Speech-Language Pathology - Continuing Education

Molloy College offers programming wherein participants are eligible to receive CEUs from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the accrediting organization for speech pathologists and audiologists. Programs are offered throughout the year, normally once in the fall and once in the spring. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, email Cindy Thomas at cthomas@molloy.edu or call 516.323.3554.

Fall, 2018 Program

  Speech/Resonance Disorders Due to
Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

 Monday, November 5, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Madison Theatre, Public Square, Molloy College, RVC

Presenter: Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP

Additional Handouts: Click the links below to download the additional handouts for today's program:

1. Cleft Lip and Palate
2. Speech, Resonance and VPD
3. Evaluation
4. Treatment

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Office of Continuing Education at Molloy College are pleased to welcome Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, who will be presenting, "Speech/Resonance Disorders Due to Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction", on Monday, November 5, 2018. The program is offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area). A certificate of completion will be issued at the conclusion of the program. 

Program Description
Children with speech and resonance disorders (hypernasality, hyponasality, and cul-de-sac resonance) and/or nasal emission present challenges for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in all settings. This seminar is designed to provide current, practical information for SLPs who frequently or occasionally see clients with speech/resonance disorders and/or nasal emission due to cleft palate, non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction, or other causes.

The presenter will provide a description of normal resonance and a demonstration of the characteristics of various resonance disorders. Normal velopharyngeal function will be described followed by a discussion of the types and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction. The effect of velopharyngeal dysfunction on both speech production and resonance will be explained and demonstrated. Many short videos will be used for illustration.

The presenter will describe and demonstrate simple low-tech and "no-tech" procedures that can be used for assessment in either a clinical or school setting. Specialized diagnostic procedures (videofluoroscopy, nasopharyngoscopy, nasometry, and pressure-flow) will be briefly discussed. Various treatment options, including surgery, prosthetic devices, and speech therapy, will be discussed. Specific therapy techniques for this population (that will also apply to other children with speech sound disorders) will be described and demonstrated. This seminar is designed to be informative, very practical, and fun!

Learning Objectives
After completing this session, participants will be able to:
·   describe normal facial and oral anatomy and different types of cleft;
·   discuss the effects of orofacial anomalies on speech and resonance;
·   identify the characteristics and causes of resonance disorders;
·   list the types and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction;
·   use appropriate procedures for assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal function;
·   describe various treatment options for resonance disorders and velopharyngeal dysfunction, including surgical procedures, prosthetic devices, and speech therapy; and apply appropriate therapeutic techniques for individuals in this population.

About the Speaker

Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D. CCC-SLP was the Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children's has become the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer is also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

Dr. Kummer does many lectures and seminars on a national and international level in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and on business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles and 24 book chapters in speech pathology and medical texts. She is one of the authors of the text entitled Business Practices: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA, 2004) and the author of the book entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: The Effects on Speech and Resonance, 3rd Edition (Cengage Learning, 2014). Dr. Kummer is the co- developer of the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test (1996) and author of the SNAP-R (2005) that is incorporated in the Nasometer equipment (PENTAX Medical). She holds a patent on the nasoscope, which is marketed as the Oral & Nasal Listener (Super Duper, Inc.). She was one of the main developers of workflow software that won the 1995 International Beacon Award through IBM/Lotus. (Derivative software is marketed by Chart Links.)

Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors, including: Honors of the Southwestern Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1995); Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) (1997); distinguished alumnus award from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati (1999); elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2002); named one of the top 25 most influential therapists in the United States by Therapy Times (2006); Honors for Distinguished Service, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati (2007); named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Cincinnati (2007); Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, Cincinnati Chapter (2010); Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati (2012), Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award from OSHLA (2012); Annie Glenn National Leadership Award, OSSPEAC (2014); and the Media Outreach Champion award from ASHA (2014). In 2017, she received Honors of the Association- the highest honor given by and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Speaker's Disclosure: the speaker has disclosed that she has no financial or non-financial relationship to disclose.

Time Ordered Agenda      

Part I: Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies 8:30-10:15 ·   Normal anatomy of the oral cavity and velopharyngeal mechanism ·   Types of clefts of the lip and palate and how they relate to embryological development ·   Dental and occlusal anomalies and their effects on speech. ·   Otological and hearing problems associated with cleft palate  

10:15-10:30 Break  

Part II: Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction 10:30-12:30 ·   Normal resonance and resonance disorders ·   Normal velopharyngeal function and types of velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) ·   Effects of velopharyngeal insufficiency/incompetence (VPI) on speech and resonance ·   Velopharyngeal mislearning  

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Part III: Evaluation and Treatment of Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction    1:30-3:15 ·   Perceptual evaluation of speech, resonance and velopharyngeal function ·   Intra-oral examination ·   Instrumental procedures (nasometry, videofluoroscopy, nasopharyngoscopy) ·   Surgical procedures ·   Prosthetic devices  

3:15-3:30 Break  

3:30-4:30 ·   Speech therapy techniques ·   Referrals  

4:30-5:00 ·   Questions/Cases             

Date and Time
The program will take place on Monday, November 5, 2018 with the breakfast, check-in and registration being held from 7:30-8:30 a.m., introductions at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The program is offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

The conference will be given in theMadison Theatre (first floor), in the Public Square on Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please call 516.323.3554 for a list of area hotels.

Tuition Rates (includes Lunch and Breakfast):
Late Registration, 10/27-11/4: $135
11/5 or at the door: $145
Molloy Students: $10 (please register using your Molloy email)
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID at door): $50
Molloy Alumni 25% discount off the above tuition rates
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge (please register using your Molloy email)

Click here
to register online. The Late Registration fee category is listed by default in the fee listing. The other fee categories will appear once you click "Enroll Yourself" and log on. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Click here to download a registration form to register by phone, by mail, by fax or in-person.  Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of each program. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the program at no charge.

Brochure and Mailing List
Click here
to download a conference brochure. A conference brochure will be mailed out in late August, 2018 to people on our mailing list. To be placed on our mailing list, call Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or email cthomas@molloy.edu.

If you should have any questions concerning registration or the program, call 516.323.3554 or email lcino@molloy.edu.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

Molloy's Communication Sciences and Disorders Department continues to offer a comprehensive undergraduate program in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology and also offers an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. The M.S. program in speech-language pathology at Molloy College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Additionally, our Speech, Language and Hearing Center is located off campus in a new facility and continues to serve the community by providing an array of evaluation and treatment services.

The Speech, Language and Hearing Center is located at 30 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre and continues to serve the community by providing an array of evaluation and treatment services.

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