G.P. Moore Symposium

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2019 G. Paul Moore Symposium

Tuesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Presented by the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and the University of Florida Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association at Emerson Alumni Hall.


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D., presents:

Audiogram Hearing Disorders (HD) parts 1 and 2:  Auditory Processing Considerations in Children and Auditory Issues in Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury


Jill Firszt, Ph.D., presents:

Effects of Unilateral Hearing Loss: From the Brain to Behavior


Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Ann Marie Orlando, Ph.D., CCC-SLP & Katie Roark, CCC-SLP, present:

Literacy and Complex Communication Needs


Speaker Bios

Gail M. Whitelaw, Ph.D. is a clinical associate professor and Clinic Director at OSU. She has clinical and research interests in some “boutique” areas of audiology, including assessment and management of auditory processing disorders, specifically in children and adults with TBI, and in working with patients with tinnitus and sound tolerance disorders. She is also the audiology faculty member on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disorders (LEND) grant at the Nisonger Center at OSU.  She is a past president of the Ohio Academy of Audiology, past-president of the American Academy of Audiology, and past Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Audiology.  Dr. Whitelaw is interested in professional leadership development and participates in working with various professional groups to support both individual and group leadership skills for participants in those groups.

Dr. Jill B. Firszt is Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Washington University School of Medicine. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Central Institute for the Deaf at Washington University. She earned her BS in Speech and Hearing Science, MA in Educational Audiology, and PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Firszt has been working with cochlear implant adult and pediatric patients in clinical and research studies since 1985.  She has directed three cochlear implant programs in three different states over a span of 30 years and currently directs the Cochlear Implant Program at Washington University with an emphasis on clinical and research interactions.  Her research Lab is focused on studies of asymmetry in hearing, including adults and children with unilateral hearing loss, and studies that explore optimization of cochlear implant performance.  She is the recipient of a K23 award, two R01s and a U01 grant from the NIH/NIDCD.  Her previous research has been supported by the Deafness Research Foundation, the American Hearing Research Foundation, and the McDonnell Science Foundation. Dr. Firszt has numerous publications related to adults and children with substantial hearing loss using cochlear implants and hearing aids.

Dr. Ann- Marie Orlando, assistant professor at the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) in Gainesville. Dr. Orlando works with educators and families, provides community outreach services and professional development related to autism and related disabilities.  Dr. Orlando’s research focuses on inclusive education, literacy, and the use of augmentative/alternative communication for individuals with autism and related disabilities.

Katie J. Roark is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in a variety of environments, with primarily pediatric clients, over the past 10 years.  She has experience working in hospitals (both in inpatient and outpatient settings, schools, and private practice, and currently serves as an education training specialist at the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  Her interests include executive function, literacy, alternative-augmentative communication, and strategies the help promote inclusion in general education classroom settings.  She is a member of ASHA and a former graduate of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Florida, and she is very honored and excited to speak at the G. Paul Moore Symposium.


Important Parking Information

If parking is paid in advance with registration, your name will be put on a parking list. On the day of the event, you will be given a pass for your car upon entering the reserved parking area.

Tuesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 6th:  Parking will be in the North Lawn, immediately across from Emerson Alumni Hall on W. University Avenue


Email: gpaulmooresymposium@gmail.com

Website: http://slhs.phhp.ufl.edu/moore-symposium/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/G-Paul-Moore-Symposium-1616187881994810/


Registration Forms

GPM Registration Form 2019

GPM Registration Form 2019

Please make check out to University of Florida and send, with this form, to:

University of Florida NSSLHA

P.O. Box 143193

Gainesville, FL 32614


Program Information and Slides

February 5th, 2019

“Beyond the Audiogram:  Auditory processing considerations in children and the impact of mild traumatic brain injury/concussion in auditory processing”

This session will focus on considerations for school-aged children with auditory processing disorders.  Although viewed as potentially controversial, there is significant evidence that supports prevalence of auditory processing deficits in children that impact functional communication in the classroom, in language development, and in social communication.  The importance of an interdisciplinary team will be discussed and discipline specific audiologic assessment will be addressed.  Management and treatment approaches will be described.  With increase in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and concussion in the general population, and specifically in children and teens, this area will be highlighted with regard to audiologic assessment and management.


“Effects of Unilateral Hearing Loss: From the Brain to Behavior”

Unilateral hearing loss, especially if the loss is severe to profound, results in numerous difficulties including speech understanding in noise and localization.  In addition, there is considerable variability in how individuals perform when listening with one ear.  The overall goal of our research is to quantify the effects of unilateral hearing loss in adults and children and to identify sources of variability.  During these two presentations, study results obtained at Washington University School of Medicine will be provided regarding speech recognition, localization and perceived difficulties in adults and children who have unilateral hearing loss. Some individuals with unilateral or asymmetric hearing loss have received a cochlear implant as treatment for the poor ear.  Study results suggest improved post-implant audibility, speech recognition and localization for participants with asymmetric hearing; however, individual results vary.  Clinical implications and future research needs related to unilateral/asymmetric hearing loss and treatment are discussed.

Slides: Day 1 Handout


February 6th, 2019

“Literacy and Complex Communication Needs”

This presentation will engage learners in discovering ways to provide literacy instruction and communication opportunities across varies contexts for individuals with complex communication needs. Through a core vocabulary approach to augmentative and alternative communication, participants will learn strategies for teaching communication and literacy. Topics will include information on balanced literacy instruction and assessment, strategies to increase word learning and writing, and examples of ways to incorporate communication opportunities using core vocabulary across different contexts. To facilitate learning, the presenters will incorporate group activities.

Slides: Day 2 Handout