FLASH Talks are a high-paced, high energy forum where you can get an introduction
to multiple sessions at once. Modeled after the popular TED Talk format, FLASH Talks
are a great way to get information on a wide variety of topics in a highly engaging and
Below you will find the descriptions of each of the short-form FLASH Talks offered at
this year's convention.
Vowel Are you? Good to See You!
Featuring Lindsay Shaw
Based on the full length session presented at convention, Lindsay Shaw provides a powerful overview of Dr. Tambi Braun's session. Pediatric patients with vowel production errors are often missed because most standard testing for articulation does not target or assess vowels. Patients with motor speech (planning) disorders often have vowel errors and these vowel errors may make speech intelligibility markedly reduced. Resonance may also be affected and it is important to recognize how these errors also influence suprasegmental speech characteristics. Assessment, treatment strategies and underlying motor planning for vowel errors will be discussed.
- Participant will be able to describe how vowel errors affect overall intelligibility
- Participant will be able to describe a motor speech (planning) disorder
- Participant will be able to identify co-articulatory vowel errors
Surf the Waves: Applications of Manual Lymphatic Drainage to SLP
Featuring Colleen Endrizzi
Colleen Endrizzi recaps her earlier session and provides a high-level overview of Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Historical and current history of the lymphatic system and therapies to address functioning are addressed. The expansion of this information from the fields of occupational and physical therapy are explored. Applications of manually addressing the lymphatic system from historically accepted areas of therapy such as: Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy for lymphedema as related to head and neck lymphedema following head and neck cancer is explored. Additionally, new applications to Speech and language Pathology such as improving oral motor functioning for swallowing and articulation will be discussed during the presentation. Information from a meta-analysis regarding lymphedema and head and neck cancer will additionally be shared.
- Participants will increase their working knowledge of the lymphatic system and the impact that the lymphatic system has on speech, language and swallowing function.
- Participants will learn about the hands on skills to impact the lymphatic system using manual therapy.
The Effects of Mindfulness Training on Graduate Level Speech-Language Pathology Interns
Featuring Jean Mead
The purpose of the talk is to discuss the impact of mindfulness training on graduate SLP students. The aim of this project was to teach the students strategies to help them handle the rigor and stress related to the graduate program, especially the clinical component and ultimately facilitate their overall well-being. Forty-one students participated in the 8-week mindfulness training program which included weekly group meditation sessions plus mindfulness tasks to be completed across the week. A pre and post-test was administered to the participants to determine if the training had an impact on their ability to cope with the perceived stress of graduate school. Results of the study and tips and strategies for coping with stress will be presented.
- Explain the benefits of mindfulness practice.
- Describe three strategies for becoming more mindful during day to day activities.
- Identify perceived key stressors in their lives.
Don't sink! Stay afloat: Goals for Speech Sound Disorders in Bilingual Students
Featuring Yocelyn Suarez
This intriguing talk looks into the important issues concerning the development of bilingual speech patterns and the assessment and treatment of speech disorders in bilingual children. Assessing speech sound skills in bilingual children is complex and standardized assessments are not typically available for differential diagnosis. The presenters will review informal measures.
- Participants will be able to discriminate between dialectal vs disordered errors.
- Participants will be able to determine whether the resonance pattern is dialectal or disordered.
- Participants will be able to describe home program goals acceptable for bilingual parents.
Comparing Perception of Voice in Patients with Parkinson‚ Disease and Their Caregivers
Featuring Annie Blanford
This study examined the comparison of voice perception in individuals with Parkinson’s disease with the perception of impairment determined by caregivers. Findings of this study demonstrated no statistically significant difference in means between patient and caregiver response regarding voice perception in individuals with PD. A statistically significant correlation was found between the Voice Handicap Index and Voice-Related Quality Of Life indicating that as scores on the VHI increased so did the scores on the V-RQOL.
- Discuss the use of self-perception measures in the evaluation of communication impairments in individuals with PD.
- Explain the relationship between patient and caregiver perception of voice impairments in PD.
- Describe the correlation between the voice handicap index and the voice-related quality of life when used to describe impairment in individuals with PD.
The MyteriouS caSe of a Stubborn Fricative S
Featuring Tambi Braun
Recapping her convention session, Tambi Braun will talk about pediatric patients with Velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) are becoming more frequent on the caseloads of school and medical speech language pathologists (SLPs). These cases can be challenging both in the understanding of the speech characteristics (resonance shifts, nasal emissions, and compensatory articulation) and creating the appropriate plan of intervention. The purpose of this lecture is to present a case report of a patient with a rare syndrome and cleft palate and the continuing difficulties with remediating her production of the fricative /s/. This presentation will also review intervention techniques for fricative production and how hearing loss may impact treatment success.
- Participant will be able to discriminate between a nasal fricative and a nasal emission.
- Participant will be able to determine the relationship between hearing loss and fricatives.
- Participant will be able to identify compensatory articulation and habitual articulation errors.