Voice of the Mountains: El Paso Speech Therapy Conference Speakers

  • Keynote Speaker:

    Jo Mascorro

    Keynote Presentation 

    Adjusting to the “New Normal” of Setting Personal Goals and Objectives…

    Proactive Practices to Assist in Maintaining Your Sanity While Attempting to Navigate the Unknown

     During times of uncertainty, the reality of staying the course whether it be work, family, and/or social commitments can be quite challenging, especially as we feel we’re losing control of how we manage our day.  This presentation will provide points to ponder for navigating “back to work” practices, while keeping in “MIND” how the brain learns!


    Breakout Presentation

     LOOK … AT … ME!” So How Exactly is That Working for You?”

    Pro-active Strategies to Assist When Responding to Challenging Behavior Demonstrations AND Motivating Children to Learn in the World of Zoom and Teletherapy.

     This presentation will provide points to ponder when responding to challenging behavior disruptions that may interfere with the instructional moment as well as dos and don’ts to help motivate students and increase focus and engagement.


    Joel Shaul

    Ready-to-use Social Communication/Interaction Resources for Children with High Functioning ASD – Parts 1 and Part 2

     Most of us are thoroughly trained academically and well-versed in theory, but we all know what it is like to run out of engaging ideas to use with our clients. These two 90-minute webinars endeavor to reinforce professional practice repertoires with over 20 ready-to-use lessons, activities, and games that can be immediately downloaded and put into use to teach, troubleshoot, and practice many aspects of social communication and interaction. Participants will be shown how to access Joel’s website,  AutismTeachingStrategies.com, and to download and use dozens of free printout games, activities, worksheets, slide presentations, and lessons on the topics of conversation, relationships and emotional regulation.  Joel will clearly explain the free materials, and with abundant pictures, he will show how to use them. The featured resources include games, drawing activities, and worksheets to promote learning about peers; picture card-matching activities to help find common ground in conversation; games and activities to troubleshoot diverse aspects of peer relationships; simple and effective ways to incorporate the use of video camera into social skills work. 


    Teletherapy-adapted Social Communication/Interaction Resources for Children with High Functioning ASD – Part 1 and Part 2

     Though we may be seasoned therapists and teachers, when we carry out social skills and social communication lessons via telehealth, the work is daunting. Switching to remote provision of services via computer screens and tablets into children’s homes requires preparation with materials and methods more likely to work under these conditions. Today’s presentation provides a number of games, worksheets and other activities specifically designed by the presenter to use in telehealth social skills and social communication teaching for verbal children with high functioning autism.  (One example is:  https://bit.ly/2TsyqxU.) Each of the many free resources can be downloaded from the presenter’s website, AutismTeachingStrategies.com. The presenter will clearly demonstrate each method on-screen during the webinar.

    Phuong Lien

    Mental Health of Speech-Language Pathologists:  Let’s Talk About It

    Mental health, which includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, impacts our ability to think, feel, and act as speech-language pathologists. This session provided considerations regarding mental health and pro-active, functional action items to support the mental health of speech-language pathologists on a day-to-day basis.


    Maximize Cognitive, Behavioral, and Language Success for Students Living in Poverty

     It is imperative for us to understand the behavioral and academic outcomes of those living in low wealth communities. This session will provide current statistical information related to children living in poverty. Participants will walk away with effective strategies to use with this population and feel energized and ready to tackle clinical and educational goals.

     Jyutika Mehta

    Ethical Decision Making: A practical guide for SLPs, SLPAs, and Audiologists (2.0 Ethics CEUs)

     This session will review the ethical responsibilities of SLPs, SLPAs and Audiologists in Texas, including changes and updates in the licensing requirements. The presentation will also cover changes to practice as a result of COVID-19 and best practices for service delivery via virtual mode. Current guidelines of TEA, ASHA on telepractice will be shared along with resources for providing services virtually.

    Sandra Santiago  

    Creating a Virtual Speech Room

     This tutorial will show you how to utilize Google Slides to create a Virtual space as a Summer resource to parents and students.  It will include links and videos for activities their child can access that target articulation, language, and social skills.


    Suzanne Crow

    Avoiding the Slippery Slope – Ethics in the Workplace (2.0 Ethics CEUs)

    Ethics in the workplace can be a slippery slope as a small ethical lapse could lead to bigger and more troublesome ethical issues. This session will use workplace scenarios to look at ethical decision-making.

    Georgina Barrera

    Are You SMARTer than a 5th grader?  (An Introduction to SMART goals)     

    What do clinicians that work in the schools, hospitals, clinics, and home health all have in common?  They all have to be able to write measurable goals.  No matter the setting you work in, you need to be sure that you are writing effective goals for a variety of reasons.  Whether you are a new clinician or you're a veteran SLP that just wants some more practice, this session will help you identify the necessary components of treatment goals and be ready to use this information to write SMART goals for your next evaluation. 

    Sheryl Wilcox

    Are you listening?

    Through a variety of verbal and visual strategies and prompts, students listen together for attention to instruction, following directions, participation, and collaboration.  This will impact whole group and speech/classroom routines as they are modeled and consistently practiced daily.

    Mary Cousino

    Childhood Apraxia &

    Apraxia and Dyslexia

    Gail Tatenhove

    Strategies for Traditional Speech-‐Language Therapy Intervention with Students using AAC Systems

     This webinar is geared specifically to speech-language pathologists who work with students who need specific instruction in the area of syntactical and morphological development.  Participants will learn how to apply “old school” principles of vocabulary and grammatical development with students using speech-generating devices.