Speaker Biographies, Disclosures, & Learner Objectives

8:00 - 9:00

Speaker Names/Credentials:

Dr. Ashley Argrave is an Audiologist, educator, and consultant. Dr. Argrave provides direct services to students while also providing special education support, audiology services, training, and consulting specializing in Deaf and hard of hearing students. She is a fluently signing, proud CODA (Child of a Deaf adult)! She has a Masters in Deaf Education and Doctorate of Audiology. After her role as the Statewide Coordinator for Deaf Education, the opportunity to create her own resources and provide direct services arose as Deaf Education Network Louisiana. She is an adjunct professor at Southern University. She also serves as the Secretary and commissioner on the Board for the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf.

Title: Deaf Awareness: Why It Matters


Deaf Awareness is important for Audiologists when communicating and treating Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) patients. Understanding Deaf culture helps professionals build a rapport, show respect, and have empathy with patients. This presentation will cover the Do’s and Don’ts of communicating with DHH people. It will touch on the medical and cultural perspectives of DHH people. It will discuss some fun FACT or FICTION details of Deaf people and their language. Lastly, this presentation will discuss how to treat DHH patients as well as what Audiologists can do to improve serving these patients.

Presentation Length: 1 hour

Financial Disclosures: Speaker is receiving free CEUs for presenting at this event.

Non-Financial Disclosures: Speaker does not have any non-financial disclosures.

Learner Objectives:

Learners will describe the differences between the medical and cultural perspectives of DHH people.

Learners will identify if characteristics of the DHH community are FACT or FICTION.

Learners will list and discuss ways to improve serving and treating DHH patients.

Learners will identify the do’s and don'ts of communicating with DHH patients.

Learners will describe special cultural aspects of the Deaf community that make it unique.

9:00 - 10:00

Speaker Names/Credentials:

Gregory Robinson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). They direct the TLC: Gender Affirming Communication Group, and they are a researcher/instructor in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion of marginalized groups in CSD


First, Do No Harm: Caring for Transgender and Nonbinary Clients Across the SLP and Audiology Scopes of Practice.


Many of us entered the fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology because we wanted to make a difference in the lives of people, deliver compassionate care, and serve vulnerable populations with communication concerns. Transgender and nonbinary people are among the most vulnerable in our communities, and they are clients needing services across our scopes of practice. This presentation is for all speech-language pathologists and audiologists because transgender and nonbinary people experience communication, swallowing, hearing, and balance disorders. In fact, transgender and nonbinary people are more likely to experience some of these conditions than others. For example, several studies have reported neurodiverse people (autism, ADHD, dissociative identity disorder, etc.) are more likely to be transgender or nonbinary. Additionally, transgender and nonbinary people experience higher rates of stress from constant discrimination in the wider community, and that additive stress can increase their likelihood of strokes and cancer. Transgender and nonbinary people also may experience swallowing and speech concerns after gender affirming facial surgeries. They may also damage their voice when attempting to achieve a different voice without proper care and guidance.

Unfortunately, there is substantial misinformation about transgender and nonbinary people in the wider community, and when that misinformation is carried forward by practicing speech-language pathologists and audiologists, significant harm can occur.

This presentation will provide SLPs and Audiologists with practical information that they need to serve transgender and nonbinary clients, patients, and students across our scopes of practice. We will discuss health disparities; diagnoses that are disproportionately more common among transgender and nonbinary people; speech, language, and swallowing disorders that may occur along with common medical transition procedures; and ways to deliver affirming, supportive care to transgender and nonbinary people.

Presentation Length: 1 hour

Financial Disclosures: Speaker is currently employed at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Speaker is receiving an honoraria for presenting in today’s event. Speaker is receiving complimentary CEUs for presenting at this event.

Non-Financial Disclosures: Speaker is a board member for L’GASP

Learner Objectives:

List 3 communication disorders that are more likely to occur in transgender and nonbinary people.

Revise 3 incorrect statements often believed about transgender and nonbinary people.

Discuss 3 ways they can improve the care they deliver to transgender and nonbinary clients.

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Break and sponsorship/LSHA highlights

10:15 - 11:15

Speaker Names/Credentials:

Hillary got her start in speech-language pathology in an outpatient private practice in Leesville, Louisiana, which served active-duty soldiers, their dependents, and military retirees. In 2016, Hillary decided that she wanted to set out to change the status quo of dysphagia treatment in North Louisiana, so she started her own outpatient private practice and then created North Louisiana Swallow Solutions to be the premier mobile FEES provider in the region. And because of her strong need to give back to a world that has given her so much, Hillary co-founded The Dysphagia Outreach Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful assistance to individuals affected by dysphagia. In 2020 Hillary joined forces with Jessica Lasky and Michael Kurtz to establish Evolutionary Education Solutions, an ASHA approved CEU Provider to bring high quality dysphagia education to speech-language pathologists around the country.


Ethics of Dysphagia and Patient Self-Advocacy


In the realm of dysphagia management, clinicians are often presented with the ethical dilemma of disagreeing with patients regarding the safest, least restrictive diet. Scared by the ever-looming threat of dysphagia litigation, many clinicians default to aggressively conservative (and often outdated) assessment and treatment decisions with the intention of avoiding litigation. Additionally, many hospitals and long-term care facilities also encourage use of waivers to dodge liability for dysphagia outcomes. In this lecture we will discuss litigation themes in dysphagia, the Patient Self-Determination act of 1990, and the outdated use of dietary waivers. We will wrap up with tips on how an SLP might navigate these murky ethical waters while balancing both the patients’ rights AND their own legal liability.

Presentation Length: 1hour

Financial Disclosures:

Owner, North Louisiana Swallow Solutions, receives salary

Co-Owner, Evolutionary Education Solutions, receives salary

Content Creator, Lecturer, & Mentor for the Medical SLP Collective, receives honorariums

Non-Financial Disclosures:

President & Co-Founder of Dysphagia Outreach Project

2021-2022 President of the Louisiana Speech-Language Hearing Association

Learner Objectives:

1990 that apply to the informed consent process

The participant will describe the dietary modification recommendation informed consent process

The participant will identify the differences between “coercive” and “non-coercive” strategies for ethically managing patients who choose diets other than what is clinically recommended.

11:15 - 12:15

Speaker Names/Credentials:

Cindy Esquivias, MS, CCC-SLP graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles with a Master of Science in Education, and CSU East Bay with a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She currently works full time for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and is a lecturer at San Jose State University.

Title: Ethical Considerations in Early Intervention for the SLP


This presentation will cover general considerations for speech-language pathologists working in early intervention. Discussion will focus on potential code of ethics violations while working with this population, as well as offer ways to best include families and their values in decision-making.

Presentation Length: 1 hour

Financial Disclosures: Speaker is receiving an honoraria for presenting in today’s event. Speaker is receiving complimentary CEUs for presenting at this event.

Non-Financial Disclosures: Speaker does not have financial disclosures.

Learner Objectives:

Learners will identify at least 2 potential ethical code violations from the scenarios discussed today.

Learners will identify at least 2 ways to prevent ethical code violations in your own practice.

Learners will discuss the impact of their own internalized biases and demonstrate respect for an individual's age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national/regional origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Learners will understand how to integrate a client’s/family's traditions, customs, values, and beliefs in service delivery.

Learners will describe the use of culturally appropriate communication with clients, caregivers, and families.

Learners will describe what family-centered care is and how it is essential to ethical decision-making

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