Convention 2023

March 30, 2023 - March 31, 2023
Stonewall Resort
940 Resort Dr.
Roanoke, WV 26447
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Format: In Person

After several years of virtual events, WVSHA Convention 2023 will be hosted in person at the beautiful Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. We are excited to host a conference where friends and colleagues can gather again under one roof. We understand many of you enjoyed the convenience of a virtual event, and we plan to alternate live and virtual conferences for the immediate future.

We are now seeking speakers for this event! See the Speaker Signup tab for more information.

Registration Pricing


Non-Member WVSHA Member Student
Early Bird Registration (until Feb 26) $375* $275* $25
Full Registration $425* $325* $50
* includes 2 lunches

Due to the resort's deadline for food counts, all attendees must register by March 23rd.

Wednesday, March 29
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

What’s Happening the Schools? The WVDE Update 2023

Presenter: Lee Ann Brammer
Location: TBD
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During this presentation, Lee Ann Brammer will highlight goals and activities planned by the West Virginia Department of Education, including those specifically for speech-language pathologists.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two updates with the WVDE.
  2. List two changes that have occurred in the last year in WV schools.
  3. List two WVDE professional development activities planned for the upcoming school year.

Speaker Qualifications

Lee Ann Brammer is a speech-language pathologist currently serving as the West Virginia Department of Education Coordinator for Speech-Language Impaired, Assistive Technology, and AEM. Her BA and MA in speech-language pathology were earned at Marshall University. She worked for 34 years as a speech-language pathologist in Kanawha County Schools. For the past 26 years, Lee Ann has pursued specialized and advanced training in the areas of augmentative communication, autism, and childhood apraxia. Lee Ann is a member of the national State Education Agencies Communication Disabilities Council, the West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems Advisory Council, and the PATHS Advisory Board. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

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Thursday, March 30
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

FEES Principles of Care

Presenter: Kristin Sears-Kopp and Catherine Taylor Fravel
Location: TBD
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Course Description: FEES has been in use as an instrumental assessment tool for people with dysphagia for over 30 years. The "FEES Principles of Care" course will orient us to FEES and describe a practical application to patients with dysphagia. The instructor will also introduce strategies to support the patient with dysphagia throughout the continuum of care, navigate patterns seen with FEES and describe how to use FEES as a collaborative assessment tool. This course will provide a didactic learning experience with the use of case studies with the goal of promoting collaborative, patient-centered, evidence-based approaches to FEES and dysphagia management.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the use of FEES to patients with dysphagia in different care settings.
  2. Contrast observations seen during FEES with functional outcomes.
  3. Identify dysphagia treatment, management, and other medical referrals that are supported following the completion of a FEES.

Author Biographical Sketch

Kristin Sears-Kopp, MA/CCC-SLP is the current Director of Clinical Services with Carolina Speech Pathology. She has been a practicing medical SLP since 2002. She has served as a clinician, instructor, guest speaker and committee member throughout her career.
Catherine Taylor Fravel, MA/CCC-SLP is currently an endoscopist SLP with Carolina Speech Pathology. She has been a practicing medical SLP since 1995. She has worked with adults across settings ranging from acute care to home health. She has also served as a guest lecturer and as an adjunct professor at Butler University.

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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Neurodiversity and DLD: The Importance of Strengths-Based Assessment and Treatment

Presenter: Samantha Dudding M.S., CCC-SLP
Location: TBD
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The Neurodiversity (ND) movement promotes a focus on differences rather than deficits: “there is no one right way of thinking, learning, and behaving" (Baumer & Frueh, 2021; Rosqvist et al., 2020 ). This movement is motivating a paradigm shift in what and how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide services for individuals diagnosed with autism, stuttering, hearing impairment and most recently, developmental language disorder (DLD). This presentation will describe the evidence-base for the ND movement and its importance in assessment and treatment of DLD. Participants will be invited to use a growth mindset in applying practices for serving children with DLD and their families.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning Outcomes

  1. After this course, participants will be able to describe the Neurodiversity Movement as it relates to Developmental Language Disorders.
  2. After this course, participants will be able to apply Neurodiversity-affirming practices in writing strengths-based assessments.
  3. After this course, participants will be able to plan and implement Neurodiversity-affirming practices in strengths-based interventions.

Author Biographical Sketch

Samantha M Dudding M.S., CCC-SLP. Samantha is a current doctoral student and clinical educator at James Madison University. Her research interests include parent involvement in school-based speech and language services, specifically for children who are suspected of having a developmental language disorder. Samantha holds a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from JMU and practiced clinically as a school-based SLP for 4 years before beginning her doctoral program.

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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch and Learn--What now? How do I handle this ethical situation?

Presenter: Lissa Power-deFur PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
Location: TBD
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This Lunch and Learn Ethics session will guide participants in the use of an approach for resolving and preventing ethical challenges. This approach relies on gathering sufficient information about the situation, reviewing ethical and legal standards, and consulting a variety of personal and research-based resources. These actions will enable participants to brainstorm a variety of potential vehicles for resolving and/or preventing an ethical dilemma. Participants will engage in table-top discussions of a variety of cases drawn from school and health care settings.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will identify 3 steps to follow when faced with an ethical challenge.
  2. Participants will list principles and rules from the ASHA Code of Ethics that are implicated by ethical scenarios.
  3. Participants will identify information and resources to gather to resolve or prevent an illustrative ethical dilemma.

Author Biographical Sketch

Lissa Power-deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, ASHA-F is Professor Emeritus at Longwood University, where she served as program director, chair, and interim dean. Previously, she served as an administrator at the Virginia Department of Education and as a clinician in education, early intervention, and rehabilitation settings. She has offered over 200 presentations and over 35 publications. Lissa is an active volunteer – serving on various committees and boards at both the state and national level, including ASHA’s Board of Ethics and Board of Directors. She is honored to receive teaching and service awards from various organizations.

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2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Little Things in Treatment Matter

Presenter: Jayne Brandel PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Chairperson
Location: TBD
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Response to treatment often varies for clients and sometimes doesn't mirror that which is observed in the research. Recent research indicates that underlying principles related to treatment approaches are not assessed by clinicians to ensure that client progress is a result of treatment. This session will present key concepts associated with treatment fidelity such as the different types of data collected in treatment and teaching episodes. Tools and strategies for integrating these key concepts into daily treatment sessions efficiently and effectively will be presented.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the concepts of treatment fidelity, teaching episodes, and data collection related to impact on client progress..
  2. Identify the key aspects of treatment fidelity for at least one treatment approach.
  3. Outline a teaching episode used in one treatment approach.
  4. Develop a basic session plan that integrates clear treatment and data collection times..

Author Biographical Sketch

Jayne Brandel is Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Division and Associate Professor at West Virginia University. Her research examines current practices regarding school-based services, with an emphasis on those related to students with or at-risk of language-based disorders.

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Friday, March 31
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Poster Sessions

Presenter: Sarah Clemins
Location: TBD
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Students and Faculty from Marshall University and West Virginia University will present their research via poster submission.

Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. List two things they recall from the posters.
  2. List two ways to implement information learned in their practice.
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9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Do our assessments meet special education eligibility requirements?

Presenter: Lissa Power-deFur
Location: TBD
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Eligibility for speech-language services in schools must adhere to the federal special education requirements. This session begins with an explanation of IDEA requirements, including eligibility criteria, use of standardized/non-standardized assessments and classroom observations, and team decision-making. As students from certain racial-ethnic groups have been disproportionately represented in special education, the session will include strategies to prevent disproportionality. The session will also address eligibility concerns related to unique populations, such as students with severe disabilities and students with pediatric feeding disorders. As eligibility decisions are made by an interprofessional team, tips for enhancing the team’s deliberations will be included.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will select and administer assessments that will lead to more informed eligibility decisions.
  2. Participants will connect assessment data with education standards to document adverse educational impact.
  3. Participants will explain potential causes of disproportionate eligibility determination of students from diverse racial ethnic background.
  4. Participants will list 3 strategies to use when planning for dismissal.

Author Biographical Sketch

Lissa Power-deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, ASHA-F is Professor Emeritus at Longwood University, where she served as program director, chair, and interim dean. Previously, she served as an administrator at the Virginia Department of Education and as a clinician in education, early intervention, and rehabilitation settings. She has offered over 200 presentations and over 35 publications. Lissa is an active volunteer – serving on various committees and boards at both the state and national level, including ASHA’s Board of Ethics and Board of Directors. She is honored to receive teaching and service awards from various organizations.

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9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Experience AAC: An Interactive Lab with SGD Companies

Location: TBD
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Join high tech speech generating device companies to learn about their current devices and updates. Take time to trial devices and ask questions.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will provide 2 similarities between devices.
  2. Participants will list 3 new SGD features they learned.
  3. Participants will describe how they could utilize SGD with their current caseload .
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9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Transitioning to IDDSI: A multidisciplinary approach

Presenter: Jasmin Cummins
Location: TBD
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This course focused on a multidisciplinary approach to implementation of IDDSI in an acute care setting. Topics covered were steps to implementation, barriers, testing and education. The interactive portion of the course included testing of liquids and solids.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the rational for utilization of IDDSI.
  2. Identify steps to collaborate across professions to implement a facility wide transition.
  3. Describe IDDSI liquid and solid levels and identify restrictions.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of IDDSI testing protocols.

Author Biographical Sketch

Jasmin Cummins, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an acute care speech language pathologist at University of Kentucky Healthcare, a level one trauma center and level four NICU in Lexington, Ky. She graduated in 2011 with her Master of Science from University of Kentucky. She worked in an acute care setting since graduation with adults and pediatrics. She received her board certification in swallowing and swallowing disorders in 2018.

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Learn Inverting the burden: A case studies’ approach to equitable outcomes in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders

Presenter: Sucheta Kamath MA, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
Location: TBD
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As students, providers, patient advocates, academicians, and policy-makers rethink ways to achieve health and educational equity, efforts are being made to interrogate systems widening the opportunity gap while producing unfavorable outcomes in marginalized groups. “Inverting the burden” is the process by which we can operationalize efforts to challenge longstanding inequities and hidden racism by upturning the burden from individuals to institutions. This presentation will examine the equity gap in communication sciences and disorders using interactive case study analysis in three areas of practice: clients, students, and professionals. Participants will increase their knowledge of the complex ecosystem of systemic inequalities and techniques that can improve outcomes.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the concepts of inverted burden and its applicability to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
  2. List three strategies to create opportunities for minorities in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders (clients, students and professionals) by equipping them with tools they need to succeed, while removing obstacles in their way.
  3. Describe ways to removing barriers by understanding the interconnected complex ecosystem of systemic inequalities health and the safety net of the most vulnerable and neglected populations and the gap in the continuum of care.

Author Biographical Sketch

Sucheta Kamath, founder/CEO of ExQ, is an ed-tech entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, award-winning speech-language pathologist, cognitive-retraining specialist, podcast host, and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. Sucheta’s mission is to transform education to teach children how to learn to learn and has been leading the way in helping leaders and entrepreneurs build mindful, self-reflective, and inclusive brains, relationships, and workplaces. Lastly, Sucheta serves on many boards including Leadership Atlanta, the National Multi-Faith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration (EMI) and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and she is involved in many racial equity, justice, and interfaith projects, as well as community programing for the homeless.

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1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Scaffolding Grit to Strengthen Growth Mindset and Executive Function Learning

Presenter: Sucheta Kamath MA, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
Location: TBD
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Research psychologist, Angela Duckworth, describes grit as "perseverance and passion for long-term goals” and studies show that children and adults who exhibit grit are more engaged, motivated, and take greater responsibility for their own life. Executive Function training centered around explicit teaching of metacognitive processes, growth mindsets, and self-devised strategic thinking catapults individual’s personal agency in personal problem solving and decision to serve the future-self. Participants who wear multiple hats as practitioners, educators, or parents will learn practical strategies to not only unleash clients’ curiosity but increase the rigor of their own practice, while increasing intrinsic motivation and goal-directed persistence.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define grit and contextualize perseverance and learning to develop the powerful drive inside ALL learners.
  2. Understand the connection between grit, executive function skills, and fostering a growth mindset.
  3. Learn ways to integrate these concepts into your practice, classroom and life!

Author Biographical Sketch

Sucheta Kamath, founder/CEO of ExQ, is an ed-tech entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, award-winning speech-language pathologist, cognitive-retraining specialist, podcast host, and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. Sucheta’s mission is to transform education to teach children how to learn to learn and has been leading the way in helping leaders and entrepreneurs build mindful, self-reflective, and inclusive brains, relationships, and workplaces. Lastly, Sucheta serves on many boards including Leadership Atlanta, the National Multi-Faith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration (EMI) and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and she is involved in many racial equity, justice, and interfaith projects, as well as community programing for the homeless.

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Table Talk—Networking with Other SLPs

Location: TBD
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In this session, participants will have an opportunity to network with other SLPs across the state of WV. There will be three 20-minute table sessions. At the conclusion of each table session, participants will move to the next designated topic table. Table topics will focus on current challenges in the field of speech language pathology.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning Outcomes
Participants will be able to:

  1. List two new resources for information regarding two topics of interest.
  2. List two new strategies they will try as the result of this session.
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Wednesday, March 29StartsEnds
What’s Happening the Schools? The WVDE Update 2023
Presenter: Lee Ann Brammer
5:00 PM 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 30StartsEnds
FEES Principles of Care
Presenter: Kristin Sears-Kopp and Catherine Taylor Fravel
10:15 AM 11:45 AM
Neurodiversity and DLD: The Importance of Strengths-Based Assessment and Treatment
Presenter: Samantha Dudding M.S., CCC-SLP
10:15 AM 11:45 AM
Lunch and Learn--What now? How do I handle this ethical situation?
Presenter: Lissa Power-deFur PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
12:00 PM 2:00 PM
The Little Things in Treatment Matter
Presenter: Jayne Brandel PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Chairperson
2:30 PM 5:00 PM
Friday, March 31StartsEnds
Poster Sessions
Presenter: Sarah Clemins
8:00 AM 9:00 AM
Do our assessments meet special education eligibility requirements?
Presenter: Lissa Power-deFur
9:15 AM 10:45 AM
Experience AAC: An Interactive Lab with SGD Companies 9:15 AM 10:45 AM
Transitioning to IDDSI: A multidisciplinary approach
Presenter: Jasmin Cummins
9:15 AM 10:45 AM
Lunch and Learn Inverting the burden: A case studies’ approach to equitable outcomes in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders
Presenter: Sucheta Kamath MA, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
11:00 AM 1:00 PM
Scaffolding Grit to Strengthen Growth Mindset and Executive Function Learning
Presenter: Sucheta Kamath MA, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
1:30 PM 3:30 PM
Table Talk—Networking with Other SLPs 3:00 PM 4:00 PM
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