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Why Do Kids Do the Things They Do: Understanding and Addressing Problem Behaviors

Monday, November 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Presented by Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA

Dr. Lina Slim-Topdjian is Founding Executive Director of ASAP – A Step Ahead Program, LLC, since 2004. Dr. Slim is a Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 30 years specializing in the diagnosis and management of children with Apraxia, neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders, and Autism, with a focus on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Education. Dr. Slim received her Doctoral Degree in Leadership and Interprofessional Education in Health Sciences and Health Administration from Seton Hall University, and her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Pittsburgh. She is recognized for her innovative interdisciplinary/interprofessional education collaborative approach supporting families and their children, facilitating communication and integrating interventions across disciplines. Dr. Slim has presented nationally and internationally, in the areas of autism, apraxia, speech-language assessment and interventions, parent and staff training, and Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, and has published peer-reviewed research. Dr. Slim is the Recipient of the 2005 Children Empowerment Award, the 2014 NJSHA Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award, and the 2015 & 2016 ASHA ACE award. She holds a Supervision Certificate from the BACB organization. She is currently an executive member of the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group affiliated with the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Chair of NJSHA Interprofessional Autism Task Force, Vice-Chair of NJSHA Private Practice Committee, and Board Member of Fill-A-Need Foundation, and a member of ASHA. Dr. Slim is active member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), NJSHA, Morris County Speech and Hearing Association (MCSHA), Union County Speech and Hearing Association (UCSHA), NJABA, ABAInternational, and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).

Dr. Slim’s professional drive is to impart the knowledge she has gained over the years, and disseminate Evidence-Based Practice and research to new students and growing professionals in the field. She is a strong proponent for empowering parents with the skills necessary to advocate and educate their children.

As therapists, teachers and parents, when working with our child or students that is experiencing challenges in their learning, we are faced with occasions when they exhibit problem and disruptive behaviors that interfere with their learning opportunities. Understanding the functions that drive behavior will guide the selection of effective strategies to manage and address problem behaviors, but most importantly, guide in planning and creating an environment that fosters better communication.

Leaner Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to identify the four principles of behavior, identify the four main functions that maintain behaviors and select strategies to address problem behaviors based on function.

Webinar fee is $25.

Online Registration

Additional information and login procedures will be provided to participants after registration. 

Continuing Education

This program is offered for 0.15 CEUs (introductory level, professional area)


Presenter Disclosure
Financial Disclosure: Lina Slim-Topdjian is receiving an honorarium from the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association for this presentation.

Non-financial Disclosure: Lina Slim-Topdjian is the vice chair of the NJSHA Proviate Practice Committee. She does not receive compensation for this role.


NJSHA's Free Member Appreciation Webinar

Speaking of Reading: A Speech-Language Pathologist’s Guide to Dyslexia


Presented by Jeanne Tighe, MA, CCC-SLP, CDP

Jeanne Tighe is the owner and Clinical Director of Beyond Communication, LLC, a private practice serving individuals with communication and learning needs. Early professional work as a Teacher of the Deaf exposed Ms. Tighe to the practice of intensive auditory training, a skill set that provided a unique and invaluable foundation for her eventual transition to specialization in the language-literacy connection. Driven by an intense interest in the phonological foundations of oral and written language, Ms. Tighe obtained credentialing by the International Dyslexia Association as a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner. Her current work focuses on integration of language and literacy interventions, and she is frequently invited to speak to parent and professional groups on these topics. Over the past ten years, Ms. Tighe has built an interdisciplinary practice that now includes a dozen professionals committed to using evidence-based practices to advance communication skills and academic achievement for all learners. Ms. Tighe currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

The New Jersey Department of Education requires that schools take active steps to identify and serve students with dyslexia, and speech-language specialists can be pivotal contributors to these efforts. This interactive webinar, which meets the state mandate for two-hour professional development in dyslexia, will empower speech-language specialists to take a more active role in the identification and treatment of dyslexia by exploring the specific areas in which our expertise in language development intersects with literacy learning. Tools for screening and evaluation will be shared, as well as intervention techniques that can be implemented immediately. The role of assistive technology and the intersection of dyslexia with other language and learning difficulties will also be addressed. Participants will experience a dynamic exploration of dyslexia tailored specifically to the interests and needs of speech-language specialists.

Leaner Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to discuss the definition of dyslexia, its relationship to other forms of reading disorders and its connections to language development, identify screening and evaluation instruments suitable for inclusion in a speech-language evaluation of a student at risk for dyslexia and describe speech-language intervention frameworks for struggling readers.

Participants will come away from this interactive webinar with a firm foundational understanding of dyslexia as well as practical tools that can be implemented in their next therapy and evaluation sessions. Be sure not to miss this Free Members Appreciation Webinar, and remember completion will fulfill the two-hour Department of Education dyslexia professional development requirement, and will also provide non-school based SLPs with valuable information in working with clients who are experiencing primary, secondary or trauma dyslexia.

Recorded webinar fee is FREE for current NJSHA Members.
(Available until October 31, 2017)

Online Registration

Continuing Education

This program is offered for 0.2 CEUs (intermediate level, professional area)


Presenter Disclosure
Financial Disclosure: Jeanne Tighe is receiving an honorarium from the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association for this presentation. She will be referencing case studies from her place of employment, Beyond Communication, LLC.

Non-financial Disclosure: Jeanne Tighe is a board member of the International Dyslexia Association (New Jersey Branch). She does not receive financial compensation for this role.






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