Thursday, April 12 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, April 13 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
WCU College of Health and Human Services Building, Room 204
3971 Little Savnnah Road, Cullowhee, NC
$75.00 (includes lunch), if registered by March 29 ($100 after)
Additional $10 for ASHA CEU Credit
(pay by check option available)
Thursday April 12th 1-5
Presenter: Carmen Vitton, M.S., CCC-SLP with Jennifer Calvillo Maya, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speaker Bio: Mrs. Vitton is the Chief Operating Officer for Rehab Synergies, a provider
of occupational, physical and speech therapy services with over 50 residential, transitional
care and outpatient facilities, along with home health agencies throughout Texas. Mrs.
Vitton is a speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of multi-facility clinical,
managerial, and operational experience in public school, hospital, home health, skilled
nursing, and outpatient settings. She is also the co-creator of the MannaQure assessment and treatment protocols for dysphagia. Mrs. Vitton is accompanied by
her colleagues Jennifer Maya and Lindsey Roberts.
Mrs. Vitton has the following financial disclosures to make. She is in management
for Rehab Synergies where she receives a salary and is a managing partner for MannaQure.
She receives an honorarium for her presentation at this conference. She has no non-financial
disclosures to make.
Ms. Maya has the following financial disclosures to make. She is in management for
Rehab Synergies where she receives a salary and is a managing partner for MannaQure.
She receives an honorarium for speaking at this conference. She has no non-financial
disclosures to make.
Title: MannaQure Dysphagia & Dysarthria Assessment
Time ordered agenda:
1:00 — 1:15 Introductions – Dysphasia and Dysarthria Assessment
1:15 — 3:00 MannaQure’s Use in Assessment
- Participants will understand MannaQure as an assessment option for Spanish and English
Presenter: Michele Anderson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Speaker Bio: Dr. Anderson received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Western
Michigan University. She was instrumental in coordinating the national validation
studies for the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS) and co-authoring
the Student Language Scale –an evidence-based screening tool for school age children
which assesses factors of language/literacy and cognitive/social skills. Her most
recent scholarly work involves investigating the role of verbal working memory in
child language assessment, test development, cultural influences on pragmatics of
writing, phonological awareness training for pre-school age children, and influences
on reading comprehension. Dr. Anderson has taught child language development courses
at Western Michigan University, co-written articles, and given numerous national presentations
on topics related to school-age child language disorders. When not working, she enjoys
raising alpaca and sheep for her fiber farm in southwest Michigan.
Dr. Anderson has the following financial disclosures to make. She receives royalties
from the sale of the SLS. She receives an honorarium for her presentation at this
conference. She has no non-financial disclosures to make.
Title: SLS and TILLS: New Tools Based on a New Model to Screen and Diagnose Language/Literacy
Time ordered agenda:
3:15—3:30 Theory and Model Behind TILLS
3:30—4:15 Describing TILLS
4:15—5:00 Case Studies and Questions
- Participants will understand the rationale and theory supporting TILLS.
- Participants will understand relevant applications of TILLS with client populations.
Friday April 13th 8:30-5:00
Presenter: Dr. David McNaughton
Speaker Bio: Dr. David McNaughton is a Professor of Special Education at Penn State University. He teaches classes on assistive
technology, grant writing, and literacy instruction for persons with severe disabilities.
His current research interests include literacy instruction for individuals who require
augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), the development of vocational opportunities
for individuals with severe disabilities, and the effective use of web-based instructional
materials to support pre-service and in-service instruction. He is currently in charge
of training and dissemination activities and a member of the management team for the
RERC on AAC (rerc-aac.psu.edu). He is committed to effective dissemination and has published over 65 journal articles
and book chapters. He is the co-author of a website on effective literacy instruction
for individuals who use AAC that attracts more than 40,000 users per year worldwide.
Dr. McNaughton has the following financial disclosures to make. His research is funded
by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation
Research (NIDILRR grant #90RE5017) to the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC). NIDILRR is a Center
within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS). He is employed by this grant. He also receives an honorarium for
his presentation at this conference. He has no non-financial disclosures to make.
Title: Preparing Learners with Complex Communication Needs for Life after School: New Approaches
to Supporting Communication and the Building of Community
Time ordered agenda:
9:00 Having a safe place to live: Managing personal care
across the lifespan
10:30 Participating in meaningful activities: AAC supports
for participation and communication
1:30 Advocating for services: AAC and self-determination
3:00 Developing friendships and intimate relationships:
AAC and modern communication
4:00 Collaborative planning in AAC intervention
- Participants will understand new directions/challenges specific to supporting learners
with Complex Communication Needs in today’s communities.
- Participants will understand ways to advocate for AAC services and use AAC to support
friendships and relationships.
About the Conference
The Cullowhee Conference on Communicative Disorders has offered continuing education
pertinent to speech-language pathologists, educators, and other allied health professionals
for 25 years. (This year is our 26th.) Over this time period, we have hosted approximately
2700 attendees and offered 24,000 hours of content (10 hours offered each year).
We are American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education Unit
(CEU) approved and are the largest single provider of CEUs in our content area in
the western region of North Carolina. The conference has featured half-day and full-day
speakers who have presented on a host of topics ranging from speech, language, and
literacy disorders in children to aphasia, TBI, and cognitive impairment in adults.
Our speakers have been nationally recognized leaders in Speech-Language Pathology.