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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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