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 associations. 

2017 NJSHA/NJIDA Spring Conference
March 24, 2017
at The Westwood

Barbara J. Ehren, EdD, CCC-SLP
Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Dr. Barbara Ehren is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida, and director of the Doctoral Program that focuses on language and literacy for learners who struggle. Prior to this position, she was a research scientist in adolescent literacy with the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL). Her experience includes many years in public schools as a speech-language pathologist, teacher and district administrator. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language, Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She has served on many committees involving school practice for several organizations. For ASHA, she chaired the ASHA Committee on Roles of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools and the ASHA SLP School Issues Advisory Board; she remains a member of the latter. Dr. Ehren was awarded the Clinical Career Achievement Award by the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and Honors of the Association by ASHA. She is the author of many publications on language and literacy, and school practice, including RTI/MTSS. She has a special interest in assisting school systems to build capacity at the school level for more effective language and literacy programs for all diverse learners, although adolescents are her passion. A recurrent theme of her work is shared responsibility for literacy acquisition in schools. She is a frequent consultant to educational agencies, schools, districts and professional associations in several countries.

Perhaps it is cliché in education to say “one size does not fit all.” But that adage should be a lodestar in selecting interventions for children and adolescents struggling with reading. Yet we often see favorite interventions chosen, often in the context of Tier 2 RTI interventions, whether or not they target the root causes of a problem. The fact that an intervention may be evidenced based is only part of the story. It also has to address the specific reading difficulties students are experiencing. In this workshop, participants will explore the various reasons for reading difficulties and methods suitable for addressing those root causes with a focus on professionals collaborating around literacy.

Learner Ouctcomes
At the completion of this event, participants will be able to identify the various reasons children and adolescents struggle with reading and behaviors indicative of specific problems, evaluate a variety of evidence-based reading interventions, match interventions to student needs and apply learning strategies to their settings.

Conference Schedule

8:00 AM Registration
Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM

Alison Pankowski, MEd, LDTC
Patricia Barden, MA, OGTT, President, NJIDA
Gerard Caracciolo, EdD, CCC-SLP, President, NJSHA

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

Introduction of Speaker:
Sue Goldman, MA, CCC-SLP

9:00 AM Reading in the context of language and literacy
10:00 AM Types of reading problems
10:30 AM Leg Stretch Break
10:45 AM Role of RTI/MTSS in addressing reading problems – myths and realities
11:15 AM Evidence-based reading interventions
12:00 PM Lunch – provided
1:00 PM Evidence-based reading interventions (cont’d)
2:00 PM Leg Stretch Break
2:15 PM Selecting interventions to meet student needs
2:45 PM Collaborating around literacy with classroom teachers

Action planning for participants’ implementation of learning

3:30 PM Adjourn


PLEASE NOTE: We are close to reaching capacity for this event. Upon review of your registration, your registration may be returned. The NJSHA Office will contact you if this occurs.



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

2017 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.

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. Barbara Ehren is receiving an honorarium and travel support for her presentation from NJSHA.

Relevant Non-financial Relationships: Dr. Barbara Ehren has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Product Disclosure: During this presentation, Dr. Barbara Ehren will be referencing the product STRUCTURE Your Reading, but will also include similar comparisons.


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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