Ivymount was well represented by a number of staff members at the recent American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) conference in Philadelphia, with staff receiving awards, as well as presenting two sessions and a poster.
Ivymount speech language pathologist Candace Nuzzo Michiels won two awards for her poster board entitled Girl Power: The Female Advantage in Language Development From 7-24 Months & Why It Matters.
The first award, the Student Research Travel Award, recognized the highest-rated, student-authored paper in its topic area. In addition to this award and the $500 stipend toward travel expenses, Candace’s poster was named as the Meritorious Poster Submission. This award is given to proposals judged by the Convention Program Committee to show extraordinary, exceptional, and innovative work. Out of the 1901 submissions received for the 2016 convention, only 48 were selected for meritorious recognition.
Candace and her fellow researchers studied language acquisition in 125 children and found that, despite controversy about the "female advantage" in development, girls performed significantly better on at least one or more measure of expressive language at three of four time points.
A number of Ivymount staff members also presented. During the first presentation, Electronic "Communication Stories" to Support Communication Needs of Young Adults With Intellectual & Language Disabilities, Danielle Pouliot, Eve Müller, and Ann Kern, provided instruction on creating and using Communication Stories, as well as preliminary outcomes.
The second presentation, Teaching the "How" & "Why" of Conversation to Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, discussed Ivymount's Conversation Club curriculum. Courtney Goldstein, Eve Müller, and Michal Powers provided tips for explicit teaching and implementation of the "how" and "why" of conversation. Both the Conversation Club curriculum and Communication Stories were developed by Ivymount staff and tested with Ivymount students. Outcomes for both have either been published or are soon to be published in peer-reviewed journals.
After the two presentations, dozens of conference attendees signed up for additional information and described how useful and relevant these interventions will be for their own students.
Congratulations to all who represented Ivymount at the ASHA conference and shared valuable information and intervention outcomes with a wider audience!