Welcome to the OSSPEAC Virtual Summer Series!  In order to meet your needs, we have developed an expansive series of sessions with a wide array of presenters and topics.  Please register for one or all!  Purchase orders will be accepted, please provide the purchase order when registering or email the number prior to the first session.

If you are currently a member of OSSPEAC, please enjoy the discounted membership pricing (remember to renew your membership before July 1, 2021).  If you are not currently a member of OSSPEAC, PLEASE JOIN NOW for next year to enjoy the reduced pricing.  Membership status will be checked prior to each session.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  All sessions are limited to 100 participants.  Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration will close one week prior to each presentation.  Refunds/transfers will be issued until registration is closed.  AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WILL BE RECEIVED AFTER THE COMPLETION OF ONLINE REGISTRATION (check junk/spam folder if not received) Participants will receive a Zoom link to attend the presentation and handout (if available) at least two days prior to the presentation.  If you DO NOT receive the link, please contact Ellen at info@osspeac.org.  Attendance will be taken and monitored at each session to ensure hours for ASHA/PDCH credit.


Continuing Education Credit is included in the registration cost.  You receive credit for the session(s)  you attend.  YOU MUST ATTEND THE ENTIRE SESSION.

Professional Development Contact Hours (PDCH)

A Certificate of Attendance for each session will be issued by mail following the conference to all those who select PDCH.  Certificates will reflect the number of hours obtained for attending. Records of these certificates are kept on file for one year.

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs

This program is offered for up to 1.6 ASHA CEUs (Various level; Professional area).  After completing the online CEU registration process, an electronic file will be submitted to ASHA containing registration information.  Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

NOTE: Signing up for ASHA Continuing Education Credit implies you have also paid or would be willing to pay ASHA to track your ASHA CEUs through the ASHA CEU Registry.  DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ASHA CEUS IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO PAY ASHA TO BE PART OF THE REGISTRY.



CLOSED- SESSION FULL - Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: Best Practices for School-Based SLPs and AUDs  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenters:  Gregg Thornton, Esquire and Carrie Spangler, Au.D., CCC-A
Tuesday, June 29, 2021                     9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
0.2 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $40 OSSPEAC Member              $60 Non-Member
Ethics is a verb. It's all about what you do and how you do it.  Ethical issues span every aspect of our practice and can present dilemmas for practitioners at all levels of experience. This session will address various facets of ethical dilemmas in the school setting, including practical tips to successfully resolve them.  Building on feedback from previous ethics presentations and dilemmas addressed by the Ohio licensure board, we have incorporated real‐life scenarios into an interactive, engaging, and informative session that allows participants to decide whether an ethical dilemma is present.

CLOSED - SUGAR: The Sweet Taste of Language Sample Analysis  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Robert E. Owens, Jr. Ph.D.
Thursday, July 1, 2021                       9:00 a.m.—12:00 Noon
0.3 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $60 OSSPEAC Member               $90 Non-Member
SUGAR is an easy, valid, evidence-based, cost-free language analysis method for ages 3;0-7;11. In this workshop, participants will learn the practical application of SUGAR to their clinical practice. Each step in the rigorous development of SUGAR will be explained. Highlights will include collecting robust samples, quick analysis of the SUGAR metrics, and identification and implementation of clinical goals for intervention.  Participants are asked to bring their laptops to enable them to work along with the presenter as they learn to use SUGAR.

CLOSED - Assessing Social Skills in Children with Psychiatric Disturbance  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Tatyana Elleseff, MA CCC-SLP
Thursday, July 15, 2021                     9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
0.2 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $40 OSSPEAC Member              $60 Non-Member
This presentation is aimed at increasing the participants’ knowledge regarding the role of speech-language pathologists in the assessment of social pragmatic language abilities of school-age children with psychiatric impairments. It will explain the impact of psychiatric disturbances on language development of children, list common pediatric psychiatric (non autistic) diagnoses affecting language abilities, summarize the role of SLP in assessment of pragmatic language and social cognitive abilities of school-age children, list formal assessment instruments used to assess pragmatic language and social cognitive abilities of school-age children as well as describe informal assessment procedures used to assess pragmatic language and social cognitive abilities of school age children.

CLOSED - Strategies for Monolingual SLPs Assessing and Treating Bilingual Children  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Tatyana Elleseff, MA CCC-SLP
Friday, July 16, 2021                           8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
0.15 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $30 OSSPEAC Member               $45 Non-Member
This presentation offers suggestions regarding how monolingual SLPs can perform effective evidence-based practice speech-language assessments to differentiate between bilingual English language learners and bilinguals with primary language impairment.

CLOSED - Improving Critical Thinking Skills via Picture Books in Children with Language Disorders  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Tatyana Elleseff, MA CCC-SLP
Friday, July 16, 2021                           10:30 a.m.—12:00 Noon
0.15 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $30 OSSPEAC Member                $45 Non-Member
Critical thinking involves analysis, application, and evaluation of information in order to recognize patterns, distinguish right from wrong, offer opinions, anticipate reactions, compare scenarios to choose favorable outcomes, as well as consider a variety of solutions to the same problem. These are the skills children need to make appropriate independent decisions. For language-impaired children, critical thinking skills hierarchy needs to be explicitly addressed in therapy sessions in order to improve these children’s independent decision-making abilities. This presentation discusses how to address critical thinking skills through picture books utilizing the framework outlined in both the Original (1956) and Revised (2001) Bloom’s Taxonomy: Cognitive Domain which encompasses the (R) categories of: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating.

CLOSED - Phonological Complexity Principles: Promoting Efficient Change in Intelligibility  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Jennifer Taps Richard, M.A., CCC-SLP
Tuesday, July 20, 2021                       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
0.6 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $120 OSSPEAC Member          $180 Non-Member
Historically, phonological intervention has mimicked typical development, SLPs presenting sounds in developmental sequence. However, children with phonological disorders require different input because of their limited sound repertoires as shown in numerous complexity approach studies. A paradigm shift has occurred during the past 35 years, demonstrating the efficacy of teaching phonetically-complex, later-developing, and non-stimulable sounds and sequences. Teaching complex clusters leads to reduced intervention time and a more expedient return to classroom instruction. This workshop covers the key principles of phonological assessment, analysis, and intervention, including target selection and techniques for teaching complex clusters to young children with phonological disorders.

CLOSED - Music-Infused Explicit Instruction for Teaching Foundational Literacy Skills  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  April M. Yorke, PhD, CCC-SLP
Tuesday, July 27, 2021                       10:00 a.m.—12:00 Noon
0.2 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $40 OSSPEAC Member               $60 Non-Member
Music-Infused Explicit Instruction for Teaching Foundational Literacy Skills to individuals who require AAC, their peers with intellectual disability, and low SES children who are at moderate-to-severe risk for literacy delays.  Think back to early elementary school... What was your favorite song? You remember every word, right? What if we could capture all of the fun and memory benefits of music when teaching foundational literacy skills (i.e., letter-sounds, blending/decoding, segmenting/encoding) to children who require AAC, individuals with intellectual disability, and even typically developing children who are at moderate to severe risk for literacy impairments? We CAN! This highly interactive presentation will teach you how to use music-infused explicit instruction to teach literacy skills. Fair warning: You will be singing, dancing in your chair, and performing these interventions. 

CLOSED - Social-Pragmatic Communication Assessment and
Goal Development that Avoids Due Process  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A. , CCC-SLP
Tuesday, August 3, 2021                   8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
0.3 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $60 OSSPEAC Member              $90 Non-Member
This presentation will discuss the difficulties of social-pragmatic communication assessment and show how in many instances, the information obtained from many instruments is often misinterpreted at eligibility meetings. It will discuss over 30 test instruments that may or may not provide relevant information to the diagnostic process. It will discuss how goals must be written based on functionality and not on “feel good” outcomes that fail to provide guidance on how one will determine when or if, the goal has been achieved. Learn how to ensure that your assessments are accurate and your goals are realistic, measurable, and achievable.

CLOSED - He Chooses Not To Do It…Or Does He? Helping Pragmatically Impaired Students with
High Functioning Autism Meet Common Core State Standards  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP
Wednesday, August 4, 2021              8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
0.3 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $60 OSSPEAC Member              $90 Non-Member
Learn how deficient social-pragmatic performance associated with high-functioning autism impacts a student’s ability to achieve mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Deficits in Theory of Mind, Executive Functions, Central Coherence, and Emotional Intelligence negatively impact the student’s ability to process information in the same manner as his neurotypical peers. Identify specific Common Core Standards that likely will hold more difficulty and more importantly explain why they would be difficult for this population. Learn evidence-based strategies designed to meet the foundational deficits to allow these students to succeed.

CLOSED - Managing Unilateral, Mild, Moderate, and Fluctuating Hearing Losses in Children  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Wednesday, August 11, 2021            9:00 p.m.—12:00 Noon
0.3 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $60 OSSPEAC Member               $90 Non-Member
Children with mild, moderate, unilateral or fluctuating hearing losses often are overlooked. They can appear to be doing well, certainly better than their peers with more severe hearing losses. As a result, they may not receive the services they need in a timely way and may perform poorly in school. This presentation will discuss performance features of today’s infants and children with mild, moderate, unilateral or fluctuating hearing losses and propose technological and management strategies.

CANCELLED - Voice Emotion Recognition of Children and Teens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Dave Gordey, Ph.D.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021                      5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
0.15 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $30 OSSPEAC Member                   $45 Non-Member
Children and teens who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), like their peers with typical hearing, wish to learn, have friends, understand who they are, and feel they belong. Crucial to the development of their social competency is having full access to communication. However, because the emotional component of speech is carried through a very specific combination of acoustic cues, it is uncertain how available these sounds are for those with hearing differences. This presentation will explore research on voice emotion recognition and D/HH children, and how advanced hearing aid technology may support access to emotional communication.

Presenter:  Kathy Keaggy, M.A. CCC-SLP
Thursday, August 19, 2021                               6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
0.15 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $30 OSSPEAC Member                             $45 Non-Member
In this presentation, we dive into the pros & cons of Speech & Language Teletherapy in the school setting. Teletherapy allows SLPs to reach students even when they're not physically in-school and helps to build collaboration between the SLP and caregivers. It's not all sunshine and rainbows though; there are challenges and obstacles that must be overcome to provide effective and meaningful therapy in what some consider to be a "nontraditional" setting. Once you attend this session however, you may find that teletherapy can be a new normal, given advances in technology and the need for access to services.  Join us as we discuss teletherapy pros and cons, efficacy, environment, appropriateness, resources, preparation and technological considerations in this 90-minute virtual session.

RESCHEDULED (October 26, 2021) - Rocket Refuel Coffee Cart  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE FLYER)
Presenter:  Jenna Dress, M.S. CCC-SLP
Tuesday, August 24, 2021                                 6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
0.15 ASHA/PDCH Credit
Cost:  $30 OSSPEAC Member                             $45 Non-Member
Do your students with disabilities need practical life skills that are hard to achieve in the classroom setting? The Rocket Refuel Coffee Cart is a student led “business” started from scratch. Students start their morning by taking orders, fulfilling orders, and delivering. Social language, teamwork, and job skills are just a few of the 21st century skills that the coffee cart targets. Students must fill out an application and go through an interview process to be a part of the coffee cart. This presentation will give you everything you need to start your own coffee cart business!