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Pamela Aasen

Mom's the Word

PAMELA AASEN, a special education teacher for 25 years has two boys, 12 & 14, both of whom have bilateral cochlear implants. Pamela has relied on her background to help her children develop into confident, successful and independent young men. With the invaluable instruction from audio-verbal therapists over the years she dedicated herself to providing her sons with an ongoing audio verbal environment at home and a life full of rich experiences.

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Margit Pukonen

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MARGIT PUKONEN is the Program Director at The Speech and Stuttering Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Margit was among the first employees hired to develop and run group therapy programs for preschool children with speech and language needs at what was then known as the Speech Foundation of Ontario. She has shared her knowledge and experience on this topic with clinicians across Ontario through conference presentations and workshops. Margit has also coauthored a chapter on group treatment for preschoolers with language disorders. Margit is currently involved in the development of a provincial (Ontario, Canada) motor speech care pathway and is participating in related training, evaluation and implementation initiatives.

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Shannon Palmer

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SHANNON PALMER, Au.D., Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Central Michigan University where she teaches courses related to adult and pediatric diagnostic audiology, and auditory processing disorders. She also works clinically at CMU conducting behavioral and electrophysiological pediatric diagnostic testing, auditory processing evaluations, and cochlear implant services. She received her Au.D. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Connecticut. Her research areas of expertise include pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and cochlear implants.

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Paige Stringer

Do Differently

PAIGE STRINGER is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss. Her background is in marketing and business development, including managerial positions held at the Clorox Company and Amazon.com. Paige was born with a severe to profound hearing loss and communicates through listening and spoken language. She holds her Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington where she was a full scholarship athlete, and a Master's degree from the University of San Francisco. She started the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss in 2009 to help children with hearing loss in developing countries have similar opportunities in life that she was fortunate to have. Paige sits on the board of directors of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health. In 2014, Paige was awarded the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Audiology.

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Becky Clem

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BECKY CLEM, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Listening-Spoken Language Specialist with AVT certification. Her clinical specialization is working with babies and young children with cochlear implants. She is passionate about family centered care and health literacy for all families who have children with special needs. Becky is employed at the Education Coordinator for Rehabilitation Services at Cook Children's Medical Center. She serves on the Cook Children's Patient Family Education Council and Health Literacy Task Force. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Wichita State University. Included in her experience is working with families of babies and children with hearing loss in Auditory-Verbal Therapy, mentoring and coaching professionals towards certification in Auditory-Verbal Therapy, and teaching in state, national, and international programs. Her publications have appeared in the ASHA Perspectives, Volta Review, and Pediatric Audiology Case Studies (Flexer and Madell, 2010). Becky serves as a team member of the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss for the summer teacher-training program in Vietnam.

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Stephen Owen

Do Differently

STEPHEN OWEN is the Operations Manager of SoundIntuition. He is responsible for the management of the company’s website and products that provide learning opportunities. He also provides sales and customer support. Stephen’s many years in the marketing industry has given him a solid understanding of the extreme value of a company’s brand; not just as far as what consumers see in its logo, branding and advertising but more importantly how it can craft its customers’ perception. Understanding the need for proactive re-examination of generally accepted every-day business practices, Stephen sets out to explore alternative ways of achieving goals using his mantra: "Do differently".

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Rebecca Siomra

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REBECCA SIOMRA, MSc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is dedicated to working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Her passion is to guide parents and caregivers in developing new strategies, as well as to become aware of the ones they already have, to help their child's communication skills progress. Rebecca's current goal of becoming a certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (AVT) has certainly opened up new opportunities to build skills in this area. Rebecca's journey into the world of communication began with her sights on working with adults, but she found an unexpected energy during her initial clinical experiences with preschoolers. For her, working with children and their families in her professional practice reminds her to embrace both the joys and challenges that we face each day. Rebecca currently works for the provincial Infant-Hearing and Preschool Speech and Language programs out of York Region in Ontario. She has recently been involved with a research study in that province focused on developing an evidence-based treatment protocol for preschoolers with motor speech disorders, an area of special interest for her. Networking with other professionals such as audiologists, teachers, occupational therapists, physicians and early childhood educators guides Rebecca in helping the children she works with to reach their communication potential. She thrives on learning from both the families, and the interdisciplinary teams, that she has the opportunity to work with. In addition to her current AVT pursuits, she is Hanen-certified in several programs (It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More Than Words, Learning Language and Loving It), which also focus on parent and caregiver coaching. Rebecca has received training in Physically Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

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Glynnis Dubois

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GLYNNIS DUBOIS, Ph.D. Student is a Registered Nurse and a Speech-Language Pathologist who has had the privilege to work with children with hearing loss and their families as an Auditory Verbal therapist. She is also a feeding therapist, focusing mainly on infants and toddlers who have challenges around feeding and swallowing. As a Kinderdance instructor she has developed some insight into the importance of music and movement in the support of language, literacy, memory and social skills in preschool children. Having worked with families for over thirty years, Glynnis is able to truly appreciate the importance of a well-rounded view of the growth and development of children and has learned many lessons regarding the journey to becoming a confident, supportive family.

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Jonathan Samson

I'm All Ears

JONATHAN SAMSON has a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss which was diagnosed in the early 1970s. He received auditory training from Louise Crawford at the Hospital for Sick Children in and auditory-verbal therapy from Warren Estabrooks at The Learning to Listen Foundation (LTLF) in Toronto, Canada. Jonathan received a cochlear implant in his late 20s and he returned to The Learning to Listen Foundation for Auditory Skills Training post activation of his cochlear implant. Jonathan currently works in investments and is an active volunteer in his community. He has a beautiful wife and two vibrant children, all of whom are cochlear implant users.

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Mikaeel Valli

I'm All Ears

MIKAEEL VALLI's, HBSc ability to listen and use spoken communication effectively diverts attention of the listener speculating if Mikaeel can hear and talk because he wears a cochlear implant to that of pure appreciation for the topics he talks animatedly about. Mikaeel is actively pursuing his passion in the health field by working on his undergraduate degree in Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. Mikaeel would consider his undergraduate years his golden years. He had the opportunity to meet many amazing students and professors with similar interests, to learn new things in his passion, and to flourish within the maturity of the academic environment. There is one particular aspect, however, that truly makes his university years golden and this is his role as a research student serving and being surrounded by a sea of MD and PhD researchers. He attained his first authorship in a medical clinical journal at the tender age of 20, and has already begun efforts to contribute to many more publications. His dream is to become a neuro-surgeon.

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Marshal Chasin

Audio-Logic

DR. MARSHALL CHASIN, AuD, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, Aud(C) is an Audiologist and the Director of Auditory Research at the Musicians' Clinics of Canada in Toronto, Ontario. He is also the Co-ordinator of Research at the Canadian Hearing Society, Director of Research at ListenUp Canada, Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto (in Linguistics) and an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario (School of Communication Sciences & Disorders). Marshall has been involved with hearing and hearing aid assessment since 1981 and is the author of over 200 clinically based articles. He has lectured extensively, and is frequently on TV and radio (he's the good looking balding guy sometimes on Much Music). Marshall is the author of several books, including 'Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss' (1996), the 'CIC Handbook' (1998) and 'Noise Control- a primer' (1999) (all through Singular Publishing Group.) Marshall also wrote 'Hear the Music' (2001, 2006). He is currently editing a new book on Hearing Loss in Musicians.

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Stacey Lim

Audio-Logic

STACEY LIM, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Central Michigan University. At CMU, she is teaches graduate audiology courses. She has also taught numerous courses in audiology at Kent State University as an instructor of record from 2006-2013. In addition, she has also been a guest lecturer for workshops for graduate speech-language pathology students and gerontology students. Dr. Lim has also presented at conventions such as ASHA and Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, among others. Dr. Lim's research and clinical areas of expertise are in cochlear implants, paediatric and educational audiology, and aural rehabilitation.

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Karen MacIver-Lux

I Hear That

KAREN MACIVER-LUX, M.A., Aud(C), Reg. CASLPO, LSLS Cert. AVT® was diagnosed with a bilateral mild (125 Hz) steeply sloping to profound (1000Hz) sensori-neural hearing loss at 3.11 years of age. The otolaryngologist told her parents that the diagnosis of hearing loss meant a lifetime of silence and lost opportunities in spoken communication. However, with the support of a young audiologist, speech-language pathologist, a teacher of the deaf and an auditory-verbal therapist, Karen's mother learned skills and techniques that helped Karen turn a grey world of silence into a colourful world of sound. Karen is now an audiologist, an LSLS certified auditory-verbal therapist, providing auditory learning services to individuals of all ages with hearing loss. She is a highly sought after speaker and makes significant contributions to the literature and professional education programs worldwide. Understanding first hand the profoundly significant impact that the effective and collaborative relationship between her parents and the above mentioned professionals had on her personal and professional life, Karen is passionate about sharing steps for achieving early, collaborative, evidenced based best practices worldwide and raising the bar for professional practice. Why? Effective professional and parent collaboration has a deep and lasting impact on the child and/or adult's quality of life.

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Carrie Spangler

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CARRIE SPANGLER , Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA brings both a personal and professional perspective to the field of audiology. Carrie was born with a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears. She was identified at the age of 4, and has worn hearing aids since. She attended mainstream school and received services to develop listening and spoken language skills. Carrie gives thanks to her parents who never gave up and always encouraged her to maximize her potential. Carrie is currently employed at The University of Akron School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Carrie is the coordinator of the Hear and Learn Educational Outreach Program. This program provides audiology services to public schools while offering clinical/community opportunities for graduate and doctoral students to learn. Her areas of interest include educational audiology, teens and support groups, advocacy, and humanitarian audiology. Carrie received her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Communication Disorders, her Master's degree from The University of Akron, and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Previously, Carrie was employed at Stark County Educational Service Center for 13 years as an educational audiologist providing services to children with hearing loss in the public schools. Carrie is the 2012 recipient of a national award, the Cheryl DeConde-Johnson Award for Best Practices in Educational/Pediatric Audiology. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to educational and pediatric audiology. She has publications in peer reviewed journals and is currently co-authoring 3 chapters in books that will be released in 2014. She is the co-chairperson for the Ohio Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Subcommitee of the Medical Advisory Board. She is active in community service organizations, state and national professional organizations.

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Erin Smith

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ERIN SMITH, M.H.Sc., Reg CASLPO is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who provides a variety of speech and language services to preschool and school aged children and their families. As an SLP she provides assessment and intervention for children with language, articulation, fluency, voice and various developmental communication concerns (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome). In addition to her role as an SLP, she has completed additional training in Auditory Verbal Therapy and has experience providing assessment, therapy and consultation to families with children who have permanent childhood hearing loss. Erin is an instructor in the Communicative Disorders Assistant Program at Georgian College. She teaches the Articulation and Phonology course as well as monitoring for students while on clinical placements. Erin also regularly supports SLPs in training by providing clinical education during graduate school placements. Since graduating from the University of Toronto in 2000, she has acquired additional training to support her work with families who have children with a variety of communication needs. Training includes: Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk, Target Words) parent education; Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT); Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT).

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Melanie Ribich

Mom's the Word

MELANIE RIBICH, , M.S., B.S. is the mother of a nine year old daughter and six year old twin boys, one of whom has a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss. Melanie earned her B.S.in Secondary Education and her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. After fourteen years of teaching high school Spanish, Melanie chose to focus solely on raising her children and learning as much as she can about hearing loss and helping her son to learn to listen and talk with his bilateral cochlear implants. It's been three years since her son graduated from Auditory-Verbal Therapy, and he attends the neighborhood school with his brother and sister. Melanie is a member of AG Bell, enjoys connecting with other parents, volunteering at her children's school, and practicing yoga.

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