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We're excited about our upcoming WESS conference on  Friday November 2nd, 2018 and we're sure that you're going to want to attend. The day will be packed with great presentations by  Elizabeth Rosenzweig,  MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT , an Auditory-Verbal Therapist in private practice and an instructor in the Deaf Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Speech-Language Pathology program at Yeshiva University in New York City, New York and the Aural Rehabilitation Team at MedEL.  Don't miss this valuable learning and networking opportunity!

See full abstracts further down the page.
Distinguished speaker Elizabeth Rosenzweig  will share how professionals can:
  • help parents adjust to their new role as the "captain of the intervention team;" 
  • move beyond "cultural competence" to "cultural humility" and  optimize outcomes regardless of cultural, ethnic, or linguistic background; 
  • forget the flashcards and ditch the drills when building speech skills through listening; and 
  • leave the toys behind and use what the families have on hand to craft highly engaging therapy sessions for families and children.   Register today!

Early bird registration draw
The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw for a chance to WIN free admission to a future WESSconference, so  register today. The draw will be held on  October 16th, 2018.

Conveniently purchase both 2018 Conferences at once
Due to popular demand by some of our attendees, we are introducing the ability of purchasing the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 WESS conferences, conveniently at the same time. You will see this option on the Registration Page.

WESS is in a New Venue
The WESS conference will be convened at the Centennial College Conference Centre in Scarborough, a short and convenient 20 minute drive east of Toronto's airport. Some of the changes you will note is free parking, a spacious lounge perfect for networking conversations, free WI-FI and close proximity to restaurants. We're excited about this move and we're sure you will be too!

WESS is a great place to get Continuing Education (CEUs)
SoundIntuition is an approval CEU provider for AGBell and ASHA. Due to the quality content of our events, we have been authorized for  6 hours worth of 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.

NOVEMBER 2, 2018        Centennial College Conference Centre

Brains, Heart, and Courage: Your Toolbox for Counseling Families
The vast majority of parents of children with hearing loss have no prior experience with deafness.  How can professionals help them adjust to their new role as "captain of the team" for their deaf or hard of hearing child?  Go beyond the typical "stages of grief" to explore what the research has to say about emotional adjustment in parents and children with hearing loss (brains), learn key techniques for counseling families (heart), and explore case studies for how to have these crucial conversations (courage).
Their Words, Their World
Move beyond "cultural competence" to "cultural humility" and learn how to optimize outcomes for all the families on your caseload, regardless of cultural, ethnic, or linguistic background.  This presentation will explore ways in which professionals can honor and enhance existing patterns of communication in families and encourage family partnership in therapy.  Participants will examine their own linguistic socialization and the ways in which this does or does not match the families they serve, learn how to distinguish language differences from language disorders, and develop techniques to adapt therapy to reflect unique family situations.
Building Speech Skills Through Listening
Forget the flashcards, ditch the drills.  You can help children with hearing loss develop beautiful, natural speech skills through listening and play!  This presentation will cover the essentials behind the theory of speech acoustics and how parents and professionals can use this information to maximize  listening skills to develop  speech.  Best of all, there are no flashcards involved!  You'll learn fun, easy activities that you can use at home or in therapy to help children learn to speak clearly.
No Toys?  No Problem!
Leave the toy bag behind and learn how to craft engaging auditory verbal sessions using just what families have on hand.  Explore the power of routines-based intervention -- learn how to conduct a motivational interview to determine family routines, integrate intervention goals into daily activities, and adapt your practice to meet the needs of families and children at all levels.

Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is an Auditory Verbal Therapist in private practice.  She serves families around the world via teletherapy and mentors aspiring LSLS professionals. She is an instructor in the Deaf Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Speech-Language Pathology program at Yeshiva University.  Elizabeth is a member of the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities and PhD student at Teachers College, Columbia University. You can find her at  www.AuditoryVerbalTherapy.net.

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.      Registration
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.      TechTalk: Theory of Mind in Children With Hearing Loss
                                        MedEL Aural Rehabilitation Team
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m      Welcome: Karen MacIver-Lux, SoundIntuition

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    Session 1: Brains, Heart, and Courage- Your Toolbox for                                                        Counseling (90 minutes)
                                        Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVT 
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  BREAK (15 minutes)
10:45 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Session 2: Their Words, Their World (90 minutes)
                                       Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVT
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Inspiration Session: Shannon Brown and Mackenzie Lloyd (15                                              minutes)
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    LUNCH (45 minutes)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.      Session 3: Building Speech Skills Through Listening (90 minutes)
                                       Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVT:
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.      BREAK
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.      Session 4: No Toys? No Problem!
                                       Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVT (90 minutes)
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.      Session 5: Q&A Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVT
4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.      Closing Remarks & Draw 
4:45 p.m.                         Adjournment 

We thank our sponsors for supporting the WESS conferences.

SoundIntuition is an approved provider of continuing education activities from the AGBell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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