Professional Development Opportunities

1. Westman School Clinicians Association presents Kari Dunn Buron - Autism Educational Specialist in Brandon Manitboa on April 15, 2014. Her presentation topic is When My Worries Get Too Big! Understanding Emotional Regulation and Social tress as They Impact Explosive Behavior. Registration and Information

2. The UND/MSUM 2014 Spring Symposium will be held on April 24-25, 2014. David Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLPA will be speaking on Multi-Sensory Approach to Childhood Apraxia and Speech Sound Disorders: Therapy-Rich & Video-Enhanced. Location: Alerus Center, 1200 South 42nd Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Registration and Information

3. Spring UC Davis Extension Autism Courses Offered Online

The following courses meet the qualifications for 30 hours of continuing education for MFTs, LPCCs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UC Davis Extension provider number PCE577.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Gain an understanding of the characteristics and incidence of autism and the implications for children’s learning, behavior and ability to process information. Explore the latest research on potential causes, best practices for assessment and intervention, areas of impairment, and current legal and ethical issues related to autism services.

•             Enroll now through April 4 and complete by June 14. Passwords issued April 4.

•             $645 ($675 if postmarked after 03/21/2014). Enroll in section 134ADL100.

Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders Explore applied behavior analysis principles and how they can be used in an educational environment to teach various skills and support student behavior. Examine such strategies as positive reinforcement, teaching of functional-equivalent replacement behaviors, shaping, prompting, errorless learning, discrete trial teaching and other naturalistic behavioral strategies.

•             Enroll now through April 4 and complete by June 14. Passwords issued April 4.

•             $645 ($675 if postmarked after 03/21/2014). Enroll in section 134ADL101.

For additional information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, email or visit our website.

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4. More Than Words Workshop - June 5-7, 2014, the KIDS Program with HIT Inc. will be hosting Hanen’sMore Than Words®workshop in Mandan, ND. This is anexciting opportunity for speech-language pathologists who work with young children on the Autism Spectrum. Whether you are an experienced clinician or a new graduate,More Than Wordscan enrich the service you offer to these families by providing you with anevidence-based parent program and clinical framework that’s based on best practice for effective early intervention with this group of children.

This 3 day workshop is worth 20 professional development hours and is registered with the American Speech and Hearing Association for 2.0 CEUs. Not only is it a great opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits,I think the material is vitally important for SLPs in our region. I’ve included details about the workshop below. If you would, please forward this email to your colleagues throughout the region.

Hanen program overview:

  • Gain an evidence-based program and framework that fulfills the key criteria for effective early intervention for young children on the autism spectrum
  • Practical tools and strategies for addressing the specific challenges faced by children with ASD (e.g. attention, joint attention, shared enjoyment and social communication)
  • Certification to lead More Than Words® -- The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum
  • A comprehensive set of resources to supplement one-to-one consultations and home programming, as well as to use within yourMore Than WordsPrograms

Workshop space is limited to only 14 attendees and spots fill up quickly! Please register as soon as possible if you’re interested in attending by following this link:,-2014-Mandan,-ND-.aspx

5. National Stuttering Association (NSA) presents "NSA 2014: Red, White, Blue, & You!" - Come celebrate the freedom to say what you want let your speech ring proudly in the nation's capital as the National Stuttering Association hosts four days of powerful workshops, unlimited inspiration, and stuttering pride. Our conference is July 2-6, 2014, at the Renaissance Gallery Place, in Washington, DC. For more information please visit our web site at

6. The Bilingual Symposium offers up to 1.1 ASHA CEUs on topics of cultural and linguistic diversity in communication disorders. It’s also a great way to connect with researchers and colleagues who work in bilingualism. Topics this year include: Cultural Considerations in Dysphagia Practice, Bilingual Development in Children on the Autism Spectrum, Common Core Standards and their Application to ELLs, Informal Assessment of Bilingual Clients, and more. This event will be held July 17 – 20, 2014 at the Hilton, St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, LA. Find more information and register online at: or click here for a Symposium Information and Brochure

7. Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region presents Leora R. Cherney, Ph.D. speaking about Aphasia Treatment: Implementing Best Practices into the Clinical Setting For Speech-language Pathologists and SLP Assistants, on September 12 and 13, 2014 at the Auditorium Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, 2180 – 23rd Avenue Regina, Saskatchewan. Registration and Informaton.