Monday, November 07, 2011

Nov. Meeting Notes!

CSULA NSSLHA Meeting Notes
Guest Speakers: Caroline Lee & Amanda Tyree
Date: November 7, 2011

  • elections
  • tshirts on sale now at the meeting for $15 (after meeting, $17)
  • CSULA COMD bags for sale for $1

Guest Speaker- Caroline
  • works at Pasadena Child Developmental Associates- non profit interdisciplinary clinic
  • works at a charter school
Guest Speaker- Amanda Tyree
  • did CFY at a children’s hospital
  • works at a private practice.
Both Guest Speakers
  • both participated in the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program) Program
    • focus is working in an interdisciplinary team
    • 32 weeks long, each Wednesday
    • has 7 modules (each month a different module)
    • people from various professionals (RNs, psychologists, social workers, etc) from all over the country
    • get a holistic view of children that is beyond speech-language
  • at Pasadena Child Developmental Associates Caroline uses the DIR Floor Time Model:
      • Developmental: look at a child at all levels (e.g., emotional, cognitive, gross motor skills, etc)
      • Individual Differences: look at each child individually (e.g., proprioception, sensory issues, etc)
      • Relationship: investing on your relationship with a child can make a difference in clinic
    • method that is for people with apraxia, but this can be used with people with various disorders.
    • use proprioception, kinesthetic, and tactile prompts
  • Tips
    • As students, take advantage of your discounts!
    • For CASHA, membership is $35/year for students. You can participate in several workshops to give you more knowledge about the speech-language field.
    • Balance! Maintain your work and recreation life.
    • Foster your relationships with your peers. Make connections!
  • Q&A
    • Have any of you worked with adults?
      • Yes. In the grad program you get to do a hospital internship to work with adults.
      • (Amanda) I have also worked with adults in the private practice I work at. For me, I want to see it all because I work with adults and children right now
      • (Caroline) I do some home health. I also worked with adults at USC when I was a graduate student.
    • Where can I get more information about going to workshops?
      • CASHA has different presentations at their annual CASHA convention.
      • Several workshops occur throughout the year.
      • PROMPT is a workshop in itself. You can look this up online.
      • Both Caroline and Amanda are part of District 7 of CASHA
    • We have one course on Dysphagia. How much should we look up on our own (regarding the material)?
      • It’s up to each person individually to do that on his/her own.
      • Be proactive with your externships. Ask questions. Request for certain clients. Ask to take notes for certain things. Build that relationship with your supervisor there! Take advantage and devour as much information as you can.
    • With the LEND program, how do you apply?
      • There’s an intervie.
      • Program lasts from September to May
      • Fill out an application.
      • 32-39 programs across the country
      • It’s a year long program
    • How difficult is it to get into pediatrics at a hospital?
      • Positions do not open up as often.
      • If you are really interested, you should create an externship of this yourself because many hospitals don’t do that.
    • Do you have to do LEND during your CFY?
      • No, but it’s easier to do this in your CFY.
      • You get paid a small stipend to cover your gas.
    • DIR program, what ages is this for?
      • Any age.
    • What resources are there about DIR?
      • ICDL with Greenspan
      • Circle Stretch (can find this on the ICDL website)
      • PCDA also does workshops. Look at
      • On Wednesday November 9th at 7pm, there will be an autism workshop about iPads at PCDA.
    • How has the iPad helped in therapy?
      • It’s good for a tool and productivity.
    • Children are getting more involved. Can you talk about that?
      • Some children need services from multiple disciplines.
      • Not sure if there is an increase with children like this, but you may run into children who need several services.
    • Did any of you work with cleft palate children?
      • No. But St. John’s hospital has a cleft palate team and so does Cedar Sinai.
    • How prepared did you feel about graduation compared to now?
      • Amanda: I feel a lot different. It might have to do with my temperament. But everything gets better with time.
      • Caroline: The more kids you come across, you get more of a swagger. Confidence is key. You will always be a student. The key is to seek knowledge.
    • How big is your caseload?
      • Caroline: You should know what you’re worth. In my work setting, I negotiated what I wanted. I work with a charter school through an agency. I work three days a week and have 35 students.
    • Can you tell me about volunteering with PCDA?
    • Agencies. Can you tell me how or what agencies to work for?
      • Talk to a person in an agency. If you don’t know the agency, call the agency and ask to talk to someone that works in one.
    • Make a list of questions to ask during the workshop (for second years). To discuss paper work, negotiating, etc.

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