8:00 – 10:00 AM

Speaker Names/Credentials: Cindy Esquivias, MS, CCC-SLP

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:Dual Language Learner Considerations in Speech-Language Pathology.

Description/Abstract: 

This presentation will cover current considerations for speech-language treatment and assessment of dual language learners. This talk will cover common misconceptions for working with this population as well as offer ways to best support families as they navigate SLP services.

Presentation Length: 2 hours

Financial Disclosures: Teaching/speaking honorarium

Non-Financial Disclosures: none

Learner Objectives:

  • ·        Learner’s will describe what a dual language learner (DLL) is and how the different types are defined.
  • ·        Learner’s will identify at least 2 considerations for treatment approaches with this population.  
  • ·        Learner’s will identify at least 2 considerations for best practices during an evaluation with a DLL.
  • ·        Learner’s will discuss the impact of dual language learning.
  • ·        Learner’s will identify at least 2 resources for obtaining more information for additional
  • learning related to DLL.
  • ·        Learner’s will discuss common DLL misconceptions in order to best support families as they navigate SLP services.

10:00 am – 10:15 am

               Break and sponsorship/LSHA highlights

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Speaker Names/Credentials: Terrylynn Jenkins, PhD, CCC-SLP

Terrylynn Jenkins, PhD., CCC-SLP, S-LP is the Speech Pathology Department Chair and Graduate Program Director at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Jenkins’ current university teaching and research interests are normal child-language and -literacy acquisition, and language and literacy disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse children.

Title:Interpreting and Intervening Language Impairment in African American Children 3-8 Years Old

Description/Abstract: 

Children’s use of and understanding of vocabulary and complex sentence structures are “good” indicators of academic and literacy success. Typically, first grade is the entrance into the world of literacy, which requires children to comprehend and produce complex, syntactic structures. This talk presents opportunity for SLPs working with African American children in primary grades to distinguish between typical language development that lends to literacy skills, and impaired language development that hinders literacy skills in and how to intervene from an evidenced-based perspective. Language impairment is the primary disorder.

Presentation Length: 1 hour

Financial Disclosures: Gratis LSHA 2022 convention registration for teaching/speaking

Non-Financial Disclosures: none

Learner Objectives:

  • ·        Learners will review current demographics of African American children enrolled in speech-language therapy as the primary disorder, particularly in Louisiana.
  • ·        Learners will discuss current research data describing characteristics of language impairment in African American children.
  • ·        Learners will identify typical language development and impaired language development in African American children.
  • ·        Learners will identify considerations for selecting and using various stimuli/activities for language intervention for African American children with language impairment.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Speaker Names/Credentials: Melissa Handy, MS, CCC-SLP & Tara Roy White, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Melissa Handy, MS, CCC-SLP – Director of Clinical Education at Xavier University of Louisiana has practiced for 19 years in Maryland, Texas, and Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University (UG – COMD Spring 1999) and Southeastern Louisiana University (Grad – COMD Spring 2003).

Tara Roy White, M.Ed., CCC-SLP – Clinical Educator at Xavier University of Louisiana has practiced for 17 years in across Louisiana and is a graduate of Southern University A & M College (UG – Speech Path & Aud., Spring 2004) and Southern University A & M College (Grad – Speech Pathology/Special Education, Fall 2006).

Title:Considerations and Recommendations for Supervision of Graduate Students at Off-Site Placements

Description/Abstract: 

ASHA states that supervising a speech-language pathology graduate student (student clinicians) benefits the supervising SLP in a number of ways but as previous off-site clinical educators, we also know that it adds to our responsibilities and tasks. This training will assist the clinical educator’s knowledge in current research, student needs, and best practices to assist in making the process easier for busy SLPs.

Presentation Length: 1 hour

Financial Disclosures: Gratis LSHA 2022 convention registration for teaching/speaking

Non-Financial Disclosures: none

Learner Objectives:

  • ·        Learners will discuss ASHA’s knowledge & skills required of individuals engaging in clinical trainings.
  • ·        Learners will identify the goals of clinical education.
  • ·        Learners will review summaries of research articles related to clinical supervision.
  • ·        Learners will compare handouts and recommendations to assist with the process of supervising and mentoring graduate students.
  • ·        Learners will match disorders to the areas of the ASHA Big 9 (speech sound production, fluency, voice, Recept/Expressive Language, hearing, swallowing/feeding, cognitive aspects, social aspects, and AAC).
  • ·        Learners will demonstrate understanding of the grading system in CALIPSO, a tool used by 83% of all Speech-Language Pathology programs.


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