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October 27th WESS conference in Toronto

We’re excited about our upcoming WESS conference on Friday October 27th, 2017 and we’re sure that  you’re going to want to attend. The day will be packed with great presentations by Carrie Spangler, Educational Audiologist at Summit Educational Service Center, and Cheryl Deconde-Johnson, Owner/Consultant at The ADEvantage: Audiology – Deaf Education Vantage Consulting Services.

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



Timed Agenda
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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
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
2:45-4:00pmSession 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

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]


Timed Agenda

Conference Abstract & Timed Agenda

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
2:30-3:15pmSession 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.


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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