Our clinicians attend educational opportunities on a regular basis to further develop our skills and in accordance with the requirements of the College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario (CASLPO).
Oct 2016 and Nov 2017
Stephanie attended The Motor Speech Service Delivery Pathway for Children >36 Months: Assessment and Identification and The Motor Speech Service Delivery Pathway for Children >36 Months: The Motor Speech Treatment Protocol. The courses were offered at The Speech and Stuttering Institute. The courses focused on assessment and best treatment practices for children with moderate to severe motor speech disorders.
Miriam recently completed the Fluency Plus Program in March 2017, offered through the renowned Speech and Stuttering Institute. The workshop provides a comprehensive treatment program for children, teens, and adults who stutter. The program focuses on teaching students a variety of fluency targets, which can then be used in daily speech to shape fluency and promote smooth speech. During the workshop, Miriam trained extensively in the fluency targets, learning how to teach them and also use them in her own speech as a model. Miriam found the workshop to be thorough and very interesting, and is looking forward to using these fluency strategies with future clients.
Beth attended a workshop at Southlake Regional Health Centre entitled, Passy-Muir Valve Application for Tracheostomy and Ventilator Use in April 2017. The Passy-Muir Valve is a one way valve that is placed on tracheostomy tubes in order to facilitate speech and swallowing. Beth has been using this system in her work at Southlake since 1994 and was pleased to receive the latest research on the valve
Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention.
The 3 day course focused on the application of the PROMPT technique across a variety of settings. PROMPT stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets and is used in therapy to treat a wide range of communication disorders, most commonly those with motor speech disorders.
Miriam recently attended the Making a Difference: Best Treatment Practices for Preschool and School-Aged Children with Motor Speech Disorders workshop put on by the Speech and Stuttering Institute of Toronto. The full day workshop presented a motor based approach for the assessment and treatment of children’s motor speech disorders. The focus was on the development of effective and meaningful goals, vocabulary selection, therapy techniques, session and activity planning and involving parents. The workshop was designed to provide clinicians with practical treatment ideas for children with motor speech disorders. Many of the ideas and suggestions presented were also applicable to therapy for children with other types of speech sound disorders.
In September of 2016, Miriam attended the Teach Me To Talk workshop in Toronto, where renowned paediatric SLP Laura Mize presented her talk on Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers. The conference was geared towards those working with children under the age of 5 and their families and provided clinicians with a variety of practical methods to help late talkers achieve their goals! Course objectives included a focus on the prerequisites a child must exhibit before talking is a realistic goal, differentiating between late talkers and toddlers with more complex needs, maximizing parent involvement in treatment and promoting carryover into daily routines. Clinicians were presented with a step-by-step hierarchy for excelling children’s expressive language skills using science-backed strategies which emphasize imitation as the key component. The workshop was full of great ideas, which Miriam is looking forward to putting into practice at the Family Speech Clinic while working with her younger clients.
Beth attended the Mealtime Miseries course. The focus of this course was the Trans-disciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eat) model of integrating oral motor therapy techniques and behavioural management for the treatment of complex feeding problems. Beth is able to help you if your child has oral aversion, food refusal, poor transition onto solids foods, texture issues, or difficulties with chewing. It is relevant for infant and children through school age.
Beth completed the Orofacial Myology /Tongue Thrust course with Sandra Holztman, M.S. This course reviewed the symptoms of an oral myofunctional disorder and explained the connection between various speech disorders and oral myofunctional disorders. The relationship between dental occlusion and oral myofunctional disorders was discussed. Beth and other therapists at the Family Speech Clinic will be pleased to assist you with treatment of your child’s tongue thrust disorder.
Beth completed the Tongue Tie 101 for SLPs: What is our Role? course with Sandra Holtzman, M.S. At the Family Speech Clinic, we commonly see clients with tongue ties. This course reviewed the link between tongue ties and certain types of speech disorders. It described the deleterious effects of tongue ties on normal oral motor functions including the preparatory stage of the swallow process. Assessment and treatment of tongue ties were described.
Beth attended a teleconference on the “Care and Outcomes of TIA and minor stroke in Ontario” presented by Moira Kapral and Ruth Hall. The objectives of this course were to understand the factors that influence decisions to hospitalize patients with TIA and minor stroke and to review the optimal management strategies for TIA and minor stroke, and to determine how often these are provided to patients in Ontario.
Beth presented to the local Parkinson’s Support Group. She discussed “Speech and Swallowing Problems Associated with Parkinson’s Disease and how Speech-Language Pathologists Can Help”. The main focus was introducing members to Expiratory Muscle Strength Training and explaining how this could be very beneficial to their voice and their swallowing skills.
Beth presented to the York Pharmacists Association. The presentation was entitled “Collaborative Care between Pharmacists and Speech-Language Pathologists”. Beth detailed the specific collaborative roles that Pharmacists and Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants have when working with clients who have aphasia and/or dysphagia.
Tricia completed the Orofacial Myology /Tongue Thrust course with Sandra Holztman, M.S. This course reviewed the symptoms of an oral myofunctional disorder and explained the connection between various speech disorders and oral myofunctional disorders. The relationship between dental occlusion and oral myofunctional disorders was discussed. Beth and other therapists at the Family Speech Clinic will be pleased to assist you with treatment of your child’s tongue thrust disorder.
Tricia completed the Tongue Tie 101 for SLPs: What is our Role? course with Sandra Holtzman, M.S. At the Family Speech Clinic, we commonly see clients with tongue ties. This course reviewed the link between tongue ties and certain types of speech disorders. It described the deleterious effects of tongue ties on normal oral motor functions including the preparatory stage of the swallow process. Assessment and treatment of tongue ties were described.
June 1, 2015
Tricia attended a workshop presented by David W. Hammer, M.A. CCC-SLP. Childhood Apraxia of Speech: A Multi-Sensory Approach to Achieving Speech Outcomes. Mr. Hammer was an engaging and interesting speaker. He provided strategies for therapists that facilitate verbal communication for children with apraxia of speech. The majority of the presentation was intervention-based, with a wide range of therapy ideas described. Accompanying videos of children in therapy were shown to highlight strategies and suggestions for carryover outside of the therapy setting were provided.
Stephanie attended a presentation entitled “Intro to Autism”, held by Kerry’s Place Autism Services. Topics covered included: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis within the new DSM-V criteria, features of ASD including social communication, restricted and repetitive behavior, and sensory differences. Stephanie personally recommends this presentation to anyone who is personally or professionally or professionally connected to autism.
February 7, 2015
Beth attended The 5th Toronto Voice Course in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. The course covered current assessment and treatment approaches for voice and swallowing disorders. Topics included dysphagia management, professional voice and laryngeal massage. Beth will be incorporating the information on respiratory muscle strength training in her therapy sessions with voice clients and respiratory clients, including those with paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM) or vocal cord dysfuntion (VCD).
Stephanie attended a course entitled “Tips and Techniques for Successful Articulation Remediation.” It provided excellent oral motor exercises for position and strength of the parts of the mouth. Then it applied them to treating articulation and motor speech disorders. Focus was on “s” and “r” with expansion to other speech sounds.
Stephanie completed the course “Developing a Foreign Accent Reduction Program” offered by Northern Speech Services. This course focused on developing a foreign accent reduction program targeting reduction or elimination of a non-native English accent, whether it be a mild, moderate, or severe accent.
Beth Cranmer-Smith attended a course entitled: Analysis and Interventions for Complex Feeding and Swallowing Issues in Pediatrics.
Beth has a strong interest in this area of clinical work. This course covered assessment and treatment of bottle and breast feeding issues, transitioning to spoon feeding and solid foods. The effects of specific gastro-intestinal issues such as gastro-esophageal reflux, slow gastric emptying, cow’s milk protein intolerance and constipation on feeding and swallowing were detailed.
In addition to her work at the Clinic, Beth works at Southlake Regional Health Centre where she performs videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) and fiberendoscopic evalutions of swallowing (FEES). Beth had the opportunity to review complex cases utilizing VFSS and FEES at this course.
Stephanie Calderaro completed the Introduction to PROMPT Workshop
PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding.
Oct. 4 & 5, 2013
Beth recently attended “Esophageal Dysphagia: Applications for the Speech-Language Pathologist” by Julie A. Huffman at Southlake Regional Health Centre
This course focused on assessment and treatment of swallowing problems related to esophageal dysfunction in adults. There was a large focus on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Xerostomia (dry mouth). Beth will be able to apply this information to her clients with swallowing challenges and voice disorders, including PVFM (Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion).
Stephanie recently completed the online course “Everyday Sign: Using Language with Young Children” offered by WeeHands.
This course covered 250 ASL (American Sign Language) signs as well as interactive strategies that help early communicators during daily routines and activities.
Tricia attended “The Language Therapy Workshop” given by Char Boschart, M.A. CCC-SLP.
Feb. 10-11, 2012
Beth Cranmer-Smith attended “The Toronto Voice Course”
The course covered voice disorders and their management. Beth had the opportunity to participate in a surgical skills lab focused on medialization thyroplasty, vocal fold augmentation, and transnasal esophagoscopy. Special topics of discussion included the aging voice, perioperative voice care, laryngopharyngeal reflux, and the use of massage in voice care. Ask Beth about her experiences at this excellent course.
Mar. 23, 2012
Kristen Rose attended “21st Century Articulation” presented by Pamela Marshalla.
This workshop covered various methods used in articulation therapy over the past hundred years. Pamela discussed and demonstrated techniques that have stood the test of time and continue to have success and relevance today. Pamela provided “tips and tricks” for stimulating target sounds, with special attention paid to S and R.
May 16, 2011
Tricia Middleton attended the “Successful ‘R’ and ‘S,Z’ Workshop presented by Pamela Marshalla, M.A, CCC-SLP.
Mar. 4-5, 2011
Beth Cranmer-Smith attended “The Advanced Use and Analysis of Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies” with Dr. Robert Beecher.
This course reviewed assessment of pediatric swallowing disorders using swallowing X-Ray studies. This is a procedure that Beth performs at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Beth found the information regarding the relationship between tonsillar tissue and speech/swallowing to be very informative. Feel free to ask Beth how it may apply to your child.
Nov. 10, 2010
Beth Cranmer-Smith and attended “The Brain That Changes Itself” with Dr. Norman Doidge.
This seminar discussed the contents of the book entitled “The Brain That Changes Itself”. The focus was on the concept of neuroplasticity, which is the property of the brain that allows the brain to change its structure and its function in response to neurological experiences. Both Amanda and Beth found the information presented was highly applicable to the practice of speech-language pathology. Feel free to ask them how it applies to you or your child.