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Our October 27th conference is for YOU!

We’ve come a long way in helping children with hearing loss hear, listen, use spoken language and achieve impressive academic outcomes. But research shows that we need to do more to support the social emotional wellness of very young children with hearing loss and their families. Cheryl DeConde Johson and Carrie Spangler believe that support should begin at the moment of diagnosis and continue well into adulthood and should be provided by a collaborative team of professionals and family members. Audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, social workers and family members…we’re talking about you! Come and join us at WESS on October 27, 2017 to learn how YOU can help raise social-emotional wellness.

Abstracts & Learner Outcomes
We encourage you to go to our website to learn about our presenters, access the conference Abstracts and Learner OutcomesTimed Agenda and register for the event.

Grab a poster here.

Early-bird registration draw
The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw (to be held on October 1, 2017) for a chance to WIN free admission to a future WESS conference, so register today!

WESS is a great place to get Continuing Education (CEUs)
SoundIntuition is an approved CEU provider for AGBell and ASHA. Due to the quality content of our events, we have been approved for 6 CEUs for past conferences.

Network with colleagues from across the country
Not only do we bring you fantastic speakers but our conferences also attract attendees from across our great country. At past conferences, we have had professionals from Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Bring your business cards, work the room and make lasting relationships with colleagues from coast to coast.

Special Student Rate
We encourage students to attend our conferences because we believe the content of the day is hugely beneficial to learning. When registering, students can use promo code SWESS1017 to get the special rate.

Research Posters
We love students and we know you do as well! This October we will again showcase research from various universities in our intimate and interactive conference setting. Come prepared to learn from these amazing student poster presentations.

Call for Posters

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Timed Agenda
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8:45-9:00amWelcome
9:00-10:30amSession 1: Development of Self, Self-Concept, Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy (Building block sequence; Social communication and social cognitive skills that underscore social relationships and friendships; Wellness Model (Ida)) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
10:30-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45am - 12:00pmSession 2: Strategies and Resources to Support Young Children (Self-determination planning activity) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
12:00pm-12:15pmInspiration Session — Jennifer Tai and Jason Lee
12:15-1:00pmLUNCH
1:00-1:30pmSpeed Poster Presentation — Karen Gordon
1:30-2:30pmSession 3: Strategies and Resources to Support Teens (Bullying conversation; Mindmapping activity; Self-Advocacy Checklist) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
2:30-2:45pmBreak
2:45-4:00pmSession 4: Consumer and Parent Perspectives — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:00-4:30pmQuestions & Answers with Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:30-4:40pmClosing Remarks / Draw
4:45pmAdjournment

Registration
Registration for WESS conferences is managed through ConstantContact and you may choose to pay by credit card in advance or select the pay-at-the-door option. We don not accept Purchase Orders.

Advanced Payment by credit card
Both VISA and MasterCard is accepted and processed through PayPal. Registration is guaranteed only after your VISA or MasterCard has been processed.

On-site Payment
We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card at the conference registration desk on the day of a conference. Cheques must be made payable to Revinet Inc. Registration is guaranteed only after your cheque has cleared. If your cheque is returned, SoundIntuition reserves the right to cancel registration if an alternate approved payment is not supplied.

Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made by email and if cancelled at least sixty (60) days prior to an event, your refund will be in full. If cancellation is made less than sixty (60) days before an event, the refunded amount will be less a $50 admin fee.

 

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April 21st WESS conference in Toronto

Great Expectations: Enhancing Auditory
Development for Children with Hearing Loss

We’re excited about our upcoming WESS conference on Friday April 21st, 2017 and we’re sure that  you’re going to want to attend. The day will be packed with great presentations by Ryan McCreery of Boys Town National Research Hospital, Susan Scollie of the University of Western Ontario and Stacey Lim from Central Michigan University.

2017 WESS presenters

Abstracts & Learner Outcomes
We encourage you to go to our website to learn about our presenters, access the conference Abstracts and Learner OutcomesTimed Agenda and register for the event.

Early-bird registration draw
The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw (to be held on March 24th) for a chance to WIN free admission to a future WESS conference, so register today!

2017 WESS Sponsor logos

WESS is a great place to get Continuing Education (CEUs)
SoundIntuition is an authorized CEU provider for AGBell and ASHA. Due to the quality content of our events, we have been authorized to offer 6 CEUs for past conferences.

Network with colleagues from across the country
Not only do we bring you fantastic speakers but our conferences also attract attendees from across our great country. At past conferences, we have had professionals from Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Bring your business cards, work the room and make lasting relationships with colleagues from coast to coast.

Special Student Rate
We encourage students to attend our conferences because we believe the content of the day is hugely beneficial to learning. When registering, students can use promo code ST042117WESS to get the special rate.

Call for Posters

Research Posters
We love students and we know you do as well! This November we will again showcase research from various universities in our intimate and interactive conference setting. Come prepared to learn from these amazing student poster presentations.

register

Timed Agenda
Download a .pdf version

8:45-9:00amWelcome
9:00-10:30amSession 1: Development of Self, Self-Concept, Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy (Building block sequence; Social communication and social cognitive skills that underscore social relationships and friendships; Wellness Model (Ida)) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
10:30-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45am - 12:00pmSession 2: Strategies and Resources to Support Young Children (Self-determination planning activity) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
12:00pm-12:15pmInspiration Session — Jennifer Tai and Jason Lee
12:15-1:00pmLUNCH
1:00-1:30pmSpeed Poster Presentation — Karen Gordon
1:30-2:30pmSession 3: Strategies and Resources to Support Teens (Bullying conversation; Mindmapping activity; Self-Advocacy Checklist) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
2:30-2:45pmBreak
2:45-4:00pmSession 4: Consumer and Parent Perspectives — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:00-4:30pmQuestions & Answers with Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:30-4:40pmClosing Remarks / Draw
4:45pmAdjournment

Registration
Registration for WESS conferences is managed through ConstantContact and you may choose to pay by credit card in advance or select the pay-at-the-door option. We don not accept Purchase Orders.

Advanced Payment by credit card
Both VISA and MasterCard is accepted and processed through PayPal. Registration is guaranteed only after your VISA or MasterCard has been processed.

On-site Payment
We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card at the conference registration desk on the day of a conference. Cheques must be made payable to Revinet Inc. Registration is guaranteed only after your cheque has cleared. If your cheque is returned, SoundIntuition reserves the right to cancel registration if an alternate approved payment is not supplied.

Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made by email and if cancelled at least sixty (60) days prior to an event, your refund will be in full. If cancellation is made less than sixty (60) days before an event, the refunded amount will be less a $50 admin fee.

November 4th, 2016 WESS conference

Click to download the Conference Abstract and Timed Agenda

Click the image to download the Conference Abstract and Timed Agenda

Most early intervention programs and the professionals who work with children with communication disorders and their families, promote and engage in inter-professional practice to optimize outcomes. Inter-professional practice requires effective collaboration among parents1 and key players of the intervention team; which may include an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, auditory-verbal practitioner, social worker, psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, special educator and/or a physician. The effectiveness of inter-professional practice is enhanced by the team members’ ability to clearly establish their role in the intervention, knowledge of one another’s scope of professional practice, mutual trust and respect, commitment to building relationships, and the extent to which the team has organizational supports2.

At November’s WESS conference a group of distinguished speakers from a number of professional disciplines will present on various topics related to inter-professional practice, disorders that occur with or without hearing loss that impact the development of listening and spoken communication, and case studies that demonstrate inter-professional collaborative practice in action. In addition, there will be a presentation by a parent and her teenage son that demonstrates collaborative care and its outcomes from the family’s perspective.

Poster presentations by professionals and graduate students will provide insights into current research in the field of communication disorders and topics related to inter-professional practice.

Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Time:   8AM-4:30PM
Venue: Novotel North York, Toronto Ontario
Professionals: $275.00pp
Students* / Parents: $175.00pp
A Night of Celebration (reception): $25.00pp **
– all prices are subject to HST –

Distinguished Speakers

Ellen Yack, Sara Koke, Maria (Mila) Melo, Lanni Zinberg-Swartz, Marlene Bagatto, Comrie and Julie Ward [Presenter Bios]

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Timed Agenda

Conference Abstract & Timed Agenda

8:45-9:00amWelcome
9:00-10:15amSession 1: Understanding Sensory and Motor Challenges Experienced by Children with Hearing Loss — Ellen Yack
10:15-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45 - 11:45amSession 2: Toronto Infant Hearing Program Inter-professional Practice: Promoting Collaboration with Families and Professionals — Sara Koke and Mila Melo
11:45am-12:15pmInspiration — Comrie and Julie Ward
12:15-1:00pmLUNCH / Research Posters
1:00-1:15pm‘Speed Poster Presentations’
1:15-2:15pmSession 3: Hickam’s Dictum: Exploring the Co-Occurrence of Hearing Loss and ASD — Lanni Zinberg-Swartz
2:15-2:30pmBreak
2:30-3:15pmSession 4: Effective Teams Support Promising Outcomes: An ANSD Case Study — Marlene Bagatto
3:15-4:15pmSession 5: We Are Stronger Together! Case Studies and Discussion — Moderator — Ellen Yack
4:15pmClosing Remarks / Draw, Adjournment

Call for Posters

We invite all participants and attendees to submit posters on topics related to any of the above mentioned topics. Poster Submission criteria.

Deadlines for submission is October 15, 2016.

Payment

On the registration page, you may make payment using VISA or MasterCard. Payment will also be accepted at the registration table on the day of the event by cheque made payable to REVINET INC.


  1. Parents may include guardians, extended family members such as grandparents and siblings.
  2. Interprofessional Collaborative Teams © 2012, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. 

* Students are required to provide Student  ID at the registration desk on the day of the event
** reception is non-refundable

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Register for the October 30th WESS conference in Toronto

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Registration: 7:45 a.m.
Conference: 8:45 sharp – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Gibson Ballroom of Novotel (Hotel)
3 Park Home Avenue, North York M2N 6L3 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2015-WESS-price

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*$275 (+HST) for professionals; $175 (+HST) student rate with code;
HST is already included in the price on the registration page


Get to know our speakers:

Dale Atkins     |    Dave Sindrey    |    Karen MacIver-Lux

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Dr. Dale AtkinsDale Atkins, Ph.D. 

The author of several books, textbook chapters, and articles in popular and professional journals, “Dr. Dale”, as she is widely known, is a highly regarded motivational and keynote speaker who lectures worldwide at business, health, educational, and social service venues. With a special gift for presenting complex psychological, sociological, and educational research in understandable terms she appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

Dr. Atkins frequently comments on NBC’s Today Show and CNN’s Headline News about social / relationship issues. Additionally, she is a consultant and on-screen expert for several award-winning documentaries, news programs, and educational training films. She serves on the Boards of several non-profit local and national organizations and educational institutions whose foci are literacy, tolerance, wellness, community action, and child protection. An active volunteer, she and her dog are a certified “dog therapy team.”

Dr. Atkins earned a Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles in Educational Psychology (Early Childhood Education); an M.A. in Special Education (Deafness) from Teacher’s College at Columbia University; and a B.S. from New York University. She has a private psychology practice in New York City.

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Dave SindreyDave Sindrey, S-LP, Cert. AVT

David has published numerous workbooks and resources to help children of all ages learn to listen.  He is both the author and illustrator of the material he produces. Some of those include Listening Games for Littles (1997, 2002) and the Cochlear Implant Auditory Training Guide (2004). Mr. Sindrey has also developed several online resources including the the ListeningRoom at Advanced Bionics,  Speechtree, Listeningtree, and Actividades de Audición for Programa Infantil Phonak in Spain. His listening activities have been translated to Dutch, German, Spanish, French and Korean.  Since 2012 he has designed and illustrated 9 apps on iTunes that help develop and/or assess listening skills for children with hearing loss. Mr. Sindrey is currently working on completing a combined Masters of Audiology and PhD in Hearing Science at the University of Western Ontario, in London Ontario Canada where he lives with his family.

Karen MacIver-LuxKaren MacIver-Lux, Aud, Cert. AVT

AVT® is the president of SoundIntuition where she oversees the development of online training programs and products for professionals engaged in serving individuals who have communication disorder(s).

Karen has held the position of Lecturer in the School of Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University, and is currently a consultant to WE Listen International Inc. She has given numerous presentations internationally, and provides mentorship to professionals.

From 1997-2007 Karen worked as an auditory-verbal therapist and coordinator of clinical services at the Learning to Listen Foundation (LTLF), North York General Hospital in Toronto. In addition, she worked as a clinical audiologist for several years.  She also served as a director of the board of Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.  Karen has a congenital severe to profound hearing loss and is a graduate of LTLF.

Karen was honored by Maclean’s magazine as one of the Top 100 young Canadians of 2000 and received the Who’s Who in Students of American Colleges and Universities Award in 1993.

Karen has made contributions to the literature including: How the Student with Hearing Loss Can Succeed in College (2nd ed.) (1996), 50 FAQs About AVT (2001), Songs for Listening! Songs for Life!(2003), Listen to This! – Volume I (2004), The Listener (2000, 2005), Listen to This!-Volume 2 (2006), Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Practice (2006), Perspectives on Audiology (2009), 101 FAQs of AVT (2012) and Cochlear Implants (2014).

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Download .pdf of poster here