ASHA Convention 2017

ASHA 2017From November 9-11, faculty, students and alumni from the University’s Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) department gathered in Los Angeles for one of the biggest professional conferences, the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention.

ASHA’s Interprofessional Education Committee invited Jenny Rajan, AuD, OCA assistant professor, and Dawn Ciccarone, MS, OTR/L, CLVT, instructor in the College of Education and Rehabilitation, to present, “Interprofessional Education: Preparing Student Health Professionals for Interprofessional Collaboration.” During the joint presentation, they defined what constitutes interprofessional education and explained the positive impact it can have on student learning, clinical practice and patient outcomes.

Interprofessional practice was also the focus of assistant professor Carrie Knight’s, PhD, and associate professor Andrea Tyszka’s, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, presentation, “Learning Through Interdisciplinary Case-Studies.” The duo provided an overview of the interdisciplinary module they created for speech-language pathology and occupational therapy at Salus, which can be applied to educational opportunities in the classroom and research studies.

“There is a need for research to determine what topics are suitable for interdisciplinary teaching and learning, what types of teaching methodologies are suitable, and which disciplines would be a good blend,” Dr. Knight said.

ASHA ConferenceIn conjunction with faculty from SLP and audiology programs across the country, Robert Serianni, MS, assistant professor and director of the University’s Speech-Language Institute, explored the challenges of externship placements from the externship site’s point of view. The group surveyed more than 200 individuals involved in the externship process for both programs and examined the data to formulate a list of overarching common issues.

“The purpose of the presentation was to gather feedback from field supervisors on reasons why they do or do not supervise SLP students in medical settings,” he said. “Future work will be on removing barriers so that more students have the opportunity to work in medical settings.”

Other presentations explored:
  • Alternative tools for screening nonmainstream American English-speaking preschoolers and kindergarteners
  • How certain literacy skills can help high school students meet learning standards
  • Using a specific type of storybook reading strategy to help to increase a child’s oral language development between the ages of two and six
  • Increasing diversity in speech-language and audiology graduate programs
ASHA Presentations
“Increasing Diversity in Speech, Language & Hearing Graduate Programs”
Assistant professor Kyomi Gregory, MA, PhD; Leah Fabiano-Smith, PhD, University of Arizona; Monique Mills, PhD, The Ohio State University; Brandi Newkirk-Turner, PhD, Jackson State University; Sonja Pruitt-Lord, PhD, San Diego State University; and Gabriela Simon-Cereijido, PhD,  California State University

“Interprofessional Education: Preparing Student Health Professionals for Interprofessional Collaboration”
Jenny Rajan, AuD, assistant professor, and Dawn Ciccarone, MS, OTR/L, CLVT, instructor
“Learning Through Interdisciplinary Case-Studies”
Assistant professor Carrie Knight, PhD, and associate professor Andrea Tyszka, MS, OTR/L, SIPT
“Externship challenges: From the Site’s perspective”
Assistant professor Robert Serianni, MS; Pamela Smith, PhD, Bloomsburg University; Juliana Miller, University of South Carolina; Melissa Passe, MA, Truman State University; Nicole Reisfeld, MS, University of Northern Colorado;  Danielle Varnedoe, University of Southern California

“Cross-Curricular Literacy Skill Development in Adolescents using High-Quality Literature”
Assistant professor Carrie Knight, PhD; Jack Knight, EdS, educational consultant; Kristin Nellenbach, PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
“Language Screening Options for Nonmainstream American English-Speaking Preschoolers & Kindergarteners”
Assistant professor Kyomi Gregory, MA, PhD; Christy Wynn Moland, Southern University; Janna Oetting, Louisiana State University
“Implementing Parent Training on Literacy Strategies to Improve Expressive Language in Preschoolers”
Bridget Turnbach, SLP ’17, and assistant professor Kyomi Gregory, PhD