The Exceptional Child: Empowered!

Speakers

Sara Rosenfeld Johnson

MS, CCC-SLP

Founder, TalkTools

BIO

Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP is an internationally known speaker on the subject of Oral Placement Therapy (OPT). She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of muscle-based disorders as related to speech clarity and feeding issues. In 1995, Sara founded TalkTools® as a speakers bureau and source for Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and therapy tools. She has held seminars throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Over the past 40 years, she has worked in public schools, hospitals, private practice and child development programs. Ms. Rosenfeld-Johnson is the author of Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding, Assessment and Treatment of the Jaw, OPT for /s/ and /z/, A Therapist's Guide to Rehabilitative Feeding and Speech Techniques for Teens and Adults, The HOMEWORK Book, the Drooling Remediation Program, and many other educational materials.

Sara will be kicking off the online conference with her keynote address and will also be presenting Oral Placement Therapy in the Cerebral Palsy Population

Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson is an employee and patent holder of TalkTools®.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson has authored “Oral Placement Therapy for Speech and Feeding” and “Oral Phase Feeding and Speech For Teens and Adult” and does not receive royalties from these publications.

April Anderson

MA, CCC-SLP, CLC

BIO

April Anderson, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the DC metro area. She has experience working with children with a variety of speech and language disorders, although has a special interest in children with feeding disorders. April has worked with infants and children of all ages both at home and in the clinic with feeding and swallowing issues such as accepting different textures, transitioning to solids, oral motor difficulties, and children diagnosed with tongue ties, as well as infants with special needs like cleft palate, feeding tubes, autism, and children with Down syndrome. April is also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and helps educate and support families with a variety of breastfeeding needs. She has been published in the Washington Parent magazine and written for the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Leader magazine and blog. She is a previous ASHA Conference presenter, and guest lecturer at area universities. April owns April Anderson Therapy, LLC and connects with families through her blog and social media accounts to help families through their feeding journeys.

Disclosures
Financial: April Anderson is licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor and owner of April Anderson Therapy, LLC in Washington, DC. She receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course.
Non-financial: April Anderson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose
 

Learn more about April's webinar: Early Intervention Feeding: Coaching Families to Success Friday, May 15 2PM EDT

Diane Bahr

MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI

BIO

Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Infant Massage Instructor, is a visionary with a mission. For almost 40 years she has treated children and adults with feeding, motor speech, and mouth function problems. While she is a Speech-Language Pathologist by training, she has also honed her skills as a feeding therapist, published author, international speaker, university instructor, and business owner. She maintains a private practice, writes articles appearing in a variety of publications, and is interviewed frequently on radio and for magazines. Diane is the author of the textbook Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages and two parent-professional books Feed Your Baby and Toddler Right: Early Eating and Drinking Skills Encourage the Best Development and Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development

Disclosures

Financial: Diane Bahr is the author of three books Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages (Allyn & Bacon, 2001), Nobody Ever Told Me or My Mother That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development (Future Horizons, 2010), and Feed Your Baby and Toddler Right: Early Eating and Drinking Skills Encourage the Best Development (Future Horizons, 2018) for which she receives royalty payments. She is an instructor for TalkTools, Northern Speech Services, and Speech Therapy PD, as well as the co-owner of Ages and Stages®, LLC for which she is paid.

Nonfinancial: Diane Bahr is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the International Association of Infant Massage Instructors, and the International Association of Orofacial Myology.

Learn more about Diane's webinar: Sounds to Conversation Tuesday May 12 5PM EDT

Richard Baxter

DMD, MS

BIO

Dr. Richard Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is a nationally recognized speaker on tongue-ties and lead author of the bestselling book Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More. He is passionate about educating parents and healthcare practitioners about the effects a tongue-tie can have throughout the lifespan. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Tara, their five-year-old old twin girls, Hannah and Noelle, and toddler Molly.
 
He is the founder and owner of the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center where he uses the CO2 laser to release oral restrictions that are causing nursing, speech, dental, sleep and feeding issues. He had a tongue-tie himself, and all three of his girls were treated for tongue and lip-tie at birth, so for him, this field is a personal one. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities. He serves as an elder at his church and is on the board of Reach the Rest, a global missions organization. Dr. Baxter also participates in many overseas dental mission trips. He is currently working on several research and educational projects related to tongue-ties.
 
Disclosures

Financial: Richard Baxter is a board-certified dentist, owner of the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center and author. He receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course.

Non-financial: Richard Baxter has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Mary Billings

MS, CCC-SLP, COM®

BIO

Mary Billings, MS, CCC-SLP, COM® is an ASHA Certified speech language pathologist and IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®). She founded Billings Speech Pathology Services in 1994. She is an IAOM accredited instructor in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. She is a current member of the Oral Motor Institute Board of Directors, and past President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology where she worked diligently to expand awareness regarding the demand for clinical expertise in practice. She is a current member of the American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology & Audiology, the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, as well as the Missouri Sleep Society. She has a warm and enthusiastic approach to sharing her clinical expertise in her courses while adeptly pulling the pieces together.

Disclosures

Financial: Mary Billings is a certified (ASHA) speech language pathologist, certified (IAOM) orofacial myologist and speaker. Mary receives compensation from TalkTools for this course.

Non-financial: Mary Billings has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Mary's webinar: In Plain Sight: “Facing” Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Wednesday, May 13 2PM EDT

Char Boshart

MA, CCC-SLP

BIO

Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP is a therapist, seminar presenter, author, president of Speech Dynamics, as well as host of The Speech Link podcast, and author of the weekly blog, Therapy Matters. She graduated with her Masters from Western Michigan University and began her career in the public schools with over 110 on her caseload. Since that time, she has worked several years in the public schools in southern California and Georgia, in the clinical setting, private practice, and as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Loma Linda University. She has presented numerous well-received articulation and language presentations through Speech Dynamics, as well as through the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). Her interest in creating effective therapy techniques and efficient caseload management has evolved into the development of many practical resources, books, and e-books. Her most current books are The Easy R, The Key to Carryover, 22 of My Favorite Tools and How to Use Them, Demystify the Tongue Tie, Swalloworks, and, The Myofunctional Evaluation.

Disclosures

Financial: Char Boshart receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course and potential income from her book sales (TalkTools is a distributor of her books)

Non-financial: Char Boshart has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Char's webinar: The Essentials of "r" Remediation Saturday, May 9 2PM EDT

Walt Fritz

PT

BIO

Walt Fritz, PT, has been a physical therapist since 1985 and has been using manual therapy (in a myofascial release-style of engagement) since 1992. After training and working with some of the well-known pioneers of the myofascial release (MFR) field, he began to move the traditional myofascial release narrative from its historical roots into more a more biologically plausible explanation. The replacement of the term “myofascial release” with "manual therapy" in the course title represents a more accurate description of the work as presented. Walt has taught manual therapy workshops to PTs, OTs, and MTs since 2006 and in 2013 expanded his reach into the unique patient population of the speech-language pathologists and other voice professionals. Rather than trying to narrow this work to a sequence of suggested techniques for specific disorders, Walt teaches a more patient-directed approach wherein educated touch, pressures, and stretch attempts to connect the patient with relevant and familiar aspects of their condition and then allows this sustained engagement to enable change to occur. His approach to manual care is often seen as different in many other lines of training, in that rather than teaching the perception of specificity of tissue impact, Walt speaks to the cascade of plausible factors eliciting change via manual therapy. He also de-emphasizes the ego of the clinician in favor of elevation of patient-driven perspectives. This shift is in keeping with the current view of the equal weighting of the triad contained in the evidence-base model of practice (evidence, clinician experience, and patient perspectives and preferences). Touch and manual therapy have universal qualities that are explainable in a wide variety of perspectives, and these explanations form the core of the Foundations Approach.

Financial: Walt Fritz is a licensed physical therapist, owner of The Pain Relief Center in Rochester, NY and Walt Fritz Seminars. Walt receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course

Non-financial: Walt Fritz has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Walt's webinar: Foundations in Manual Therapy: Voice and Swallowing Disorders Friday, May 8 at 11AM EDT

Kristie Gatto

MA, CCC-SLP, COM®

BIO

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children’s hospitals, and in private practice. In 2004, Ms. Gatto became the co-owner of a private practice in Northwest Houston and began her journey in treating children with pediatric feeding disorders. After years of searching for answers in traditional feeding approaches, she underwent training in the field of Orofacial Myology and became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston in 2011. Ms. Gatto is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has two offices in the greater Houston area and employs 24 speech-language pathologists with various specialties. For the past fifteen years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing- related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and early childhood intervention.

Disclosures

Financial: Kristie Gatto is the author of three books Understanding the Orofacial Complex: The Evolution of Dysfunction (Outskirts Press, 2016), Understanding the Orofacial Complex – Muscle Manual (Outskirts Press, 2014), and Sam the Super Chewer, Eats (Mindstir Media, 2016) for which she receives royalty payments. She is also the owner and a treating clinician with The Speech and Language Connection in Houston, as well as an instructor for the International Association of Orofacial Myology for which she is paid.

Non-financial: Kristie Gatto is the immediate Past President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, a Board of Directors member for the American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was previously a member of the Community Advisory Board at the University of Houston.

Learn more about Kristie's webinar: Typical vs. Atypical Orofacial Myofunctional Structures Friday, May 8 12:30PM EDT

Greg Hanley

Ph.D., BCBA-D

BIO

Dr. Hanley worked and trained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and directed the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program and Life Skills Clinic at Western New England University (WNEU). Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 25), past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, and past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and of Behavior Analysis in Practice. He currently serves as a Research Professor at WNEU, an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and CEO of FTF Behavioral, an international training and consulting group based in Worcester Massachusetts.

Disclosures

Financial: Greg Hanley is the owner of FTF Behavioral Consulting and receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course

Non-financial: Greg Hanley has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Greg's webinar: A Respectful and Practical Approach to Addressing Challenging Behavior Wednesday May 13 330PM EDT

Brian Hockel

DDS

BIO

As a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry in 1989, Dr. Hockel is a general dentist in private practice with a focus on orthodontics that aims to prevent or treat airway problems like sleep apnea. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of facial growth guidance, and is an orthodontic instructor for the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics. With a sister and a daughter who both have Down Syndrome, Dr. Hockel has taken a special interest in ways to maximize the health and development of children with DS from an airway, orthodontic and facial development perspective. He and his wife Beth have eleven children, six boys and five girls.

Disclosures

Financial: Brian Hockel is a licensed dentist, owner of Life Dental and Orthodontics, and orthodontic instructor for the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics. He receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course.

Non-financial: Brian Hockel has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Brian's webinar: Jaw Development, Airway and Orthodontics: Case Study Friday, May 8 2PM EDT

Martin Kaplan

DMD

BIO

Martin A. Kaplan, D.M.D. has practiced Pediatric Dentistry in Massachusetts for 42 years. He had been a volunteer part-time adjunct clinical instructor in the Pediatric Post-graduate Department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston from 2006 -2017. He was the first dentist in the country to perform infant frenum laser procedures with Light Scalpel in 2013. In 2016 Dr. Kaplan became the first Pediatric Dental Specialist to obtain his Diplomate status in the prestigious American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS) and was elected to be the Director of Dental Laser Surgery for the ABLS. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has co-authored several dental articles and has been a contributing author in several dental texts including the first ever Laser Surgery Atlas for the Treatment of Infant Tongue & Lip Ties. Dr. Kaplan was instrumental in developing the first in the country comprehensive Infant Laser Frenotomy class which has been co-presented with other specialists in the laser and lactation professions at Tufts University Dental/Medical Center in Boston. These classes are now offered throughout the USA at various universities and continuing education training centers. Last year (2018) he was the only USA based dentist to be invited to participate in an international tongue tie panel organized by the USLCA (Unites States Lactation Consultant Association). In January of 2018 he became associated with Dentistry by Dr. David in Bolton, MA where he continues to accept and treat newborns. Additionally, this practice is allowing Dr. Kaplan to bring Laser Frenum Surgery to a broader age range of patients (newborn through senior) where Tongue & Lip Tie do impact Speech, Sleep Disordered breathing, Adult Sleep Apnea and Migraine and TMJ related issues where these restrictions have affected oral motor function. In 2020, he also added an association with a Pediatric Dental Practice where he is working very closely with infant and but additionally with local SLP’s who are working with him as a TEAM to help resolve issues of oral function that are associated with oral frenum restrictions.

Disclosures

Financial: Martin A. Kaplan is a ADA/AAPD Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS), and Clinical Director of Laser Surgery for ABLS, DMD, and receive compensation from TalkTools for this course

Non-financial: Martin Kaplan has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Martin's webinar: How Your Pediatric Provider Works With You: What Are They Thinking? May 14 2PM EDT

Lori Overland

MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM

BIO

Lori L. Overland MS CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM is a licensed speech and language pathologist with her neurodevelopmental certification and certificate as a lactation counselor. Lori is currently working on her IBCLC. Lori specializes in oral sensory-motor/feeding therapy, oral placement and orofacial myofunctional disorders in children. Lori’s private practice focuses on infants, toddlers and preschool children with oral sensory-motor/feeding disorders. Lori consults with children from all over the world providing evaluations, re-evaluations, program plans and week long, family-centered feeding therapy programs. Lori also provides consults to local school districts and Birth-to-Three organizations. Her goal in addressing feeding and speech challenges is to improve the quality of life for both the children she serves and their families. In addition to her private practice, Alphabet Soup, Lori is a member of the TalkTools® speakers’ bureau. Lori has lectured on sensory-motor/feeding disorders around the United States and internationally. She teaches TOTs, Feeding and Down Syndrome courses in addition to her pre-feeding webinar. Lori was accepted, multiple times, to present poster and live presentations on a sensory-motor approach to feeding, self-limited diets, and tethered oral tissue at the annual convention of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Lori is a member of ASHA, CSHA, LISHA, NYSSLHA, the IAOM, ICAP and a board member of the oral motor institute. Lori holds degrees from Hofstra University and Adelphia University.

Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: Lori Overland is the Owner of Alphabet Soup. She is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau and receives speaker honorarium. She is author of products published by TalkTools® and receives royalties.

Non-Financial Disclosure: She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Lori's webinar: Mitigating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders with Early Intervention Friday May 15 3:30PM EDT

Monica Purdy

MA, CCC-SLP

BIO

Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP has more than 17 years of professional experience specializing in helping children with special needs to communicate. Monica is PROMPT and SOS trained, familiar with sign language, and well-versed in the use of augmentative devices. She is the owner of Kids Abilities in Indianapolis, IN. In addition to her private practice, Monica is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau and has been invited to speak at numerous conventions and seminars across the U.S. and internationally. She is a graduate of Ball State University.

Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: Monica Purdy is the Owner of Kids Abilities Pediatric Therapy Clinic. She is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau and receives speaker honorarium.

Non-Financial Disclosure: She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Monica's webinar: Mouth Breathing: Symptoms, Complications and Treatments Thursday, May 14 2PM EDT

Nancy Kaufman

MA, CCC-SLP

BIO

Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist, renowned expert in the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech, and the owner and director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor & Autism Treatment in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Since 1979, she has dedicated herself to establishing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), a treatment approach to help children become effective vocal communicators. Nancy presents nationally and internationally on the subject of CAS and other childhood speech-sound disorders. Families from around the country and the world travel to the KCC to participate in her intensive and specialized therapy programs. Nancy has been recognized by the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association and honored as an outstanding alumnus of Michigan State and Wayne State universities.

Disclosures
 
Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language therapist, author of the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, and owner/director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor & Autism Treatment in West Bloomfield, MI. She receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course, as well as income from the sales of her therapy materials, published by Northern Speech Services.
 
Nancy R. Kaufman has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose
 

Chelsea Pinto

DDS

BIO

Chelsea Pinto, DDS is a skilled dentist and infant tongue-tie specialist at The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Pinto is a proud member of The International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, The International Consortium of Ankyloglossia Professionals, The California Dental Association and The American Dental Association. Upon becoming a mother herself, and experiencing the challenges of motherhood and breastfeeding first-hand, Dr. Pinto decided to refocus her career and practice around supporting and guiding families facing tongue and lip tie related issues with their babies. She proudly offers a comprehensive and compassionate approach to treatment, providing families with education, personalized care, as well as bodywork and breastfeeding support referrals as needed to best address tongue function and its impact on the rest of the body.

Disclosures

Financial: Chelsea Pinto is a board-certified Doctor of Dental Surgery, Infant Tongue-Tie Specialist with the Breathe Institute and speakers. Dr. Pinto receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course

Non-financial: Chelsea Pinto has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Chelsea's webinar: Infant Tongue Tie Impacts and Outcomes: Physical and Emotional Variables of Treatment Success Friday May 8 10:00AM EDT

Renee Roy Hill

MS, CCC-SLP, COM®

BIO

Renee Roy Hill MS, CCC-SLP, COM®️ has provided therapeutic assessments and program planning for adults and children with oral placement, feeding and motor speech deficits for over 17 years. She is the owner of Crossroads Therapy Clinic in New Braunfels, TX and a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau. Renee has been an invited speaker for ASHA state conventions and has received specialized training in speech/oral-motor/feeding therapy, Apraxia, sensory processing disorders, Hanen Courses, NDT training, TAMO therapy and PROMPT. She is the creator of the TalkTools® Schedule Board Kit, co-author of Ice Sticks, and author of the TalkTools® Apraxia Program

Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: Renee Roy Hill is the Owner of Crossroads Therapy Clinic. She is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau and receives speaker honorarium. She is author of products published by TalkTools® and receives royalties.

Non-Financial Disclosure: She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Click through to learn more about Renee's webinar: Apraxia Isn’t the Primary Diagnosis: Where Do I Start? Monday, May 11 2PM EDT

Robyn Merkel Walsh

MS, CCC-SLP, COM®

BIO

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️ has specialized for over 24 years in OPT, myofunctional disorders and feeding disorders. She is employed by the Ridgefield Board of Education, runs a private practice in Ridgefield, NJ, is the board chair of the Oral Motor Institute, and is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau. She teaches TOTs, Autism and Tongue Thrust courses in addition to multiple webinars on topics including but not limited to lisps, oral structure, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder, feeding and clinical parameters for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Robyn has been invited to speak on Oral Placement disorders by Conversations in Speech Pathology, Bergen County Region V, the IAOM, The Apraxia Network, AAPPSPA and the MOSAIC Foundation. Robyn has received specialized training in Oral Placement Disorders, feeding, apraxia, Applied Behavioral Analysis, autism, cranio-facial anomalies, Beckman Techniques and PROMPT. Robyn was awarded the Ridgefield Women in History Month's Business Woman of the Year

Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: Owner of Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP®. Member of TalkTools® speakers bureau; receives speaker honorarium. Author of products published by TalkTools®; receives royalty payments

Non-Financial Disclosure: Robyn is the Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute, and volunteers as the CE Provider Management for Marshalla Speech and Language (ABBL).

Learn more about Robyn's webinar: TOTs Ticking Over Time: From Pre- to Post-Op Care Across the Lifespan Thursday, May 14   5PM EST

Melanie Potock

MA, CCC-SLP

BIO

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, treats children birth to teens who have difficulty eating. Melanie's advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including The New York Times, CNN.com, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine and the ASHA Leader. She is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating (2015) and Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits (2016). The strategies in her parent & child cookbook, Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes (2018) are based on research and Melanie’s 20 years of success as a pediatric feeding therapist. Her children’s book, You are Not an Otter: The Story of How Kids Become Adventurous Eaters in available in two languages on Amazon. Melanie's live and online courses for parents and professionals can be found at My Munch Bug, along with her contact info.

Disclosures

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP:

  1. Author of 5 books on the topics of feeding children and receives royalties from 4 books (TalkTools is a distributor)
  2. Executive Producer of a children's music CD and profits from the sale of that music
  3. Receives speaker fee for this webinar
  4. Receives profits from video courses on her website that are focused on pediatric feeding disorders and picky eating

Learn more about Melanie's webinar: Tools, Tips and Tastes: Easy and Fun Strategies for Kids to Learn to Love Vegetables Friday, May 15 12:30PM EDT

Scott Siegel

MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP

BIO

Scott A. Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP is a board certified, dual degree MD, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Dr. Siegel is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, and the first oral and maxillofacial surgeon awarded Fellowship to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Siegel is also an active member of numerous medical and dental professional organizations. Dr. Siegel has over 25 years experience as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and has devoted the past 18 years to treatment of issues related to tethered oral tissues, he has performed over 30,000 tethered oral tissue surgical procedures to date. Educated at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Schools of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Siegel maintains a private practice based in New York City,and Long Island, NY. Dr. Siegel is internationally recognized as a pioneering laser TOTs surgeon. During his surgical residency and in private practice Dr. Siegel was mentored by world renowned pediatric surgeon and tongue-tie pioneer Elizabeth "Betty" Coryllos, MD, FACS, FRCS, FAAP. Dr. Siegel has been treating TOTs patients for the past 20 years ranging from infants to adults. Dr. Siegel lectures internationally and conducts clinical research and publishes in various areas related to TOTs including aerodigestive disorders related to TOTs such as Aerophagia Induced Reflux (AIR). Dr. Siegel is currently working as a clinical investigator in two major IRB approved clinical research projects. Dr. Siegel is working in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University and Tel Aviv University in understanding the kinematics of tongue movement in infants, children and adults with ankyloglossia. Dr. Siegel is also working with the Child Development Lab, City University of New York investigating objective parameters of infant sleep before and after lingual frenectomy.  

Learn more about Scott's webinar: Effects of Lingual Frenectomy on Tongue Motility and Infant Sleep: Ongoing Research Update Monday, May 5PM EDT

Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton

COM®, RDHAP

BIO

Sanda believes in treating people, not problems. As the Myofunctional Therapy Director of The Breathe Institute, Sanda works with patients of all ages to help train the orofacial muscles to develop optimally. Sanda was critical in the development of our protocols for Functional Frenuloplasty and during surgery, she often supports Dr. Zaghi by incorporating myofunctional therapy to optimize treatment outcomes. Sanda is a perpetual learner, and is always creating opportunities to apply, expand, and share her knowledge with colleagues and the community.
Disclosures

Financial: Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton is a Certified Orofacial Myologist, Registered Dental Hygienist-Alternative Practices, Myofunctional Therapy Director of the Breathe Institute, speaker and author. Sanda receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course

Non-financial: Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Sharon Vallone

DC, FICCP

BIO

Dr. Sharon A. Vallone, DC, FICCP is a graduate of Rutgers University (AB Microbiology 1978) and New York Chiropractic College (1986). She completed her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 1996 through Palmer College and received her appointment as Fellow in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 2003.   Dr. Vallone has a private practice limited to highrisk pregnancies and challenged children in Connecticut and is currently the Chair of the Board of Kentuckiana Children’s Center in Louisville, KY and past Vice Chair of the International Chiropractic Association’s Council Pediatric Council. She is an international speaker, author, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. Sharon brings 33+ years of pediatric chiropractic experience with a primary interest in pregnancy, birth trauma, breastfeeding and problems with infant /toddler neurodevelopment.

Disclosures

Financial:  Sharon Vallone is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Fellow in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, speaker and author. Sharon receives compensation from TalkTools for this course.

 

Non-financial: Sharon Vallone has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Sharon's webinar: Manual Therapy: How Hands-on Help with Oral Motor Dysfunction Wednesday, May 13 11AM EDT

Heather Vukelich

MS, CCC-SLP

BIO

Heather Vukelich, MS, CCC-SLP is a LEVEL 4 ACCOMPLISHED TalkTools instructor and owner of  Happy Kids Therapy in Danville, California. Heather’s business is located inside the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area where she focuses on Oral Placement, feeding and speech therapy for people of all ages. Heather’s specialty   is working with people with Down Syndrome which includes in-depth knowledge and resources regarding: diet, communication programs, sign language, education, orthodontics and facial development, physical and sensory needs as well as behavioral strategies. Heather attended graduate school at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Heather has spoken at the National Down Syndrome Congress, as well as for Down syndrome groups across California including DSCBA, SVDSN, TBODS, and Clubs

Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: Heather is an instructor for TalkTools and receives speaker fees.

Non-Financial Disclosure: She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Learn more about Heather's webinar: Speech Clarity in the Down Syndrome Population Thursday, May 14 3:30PM EDT

Catherine Watson Genna

BS-IBCLC

BIO

Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years and continues on the Editorial Review Board. She is still a La Leche League Leader.

Disclosures

Financial: Catherine Genna Watson is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. She is a speaker and author. She receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course.

Non-financial: Catherine Genna Watson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Cathy's webinar: Differences between Breast and Bottle Friday, May 15 at 11AM EDT

Soroush Zaghi

MD-ENT

BIO

Soroush Zaghi, MD-ENT is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, UCLA Otolaryngology (ENT) residency, and Stanford Sleep Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Zaghi is very active in clinical research with over 80+ peer-reviewed research journal publications and is a recognized leader in advancing standards of care for sleep-related breathing disorders, myofunctional therapy, and tongue-tie surgery. He is now in practice in Los Angeles, CA as Medical Director of The Breathe Institute, which provides comprehensive functional and structural treatment options for pediatric and adult sleep and breathing issues.

Disclosures

Financial: Soroush Zaghi is a board-certified Doctor of Medicine, specializing in otolaryngology, Medical Director of the Breathe Institute, speaker, and author. Dr. Zaghi receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course

Non-financial: Soroush Zaghi has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Learn more about Soroush's webinar: Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing and Maxillofacial Development: The Impact of Oral Motor Development and Tongue Mobility Thursday, May 14 at 11AM EDT

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