Speech-Language Pathology - Continuing Education

First, I hope that you and yours are safe and well.  Given our current situation and the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo to extend the shutdown in NY to May 15, we will not be able to offer our Spring 2020 Conference this year. We have canceled the conference for this year rather than trying to re-schedule it for later in the year and we will look to offer a conference again in 2021. 

- Louis Cino, Dean, Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies

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 conted@molloy.edu or call 516.323.3550.

Spring 2020 Program

Augmentative Communication:  Current Trends in Assessment and Intervention

 Friday, June 5, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.;
Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center, RVC

Presenter: Grace  Forestieri, M.S., CCC/SLP, ATP

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Office of Continuing Education at Molloy College are pleased to welcome  Grace  Forestieri, M.S., CCC/SLP, ATP,  who will be presenting the topic, "Augmentative Communication:  Current Trends in Assessment and Intervention", on Friday, June 5, 2020 (please note date change from June 12). The program is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area). A certificate of completion will be issued at the conclusion of the program. 

Program Description 
This presentation will focus on current practices in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment and intervention while providing information on new trends and research in the field. Speech-language pathologists are increasingly called upon to consider augmentative and alternative communication for their clients.  However, their ability to provide effective services in this area may be limited due to a lack of training and experience.  The morning session will help broaden speech-language pathologist's knowledge base regarding AAC assessment principles and will give a general overview of capability assessment, language representation systems and how to use feature matching in the device selection process. The afternoon session will focus on current trends in AAC intervention including aided language stimulation, core vocabulary, literacy and new developments in existing technologies such as the iPad and eye-gaze devices.  Case studies and examples will be provided to illustrate key ideas. A takeaway list of online resources to assist in AAC assessment and intervention will be provided. .5 instructional hours

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the program, participants will:

1.      Be able to state the goal of augmentative and alternative assessment and describe the four areas of communicative competence essential to identifying goals and areas of need for your clients.
2.      Learn about the participation model of assessment and how to match communication needs and capabilities to an AAC device. 
3.      Learn about several assessment tools that can be used in AAC decision making.
4.      Learn about the 4 main types of language representation systems that may be considered and differentiate when an iPad or dedicated device is needed.
5.      Learn about aided language stimulation and how to support your AAC communicator for increased language learning.
6.      Learn about new technologies and current trends in AAC intervention including core vocabulary, iPad technology, social media, and literacy.

About the Speaker
Grace  Forestieri, M.S., CCC/SLP, ATP  is an adjunct instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Molloy College and a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist presently providing AAC evaluations and clinical services at AHRC Suffolk. She is also certified by the Rehabilitation Society of North America as an Assistive Technology Professional and has 30 years of experience recommending and implementing augmentative communication systems for children and adults with physical challenges and complex communication needs such as cerebral palsy, autism, Rett Syndrome, and intellectual challenges. Grace has consulted with families and school districts on AAC and has given numerous workshops and presentations in augmentative and alternative communication at the local, state and international levels.  

Speaker Disclosures

Relevant Financial Relationships
Adjunct Instructor at Molloy College
- Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech Language Pathologist at AHRC Suffolk
- Speaker receives an honorarium for continuing education presentations
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships
- Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Speaker does not receive any financial gain from the use or demonstration of any of the apps or products demonstrated.  

Time Ordered Agenda   

8:30 - 9:00          Registration

9:00 - 10:30        Lecture ·  Introduction & learning objectives · Goal of AAC assessment and general considerations ·  Participation Model of assessment ·  Capability assessment

10:30 - 10: 45    Break   

10:45 - 12:00     Lecture · Language representation systems and demonstration of various apps · Considerations in recommending iPads vs. dedicated devices · Communicative competence and types of AAC communicators · Feature Matching

12:00 - 12:30     Lunch

12:30 - 1:45        Lecture ·  Current Trends in AAC Intervention:  Aided Language Stimulation ·  Current Trends in AAC Intervention:  Core Words · Current Trends in AAC Intervention:  Supporting Literacy Learning

1:45 - 2:00          Break

2:00 - 2:45          Lecture ·  Current Trends in AAC Intervention:  iPad and new iOS accessibility features ·  Current Trends in AAC Intervention:  Eye gaze devices, social media and therapy ideas

2:45 - 3:00          Questions and course evaluation

Date and Time
The program will take place on Friday, June 5, 2020 with the breakfast, check-in and registration being held from 8:30-9:00  a.m., introductions at 9:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Continuing Education Credit

The program is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

The conference will be given in the Hays Theatre, in the Wilbur Arts Center 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 516.323.3553 for a list of area hotels.

Tuition Rates (includes Breakfast and Lunch):
Early Registration through 4/17/20: $90
Regular Registration, 4/18-5/15: $115
Late Registration, 5/16-6/4: $125
6/5 or at the door: $135
Molloy Students: $10 (please register using your Molloy email)
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID at door): $40
Molloy Alumni 25% discount
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge (please register using your Molloy email)

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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.

Mailing List
To be placed on our mailing list, call Ramona Ali at 516.323.3553 or email rali@molloy.edu.

If you should have any questions concerning registration or the program, call 516.323.3553 or email rali@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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Continuing Education and Professional Development
1000 Hempstead Avenue Siena Hall, Room 106 Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002