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Secrets to Successful Life Skills

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Presenter: Penny Morris, M.A., CCC-SLP

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020

: 5:30pm

Workshop: 5:45pm-9:00pm

Member: $60.00

Student Member: $25.00

Non Member Professional: $85.00

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



Penny Morris, M.A., CCC-SLP will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation. 


Penny Morris,  M.A., CCC-SLP has no non-financial relationships to report.  


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

Workshop Coordinator

Allison Lynch, M.S., CCC-SLP Director of Speech-Language Pathology


This three-hour course presents a push-in speech therapy model for speech–language pathologists working with Life Skills students. Participants will learn ways to adapt the strategies for use with speech students of all ages. There is a current trend regarding professionals needing to focus on teaching "soft skills." The idea is that if students learn these "21st Century" or "Life Skills," they will achieve greater success in both obtaining and securing employment upon entering the "real world." Participants will be introduced to a unique program created and implemented at a Long Island High School.  The key to a successful “push-in” program is to get the students “out” of the therapy room, setting them up them up for future vocational success.  This course is a must for all clinicians, both seasoned and recent graduates, who want to learn how to generalize pragmatics outside of their speech rooms. 


Penny Morris, M.A., CCC-SLP graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Baccalaureate in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and a Masters in SpeechLanguage Pathology.  She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA).  She has New York state licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and earned her certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped.  In addition, Penny attained her bilingual extension from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Over the past two decades, Penny has worked in a variety of school settings working with preschool, elementary, middle and high school students.  In addition, she has worked with adults with developmental disabilities.  Penny’s current position is working with the Life Skills program at Central Islip High School where she has created a dynamic, push-in speech program. 

**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** 

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Demonstrate how to create a dynamic push-in speech program for their Life Skills’ classes, with a focus on teaching "soft skills".

2. Define which resources to use with students with Intellectual Disabilities that will improve effectiveness and carryover of receptive and expressive language skills.

3. Explain how to create and facilitate in-school vocational opportunities, generalizing their student’s pragmatics skills/goals.


5:30-5:45  Registration/Light Refreshments

5:45-6:00  Discuss Essential "Life Skills" and Recommended Resources

6:00-6:15  Introduction to a High School Programmatic Speech Model Beginning with September Lessons

6:15-7:00  Receptive and Expressive Language Skills and Speech Activities 

7:00-7:15  Break

7:15-8:30  Push-in Speech Program and Speech Activities

8:30-8:45  Measuring/Assessing Success of Life Skills Students

8:45-9:00  Questions and Answers 


Confirmations of registration can be obtained at or e-mail at 


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. 


PowerPoint/Handout Presentations will be emailed to confirmed attendees, 72 hours prior to the workshop. There will be no internet access at the 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 workshop. 

January 23rd, 2020 5:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
718 The Plain Road
Campo Salisbury Center
Westbury, NY 11590
United States
Phone: 516-626-8000
Event Fee(s)
Professional Fee $ 85.00

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