17th Annual CESA 5 SLP Institute

Speech-Language Pathology Institute

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Agency: CESA 5
Agency Contact: Carolyn Meronek
Agency Assistant: Joel Schwochert 608-745-5477
Location: Glacier Canyon Conference Center at The Wilderness
45 Hillman Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Facility: Sandstone Ballroom
2/25/2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Registration & Breakfast begin at 7:45AM
2/26/2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Breakfast begins at 8AM

17th Annual CESA 5 Speech-Language Pathology Institute

Pre-Conference Sessions -  Feb 24, 2019

PURPOSE: This 2-day Institute provides Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) with a wide variety of strategies to support a wide variety of communication needs. The keynote & breakout sessions cover current topics for SLP's. Our unique setup allows for direct interaction with a variety of vendors, including therapy and educational materials & assistive technology strategies. The Institute also provides an opportunity for SLPs to reconnect with the extended community of school-based SLP's. In addition to our distinguished keynote speakers, this conference features vendor exhibits, one ethics session and fabulous door prizes provided by our wonderful vendors.

2-Day Conference Cost: $300  (Early-bird Cost: $275 - Expires 12/31/2018) **EXTENDED** Expires 1/15/2019

**Over 400 SLPs from 5 states & 183 school districts attended our conference last year!**

2019 Keynote Presentations:

Monday, February 25  

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC): Working Together to Promote Students’ Successful Communication

presented by

Augmentative & Alternative Communication Team from the Waisman Center

AAC Feature Matching for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs (75 mins): 
AAC is not a "one size fits all" approach for individuals with complex motor, sensory, and communication needs, including cerebral palsy and other neuromotor impairments. Presenters will provide an explanation of the feature matching process that is essential for selecting and implementing appropriately matched AAC systems with the individual. FM is key to ensure that language development and physical access needs are met, therefore providing the most effective and efficient ways for an individual to functionally communicate.

AAC Partnership Program (75 mins): 
Presenters will discuss a pilot program we are working to establish that would expedite clients' access to evidence-based, high-quality augmentative and alternative communication evaluations and treatment by building the capacity of speech-language pathologists around the state of Wisconsin to support device trials, rental completion, and purchase recommendations following an initial feature match at CASC.

Language Therapy for Children Using AAC (90 mins): 
This presentation will highlight evidence-based teaching techniques for students with complex communication needs (CCN) using AAC.  Intervention tips will span across language domains, including semantics (e.g., vocabulary selection and device customization), morphology, syntax, pragmatics (e.g., supporting a variety of communicative functions, emphasizing educational inclusion), and early literacy instruction.  Teaching techniques (e.g., aided language stimulation, cueing hierarchies, and appropriate prompts), goal writing, and implementation tips will be highlighted.

AAC Resources for your Toolkit (60 mins): 
This portion of the talk will focus on a resource share with information about online supports and groups, vendor contacts, free and inexpensive apps and tools, etc. Participants are also encouraged to bring your own favorite tips and tricks to share with the group. If you have an iPad, bring it along and we'll walk you through downloading and setting up apps that can be used to begin AAC modeling and teaching today! 

Tuesday, February 26 

Childhood Stuttering: A Practical Approach

presented by 

Dr. J. Scott Yaruss, CCC-CLP, BCS-F, ASHA Fellow

School-age children who stutter can face many challenges, both in and out of the classroom. Common problems include negative emotional reactions, such as embarrassment and anxiety; difficulties reading aloud in class or participating in group discussions; and limitations while interacting with peers. Unfortunately, many speech-language pathologists report that they are not confident in their ability to help children deal with these consequences of stuttering. Clinicians also report uncertainty about meeting eligibility criteria, generalizing gains made in the therapy room to real-world situations, and dealing with problems like bullying. The purpose of this workshop is to provide clinicians with applicable, practical strategies for helping school-age children and adolescents who stutter overcome the problems associated with stuttering. The presentation will include: specific guidelines for conducting comprehensive evaluations that support treatment recommendations and goal-writing; detailed instructions for how to prepare children for therapy to ensure success; and video examples of numerous treatment strategies and activities designed to help children improve their fluency, reduce their negative reactions to stuttering, educate others about stuttering, and communicate effectively across speaking situations. Participants will come away from the workshop feeling more confident in their ability to help children who stutter and more knowledgeable about how to approach stuttering assessment and treatment in the school setting and beyond. 

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS: Sunday, February 24, 2019

  • Early Childhood Update
  • Become Wisconsin's Next Top (AAC) Model-er!
  • SLP Supervision and other changes

More details about the pre-conference sessions can be found on our website!

* NOTE: You will have the ability to add or change your registration to include the Pre-Con sessions until 2/11/2019.


For complete details see our website:


  • 2 DAY: $300  (Early-bird Pricing: $275 - Expires 12/31/2018)
  • 1 DAY: $165 Monday OR Tuesday ONLY 
  • PRE-CONFERENCE: $100 (includes all pre-conference sessions)

STUDENTS: Special pricing for full-time students: ONLY $50 for both days. Register with your University email account. (Email and we will adjust your fee.)

GRADUATE CREDIT: Optional 1 graduate credit is available for 2-day attendees (additional fee). Please register for credit by checking the appropriate button below. This will ensure that you receive the course registration form in February. You pay the Graduate Credit fee when you check-in at the conference.

ASHA CMHs: Certification Maintenance Hours: Both days = 11 CMHs. This conference is not part of the ASHA CE Registry, which means it will not show up automatically in your ASHA CE Registry report. It is the participant's responsibility to submit a copy of the provided certificate of attendance with the other necessary documentation when submitting the 3-year Certification Maintenance renewal paperwork. Please refer to for further clarification.

PAYMENT: If paying by check or PO, make it out to CESA 5 and please include a copy of your confirmation email. Mail or fax to: CESA 5, ATTN: Joel Schwochert, 626 E Slifer St, Portage, WI 53901. Fax: 608.509.7035. Email


DIRECTIONS: Click here for a map and directions to Glacier Canyon Lodge.


  • Conference Coordinator: Carolyn Meronek, 608.617.0528
  • Registration/Payment Assistance: Joel Schwochert 608.745.5477 or email:

Please Note: If you have any dietary restrictions or need special accommodations, please let us know when you register.

DISCLAIMER: CESA 5 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free and basic food allergies. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your MyQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Registrants receive a full refund if they cancel at least 10 working days before the conference. Because of commitments to the venue, presenters, vendors and participants, no refund of any kind, for any reason, will be given for cancellation requests received after February 11, 2019. Registrations ARE transferable within your organization. Lodging cancellations are the responsibility of the participant and not subject to any type of refund by CESA 5. CESA 5 WILL NOT CANCEL THE CONFERENCE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

This policy replaces the cancellation policy stated below.


Teacher Standards
WES2The teacher understands how children with broad ranges of ability learn and provides instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and personal development.
WES3The teacher understands how pupils differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and can adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of pupils, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.
WES4The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology to encourage children’s development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
WES5The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
WES6The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
WES8The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the pupil.
WES9The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effect of his or her choices and actions on pupils, parents, professionals in the learning community and others and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
WES10The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support pupil learning and well being and who acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
Administrator Standards
WAS3The administrator manages by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to pupil learning and staff professional growth.
WAS5The administrator models collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
WAS7The administrator understands, responds to, and interacts with the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that affects schooling.
Pupil Services
WPS2The pupil services professional understands the complexities of learning and knowledge of comprehensive, coordinated practice strategies that support pupil learning, health, safety and development.
WPS3The pupil services professional has the ability to use research, research methods and knowledge about issues and trends to improve practice in schools and classrooms.
WPS5The pupil services professional understands the organization, development, management and content of collaborative and mutually supportive pupil services programs within educational settings.
WPS6The pupil services professional is able to address comprehensively the wide range of social, emotional, behavioral and physical issues and circumstances which may limit pupils’ abilities to achieve positive learning outcomes through development, implementation and evaluation of system-wide interventions and strategies.
Special Education
Parent Involvementpercent of parents of children with IEPs reporting satisfaction with parent involvement
Secondary Transition GoalsPercent of youth aged 16 and older whose IEP includes coordinated, measureable annual goals and transition services
Timely and Accurate Datastate reported data are timely and accurate
Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a full refund if they cancel prior to 3 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Because of our commitment to the trainer and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 3 working days or do not attend, will be billed the full fee. CESA 5 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. Inclement weather policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 5 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been cancelled due to weather conditions.