auditory processing disorders among children and adults and is on the Adjunct Faculty and a clinical practicum site of Rush University and Northwestern University. She has published several articles and presented at the local, state, national and international levels on Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). Her published work includes numerous chapters in professional texts, peer-reviewed and invited manuscripts, and The Differential Screening Test for Processing (co-author). Dr. Ferre is a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA), a recipient of ISHA’s Clinical Achievement Award, a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received Honors of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Ellen Frederick, Au.D., is the field clinical audiologist in the Eastern United States for Otometrics, a division of Natus. Dr. Frederick has gained experience in a variety of practices and clinical settings working with neonates through geriatric individuals. Her past experiences have focused on diagnostic testing, vestibular evaluation, tinnitus management, hearing aid fitting, and research. She has worked in several private audiology practices, otolaryngology practices, and University medical centers where she has been responsible for the business growth, development of audiology protocols, and optimizing the business/workflow within the clinic. Dr. Frederick received her Doctorate in Audiology from Arizona School of Health at A.T. Still University.  

Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, began working at Eden II in 1982 as a speech therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing at the Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College as well as Penn State University. Dr. Gerenser is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Organization for Autism Research. She is on the boards of Heaven’s Hands Community Services, the Interagency Council of New York, the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Staten Island Not for Profit Association. Dr. Gerenser has also co-authored the interactive CD-ROM entitled ‘Behavioral Programming for Children with Autism. She has authored several book chapters and articles on autism and developmental disabilities. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of SpeechLanguage Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. She sits on a number of Professional Advisory Boards for several programs serving children and adults with autism in the US and abroad. She has received numerous awards for her work with children and adults with autism, including the Nassau Suffolk Autism Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mosaic Foundation’s Educator of Excellence Award, the Elija Chariot Award, and the Lou Miller Business Leadership Award. 

Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, serves as the Associate Executive Director of Long Island Programs for Eden II’s Genesis Programs. She has over 25 years experience directing programs for students with autism from early intervention through adulthood. She is a Professor in the Special Education Department at Hofstra University. She directs the Advanced Certificate Programs including the advanced certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and the Advanced Certificate in Severe and Multiple Disabilities. She currently teaches courses related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), applied behavior analysis and single subject research. Dr. McDonald completed her Ph.D. in Learning Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral Level and a licensed behavior analyst. Dr. McDonald serves on a number of advisory boards and presents at local, national and international conferences on the topic of autism. She serves as an editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice, Special Education Research, Policy and Practice and The Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. She has published a book on including students with ASD and book chapters on technology, evidence-based interventions and evidence-based practice. She has published both peer-reviewed and popular articles. Some areas of publication include: self-management, social reciprocity, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), scripts and semantic webs, creativity and including students with ASD.

Joel E. Portnoy, MD, a Long Island native, attended SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he earned his medical degree and completed his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He then completed his fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the professional Voice under the guidance of the world-renowned Laryngologist, Dr. Robert T. Sataloff. He is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck surgery and his advanced training makes him among the only experts on Long Island specializing in the art and science of caring for the human voice. He practices at ENT and Allergy Associates in Lake Success, New York and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Drexel University College of Medicine.

**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**


Strategies for:  "Being Motivating and Staying Motivated!"

Keynote: Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


This presentation will outline strategies for staying motivated, while being motivating, so that speech-language pathologists and audiologists may best serve their clients.  


Participants will:

♦ Discuss their passion for the profession and how to stay motivated.  

♦ Explain how burnout can affect daily performance.

♦ Identify strategies for maintaining motivation with their clients.  


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

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

8:00-9:00—Dana Battaglia’s Strategies for Staying Motivated and Being Motivating 

9:00-9:15 Transition to Breakout Sessions


Financial: Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation

Non-Financial: Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a past-president of LISHA. 

Laryngology 201: "Beyond the Basics for the Speech-Language Pathologists"

Presenters: Joel Portnoy, MD, Ajay Chitkara, MD, and Steven M. Asofsky, M.A., CCC-SLP


In this session, basic physics principles, and the micro and macro anatomy of voice production will be reviewed in detail. The necessary components of laryngeal evaluations will be discussed and how to effectively maximize patient comfort during the process. Voice therapy is one of the most powerful tools we have to treat voice disorders. This session will focus on tips for delivering effective voice therapy, through videos and live explanation, demonstrating basic and advanced techniques for the treatment of various voice conditions. Review of several clinical cases focusing on the importance of each step and how it leads to effective voice care will be discussed.


Participants will:

♦ Describe and recognize the proper technique/components of rigid and flexible laryngeal evaluations.

♦ Distinguish between various types of laryngeal pathology and how their treatment plans differ.

♦ Apply different techniques for voice therapy based on difficult cases.

♦ Recognize ideal cases for office-based laryngeal intervention.

♦ Explain the synergistic benefit of the combined Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) – laryngologist approach to voice care. 


9:00-9:15     Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-9:55     Anatomy and Physiology of Voice for the Speech-Language Pathologist

9:55-10:50    Viewing the Voice – Office-Based Laryngeal Evaluation

10:50-11:05  Break

11:05–12:30 Vocal Pathology and Therapy

12:30-1:30    LUNCH (Included)

1:30-3:15      Interventional Laryngology – Office and Operative Voice Procedures and Clinical Case Presentations

3:15-3:30     Questions and Answers 


Financial—Drs. Portnoy and Chitkara will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for their presentation. Dr. Portnoy practices at ENT and Allergy Associates in Lake Success, New York and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Drexel University College of Medicine. Mr. Asofsky has no financial disclosures. 

Non-Financial—Drs. Portnoy and Chitkara have no non-financial relationships to report. Mr. Asofsky, is on the LISHA Board as the Director of Legislative and Practice Issues.

Complex, Not Complicated: "Assessing and Treating Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD)"

Presenter: Jeannane Ferre, Ph.D.


Course describes the acoustic, phonologic, linguistic, and cognitive processes needed to interpret/use verbal information and impact of deficiencies in any process on communication, academics, and sense of self. Screening for and differential diagnosis of auditory processing disorders are described. Deficit-specific functional, achievable management and remediation goals to meet clients’ life needs are described, including use of assistive technology, compensatory strategies and accommodations, and therapeutic benchmarks consistent with the Common Core. Speech-language pathologists and Audiologists would benefit from attending this short course.


Participants will:

♦ Describe component skills needed for processing spoken language and impact of  efficiencies in skills on a listener’s life.

♦ Describe age appropriate assessment tools to probe integrity of various processing skills.

♦ Implement effective intervention (management and remediation) that aligns with current educational standards that reduce/resolve specific deficits and minimize impact of deficit in the listener’s life.  



9:00-9:15  Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-10:15  Continuum of Processing Skills/Neuroscientific Bases of Processing

10:15-10:35 Development of Processing Skills

10:35-10:50 Break

10:50–12:30 Screening and Diagnosis of Processing Deficits

12:30-1:30  LUNCH (Included)

1:30-3:15    Treating  and Managing Processing Disorders

3:15-3:30  Questions and Answers 


Financial—Dr. Ferre will be receiving a honorarium from LISHA for her presentation. She also receives Royalties from Pro-Ed, Inc.

Non-Financial—Dr. Ferre, is a Volunteer leader for ASHA and ISHA. 

Autism, Aplied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and the SLP: "Strategies for Working with Individuals with Austim Spectrum Disorders (ASD)"

Presenters: Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, and Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


This presentation will discuss the characteristics of individuals with autism and areas of focus for intervention. There will be a discussion of the fields of speech pathology and behavior analysis and the roadblocks to and potential for collaboration. There will be a focus on the meeting of the minds between speech pathologists and behavior analysts. We believe these fields have much to offer each other and together they equal more than the sum of their parts. There will be discussion about utilizing strategies based on the principles of applied behavior analysis to improve student outcomes. Collaboration and the benefits to individuals with autism will also be covered. Case studies will be reviewed and specific strategies discussed.  


Participants will:

♦ List one intervention that can be used by both speech-pathologists and behavior analysts to increase communication/socialization.

♦ Identify one intervention that is currently clinically used but has limited research and one that has empirical support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

♦ Identify one behavior approach that might help a student with ASD to communicate.

♦ Explain one strategy based in applied behavior analysis that could improve student outcomes for an SLP


9:00-9:15  Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-10:00  Behavior Analysis Disciplines and Importance of Speech

10:00-10:25 Behavior Analyst’s Expertise Working with ASD Students

10:25-10:40 Break

10:40-12:30 Strategies/Interventions Based in Behavior Analysis to Improve Student Outcomes and Case Studies

12:30-1:30  LUNCH (Included)

1:30-3:15    Use and Non-Use of Specific Interventions/Curricula, the Research and Case Studies

3:15-3:30  Questions and Answers


Financial—Drs. Mary McDonald and Joanne Gerenser will be donating their honorarium to the Eden II School for Autistic Children, Inc. Dr. Gerenser is the executive director of the Eden II Program. She has authored several book chapters and articles on Autism and developmental disabilities, from which she receives royalties. Dr. McDonald is a Professor in the Special Education Department at Hofstra University. 

Non-Financial—Dr. McDonald has no non-financial relationships to report. Dr. Gerenser sits on a number of Professional Advisory Boards serving children and adults with Autism.

Revolutionizing Vestibular Testing: “Video Nystagmography (VNG)/Electronystagmography(ENG), video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT) and Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP)”


Presenter: Ellen Fredericks, Au.D., CCC-A


The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the role of Video Nystagmography (VNG) testing, video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT), and Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP) to evaluate the vestibular system. The basics of vestibular testing will be reviewed along with a discussion of oculor motor, positional, and caloric theory. An overview and exploration of reporting using the Impulse Control Scale (ICS) System Chartr 200 system will be discussed. Use of the ICS Impulse system to evaluate all 5 end organs (semicircular canals, saccule and utricle) of the vestibular system will be explored along with the ICS Chart EP 200 system with VEMP monitor as well. We will address several questions. Why can this information be crucial to the diagnosis of the patient? How may this information assist in determining the treatment? And how can the effectiveness of the treatment be assessed? The benefits of the use of VNG/ENG, vHIT, and VEMP to both the clinician and patient. 


Participants will:

♦ Describe the specifics and respective application of the VNG, VHIT and VEMP.

♦ Demonstrate the preferred examination administration and protocols of each test.

♦ List benefits of the use of VNG/ENG, vHIT, and VEMP to both the clinician and patient. 


9:00-9:15  Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:15-10:00  Introduction to Vestibular Testing

10:00-10:50 VNG/ENG Testing Protocol, Troubleshooting, Parameters

10:50-11:05 Break

11:05-12:30 vHIT and VEMP Testing Protocol, Troubleshooting, Parameters

12:30-1:30  LUNCH (Included)

1:30-2:00    vHIT and VEMP Testing Protocol, Troubleshooting, Parameters (Continued)

2:00-3:15    Streamlining your Clinic—What Tests Do I Really Need to Do?

3:15-3:30    Questions and Answers 


Financial—Dr. Fredericks is employed by From Otometrics, a division of Natus, who will be paying her for this presentation.

Non-Financial—Dr. Fredericks has no non-financial relationships to report. 



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All cancellations must  be in writing. NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations received after October 11, 2019. Please note: Registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed.

October 25th, 2019 7:30 AM   through   3:30 PM
8325 Jericho Turnpike
Crest Hollow Country Club
Woodbury, NY 11797
United States
Event Fee(s)
Professional Fee $ 300.00

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