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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
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.

 

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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

 

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.

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.

It All Starts With Play…

Rebecca Siomra



Children need the freedom and time to play.
Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
– Kay Redfield Jamison

When I came across this quote, it made me stop and think.

Play is a necessity. Interesting. Necessary for what? The importance of play for everyone has gotten a lot of attention in research and literature in recent years. In adults, play means something different to different people – playing hockey, painting a landscape, singing show tunes, training dogs, going for a morning run or even building a deck! In childhood, play has a very special and important role. Play affects just about every area of a child’s development, and impacts brain development. Play makes us feel good and it can motivate us and help us learn.  In discussing play in children, I’m not talking about the need for mountains of trendy, expensive toys or electronics, but just ‘play’, pure and simple.

Why would I care about play? I specialize in speech and language. Speech-Language Pathology isn’t only about talking and understanding, it’s about communicating and interacting with others, and those skills begin to develop from day one through daily routines, and through simple play.  The way we bounce, rock, tickle or sing to a baby are all early play activities. When we see how babies do (or don’t) respond to these activities, we start to know more about their personalities, or how they might be feeling that day. The way that we respond in turn helps that little one to learn that what they do (or don’t do) has an effect on others. They learn that making a noise or smiling will bring on another tickle, or round of ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, and so communication begins.

In my practice, the first step in a therapy program for a young child often starts with very simple interactions. I want the parents that I coach to really understand that play is a child’s work; encouraging play and joining in play is a parent’s work. Play allows a child to learn about themselves, their environment, other children, adults and how they should and should not behave with other people. In a wonderful coincidence, when we play with a child, we also learn about them and, if we’re lucky, about ourselves too.

I think it’s incredible that so many important
life-skills can be learned through play.

When we use the term ‘child’s play’, we usually mean something that is ‘easy to do’, or ‘without significant challenge’. I have the opportunity to work with very young children every day, and my experiences lead me question that generalization. A child’s play is fun, absolutely, but without challenge? I’m not so sure the little ones would agree with that!  Remember, this is their work, and they take it very seriously!

Boy working with building blocks

Watching a toddler tackle stacking blocks or a shape sorter for the first time, or try to sort out how to make a toy bus sing its song again, reminds me just how important it is to reset my perspective. So many skills are second nature to me as an adult, but are brand new to the children I work with. Every little step in developing early play skills requires patience… practice… learning. Think about it, when babies are really little, they learn to grasp something in their hand, then to lift it up, then their hand gets tired and, oops, it falls out.  Now what?

They try again, and again, and again. Perseverance is a life-skill; how amazing is it that it can begin to develop at such a tender age. As an adult, our role may be to stay close by and to let them keep trying, to allow them the opportunity to learn. Babies and young toddlers may dump anything and everything out of containers, but putting something back into a container requires hand-eye coordination and control of grasp and release. What happens when the task becomes too frustrating?

The child needs to figure out how to communicate so that someone will know to come and help; one more skill to add to the to-do list. Wow, this ‘child’s play’ stuff is a lot of work!  Fortunately, it’s also a lot of fun, which encourages these little ones to keep practicing.  They certainly are motivated to learn!

Over the years, I’ve collected charts and lists detailing developmental milestones. What I find fascinating is watching the points from those lists coming to life, first in what children do in their play, and then  in their everyday routines.

A baby who has been putting her fingers, then toys, in her mouth comes to realize that she can also put bits of cookie in her mouth – brilliant. One big step to independence!! The young toddler who has been playing peek-a-boo with his parents realizes that when they disappear around the corner to answer the phone they’re still there and will come back, and he doesn’t need to be sad – marvelous!

In Auditory Verbal Therapy, we coach parents to make ‘Learning to Listen Sounds’ for their babies while playing with toys, singing or looking at books. The big moment comes when, one day, that little one looks at the airplane and says ‘ahhhh’, without even realizing that she has learned how to attach a label to an object. Even more astonishing, all of that practice of making those funny sounds back and forth with any adult who will play, one day turns into first words!!

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.
– Fred Rogers

Ah, those first sounds… first words. Music to every parent’s ears.  What comes next?  We want to hear those words again, and again of course! As adults, we can create endless opportunities for young children to practice new sounds and words through games or books.  We want them to feel confident and to want to try again. When we build all of this ‘work’ into play, a child will be motivated to keep trying, to keep learning.

The repetition of songs can help children learn about body parts, actions, animals or even what the parts of a bus do!  They learn how to listen and wait for the pause in a song when they can happily fill in the ‘E-I-E-I-O’ with gusto! They learn how to take turns by pushing a car or ball back and forth.  They learn how to ask for help by handing the container of bubbles to a parent while looking between the two expectantly. The countless rounds of peek-a-boo, driving that blue train around the track one… more… time. So many opportunities for children to learn from us, and all we have to do is have fun – really? Amazing!

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I may guide a parent in how to adjust play routines, or the language they use, to match their baby’s learning needs, but it really still boils down to play.

Laying the ground-work for early play and communication development opens so many doors… like the one to the land of make-believe, but that’s a thought for another day!

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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