If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Capitalizing on Clinical Excellence

“Be Brave. Be Involved. Be Amazing”
Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, PSHA President

Three of Laughlin’s speech-language pathologists, Megan Kvederis, Patti Bennett, and Jill Eckert (pictured L - R), attended this year’s Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) Convention entitled “Capitalizing on Clinical Excellence” from April 3 – 6 in Harrisburg. 

The convention gave speech-language pathologists from across the region the chance to meet, learn, and find fresh inspiration for their work.  The weekend consisted of forums, workshops, vendors, various luncheons, and even advocacy opportunities with state representatives. 

A highlight for the trio was attending a day-long pre-convention seminar given by UPMC’s own, David Hammer.  Dave Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP, has been an expert and leader in the field of childhood apraxia of speech and severe articulation and phonological disorders for over thirty years.  He is currently the Manager of Outpatient Speech and Language Services of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pennsylvania, is a member of the CASANA Advisory Council, and has played a vital role in producing a number of apraxia-related products and tools.  During the day-long session, Hammer covered differential diagnoses and implications for therapy, multi-sensory treatment strategies, visual and motor cues and prompts, as well as repetitive practice activities and home carryover.  

Speech Department Director Patti Bennett said of their time at the Convention:
“We had a great time brushing up on skills and learning new.  We attended the day long pre-convention seminar on childhood apraxia and speech sound disorders on Wednesday.  On Thursday and Friday we attended short courses and seminars on autism and special needs, stuttering, therapy apps and programs for iPads, voice, and pediatric swallowing and feeding. We purchased new toys and games from the vendors.  It was great to have time together for camaraderie!”
Our three clinicians had a lot of fun and have also brought back excitement and important, new methodology to apply to their casework.  Laughlin is committed to professional development opportunities such as this conference so that our clinicians are equipped with the most relevant, best practices!  We are also glad to have these three ladies back in the office! 

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