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March 4, 2001  

What is Sensory Integration Therapy?...(and what is Sensory Integration Disorder anyway?!)

(Or, you asked about this, so here is your chance to find out more!) 

Speaker: Christine Horvath, MS, OTR, Clinic Coordinator for OTC’s Clinic at Somerset

"I know my child is just a late talker, but just in case can early awareness and intervention help if my child does have a problem outside of just a speech delay?  What signs should I look for?  What if he passes all his developmental milestones early, then he's OK right?  I know my child is fussy, but he is not spoiled like people think, he just needs to have his way lots of times..." 

When a child is diagnosed with a notable communication disorder parents may have heard or been told that their child may also have a dysfunction in sensory integration.  With these words, heads begin to swirl and minds wonder:  What is sensory integration?  How do I know if my child is showing signs of such a dysfunction?  If they show these signs, what should I do?  How can I get more information?  Who can help me NOW?!?!

Christine Horvath, MS, OTR, Clinic Coordinator for OTC’s Clinic at Somerset will be joining us on March 4, 2002 to answer these questions and others you may have concerning this problem.  

 
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
 

Christine has a wealth of pediatric expertise and a broad understanding of sensory integration issues faced by our families and their children.  At OTC’s Clinic at Somerset, she and her staff provide services to many children with Dysfunction in Sensory Integration (DSI). 

Christine holds an advanced Masters Degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy from Boston University and is certified by Sensory Integration International.  She has worked at nationally recognized children’s hospitals, within public and private school systems, and as part of interdisciplinary early intervention teams.  Prior to joining OTC’s Clinic at Somerset, Christine founded and directed a private pediatric practice in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area.  The practice specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children with DSI.  During this time, she was frequently sought out as a lecturer and consultant by educators, health care professionals, and the Boston community at large. 

January 7th, 2002  
A casual "chat" to get to know everyone hosted by Cheryl Bennett Johnson SLS/MA Educational Consultant/ Executive VP CHERAB

A New Year Of Possibilities to Bring Our Children a Voice
It's a new year, a time to learn how to proceed to help your child as he/she grows older.  Worrying about school issues, upset about future teasing, feeling alone and overwhelmed and under prepared for what's ahead... well then this is a Happy New Year message for you from our Executive Vice President Cheryl Bennett Johnson SLS/MA.

If you attend our meetings, you may have seen a familiar face on TV commercials recently.  We are all very proud of CHERAB's new Executive Vice President and Educational Consultant Cheryl Johnson SLS/MA, who was one of the 800 teachers nominated for the NJ Award of Excellence, and then selected as one of the only three out of the 800 as the "Best of the Best," and asked to be filmed for TV commercials to represent the "The Award Of Excellence In Teaching!" Cheryl is a gifted educator and New Jersey's "Pride in Education" Teacher Representative".  As Cheryl has held that prestigious title for two years, you may have seen her in one of the two Television Commercials representing NJ Education. CHERAB is truly fortunate to have Cheryl as part of its executive board, as she brings much experience and enthusiasm to this position.  Cheryl has been with us for awhile - This is a picture of Cheryl receiving the, Children's Apraxia Network's "Award of Excellence" from all of us!  (Children's Apraxia Network was formed August of 1999, CHERAB was formed January of 2001) Thanks Cheryl, for helping so many, and NEVER asking for anything in return.

"Cheryl's Way

Here is information as to why I am involved with Children's Apraxia Network/ (and now CHERAB Foundation!) 


Every night, for about two weeks, I surfed the Net, specifically searching for information concerning Children and Apraxia of Speech. I had a current public  school speech caseload that included 4 kindergarten children who presented with severe  delays in the areas of oral motor skill development, unintelligible articulation, and  expressive language delay. None of the children had received speech therapy services  prior to entering Kindergarten. The parents of the children had never heard of  apraxia, they thought their children were late talkers or were stubbornly  refusing to "talk correctly".  

My parents wanted to find out as much  information as they could about Apraxia of  speech. When I found the web-site for The Children's Apraxia Network, I was  thrilled. I immediately emailed the CAN founder, Lisa Geng. My first meeting was amazing. Upon seeing over 40 parents and professionals meeting to support one another in understanding Apraxia of speech was empowering. At the conclusion of the meeting, I called each of my 4 kindergarten parents to give them the CAN website. They continue to thank me for going that extra mile in  helping them understand how they could help their children become successful talkers.  Three out of four of my kindergarten parents indicated, that they wished they had enrolled their children in an early intervention speech therapy program, or were at least informed that one existed that would help their child.  Although, my parents have not attended a CAN meeting, they continue to visit the website.

At the second meeting I attended, many questions were raised regarding parental rights and educational issues. I found myself providing detailed and accurate answers to many of the questions.

I am not only a New Jersey certificated Elementary Education Teacher, Nursery School Teacher, Teacher of the Handicap, and a Speech Language Specialist with B.S. and M.A. degrees from Trenton State College (now called The College of New Jersey) Trenton, New Jersey, I am a voice for the special needs children I encounter each day in my public school work setting and private educational consultation firm, "A Voice for the Children". The American With Disabilities Act empowers me by recognizing myself as a supporter of wanting the best for the Special needs population. I have given written and public testimony to the New Jersey Dept. of Education regarding Special Education Code changes.

My philosophy for special education is one that coincides with Federal law that states " in accordance with an IEP, related services must be provided based on an individual need, not administrative convenience or the availability of qualified personnel". 

I empower parents in understanding the 14th amendment to the constitution, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA) in order that their children receive the interventions and supports needed to satisfy the federal requirement of a "free and appropriate public education". when parents understand the federal and state special education laws and codes, they become the power source for their children receiving all necessary services to succeed in the home, school, and community.

My involvement with the CHERAB Foundation allows me the opportunity to help parents on a pro bono basis. It's my way of giving back to a community of dedicated parents who are seeking support in getting the best services for their children.

Cheryl Bennett Johnson SLS MA/Educational Consultant
Pride in Education Teacher Representative
Executive VP CHERAB Foundation"

Also at this meeting we will discuss the upcoming January 14th airing of the 1/2 TV News show (an entire half hour show!!!  Not five minutes!!)  that will feature Cheryl Bennett Johnson SLS/MA (who will discuss educational challenges of children of speech disorders), Marilyn Agin MD (who will discuss the importance of early intervention) Lisa Geng (who will discuss the importance of support and parental signs to look for in a "late talker") and surprise guests (Maybe Haley will be flying up from Georgia with her mom!)

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Our December Holiday Event!

Please click here for a look at December's spectacular Holiday Event that celebrated our children

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November 5, 2001  
"Research on Apraxia/Dyspraxia of Speech at the CHERAB Foundation: Where Did We Come From, What Did We Find, and Where are We Going?

PRESENTERS: CHERAB Foundation Scientific Staff

 
Robert Katz, Ph. D.,  President, Omega-3 Research Institute, Inc.,
Bethesda, MD
Marilyn Agin, M.D.,  Medical Director, Early Intervention, New York
City, NY
Lori Roth, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Pathologist, CHERAB Foundation, NJ

Research on Apraxia/Dyspraxia of Speech at the CHERAB Foundation:  Where Did We Come From, What Did We Find and Where Are We Going?" Meeting

TOPIC:

Lisa Geng, President, CHERAB Foundation had strong faith in
what she called "healing power of essential fatty acids (EFAs) in
verbal apraxia".  She used the internet effectively to share her
belief with other parents with apraxic children.  By early this
summer it was clear that the anecdotal stories have to be urgently
placed on a scientific basis. She asked Dr. Marilyn Agin and me to
suggest scientific approaches to the entire issue of EFA
supplementation in verbal apraxia.  We set out through CHERAB to
organize the First Conference for Therapy of Verbal
Apraxia/Dyspraxia, July 23-24, Headquarters Plaza Hotel, Morristown, New Jersey, documented the outcomes of EFA supplementation through reports by speech pathologists, analyzed the reports, assembled a venerable group of experts and following their recommendations undertook the preparations for a randomized, placebo-controlled double blind clinical trial.  This trial is absolutely essential to allow broad professional scrutiny of this potential new therapeutic modality. 
 
After presenting our findings at the "Fatty Acids in
Neurodevelopmental Disorders-2001," September 20-21, St. Anne's
College, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., followed by extensive
discussions and planning we assembled the clinical trial group and
designed the clinical protocol. The presentation will lead the
audience through the above process and will solicit reactions to the
proposed protocol.
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
 
Marilyn C. Agin, M.D., Medical Director, CHERAB Foundation, graduated from New Jersey Medical School in 1986, followed by a combined residency in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University Medical Center. She is board certified in both fields. Prior to medical school, Dr. Agin received her master's degree in Communication Disorders and was a practicing speech pathologist. Currently, Dr. Agin is the Medical Director of the New York City Early Intervention Program and does private
neurodevelopmental evaluations primarily for children with
communication disorders, learning disabilities, and autism,. She is a
member of the New York City chapter of the Committee on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and has been appointed to the Executive Council of the New York City chapter of the AAP.
 
Robert Katz, Ph.D., Director for EFA Research, CHERAB Foundation,
received his degree in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry from the Hebrew
University, Jerusalem in 1972. During his postdoctoral fellowship
(1972-1973) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda,
Maryland he worked in computer-assisted drug design of analgesics and molecular pharmacology of neurotransmitters. From 1978 to 1993, Dr. Katz was Director of Metabolic Diseases Research Program, National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH where he administered and managed nation-wide research programs in membrane structure and function, membrane protein crystallization, structural biology (proteomics), enzyme replacement and gene therapy, etc,. He organized workshops and conferences in these areas and identified research directions in need of development. Since leaving the NIH full time position, (1993), Dr. Katz has developed DHA- and EPA- derivatized polycationic-lipophilic drug carriers to the CNS. In 1998 he founded the Omega-3 Research Institute, Inc. (O3RI), where he co-organized international workshops on omega-3 fatty acids in brain function, in diabetes and its cardiovascular complications, in molecular and cellular aspects of cancer and recently in verbal apraxia/dyspraxia. During the last year Dr. Katz founded the Consortium for Brain Fatty Acids, O3RI, a "center without walls" that is providing a broad range of expert research support to parties that require such. Dr. Katz is currently a consultant to the National Institutes of Health.  In addition, Dr. Katz is co-developing the CHERAB Foundation's EFA-based programs.
 
Lori L. Roth, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language
Pathologist and Oral Motor Specialist with over 25 years of
experience. She received her BA degree in Psychology from G.
Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1972. In 1974 she was
awarded her Masters of Speech and Audiology from the Catholic
University of America in Washington, DC. Ms. Roth's experience
includes home- and hospital-based rehabilitation, private and public
school intervention and private practice. Lori Roth was instrumental
in establishing an Infant Stimulation Program (called Early
Intervention) in Annapolis, Maryland. She has mentored and trained
graduate students in Speech and Language Pathology from New York
University, Columbia University, Montclair State University and The
College of New Jersey as well as practicing therapists in the State
of New Jersey. Ms. Roth has presented professional workshops for
colleagues and regularly acts as a consultant for private and public
schools.

October 1, 200

"In Light of The Tragedy" Support Meeting

"In Light of The Tragedy" Support Meeting

October 1st, 2000 was a time where most schools and homes already had fun orange and golden Halloween and Fall decorations of leaves and pumpkins sprinkled around. Parents talked with each other about what costumes their children would wear. Adults put candy corn in candy dishes on their desks at work. Stores were stocked high with yummy tricks and treats...

The CHERAB Support Meeting for October 1st, 2001 was originally scheduled to share information from the Oxford Conference in the UK September 20-22.   Originally, Marilyn Agin MD, Robert Katz PhD, Lori Roth MA CCC-SLP, Suzanne Smolyar and I were invited by Dr. Alexandra Richardson and her colleagues at Oxford to attend and present our scientific findings from CHERAB at the Oxford conference.   After the attack, at first we all cancelled due to fears of flying to the UK the week after. Then Robert Katz did choose to attend the UK Oxford Conference to present the poster presentation from himself, Marilyn Agin MD, and Lori Roth MA CCC-SLP on behalf of CHERAB Foundation.   Thanks to Dr. Alexandra Richardson and the Oxford Conference and thanks to Dr. Katz, we do have great and exciting information to share that will help all of our children, and we will share that... next month.   Like the Oxford Conference, we originally had thought of canceling this October 1st, 2001 meeting, and then decided to go ahead with it, for the following reasons.

The 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center was a horrific day that changed all of our lives.   Over six thousand innocent and unsuspecting moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, coaches, teachers, and children, all who were around last October 1st to get caught up in the innocent and meaningless seasonal activities, were horrifically killed in a cowardly attack. 

It changed us because it showed many of us personally, just how low and evil a human is capable of being towards humanity.

Many of us in the New York area were affected personally. Images are not just of pictures.   Images are memories of our children's school, our husband's place of work, our home...Images are now of people from all countries (who yes all live together in harmony in New York) working together in love and pride to help each other and support each other.  

We know that there is good and evil in the world, and it's what we choose to align with.   Most of us choose to build rather than knock down, most of us choose to support, rather than condemn.  

It changed us because it showed many of us personally, just how beautiful and loving a human is capable of being towards humanity

That's the spirit and belief that all of us from CHERAB Foundation would like to share for this month's meeting.   In memory and in light of the tragedy, we are still standing, and together we are still helping each other, and helping our children and sharing goodness.

This month's meeting is for anyone that wants to come out and just talk among friends, and have some questions answered.   Larry Laveman MD will be one of the professionals on hand to answer questions you may have about your child during these times.   CHERAB Foundation is here to support, build, and help all of you, and all of your children.

 

September 10, 2001  
Transition to Preschool or to Regular School for Children With Communication Challenges: What You Should Know

(Or, you asked about this, so here is your chance to find out more!) 

Speaker: Stacey Greenwald Esq. Sussan and Greenwald Esqs. 

What lies ahead for a child with a communication challenge when it comes to school?  What are your child's rights?  Your answers to these simple questions are vitally important no matter how old your child is:  Whether your child is turning 3 within the next few months, or sooner, and you want to know what to ask your town's school.  Or whether your child is already in a preschool disabled program, but he or she is turning 5 or 6, or older, and you are now looking at "appropriate" placement.  

There are many things to consider, and who better to advise us then Staci Greenwald Esq. who was a special education teacher before attending law school, and has a degree in speech pathology.  So Staci is not only knowledgeable not only about the special ed law, but about the conditions themselves.  In becoming a strong advocate for your child, it's best to empower yourself with the knowledge that can help to make the road easier for you and your child.  Staci Greenwald Esq is one of CHERAB's most popular and requested speakers, you will not want to miss the opportunity this meeting brings to all of us, by once again bringing us Staci Greenwald Esq

 
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
 

Staci J Greenwald, N.J Bar 1992, undergraduate degree in speech pathology, Certified Teacher of the handicapped, All N.J. Courts, U.S. District Court for the District of N.J., U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, frequent guest lecturer. All special education matters, D.D.D disputes, guardianship, litigation.

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Staci Greenwald was a special education teacher before attending law school. She has a degree in speech pathology, and is a Certified Teacher of the Handicapped. Her contributions to the firm deal with representation of the disabled in various forums, from the Office of Administrative Law to the Federal Courts. Besides special education issues, she offers advocacy in matters involving the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and guardianship.

Staci Greenwald, and her partner Ted Sussan, have invested hundreds of hours in helping parent groups, educators, learning consultants, Judges and other lawyers interested in keeping abreast of this quickly changing area of law.

The following is from Sussan and Greenwald's website

"The Firm’s practice is limited to the representation of disabled children and their parents in matters involving disputes with New Jersey school districts...The law affords specific rights for all disabled students between the ages of three and twenty one. Sussan & Greenwald's commitment is to enable parents to actively and effectively advocate for their children."

 

 

August 6, 2001  

"PROMPT--Can This Therapy Can Help My Child?” 

Speaker: Barbara Goldfarv Portnoff, M.A. CCC-SLP 

  
CHERAB's speaker for August 6th, 2001 is Barbara Goldfarb - Portnoff MA CCC SLP, Certified PROMPT Instructor  who is one of the handful of people in the world who trains other professionals on PROMPT.   Barbara attended the first conference for apraxia this past Monday and Tuesday, and will be speaking on the night of the National airing of Inside Edition's segment on verbal apraxia which features various families and professionals from CHERAB.  All the children featured in Inside Edition are at Scott Bilker's talking page   Please check your local listings for the times and channels as to when Inside Edition will air by you.  This August 6th meeting will also mark another anniversary year for CHERAB!!   We plan on having a celebration cake to mark this event in celebration of our hugely successful conference, Inside Edition, and CHERAB's anniversary.  Each attendee of this celebration meeting will receive the handouts from CHERAB's historic landmark conference for apraxia.

 

 SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

Barbara Goldfarv Portnoff, M.A. CCC-SLP, is the founder and director of TIKES, Therapeutic Intervention for Kids and Educational Support, a private practice in New Jersey devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with communication disorders in the tri-state area. Barbara has extensive experience working with autistic and PDD populations, language impaired, and oral-motor and speech motor disorders. She also has specialized training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), behavior management, pragmatic and developmental approaches. Integral to Barbara's therapeutic philosophy is her commitment to consulting regionally with school boards, parenting and other professional groups. PROMPT has been an important component of her practice since 1993. Barbara holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence, and State Licensure for New York and New Jersey.

 

 

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July 9, 2001  

Mercury - and Its Role in Communications Disorders

(Or, you asked about this, so here is your chance to find out what this means!) 

Speaker: Sallie Bernard:  President of ARC Research  

Mercury (Hg) is considered one of the world’s most dangerous chemicals.  Current thinking suggests that exposure to mercury is primarily from seafood contamination and rare catastrophic events.  Recently, another common source of exposure has been identified.  Thimerosal (TMS), a preservative found in many infant vaccines, contains 49.6% ethyl mercury (EtHg) by weight.  As part of an ongoing review, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in 1999 that infants who received multiple TMS-preserved vaccines may have been exposed to cumulative Hg in excess of Federal safety guidelines. Neurobehavioral alterations, especially to the more susceptible fetus and infant, are known to occur after relatively low dose exposures to organic mercury compounds. 

Specifically, exposure to low levels of mercury during critical stages of development has been associated with neurological impairments and diagnosable disorders in children, including ADD and attentional problems, learning disorders and difficulties, speech and language delays and deficits, motor impairments, and sensory disturbances.  Looking at communication disturbances in particular, it has been shown that mercury-exposed children and adults show marked difficulties with speech.  In milder cases scores on language tests may be lower than those of unexposed controls, and verbal IQ is often lower than performance IQ on standard intelligence tests.   Articulation problems, from slow, slurred word production to an inability to generate meaningful speech, are common.  Some exposed children may fail to develop language, may gain language and then lose the ability, or may present with severe language deficits.  There are documented cases of word retrieval difficulties.  Mercury also interferes with hearing, particularly in the speech range, so that an individual can hear pure tones perfectly but may fail to understand the spoken word.  This presentation provides an overview of the effects of mercury exposure on children, with special focus on the communication domain.  It describes the exposure to children from pediatric immunizations and presents recent findings on what impact this exposure may have had on our children.


 
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
 
Sallie Bernard is president of ARC Research, a market research and marketing consulting firm located in Cranford, NJ.  She is the parent of triplet boys, one of whom has autism. Sallie is a Board Member of Cure Autism Now, the Executive Director of New Jersey Cure Autism Now, and a co-founder and Executive Director of Safe Minds. Safe Minds (www.safeminds.org) was established to investigate the association between thimerosal in vaccines and other medical products and the onset of neurodevelopmental and learning disorders.  Sallie is the lead author of “Autism: a Unique Form of Mercury Poisoning” and a co-author of “Predicted Mercury Concentrations in Hair from Infant Immunizations: Cause for Concern.” 
 

June 4, 2001  
The Davis Center--What Therapies Can Help My Child?
 Sound Based Therapies: The Neural Connections for Oral Motor Issues)

Speaker: Dorinne S. Davis MA, CCC-A, FAAA  

Many of you that are professionals have probably already seen Dorinne Davis speak about The Davis Center in the lecture circuit.  Dr. Marilyn Agin just saw her lecture and said she is excellent.   Dorinne is really looking forward to presenting their therapies to all of you, and in working with CHERAB with some of our research projects.  

Whether you can attend the meeting or not, which will be filmed,  you can visit their website, which may answer your questions because:  

"The Davis Center's unique diagnostic expertise helps identify core issues in the areas of hearing, speech, learning, language, and overall well-being for people of all ages. We offer remedial and / or enhancement therapies that address challenges related to Autism, Apraxia / Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Hyperlexia, learning disabilities, central auditory processing, other minor learning / attention / focus related skills, and health and wellness issues. The Davis Center uses a variety of Sound Based Therapies to address these challenges." Here is more information on next month's upcoming meeting that you don't want to miss.

Dear Lisa: 
 
I'm writing to confirm that Dorinne will be speaking to your group at St Barnabas Ambulatory Center in Livingston on Monday, June 4th from 7-8:30 PM

The title of the lecture is "

Regards,

Nancy Puckett-Dunn, General Manager
The Davis Center for Hearing, Speech, Learning and Well-Being
Phone: (973) 347-7662
Fax:    (973) 691-0611

Dorinne S. Davis, M.A, CCC-A, FAAA is the President and Founder of The Davis Center for Hearing, Speech, & Learning, Inc. She is an Educational and Rehabilitative Audiologist with over three decades of experience. Dorinne earned her Bachelor's degree in Speech & Hearing and Speech & Drama; then a Master's of Audiology / Deaf Education, both at Montclair State College, NJ. She is certified in Speech Correction, Pre-school Education, Speech & Drama, Teacher of the Hard of Hearing, and Supervision by the NJ Department of Education. She is licensed as an Audiologist in NJ, NY, and PA.

Dorinne is an active member of various professional organizations including: America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); NJ Speech-Language-Hearing Association; American Academy of Audiology; National Education Association (lifetime member); NJ Education Association (lifetime member); Morris County Education Association (lifetime member); Kinnelon Education Association; Educational Audiology Association (past president 1988); and Association of International Berard Practitioners.

Dorinne is an international lecturer in the field of hearing education and science. Her conference presentations are in high demand by many professional and civic organizations, as well as parent advocacy groups. Dorinne provides audiological consultation to a diverse community of medical professionals. Additionally, her center offers a portfolio of integrative Sound Based Therapies selected from years of diligent research and careful testing.

In the field of Sound Based Therapies, Dorinne is a certified practitioner of Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT), Tomatis®, The Listening Program™, the Fast ForWord™ Series, and is a BioAcoustic Research Associate. She is trained in Read-Spell-Comprehend (an enhanced version of Lindamood Bell), Samonas™, Interactive Metronome®, Earobics™, Lip-reading, Aural Rehabilitation, and the Tinnitus Relief System.

In 1992, she received her Auditory Integration Training directly from Dr. Guy Berard and is one of only 50 members to be certified by the International Association of Berard Practitioners (IABP). Additionally, she is certified by Dr. Berard to teach Auditory Integration Training.

Dorinne has a variety of published works, is the author of two books, the highly acclaimed "Otitis Media: Coping with the Effects in the Classroom", and "A Parent's Guide to Middle Ear Infections". Additional publications include a chapter on Television Amplification Devices in "Communication Access for Persons with Hearing Loss", edited by Mark Ross, and numerous professional articles.

In 1998, Dorinne opened The Davis Center for Hearing, Speech, Learning and Well-Being.  The Davis Center's unique diagnostic expertise helps identify core issues in the areas of hearing, speech, learning, language, and overall well-being for people of all ages. The center offers remedial and / or enhancement therapies that address challenges related to Autism, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Hyperlexia, Apraxia, Dyspraxia, learning disabilities, central auditory processing, as well as minor learning / attention / focus related skills, and health and wellness issues. Today the Davis Center has staff of 17, which includes professionals in the areas of audiology, speech pathology, and educational development as well as listening trainers and BioAcoustic Research Associates.

Date: June 4, 200

 

We will have our new feature book available for $16 (list price is $16.99)   -"The New Language Of Toys-Teaching Communication Skills To Children With Special Needs" from Woodbine.  Many SLPs as well as parents believe this to be an "excellent book for both parents and professionals!"  This book will help you use existing toys from around your home to help "ANY" child who has a delay in speech.  It even shows how to make toys that can be used for therapy, and explains why children may have delays in speech.

 
Ballentine Books will again provide Dr. Stordy's book "The LCP Solution" at this meeting for $12 (list price is $14.  Orders by mail are slightly higher to compensate for shipping costs,) and this will be a fund raiser as well!  Dr. Agin believes this to be a credible book, "that is worth exploring."  Please let us know when you RSVP how many books you would like.
If you can not attend our meetings but would like to support our non profit and benefit from the low prices we offer on the "must have" items we offer, please email me (Lisa) at kiddietalk@yahoo.com 

We will have Nancy Kaufman's Speech Praxis Kits both beginner and advanced available for you to look at, or purchase.

 

May 7, 2001  
Apraxia: Early Identification and Therapeutic Parenting
 

Speaker: Justine Joan Sheppard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Adjunct Associate Professor of Speech Pathology  Teachers College,
Columbia University New York, NY
  

The following is a statement from Dr. Sheppard about this month's meeting / Dr. Sheppard's bio.  As many of you already know, she is one of the speakers for this year's NJSHA convention where she will speak about educating hearing apraxic children in schools for hearing impaired/deaf children.  This will be a fascinating meeting with a world renowned expert on oral motor disorders.  Not only will we learn how to distinguish apraxia vs. late talker, but we will learn how we can help our children with apraxia learn to talk at home!  As always, we will have a question and answer time after the meeting. 

"We will discuss the basic problems in apraxia that may interfere
with a child's learning and performance for speech, eating and
controlling saliva.  As we identify the basic problems,  we can select therapeutic parenting strategies to support the child's efforts to advance."
 
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
 
Justine Joan Sheppard, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is a specialist in motor speech and feeding disorders.  She is a licensed speech pathologist, in private practice in New York, New Jersey and South Carolina, and is a consultant for staff development and case management at facilities in the New York-New Jersey area.  These facilities include The Matheny School and Hospital, Woodbridge Developmental Center,  and Cerebral Palsy of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  

Dr. Sheppard is Adjunct Associate Professor of Speech Pathology at Teachers College, Columbia University where she teaches courses and workshops in dysphagia, infant intervention and treatment of oral motor dysfunction.  Her research interests are oral pharyngeal reflexes, dysphagia in developmentally disabled and mentally retarded populations and acquisition of oral motor behaviors.  She has given many workshops and papers and is the author of several publications on infant development, oral motor assessment, and feeding and swallowing disorders.  

Her publications include, Pediatric Dysphagia and Related Medical, Behavioral, and Developmental Issues, in B. Sonies (Ed.)
Dysphagia, A Continuum of Care, Aspen Publishers, 1996; a book co- edited with S. Rosenthal and M. Lotze, Dysphagia in the Child with Developmental Disabilities, Medical, Clinical and Family
Interventions, Singular Publishing Group, 1995;  Managing dysphagia in mentally retarded adults, Dysphagia, 1991; Nutritional correlates of dysphagia in individuals institutionalized with mental retardation, Dysphagia, 1988; Dysphagia in Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis (Caffey): A case report, Developmental Medicine Child Neurology, 1988; Assessment of oral motor behaviors in Cerebral Palsy, Seminars in Speech and Language, 1987; and A dysphagia program for the developmentally disabled, New York Medical Quarterly, 1987.
 

CHERAB Foundation's EFA Feedback Research
Lori Roth MS CCC SLP gave out surveys for our feedback EFA research.  This is preliminary to a more clinical study that is now underway which will be overseen by Dr. Agin and some of the top researchers in this area. Please fill in the survey before you supplement your child, and take notes over the next month as to any changes.

CHERAB Apraxia Survey For Magazine Article
A writer for a major magazine is on the CHERAB email list, and has sent out a list of questions for both parents, as well as professionals.  Our list, which is overseen by Developmental Pediatricians Dr. Agin, Dr. Laveman, and other medical, speech and educational professionals who are there to answer questions, has the option of viewing these posts online once you are a member.
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Date: May 7, 2001

Our January 8th meeting was of interest to anyone who has a child with neurologically based disorders like apraxia, and was interested in apraxia research.  We had an incredible speaker for this subject,  Dr. Patricia Kane, who is one of the world's authorities on EFA supplementation.  We would like to thank the Children's Specialized Hospital for taping this brilliant presentation, where she covered some of the information on mercury in fish, before it was released by the FDA and 20/20.   We would like to also thank the developmental pediatricians, Dr. Marilyn Agin and Dr. Carfaxo, who were there to answer questions. 

More information coming soon on research projects/foundation.  If you are not able to attend our meetings, but are interested in working with us in various research projects as a parent, professional, or hospital, please email Dr. Marilyn Agin at Mamadoc111@aol.com  or Lisa Geng at kiddietalk@yahoo.com   Coming soon virtual meeting with the experts, as well as the ability to "attend" our meetings online.  Join our information list to find out upcoming dates.

 
We will have our new feature book available for $16 (list price is $16.99)   -"The New Language Of Toys-Teaching Communication Skills To Children With Special Needs" from Woodbine.  Many SLPs as well as parents believe this to be an "excellent book for both parents and professionals!"  This book will help you use existing toys from around your home to help "ANY" child who has a delay in speech.  It even shows how to make toys that can be used for therapy, and explains why children may have delays in speech.
 
Ballentine Books will again provide Dr. Stordy's book "The LCP Solution" at this meeting for $12 (list price is $14.  Orders by mail are slightly higher to compensate for shipping costs,) and this will be a fund raiser as well!  Dr. Agin believes this to be a credible book, "that is worth exploring."  Please let us know when you RSVP how many books you would like.
If you can not attend our meetings but would like to support our non profit and benefit from the low prices we offer on the "must have" items we offer, please email me (Lisa) at kiddietalk@yahoo.com 

We will have Nancy Kaufman's Speech Praxis Kits both beginner and advanced available for you to look at, or purchase.

Here are some other scheduled events.  For more information, please sign up for our informational email list by clicking on the egroups button below.

 

 

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