Pearson SLPs at ASHA Convention, 2010
Six SLPs who work for Pearson Assessment travelled to the 2010 Annual American Speech-Language Hearsing Association‘s (ASHA’s) Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA: (L-R, above) Patricia Zureich, Marie Sepulveda, Shannon Wang, Nancy Castilleja (writing this post!), Lois Gregory, and (not pictured) Tina Eichstadt.
Lois is technically the newest member of the team—her “first day” with the Pearson’s speech and language crew was November 22nd. Lois was not exactly brand new to Pearson—she had previously worked with us for 16 years before working for a company specializing in educational research. We’re glad to have her back!
Marie Sepulveda, a bilingual speech-language pathologist, was also new to the team—she began working for Pearson in August. Marie’s clinical experience in Florida and Texas make her a great asset to the team!
Shannon, Pat, Tina, and I have worked for Pearson for many years. We were excited to meet with potential new authors and talk with SLPs from around the country (and around the world) at the Pearson exhibit.
I was a co-presenter at two ASHA sessions this year focusing on working with student from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds:
Presenters: Nancy Lewis, Barbara Rodriguez, Nancy Castilleja, Barbara Moore
This session provided a case study to demonstrate an assessment process to evaluate ELLs, using a test battery tailored to the child’s needs.
Presenters: April Smith, Nancy Castilleja
This session described an intervention approach that combined direct speech-language training, in-classroom language facilitation training, literacy mentors, and a home program. Pre- and post-testing with PLS-4 showed significant gains in preschoolers language-literacy skills.
If you’d like to see the handouts for these sessions, they’re available on ASHA’s website. You can search by presenter name and/or session number.