Pre-Symposium Workshop Presenter Biographies

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Jessica Aguillon, M.S. Ed., Echo Horizon School/Echo Center, Culver City, Calif.

Jessica Aguillon is a teacher at Echo Horizon School/Echo Center, a mainstream environment focusing on listening and spoken language, in which children who are deaf and hard of hearing work and learn alongside typical peers. Named as an Apple Distinguished School, Echo Horizon has an exemplary program leveraging cutting-edge technologies and teaching practices in order to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Technology is an integral component of the school community and curriculum. Aguillon has used different forms of technology to help expand her students’ language. She obtained her undergraduate degree from California State University Los Angeles in Psychology. In 2003, Aguillon graduated from the John Tracy Clinic/University of Southern California teacher education program.
Workshop Title: Click on This: Promoting Language and Aural Development

Lynda Close, B.SpPath, LSLS Cert. AVT, Hear and Say, Brisbane, Australia

Disclosure:
Financial — Employed by Hear and Say.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Lynda Close B.SpPath, LSLS Cert AVT, commenced work at Hear and Say, Brisbane, Australia in 2005 after graduating from a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland. Lynda became an LSLS Cert AVT in 2008. Lynda is the Brisbane Team Leader – Auditory-Verbal Therapy at Hear and Say. Her role includes working with families and their children, mentoring colleagues and lecturing in the Hear and Say training courses. She is currently supervising the mentoring program across all five Hear and Say Centres. Lynda is also involved in the AG Bell Academy Mentoring Taskforce (2011, 2012). Her achievements include international lecturing and presenting (India 2009, AG Bell Symposium 2010, AG Bell Convention 2012), local lecturing (2005-2012), Quota South Pacific Scholarship recipient (2005), Foundation for Young Australians Scholarship recipient (2006), and Churchill Fellowship (2009).
Workshop Title: Telepractice: International Perspectives and Applications with Clients, Families and Professionals

Teresa Crumpton, Au.D, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Teresa Crumpton is master faculty specialist in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Audiology Clinic Coordinator at Western Michigan University. She also is co-project director of “On-going Management of Childhood Hearing Impairment: Birth to 21,” funded by the Carls Foundation. Crumpton’s workshops, presentations and publications have addressed clinical applications related to these projects. Crumpton is a consultant on research to validate the “Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills” (TILLS).
Workshop Title: Assessing Spoken and Written Language and Planning Next Steps

Shea Denham, M.S.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Echo Horizon School/Echo Center, Culver City, Calif.

Disclosure:
Financial — No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Shea Denham is a teacher at Echo Horizon School/Echo Center, a mainstream environment focusing on listening and spoken language, in which children who are deaf and hard of hearing work and learn alongside typical peers. Named as an Apple Distinguished School, Echo Horizon has an exemplary program leveraging cutting-edge technologies and teaching practices in order to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Denham and her students use a variety of programs to create projects that enhance or demonstrate their learning. Ms. Denham completed her undergraduate studies in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, followed by the John Tracy Clinic/USC teacher credentialing/M.S. Ed. program.
Workshop Title: Click on This: Promoting Language and Aural Development with Technology

K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, The University of Akron

K. Todd Houston is an associate professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron where he teaches courses related to childhood language development/disorders, phonetics, professional practices, and aural habilitation/AVT. His primary areas of research include spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss, strategies for enhancing parent engagement in the intervention process, and telepractice as a service delivery model. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Akron, Houston was an assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University (2007-2011) and is a former Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (2002-2007) of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) in Washington, D.C.
Workshop Title: Telepractice: International Perspectives and Applications with Clients, Families and Professionals

Karen MacIver-Lux, M.A., Reg. CASLPO, Aud(C), LSLS Cert. AVT, Sound Intuition

Disclosure:
Financial — No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Karen MacIver-Lux, M.A., Aud(C), Reg. CASLPO, LSLS Cert. AVTTM is the Director of MacIver-Lux Auditory Learning Services in King City, Ontario, Canada. As an audiologist and certified auditory-verbal therapist, she provides therapy services and consultations to families and professionals. MacIver-Lux holds the position of lecturer in the School of Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University, and is also a consultant to WE Listen International Inc. From 1997-2007 she worked as an auditory-verbal therapist and coordinator of clinical services at the Learning to Listen Foundation (LTLF), North York General Hospital in Toronto. MacIver-Lux has a congenital severe to profound hearing loss and is a graduate of LTLF. She has made numerous contributions to the literature and is one of the contributing authors of 101 FAQs About Auditory-Verbal Practice.
Workshop Title: ANSD and AVT: Practical Strategies for Therapy and Education

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Moog Center for Deaf Education, St. Louis, Mo.

Disclosure:
Financial — No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Betsy Moog Brooks is the executive director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her master’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University; is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education; and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She has been in the field of early intervention for more than 20 years. She created a Toddler Curriculum and a Language Curriculum which are used in all Certified Moog Programs. Betsy is the author of the book, “My Baby and Me: A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk.” She has lectured throughout the United States, South America and Europe. Moog Brooks is part of the Moog Center for Deaf Education app team and helped to create the First 100 Words app. In addition, she is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate with an emphasis in Andragogy, the study of adult learners.
Workshop Title: Embedded Coaching: Strategies and Techniques for Successful Implementation

Nickola Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Disclosure:
Financial — Test author for Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc. and the U.S. Department of Education. Receives intellectual property rights and royalties.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Nickola Wolf Nelson is professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Director of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at Western Michigan University. She also is editor-in-chief of the journal Topics in Language Disorders. Nelson has published widely on language-literacy, including “Language and Literacy Disorders: Infancy through Adolescence” (Allyn & Bacon, 2010) and is conducting standardization research (with support of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education) on a “Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills” (TILLS). Nelson is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); a Fellow of the International Academy of Learning Disabilities; a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language; recipient of the Kleffner Clinical Career Award from the ASHFoundation in 2007 and the Honors of the ASHA in 2011; and a long-time member of AG Bell.
Workshop Title: Assessing Spoken and Written Language and Planning Next Steps

Renee Polanco, M.S.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Los Angeles Unified School District

Renee Polanco has been teaching in the field of listening and spoken language development since graduating from the John Tracy Clinic/University of Southern California teacher education program in 2000. She has experience as a preschool/kindergarten teacher, a parent-infant teacher, and is currently an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing for LAUSD. Having a hearing loss herself, and a proud graduate of LAUSD DHH programs, she is honored to have the opportunity to work with families and children with hearing loss in Los Angeles. She received her LSLS certification in Auditory-Verbal Education in August 2008. Renee has taught in the John Tracy Clinic teacher education program and has helped to develop professional development programs that bring training in auditory-verbal practices to public school teachers in the Los Angeles area. Renee is currently working on her dissertation toward completion of her doctoral degree in Special Education from CSULA/UCLA.
Workshop Title: Listening and Speaking in Public Schools

Emma Rushbrooke B.A., DipAud., MAudSA., LSLS Cert AVT

Emma Rushbrooke B.A., DipAud., MAudSA., LSLS Cert AVT, is an Audiologist, LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist and qualified nurse. Working at Hear and Say, based in Brisbane, Australia since 2000 in a number of roles, Emma is currently the Clinical Director, overseeing and supervising both the Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Audiology programs, including both centre based and Tele-Intervention programs. In addition, Emma is also a key member of the Hear and Say Leadership and Strategy Team, and is actively involved in mentoring, training and development and research. Emma has recently completed a Master of Philosophy at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, researching the reliability and validity of remote programming of cochlear implants in children. Emma is currently Co-Chair of the AG Bell Academy Certification Committee and is also an AG Bell Academy Board Member.
Workshop Title: Telepractice: International Perspectives and Applications with Clients, Families and Professionals

Michelle Ryan, BSpPath., LSLS Cert AVT

Michelle graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She has a background of clinical experience in working with children and adults in the hospital and community health settings within Australia and the United Kingdom. Michelle has been working at the Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children since February 2007 and became a Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist in December 2010. Michelle's work as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist has included both face-to-face and Outreach (Tele-Intervention) Auditory-Verbal Therapy caseloads. Her role as Outreach Coordinator at Hear and Say has included the development and refinement of the Outreach Program, in consultation and collaboration with other clinical and non-clinical staff within this organisation.
Workshop Title: Telepractice: International Perspectives and Applications with Clients, Families and Professionals

Bridget Scott-Weich, Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Los Angeles Unified School District

Disclosure:
Financial — No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Bridget Scott-Weich is National Board Certified and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). She is currently the lead LSLS in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Her work has resulted in systematic changes in the delivery of services to students with hearing loss. She is committed to parent participation and has spearheaded several projects that have resulted in “parent nights” throughout the district. Scott-Weich has taught in the teacher education programs at the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles and California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Ca., and presents throughout Los Angeles on the changing face of educating children who are deaf and hard of hearing using listening and spoken language and the role that auditory brain development plays in the development of academic skills. She serves on the board of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
Workshop Title: Listening and Speaking in Public Schools

Johnnie Sexton, Au.D., Executive Director, The CARE Project

Disclosure:
Financial — Employed by Employed by the CARE Project and receives speaking fees.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Johnnie Sexton, Au.D., has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing for 33 years. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from East Carolina University and his Au.D. degree from A. T. Still University/Arizona Health Sciences. Sexton has focused throughout his career on pediatric/educational audiology service development, implementation and management, and, in recent years, designed the early intervention system for audiology in North Carolina, which included the newborn hearing-screening program. He has devoted his energy in the past 3 years to redefining counseling for families with children who have hearing challenges and the professionals who provide services for them. He owns a private practice specializing in educational audiology services and has established the nonprofit agency, The CARE Project, Inc., for the advancement of family, professional and pre-professional training opportunities in counseling where he serves as Executive Director.
Workshop Title: The CARE Project