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February 10-11, 2017
Metro Speech Language Symposium



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2017 Metro Speech-Language Symposium

February 10-11, 2017


February 10th, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows
10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
Toll Free: 1-800-686-2767 or 303-925-0004


We are pleased to announce

Melissa Feller - MS, CCC-SLP as the 2017 Keynote Speaker!

Helping Struggling Writers Become Strategic: An Executive Function Toolkit for SLPs

Session Description: Writing is central to academic success; it is the primary communicative mode for demonstrating knowledge in school. However, given its complexity, writing is particularly challenge to both teach and learn. In addition to skilled language and fluent writing mechanics, successful written expression requires effective and efficient executive function and self-regulation skills. In today’s classrooms, the introduction of more rigorous academic standards require increased writing proficiency and independence, which is challenging for many students, but is especially difficult for children with learning and attention issues. This session will aid school-based speech-language pathologists in designing intervention and classroom supports for struggling writers in K-12 school settings that aims to improve the executive function and self-regulatory aspects of written expression. Key findings from pertinent available research in the area of writing will be distilled to support clinicians in translating relevant science in this area to their practice and their collaboration with general and special education colleagues.

Learner Outcomes
After completing this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the role of executive function and self-regulation in the writing process
2. Explain the need for explicit strategies for writing instruction
3. Identify several strategies for facilitating students' independence with the writing process

Melissa comes to us from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She speaks extensively on the executive function and self-regulation demands of the writing process and how SLPs and teachers can support students in managing these demands. Her presentations are informed by the language and learning disability literature, her experience assessing and treating students with LLD, dyslexia, ADHD, and NLD (to a lesser extent high functioning autism) and consulting with families around educational programming, and her prior experience working with an interdisciplinary neuropsychological assessment team at a private educational practice. Her current research interest is the writing profiles of children with dyslexia.