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Designed with your caseload in mind, the program aims to help therapists transfer skills between various settings while being an advocate in the community. Key focus areas:
The program was developed in conjunction with Dr. Kathleen Whitmire, Dr. Rebecca McCauley, Dr. Edythe Strand, and Dr. Shari Robertson.
Featured instructors: Dr. Scott Yaruss. Dr. Barry Prizant, Dr. Gail Richards, Dr. Perry Flynn, and more.Browse SLP Pediatrics
Designed with the focus on purposeful activities and occupations, this client- and family-centered program aims to enhance clinical performance to maximize quality of life. Key focus areas:
The program was developed in conjunction with Dr. Heather Miller Kuhaneck PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Dr. Yvonne Swinth PhD, OTR/L.
Featured instructors: Susan Spitzer, Annie Baltazar Mori, Stefanie Bodison, Renee Watling, Jane O’Brien, and more.Browse OT Pediatrics
The program was developed with a focus on the pediatric patient and their family through all stages of development. Our goal is to provide evidence-based content taught by industry-leading instructors. Key focus areas:
The program was developed in conjunction with Dr. Barbara Connolly PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA.
Featured instructors: Patricia Montgomery, Kathy Martin, Roberta Gatlin, Cindy Miles, Mary Jane Rapport, and more.Browse PT Pediatrics
Built with the student in mind, the program was developed to allow therapists to transfer their skills and become a community advocate within the school. Key focus areas:
This interdisciplinary program was developed in conjunction with Dr. Kathleen Whitmire PhD, CCC-SLP and Dr. Yvonne Swinth PhD, OTR/L.
Featured instructors: Perry Flynn, Anne Van Kleek, Celeste Roseberry-McKibbon, Patricia Laverdure, Susan Effgen, Dottie Handley-More, and more.Browse PT/OT School Pediatrics Browse SLP School Pediatrics
Feeding as Co-occupation in the NICU Setting
presented by Ashlea D. Cardin
Effective Collaboration for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists
presented by Kathleen Whitmire
Effective Collaboration for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists
presented by Kathleen Whitmire
Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F
J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master’s Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, Coordinator of Clinical Research in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Director of the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania. A board-certified specialist in fluency disorders, Dr. Yaruss has served on the board of directors for the National Stuttering Association and as Associate Coordinator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. His research examines factors that may contribute to the development of stuttering in young children as well as methods for assessing and evaluating treatment outcomes in children and adults who stutter. Dr. Yaruss has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and nearly 100 other articles, papers, and chapters on stuttering. He is author, co-author, or editor of several booklets, books, and brochures on stuttering, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), a comprehensive evaluation tool for children, adolescents, and adults who stutter; School-age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and the Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter program (all published by Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc. [www.StutteringTherapyResources.com], a publishing company dedicated to developing useful resources for helping speech-language pathologists work with people who stutter.) Dr. Yaruss has been named Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association and received the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Science Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Yaruss teaches classes on stuttering and counseling methods for speech-language pathologists at the University of Pittsburgh and frequently conducts workshops designed to help speech-language pathologists improve their ability to work with individuals who stutter. Information about Dr. Yaruss’s workshops can be found at www.Yaruss.com.
Susan K. Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Susan K. Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is a professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She is an established educator and researcher in pediatric physical therapy and has taught at several universities including the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 1986, she established the sixth doctoral program in physical therapy in the United States at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, PA, and then the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program at the University of Kentucky. She co-founded the Adaptive Learning Center for Infants and Children in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Effgen is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). As co-chair of APTA’s Section on Pediatrics’ Government Affairs Committee, she was active in the process of the authorization and reauthorizations of IDEA. Dr. Effgen has published extensively, has served on several editorial boards, including Physical Therapy, and edited both editions of the text Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children. She was principle-investigator of a US Department of Education grant: PT COUNTS, Study of the Relationship of Student Outcomes to School-Based Physical Therapy Services. Dr. Effgen received the Section on Pediatrics’ Bud DeHaven Award for Extraordinary Service to the Section and the Section’s Advocacy Award, which is now given in her name. She is the founding chair of the Section’s School-Based Physical Therapy Special Interest Group. She is presently working with an adaptive dance program in a number of Kentucky schools.
Linda A. Kliebhan, PT, C/NDT
Linda A. Kliebhan is a physical therapist with over 40 years of experience treating children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromuscular Disorders. Linda is a Coordinator-Instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, teaching the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromuscular Disorders, Advanced NDT Courses, and workshops related to pediatric practice in the US and internationally. She is in private practice in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area providing consultations and short-term intensive therapy. She also serves as Cerebral Palsy Consultant to the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Orthopaedics, and is President of Partners For Progress, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing short-term intensive therapy.
Kathleen Whitmire, PhD, CCC-SLP (Retired), BCS-CL (Retired), FASHA
Dr. Whitmire is President of SDG Enterprise, an education consulting firm. She previously served as Director of Educational Programs and Director of the RTI Action Network for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, responsible for school reform initiatives with a global reach to millions of students and educators, and as Director of School Services in Speech-Language Pathology for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), leading practices programs for over 50,000 speech-language pathologists working in the schools. Prior to that, she held positions as a clinic supervisor and lecturer at Syracuse University and as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Communication Disorders Department at The College of Saint Rose. She began her career as a school-based clinician in California and New York, where she worked for fourteen years. A nationally-certified speech-language pathologist, Dr. Whitmire is a board-certified specialist in child language and language disorders and is an ASHA Fellow. She has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed and invited journal articles and chapters, has served as guest editor for three professional journals, and sits on the editorial boards of Topics in Language Disorders and Communication Disorders Quarterly. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Group and Chair of the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders. She has presented extensively at the international, national, and state levels on issues related to academic and social implications of disabilities in school-age children and adolescents, with particular interest in learning disabilities, stuttering, and deafness. She has also served in a variety of capacities for regional and state professional associations and boards, for which she has received two Distinguished Service Awards and a Special Citation. Dr. Whitmire received her MA, MS, and PhD from the University of Rochester.
Susan Spitzer, PhD, OTR/L
Susan Spitzer is a licensed occupational therapist, author, and lecturer with expertise in sensory integration, play, and autism spectrum disorders. She has operated her own private practice clinic in Pasadena, CA for 12 years. Her highly creative and individualized approach continues to energize her practice after 20 years of experience. Previously, she directed a hospital program and worked in early intervention programs and public and private schools. She is certified in sensory integration and the Interactive Metronome®. Dr. Spitzer has taught occupational therapy courses at the University of Southern California. She is a highly respected presenter for audiences within and outside of occupational therapy. Her work radiates her passion about the benefits of occupational therapy as well as the capacity for development and potentiality in all children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Spitzer received her B.A. in psychology from Claremont McKenna College, where she conducted research on video modeling for play with children with autism and assisted in behavioral interventions. She received both her M.A. in occupational therapy and her Ph.D. in occupational science from the University of Southern California. Her doctoral research focused on understanding individual meaning in activities for children with autism. This research and training provided the foundation for her focus on using personal occupational meaning as the cornerstone for effective intervention. Dr. Spitzer’s writing has been driven by her desire to make research more accessible and relevant to practice. Currently, she is co-editing the 4th edition of the text, Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach (published by the American Occupational Therapy Association). She co-authored the text book Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right as well as chapters in other books. She has written several articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy as well as published in the Journal of Occupational Science and the Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Heather Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/ L, FAOTA
Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD OTR/L FAOTA, has practiced in pediatrics for over 25 years, in rural and inner city schools, outpatient clinics specializing in OT using sensory integrative intervention, early intervention settings, inpatient settings, and privately in children’s homes. She currently is an associate professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching the pediatric content of the occupational therapy program and courses in research. Mrs. Kuhaneck is an editor or co-editor of three editions of Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, published by the American Occupational Therapy Association, a co-author of Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right and is co-author of the Sensory Processing Measure and the Sensory Processing Measure- Preschool . She has written a variety of chapters, articles, and CE on CD on intervention with children with autism, promoting family resilience, and coping in mothers of children with ASD.
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