Conference Information


Conference Keynote: Friday Februrary 8th
Dr. Lizbeth Finestack, Ph.D
University of Minnesota
"Assessing, Designing, and Implementing Interventions Targeting Children's Grammatical Language"

Lizbeth H. Finestack, Ph. D., CCC-SLP is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Through her research, she aims to identify efficient and effective language interventions for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, including children with developmental language disorder, primary language impairment, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, or autism spectrum disorder. She is currently developing and evaluating new approaches to teach grammatical forms to children with language impairment.



Sherry Sancibrian, MS, BCS-CL, CCC-SLP Professor
Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Sherry Sancibrian is a University Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she has been the Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology since 1999. She is an ASHA Fellow, a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language, former President of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, and current Presiding Officer of the Texas licensure board.

Brain Science and School Success

Advances in neuroscience have taught us much about how the brain works in the last twenty years, but there is still a research-to-practice gap. This presentation will explain basic principles of brain functioning, and demonstrate how we might apply that knowledge when working with students. We’ll consider how specific tools like repetition, spaced retrieval, pacing, visualization, reauditorization, and peer teaching can be used to address the academic and social challenges students face every day. Participants will be able to: 1. list brain principles that affect the acquisition and retention of information 2. identify assessment and instructional practices that mesh with “brain rules” 3. in case scenarios, select potential techniques consistent with brain science.

Assessing Communication Skills for Low Incidence Populations

Many early communicators have complex communication needs, and often have significant cognitive disabilities as well. Join us as we learn to evaluate students’ presymbolic or early symbolic communication and use that information to develop goals and interventions.

Participants will be able to:

1. identify existing communicative forms and functions, and evaluate their communicative potential

2. analyze the influence of partners, vocabulary selection, and the environment

3. use a collaborative team approach to develop effective communication interventions


Nancy Geruntino, M.A, SLP

R Made Simple: Methods That Address The Challenges Of Pronunciation, Spelling And Dialect

Nancy has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 30 years providing services in private practice, clinics, and public school settings. For the past 12 years Nancy has been developing and perfecting a new intervention technique for ‘R’ remediation. Years of observing children failing when traditional therapies were used to remediate ‘R’ provided the motivation for Nancy to develop a ‘R’ remediation program that addresses all ‘R’ sounds in all contexts.

Presentation made possible by the support of Northern Speech Services.


Breakout Topics found under Speaker Handouts page