2019 Professional Forum

Empowering Caregivers to Help Children Soar Through Purposeful Interprofessional Practice

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to identify areas of personal strength and weakness in their delivery of family-centered early intervention; become familiar with published documents illustrating the knowledge and skills that are part of family-centered practices with children who are deaf or hard of hearing; identify specific coaching strategies to enhance implementation of coaching techniques; learn different strategies they can use to engage parents and caregivers that match the resources and readiness of each unique family; understand ways in which telehealth supports utilization of a coaching model.

Friday, May 3, 2019
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lewis Room, Jack C. Taylor Library
Fontbonne University

Taylor Library is located on the northern-most edge of campus in the middle of the horseshoe drive.

Friday, May 3rd
8:00 AM


Taylor Library Lobby

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM


Arlene Stredler Brown PhD, CCC-SLP

Lewis Room

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Coach, Caregiver, and Child Working Together: Everyone Learns!

10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:15 AM

Coach, Caregiver, and Child Working Together: Everyone Learns! cont.

Lewis Room

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

11:20 AM

A1. Breadth vs. Depth? The Summer Camp Solution

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

A2. How to Use the Coaching Model to Engage Caregivers with Early Childhood-Aged Children

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

12:20 PM


12:20 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM

B1. Myths About At-Risk Families

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

B2. Professional Collaboration to Expand AV Method to Spanish Communities

Lynda Berkowitz, MS, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Activating Awareness


Many factors impact outcomes for children who are deaf and hard of hearing learning to listen and talk. At the foundation, families’ and students’ sense of belonging; feeling both respected and heard, has the power to impact outcomes significantly. Professionals in the field of deaf education have historically lacked linguistic and cultural diversity, yet the students and families we serve represent a broad range of cultures, ethnicity, genders and socio-economic status. We first must recognize this diversity and our responsibility to support cultural and linguistic sensitivity and equity. Through awareness, we begin the work of creating a sense of belonging for students and families. Through reflection, we begin the work of asking hard questions and providing a safe place to hold uncomfortable conversations. Through collaboration, we begin identifying resources to support professionals working with diverse populations.

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic sensitivity and diversity specific to the field of listening and spoken language.

2. Describe strategies to support a sense of belonging for parents, caregivers and students in a listening and spoken language program.

3. Describe strategies to educate, support and train school professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and families.

2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 2:15 PM

2:30 PM

C1. Beyond Coaching

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

C2. Transitioning from Student to Professional: One SLP's Perspective

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM


3:30 PM