Friday and Saturday, March 14th and 15thHampton Inn and Suites
875 S. Allen Street, Meridian, ID 83642
Communication, Sensory, Motor, and Music Therapy for students with Autism, Behavior, and Learning difficulties
Friday AM Session A:
In this workshop, Melissa will outline red flags to look for in children who may have language disorders as well as provide suggestions for intervention and offer “hands-on” strategies to take back to your settings.
Melissa Swander, graduated with a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders 8 years ago. Before receiving her graduate degree she worked for 2 years as an SLP on a letter of authorization from the State of Idaho and 2 years as an SLP-A. She was born and raised in Idaho, is married and has two young sons.
She currently works for a locally owned private practice. She serves children ages 2-21 with a variety of communication disorders and delays in the outpatient clinic as well as various school contracts throughout the Treasure Valley. She is drawn to work with children who have Emotional and Behavior Disorders and believe that early intervention and support is the key to success. According to research conducted by Alexandra Hollo at the University of Tennessee, 4 out of 5 children with EBD are likely to have a language impairment and ½ of those children are undiagnosed. These language impairments result in “physical communication” rather than effective expressive communication to resolve problems.
Friday PM Session B:
In this workshop, I will go over some low- and high-tech AAC solutions for children who are nonverbal or minimally verbal. I will also discuss strategies and tips for implementing AAC use into the child’s home, classroom, and community, and provide information on the steps needed to obtain an SGD. If you have any questions after the workshop, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Amaisha Wiebe and I completed my graduate studies in speech-language pathology at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington in 2010. After graduating, I worked as an SLP at a private practice in the Seattle-Tacoma area, working with children using speech generating devices (SGDs) and various forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). After two and a half years in Washington, I moved to the Treasure Valley and joined the team at Chatterbox Speech & Language Center in August 2012. Using my experiences from Washington, I started the AAC program at Chatterbox, doing AAC evaluations, individual and group AAC therapy, and trainings for parents and professionals working with children who use AAC. I strive to provide meaningful and functional AAC therapy, and offer practical and easy ways for families and professionals to incorporate AAC into the child’s everyday life.
Saturday AM Session C:
In this workshop, Becky will go through how sensory, motor, and neurobiological issues can impact communication, behavior, and learning in students. She will give strategies that can be implemented in the school and home setting.
Becky Parker is currently the President of the Idaho Division of Early Childhood and is working to develop quality programs for children with disabilities. Becky presents many workshops on how sensory issues, body motion and neurobiological issues can impact a student’s functionality. These factors can often look like defiance, refusal, or other behaviors when they are really a student trying to get their needs met but not being able to communicate effectively.
Saturday PM Session D:
This session will focus on the incorporation of music therapy and music into classroom’s to decrease behavioral episodes, regulate sensory system, and increase learning.
Natalie Butz/Bargholz: I received my BA in Music Therapy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a 6 month internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City. At Children’s Mercy Hospital, I provided procedural support, social skills groups, pain management and developmental support for children with significant health care needs such as burns, Traumatic Brain injury, cancer, and life ending diseases. After returning to Boise in 2005, I started a private practice providing Music Therapy to families throughout the Treasure Valley with varying developmental disabilities working on speech/language, fine/gross motor skills, social skills, and behaviors. My private practice had contracts with Developmental Disability Agencies, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Infant Toddler Program in addition to in home therapy. At St. Luke’s I had the rewarding experience of providing music therapy for adult and children patients in Mountain States Tumor Institute and women in Antepartum, focusing on pain management, stress/anxiety, and end of life issues. In 2007, I took on another challenge and started my family, two boys Ashton, 6 and Brody 4. I returned to school and received my Master of Science in Human Services; Social and Community Work through Capella University. In addition to providing Music Therapy and Social Skills groups in schools and at developmental disability agencies, I worked as a Developmental Specialist and Service Coordinator at a developmental disability agency. I have been coordinating care now for 5 years and now work as a Care Coordinator at St. Luke’s Children’s Treasure Valley Pediatrics coordinating services, supports, and advocacy to families and children with varying disabilities, special health care needs, and mental health diagnoses. After the birth of my boys, I found a passion in post partum care and breastfeeding, which led me to my training as a Post Partum Doula and Certified Lactation Education, I am fortunate that in my “spare” time I can provide lactation and post partum support to new mom’s in the clinic at Treasure Valley Pediatrics. I love our amazing community in the Treasure Valley and consider myself a lifelong learner.
- The workshop will run from 8:00-4:30 Friday and Saturday
- Coffee and hot Tea will be available
- Lunch will be on your own
- This workshop will be offered for credit from NNU
- If you have questions please contact the Idaho CCBD president Cyndi Cook, email@example.com