The speech team continues to work on professional development and continued education. Over the past month here are some of the educational achievements completed by the program members.
- Speech Program Director Maryam Sadrzadeh attended a two day conference on the Evaluation and Management of Voice Disorders. The conference took place in Portland, OR, November 1st and 2nd and brought experts from around the country to the Pacific Northwest to discuss best practices and new research. Maryam also had the opportunity to present on Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Training (LMRVT) to the Advanced Voice Class at the University of Washington on October 30th.
- Speech Language Pathologist Kate Pilant attended the PROMPT training November 12-14. PROMPT is a program that utilizes a kinesthetic approach within therapy, better supporting the jaw movement and alignment required for speech. PROMPT therapy is often used to treat apraxia of speech, but has been found useful with a variety of articulation disorders. Kate has been hard at work on her continuing education hours through online courses. Some of the courses include: “Vocabulary Intervention: Evidence-Based Practices,” where child acquisition of therapy and efficient and effective intervention for children with low vocabularies was discussed, “Family Focused Treatment for Children Who Stutter,” combining indirect and direct therapy for young children as well as learning support techniques for families, “Stages and Components of Presymbolic and Symbolic Play,” analyzing the link between play development in relation to all other areas of development, along with many other courses in childhood development, language delay, assessment and intervention.