2017 Annual Convention

March 29 - 31

Hotel

N. Raleigh Hilton/Midtown
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC

Featured Speakers

Rachel Arntson, MS, CCC-SLP, Talk It Rock It, LLC, Minneapolis, MI
Ms. Arntson has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area since 1980. Since 1991 she has worked in early childhood special education in the Osseo School District in Maple Grove, MN where she provides family-centered speech and language intervention to infants and toddlers in their homes. Rachel is creator of all Kids’ Express Train products, co-founder of the company, Kids’ Express Train, and sole owner and creator of Talk It Rock It, LLC, a company dedicated to providing products and seminars for enhancing speech and language skills in young children. Her passion for music and fun as therapy tools is reflected in both her products and presentations. For more information on Rachel Arntson, Kids’ Express Train, and Talk It Rock It products.

Heather Bupp, Esq., Director of Ethics, ASHA, Washington, DC

Joseph Duffy, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Joe Duffy is a member of the Division of Speech Pathology in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic and Professor in the Mayo School of Medicine. He spends most of his workdays evaluating adults and children with communication disorders, many of them neurologically based. His research, scholarly, and teaching activities are primarily in the area of acquired neuropathologies of speech and language.

He is the author of two editions of the book Motor Speech Disorders: Substrates, Differential Diagnosis, and Management, and has given many workshops on motor speech disorders nationally and internationally.

Jay R. Lucker, EdD, Howard University, Washington, DC
Dr. Jay R. Lucker is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington, DC. He also has a private practice in the DC metropolitan area (Maryland and No. Virginia) as well as providing services in APD in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Lucker is an internationally recognized expert in the area of APD having presented numerous professional presentations on APD as well as many professional publications. His work focuses on his research as well as analyses of present levels of knowledge regarding auditory processing and its disorders. He has developed a multisystem integrative approach to auditory processing and APD which will be discussed regarding the underlying concepts, evaluation needs, and therapies for people with various types of APD.

Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi, Sci.D., CCC-SLP, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Dr. Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi is the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Director at Northeastern University and, in this capacity, oversees the coordination of the academic and clinical aspects of the program. Consistent with this role, Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi is highly interested in the integration of Speech Language Pathology theory and clinical practice with cognitive-communication and swallowing impaired individuals across the lifespan. Her teaching is clinically based, thereby empowering students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to children and adults with whom they are working. Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi’s research focuses are clinically motivated, for example: whether individuals with traumatic brain injury can improve their memory function; whether certain swallowing tests used with tracheostomized individuals reliably and validly measure what they are thought to measure; and whether parents, with and without literacy challenges of their own, can learn to facilitate their children’s literacy and/or social pragmatic development.

Carol A. Page, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATP, USC School of Medicine, SC
Dr. Page is the Director of the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) at the USC School of Medicine, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Center for Disability Resources, Department of Pediatrics. Carol is also an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of South Carolina Communication Sciences and Disorders and Education departments. She received her PhD degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Carolina and her assistive technology practitioner certification from RESNA. Carol provides trainings at a local, state, national and international level on assistive technology for persons with disabilities of all ages, their caregivers and professionals who serve them. Training topics include augmentative and alternative communication, software for reading comprehension and writing, computer access and a variety of other resources.