Thursday, April 28 – Day 1

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Introductory: You have little or no familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.
Intermediate: You have general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.
Advanced: You have thorough familiarity with current literature and professional practice.
Times subject to change. More workshop information coming soon.

The language used in the descriptions below indicates which language the sessions will be presented in.
9:30 am – 5:15 pm
Presented By

Pamela Dodrill, PhD,

Speech-Language Pathology Communication Health Assistants

Managing Feeding Difficulties in the Preterm Population and Young Children from Ages One to Six

Intermediate: The morning session will discuss issues that need to be considered when working with the preterm population in the NICU and post-discharge. We will discuss research regarding neonatal and infant feeding patterns in this population as well as evidence-based feeding management strategies.


Intermediate: The afternoon session will focus on managing feeding difficulties in young children from ages one to six. We will discuss and demonstrate key assessment tools and therapy approaches. We will also discuss research findings regarding the efficacy of intervention in this population.

Age group: Pre-School


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9:30 am – 5:15 pm
Presented By

Katherine Verdolini Abbott, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathology

Psychobiological Mechanisms in the Influence of Stress on Voice: Basic Science and Clinical Perspectives

Intermediate: Clinical wisdom has long held that some conditions affecting voice have their roots in stress. However, until recently, there has been little data available to assess this assumption. This six-hour presentation will provide historical background on speculations about the stress-voice connection, as well as models that suggest possible mediation through both personality attributes and autonomic nervous system functioning. Recent data will be presented that sheds light on theoretical models and generally supports these models. Research will also be presented about effects of meditation, which is largely held to be stress-reducing, on inflammatory responses in the vocal folds following acute vocal fold inflammation induced in the laboratory. The second part of the presentation will relate basic scientific findings to clinical practice. Particular emphasis will be given to mediation and other mind-body techniques that may be relevant for a subset of the population that experiences voice problems. Throughout, special recognition will be given to the work of Dr. Maria Dietrich and Dr. Leah Helou, whose work has been seminal in the study of stress and stress reactivity and their influence on voice.

Age group: Adult


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