Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) Spring Conference 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Farms Country Club
180 Cheshire Rd
Wallingford, CT 06492

CSHA members and guests are invited to join us at the CSHA Spring Conference on Thursday April 11, 2019 at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CT. This conference will feature an early afternoon session and evening session with the awards banquet and dinner in between. Choose from the following sessions:

Session 1 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Bilingual Service Delivery: What Every Monolingual SLP Should Know

Laura D. Rivera, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH BE; Khamaly Carattini M.S., CCC-SLP

ASHA CEUs: 0.35

This presentation will focus on bilingual service delivery factors that every monolingual speech-language pathologist should consider in their assessment and treatment of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Participants will learn about bilingual language development, the normal processes that occur in second language acquisition, and differentiating between a language difference and disorder before engaging in a discussion regarding appropriate methods of assessment that include an emphasis on informal measures. Finally, several intervention strategies will be reviewed that will account for the various cultural and linguistic differences that exist in the student population.

Learner Outcomes:
After attending this presentation, learner will be able to:
1) Understand the normal processes and phenomena of second language acquisition.
2) Distinguish between a language difference and language disorder.
3) Discuss and employ culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment measures of second language learners.
4) Implement culturally-appropriate intervention strategies.


Session 2 (5:15 pm – 8:00 pm)
OMG, PDPM?! What SLPs need to know about changes to Medicare
Jennifer Rucci MA CCC-SLP, Rebecca Slocum DPT, Kelly Marot MS-OTR/L

ASHA CEUs: 0.25

On October 1, 2019, Medicare is changing the way they pay for skilled therapy in skilled nursing. This course will help attendees understand what those changes are and how they can best advocate for their discipline as these changes are occurring. This course will review sections of the Minimum Data Set (MDS), especially those specifically impacting the SLP and provide information on how the new payment system will work. The second part of this course will review functional therapy strategies to help support clinical skill going into the new payment system and lastly there will be a discussion and take home information for therapists to bring back to their departments to help facilitate a conversation on how the new payment system will impact their departments.

Learner Outcomes:
After attending this presentation, learner will be able to:

1) Demonstrate a basic understanding of PDPM
2) Be able to advocate for their role under the new payment changes
3) Demonstrate knowledge of where to access appropriate information regarding PDPM
4) Use appropriate clinical techniques to support appropriate treatment programs while maintaining compliance under PDPM

Registration: Online registration is available – just click the link below and follow the prompts to either login to your CSHA member account to receive discounted registration rates or sign-up and create a CSHA guest account to register as a non-member. Or, click the link for the conference brochure and mail-in registration form for a printable PDF registration. Instructions are in the brochure on how to submit your registration form.

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All pre-registration forms and payment (online or printed), must be received/postmarked by March 29, 2019. Online registration will be available until midnight on April 3, 2019. After that date, registrations will only be accepted onsite. Please note there will be a $25 surcharge for onsite registration and credit card payments will NOT be accepted onsite. Purchase orders are not accepted. No refunds will be issued after April 1.