Annual Convention

NYSSLHA's 56th Annual Convention
April 8-9, 2016
Saratoga Hilton and The Saratoga Springs City Center



The Opportunities of Change...together towards tomorrow

To turn today’s changes into tomorrow’s opportunities we must explore current research, societal changes, expert opinions, and the regulatory environment that are impacting the field of communication sciences and disorders. We can build on these discoveries and plan how they can positively impact our service delivery models, workplace structures, collaborative practice models, and our professional expectations.


Featured Speakers

Lauren Kravetz Bonnet, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Lauren Kravetz Bonnet is an assistive technology specialist for Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Virginia. She has served in several other roles during her tenure at Arlington Public Schools including coordinator of autism services and speech-language pathologist. Dr. Bonnet owns and directs a private practice called Freedom of Speech, LLC, located in Arlington, Virginia. Her research and work has been published in various journals, including most recently the ASHA Leader. She was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she specialized in communication disorders, autism, positive behavioral supports and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). At UVA, Dr. Bonnet co-lead the Curry Autism Spectrum Services Clinic, was the advisor for the graduate program in special education with licensure specialization in adapted curriculum K-12, advised MEd students in communication disorders and supervised graduate speech-language pathology clinicians. Dr. Bonnet earned a BS from Ithaca College in teachers of speech and hearing handicapped, an MA from George Washington University in speech language pathology, and a PhD in special education from George Mason University. She also holds an ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and Virginia state license in speech language pathology.

Rhea Paul, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Paul is professor and founding director of the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, an Affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, and professor emerita at Southern Connecticut State University. She received her BA from Brandeis University, her master’s degree in reading and learning disabilities from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her doctorate in communication disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is author of more than 90 refereed journal articles, 40 book chapters and nine books. She has been a professor and principal investigator at the Yale Autism Center of Excellence, and received faculty scholar awards from Portland State University and Southern Connecticut State University. In 1996, she received the Editor’s Award from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and was awarded in the inaugural Ritvo/Slifka Award for Innovative Clinical Research by the International Society for Autism Research in 2010. She is a Fellow of the American-Speech-Language Hearing Association and is currently editor for language at the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. She received the Honors of the Association from ASHA in 2014.

Kathy Shapley, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Shapley, is an associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has held teaching positions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and research positions at Harcourt Assessment and Edvance Research. She serves as the National Advisor to NSSLHA and serves on the ASHA Board of Directors.

Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd
Mr. Sweeney is a speech-language pathologist and technology consultant working in private practice at The Ely Center in Newton, Massachusetts. He spent more than a decade in the public school setting. His blog, Speech Techie, was inspired by a desire to empower others in his field to employ technology in their work. He is a frequent presenter at ASHA Conventions and has participated as a speaker at the regional Social Thinking® Providers’ Conferences. Sean is a regular columnist for The ASHA Leader.

Brian Taylor, AuD
Dr. Taylor is the director of practice development and clinical affairs for Unitron. He is responsible for all best practice initiatives and customer loyalty programs for Unitron. Dr. Taylor has more than 20 years of clinical, teaching and business management experience in a wide variety of settings. He is also the editor-in-chief of Audiology Practices, the quarterly journal of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and a frequent contributor to AudiologyOnline as well as the blog. Dr. Taylor has written and lectured extensively on several topics, including practice management and evidence-based hearing aid selection and fitting approaches. He received his master’s degree in audiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his doctorate of audiology from Central Michigan University

Cynthia Thompson, PhD
Dr. Thompson is a Ralph and Jean Sundin professor of communication sciences and disorders and professor of neurology at Northwestern University and is affiliated with the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Institute for Neuroscience, also at Northwestern. She also is the director of the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory and directs the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery, a new NIH-funded, multi-site Clinical Research Center. An expert in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, her research examines normal and aphasic language processing as well as the neurocognitive mechanisms of language recovery in stroke-induced aphasia and language decline in primary progressive aphasia (PPA) using fMRI, EEG, eyetracking and other methods. She is a member of the Academy of Aphasia, Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Organization of Human Brain Mapping, World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Aphasia and Cognitive Disorders, and other professional organizations. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received Honors of the Association in 2013.

Rosemary White, OTR/L
Rosemary has been an occupational therapist since 1972, and brings a wealth of clinical experience to every workshop she teaches throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, United Kingdom and Europe, Turkey, South Africa, Uganda and Australia. Rosemary is a true clinician’s clinician! Rosemary received her neurodevelopmental therapy training in London with the Bobaths, her sensory integrative therapy training in Los Angeles with Dr. A Jean Ayres and her training in DIR (Floortime) with Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, PhD, and the faculty of ICDL. She currently owns and operates Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services in Seattle, Washington. Rosemary has her certificate in DIR and has been senior faculty on the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disabilities (ICDL) that was chaired by the late Stanley Greenspan, MD, and Serena Wieder, PhD, since 2002. Rosemary is on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington in the School of Nursing Infant Mental Health Certificate Program. Rosemary is also faculty in the ICDL Graduate School in the PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders. This is an online PhD program providing education to professionals throughout the world. Rosemary is also Profectum Foundation faculty and chair of the Occupational Therapy Working Group.

The NYSSLHA Convention App, The NYSSLHA Navigator, is now LIVE!  It has all the important information you’ll need for the event, and features to enhance your event experience.




To download the app following these instructions:

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The Saratoga Hilton is the site of the 2016 NYSSLHA Convention.

Room rates are:
$165 single/double
$165 triple
$165 quad

This rate will only be honored by the Saratoga Hilton until March 17, 2016. Please make your reservations early.

Reservations may be made online at

Continuing Education


Tired of standing in line to turn in your CE Paperwork? After the Convention (or during the Convention) you will able to go to the NYSSLHA website and file your ASHA and AAA CEUs.


This program is offered for up to 1.7 CEUS
(Various levels; Professional area)


NYSSLHA is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of  1.5 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.



Presentation Disclosures
New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc.
1971 Western Avenue #1167, Albany, NY 12203
P: 800-NYSSLHA (800-697-7542) F: 888-729-3489