Continuing Education:
NJSHA/NJIDA Annual Conference

NJSHA/NJIDA Annual Spring Conference is a joint venture between The New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the NJ Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, to present a one day conference that will benefit the wide range of members for both njida-wallachassociations. 

2018 NJSHA/NJIDA Spring Conference
March 9, 2018
at The Westwood
Garwood, New Jersey

Geraldine P. Wallach, PhD, CCC-SLP
Literacy Learning Across the Grades: Practical Connections and Disconnections Among Foundational, Content and Disciplinary Literacy

wallachDr. Geraldine Wallach is a professor and thesis coordinator in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach, in Long Beach, California. She teaches courses in childhood and school-age language disorders, assessment, phonology and language development. She has been published widely on school-age language disorders including her most recent book: Language Intervention for School-Age Students: Setting Goals for Academic Success. An editor of the recent text: Handbook of Language and Literacy: Development and Disorders (NY: Guilford Press, 2014), she has been one of three Americans involved in a teacher training project in Guangzhou, China. In May 2005, she was chosen as “’Most Valuable Professor” for the School of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach. Her current efforts are directed toward developing clinical and educational materials in language and literacy and continuing her research efforts in language comprehension and metalinguistic awareness. She prides herself in being a school-based professional and is committed to issues in education and the expanding role of speech-language pathologists in literacy.

The conference will cover the continuum from foundation literacy through content-based literacy to disciplinary literacy. As the distinctive and changing role of language ability across literacy “levels” is highlighted, goals and objectives as well as student and professionals’ expectations and questionable practices will be addressed. With a focus on the continuum from early elementary school to middle and high school levels, the questions: What should language-literacy based intervention “look like” at each level? and What is/are the role(s) of collaborative team members within a shared literacy environment? will be asked. A focus on meaning-based and organizational strategies will underpin the themes introduced within the conference.

Learner Outcomes
At the completion of this event, participants will be able to explain current intervention practices across the language learning continuum that integrate literacy-based approaches, list three goals, one for each literacy level, that are contextually relevant and curriculum-based, demonstrate the importance of the disciplinary literacies in the intervention choices of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other team members, analyze the difference among language knowledge, skills and strategies that relate to intervention decisions and summarize two cautionary themes related to overuse of labels in the identification and treatment of students with language, learning and reading disabilities.

Conference Schedule

8:00 AM Registration
Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM Welcome:
Susan Kemp, MA, LDT-C
Patricia Barden, MA, OGIT, President, NJIDA
Mary Faella, MA, CCC-SLP, President, NJSHA

Introduction of Mae Balaban Scholarship Winners:
Georgette Dickman, LDTC, OG-ThT

Introduction of Speaker:
Monique Kaye, MS, CCC-SLP
9:00 AM A conceptual framework for language and literacy within a shared literacy framework
10:00 AM What language-based literacy intervention "looks like" within a knowledge, skills and strategies paradigm
10:30 AM Leg Stretch Break
10:45 AM The continuum of spoken and written language disorders:
practical applications across ages, stages and diagnostic designations (Still language based?)
11:15 AM Focus on language-based goals and objectives for early elementary levels: strategic intervention and evaluation of scenarios to bring theoretical
constructs into practice
12:00 PM Lunch – provided
1:00 PM Continue strategic intervention and evaluation of scenarios
1:30 PM Moving through to middle and high school levels in literacy learning and academic success
2:00 PM Leg Stretch Break
2:15 PM Continuing with literacy-based intervention with a focus on higher-level knowledge and skills for spoken and written language
2:45 PM Strategic language-based intervention: Comprehension and organizational strategies
3:30 PM Adjourn


Online Registration (with credit card payment)

Printable Registration

Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are only accepted with the approved Purchase Order and attendee registration form. No registration forms will be accepted without an approved Purchase Order.

School districts can send five teachers for the price of four. Please submit the five registration forms together.

For additional information or membership applications, please call:
NJSHA at 888-906-5742
NJIDA at 908-876-1179

Cameras, Photography and Photo Release Policy
Members of NJSHA will be designated at each NJSHA sponsored event to take photos for NJSHA-related publications (i.e. VOICES), NJSHA website, NJSHA social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or in other Association materials. By registering and/or participating in any NJSHA sponsored event, you agree to allow NJSHA to use your photograph in any the noted media outlets as mentioned above. These photographs will not be solicited for outside use; they will only be used by NJSHA for marketing and promotion purposes. Personal photography is permitted, however, such photographs cannot be posted through NJSHA social media outlets unless sent to and pre-approved by NJSHA. To request approval, send photo(s) along with event description and photographer name to

2018 Balaban Scholarship

Dr. Mae J. Balaban, an innovative member of NJIDA and NJSHA, was the driving force behind numerous teacher-training initiatives. Recognizing the positive potential of a joint conference, in 1998, Dr. Balaban formed the "Spring Conference Committee" that brought the finest researchers and clinicians to New Jersey under her leadership for 16 years. In her memory and honor, two scholarships (one awarded to a NJSHA member and one to a NJIDA member) to this joint conference will be awarded annually continuing her passion to inspire and mentor educators and speech-language pathologists.

Complete the Balaban Scholarship Application and submit by noon on January 31.

Continuing Education and Disclosure

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

This course is approved for 5 contact hours of continuing education toward New Jersey state license renewal for speech-language pathology. NJSHA is recognized as a NJ Educational Service Provider.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Dr. Geraldine Wallach is receiving an honorarium and travel support for her presentation from NJSHA.

Relevant Non-financial Relationships: Dr. Geraldine Wallach has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


The Westwood
438 North Avenue
Garwood, NJ 07027

If you would like lodging the night prior to the conference, contact The Best Western Westfield Inn in Westfield, NJ, at 800-688-7474 or the Holiday Inn in Clark, NJ, at 877-786-9480.

Traveling New Jersey Turnpike North:
Exit 11. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North. Follow Directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway North.

Traveling New Jersey Turnpike South:
Take NJ Turnpike South to Exit 14. Follow signs to I-78 west toward US-22/US9/US1. Merge onto 1-78W. Take The Garden State Parkway Exit 52. Keep right at the fork, follow signs to Garden State Parkway and merge onto Garden State Parkway South. Take Exit 137 and bear right for State Highway 28 toward Cranford. The Westwood is 2.2 miles on the right side.

Traveling Route 22 East:
Take Route 22 East to Scotch Plains Fanwood Exit in Scotch Plains. You will be on Park Avenue. Follow Park Avenue to Midway Avenue. Make a left onto Midway Avenue (the name changes to North Avenue). The Westwood is 5 miles on the left.

Traveling Route 22 West:
Take Route 22 West to Union. Follow signs to Parkway South. Follow directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway South.

Traveling Garden State Parkway North:
Parkway North to Exit 135. Bear left and proceed straight through first traffic light. Make a left at a second traffic light. Stay in right lane through tunnel, proceeding straight
thru the next traffic light. You will be on Central Avenue. Follow Central Avenue for approximately 3.5 miles to North Avenue. Turn right onto North Avenue (the intersection after you've gone under the railroad tracks). The Westwood is approximately .5 miles on the left.

Traveling Garden State Parkway South:

Take Parkway South to Exit 137. Bear right onto Westfield Avenue (also called route 28 West and North Avenue). The Westwood is located 2.2 miles on the right. Traveling the
Outerbridge Crossing: Take Outerbridge crossing to Rt. 440 South. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North and follow directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway North.

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