Fall 2019 SLP Conference

Molloy University 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.

Fall 2019 Program

The Interconnection of Trauma and Its Effects on Child Development:
A Focus on Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Skills

 Friday, December 6, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
Madison Theatre, Public Square, RVC

Presenters: Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD and Polina Shkadron

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Office of Continuing Education at Molloy University are pleased to welcome  Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD and  Polina Shkadron, who will be presenting the topic, "The Interconnection of Trauma and Its Effects on Child Development: A Focus on Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Skills , on Friday, December 6, 2019. The program is offered for .4 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 the interconnection between trauma and child development and their impact on executive functioning and social-emotional skills. Recent research has more closely demonstrated how various types of trauma impact children on a neurophysiological level, significantly influencing the maturation of critical brain areas, including those responsible for executive functioning. Unfortunately, many traditional conceptualizations of challenges surrounding children's development focus on behaviors and skills, or lack thereof, and do not consider the potential role of trauma.

The presenters, a licensed speech-language pathologist and a licensed psychologist, will integrate their disciplines while using a shared developmental and relationship-based framework to describe how trauma and child development impact one another. The presentation will depict components of executive functioning and social-emotional skills, including the role of self-regulation and essential precursors leading to children's abilities to utilize these skills. Participants will be provided
with concrete clinical strategies from an integrated linguistic and psychological perspective for children at home and in their classrooms.

Video case studies will demonstrate how the framework of executive functioning is intertwined with social-emotional capacities, leading to frustrations and breakdowns in communication. Further, small-group discussion will be facilitated during which participants will learn to conceptualize children's individualized profiles and brainstorm strategies for treatment. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own clinical examples of treatment with individuals with histories of trauma and social- emotional challenges and receive guidance from their peers and the presenters. The conference will conclude with a group discussion to brainstorm strategies for promoting and enhancing societal awareness of the underlying impact of trauma and developmental factors on children's executive functioning and social-emotional skills in home-based and therapeutic settings.   4 instructional hours

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the program, participants will:

1.     Participants will define executive function skills and explain how they relate to the concepts of problem solving, managing conflicts, and sustaining relationships.

2.    Participants will describe the role of environmental stressors on early development in order to understand how traumatic experiences lead to dysregulation.

3.    Participants will assess a child's behavior, including their core deficits, and formulate solutions using specific linguistic strategies that coincide with the child's developmental capacity.

4.    Participants will assess and determine how best to support children with traumatic histories in psychotherapy, counseling, and a variety of classroom settings.

5.    Participants will explain 3 strategies for parents and professionals to address executive function skills in the home and/or school environments.

About the Speakers

Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD, Clinical psychologist
Dr. Lauren Tobing-Puente is a licensed psychologist who earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in child and family therapy, from Fordham University.  She worked for many years in Early Intervention, preschool, and Head Start programs in addition to school, home and hospital settings for children with various developmental needs.  She is the former Clinical Coordinator of a large independent special needs school where she supervised a multidisciplinary team of mental health clinicians and evaluated and provided psychotherapy to students using  the DIR®/Floortime methodology.  Currently, in her private practice, Dr. Tobing-Puente supervises psychologists and provides evaluations and treatment for individuals, from toddlerhood to young adulthood and their families, school consultations, and provides consultation and training for an early intervention agency.  She is on the board of the NY Metro chapter of the National Autism Association (NAA) and facilitates their monthly support group for parents of children with ASD.

Speaker Disclosures

Relevant Financial Relationships:
- sole owner of Dr. Lauren Tobing-Puente, Licensed Psychologist, LLC
- consultant to Early Childhood Associates
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships:
- member of the Board, National Autism Association-New York Metro chapter
- member of the American Psychological Association (APA) 
- member of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)

Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, MSNE, CFTP
Polina is a speech-language pathologist and nutrition educator with over a decade of experience working with children and their families. She is the owner of Play to Learn, SLP PC, an established private practice in Forest Hills, as well as an adjunct faculty member at CUNY Queens College. Polina holds an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Queens College and an MSNE from American University. She is a Certified
Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding.

Her experiences in the field of speech-language pathology span the gamut from early intervention through the high school population. Polina's interests and specialties include working with children with autism spectrum disorder, language learning disabilities, phonological impairments, and feeding challenges. She uniquely attends to the enhancement of the mealtime environment for children and families through individual and family nutrition counseling, parental empowerment, and self-efficacy. Polina has formed intricate connections between adverse childhood experiences, ramifications of toxic stressors, and the effects on children's social-emotional and executive functioning capacities in early development. Her overall goal is to educate children and their families on the major impact that foundational attitudes and beliefs can have on building lifelong skills.

Speaker Disclosures

Relevant Financial Relationships:
- adjunct lecturer at CUNY Queens College
- sole owner of Play to Learn, SLP PC
- receives an honorarium for continuing education presentations

Relevant Non-Financial Relationships:
- member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- member of the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB)
- member of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN)

Time Ordered Agenda      

8:30-8:45                 Registration

8:45-9:00                 Introductions of presenters

9:00-9:15                  Course outline and commencing activity

9:15-9:40                  Brief overview of the brain and nervous systems including areas responsible for language processing, cognitive functioning, decision making, and emotional regulation

9:40-10:00               Definitions of executive function (EF) skills, toxic/environmental stressors, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) with connections to the nervous system and how the brain perceives/experiences threats

10:00-10:20             Discussion of typical cognitive, linguistic and social-emotional development, along with the precursors necessary to establish core EF skills

10:20-10:45              Case examples of speech-language sessions with explanations of specific clinical strategies

10:45-11:00              Stretch/restroom

11:00-11:30               Explaining the potential role of trauma and its effects on EF and social-emotional skills

11:30-12:00              Describing the relationship between behavior management, self- regulation, and metacognition in relation to stress and development

12:00-12:30              Group brainstorming activity based on video case study focusing on the role of psychotherapy in treatment and utilization of strategies to support families

12:30-12:45              Comments, questions and sharing from participants' experiences in the classroom and various therapy settings

12:45-1:00                Wrap up and course evaluation

Date and Time
The program will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019 with the breakfast, check-in and registration being held from 8:00-8:45  a.m., introductions at 8:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Continuing Education Credit

The program is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education Credit
Molloy University is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), sponsor number 3216. This conference is approved for 4 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Click here for further information on the new CTLE requirements.
Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 4 contact hour will be awarded if you attend each session of the conference.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
Molloy University, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This conference is offered for 4 CE contact hours for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs). 

The conference will be given in the Madison Theatre, 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 Breakfast):
Late Registration, through 12/5: $75
12/6 or at the door:
Molloy Students:
$10 (please register using your Molloy email)
Non-Molloy Students
(provide copy of student ID at door): $20
Molloy Alumni:
25% discount off the above tuition rates
Molloy Faculty and Staff:
No Charge (please register using your Molloy email)

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to register online. 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.

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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 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 University 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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