May 20th: 6:00 – 7:00 pm Central Time Presentation
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Networking, resource sharing, and community building
Presenter: Abbe Simon, M.A., CCC-SLP and music therapist Alie Chandler, M.M., MT- BC, NMT
Description: Join speech pathologist Abbe Simon, M.A., CCC-SLP and music therapist Alie Chandler, M.M., MT-BC, NMT to learn about common speech and language disorders, approaches such as the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia, and collaborative treatment ideas. Presenters will provide evidence-based techniques and case examples to demonstrate how collaborative work can impact the lives of individuals with different communication impairments.
Presenter Bios: Abbe Simon, M.A., CCC-SLP, has been a speech language pathologist for 23 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, aphasia centers, and outpatient clinics, while seeing clients privately. Throughout her career, she has remained passionate about working with adults with neurological language disorders resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, degenerative disease, and/or age related memory decline. She is Owner/Director of ICOMMUNICARE, LLC, a private practice that provides traditional speech therapy as well as a relationship centered aphasia program (RCAP) that offers intensive rehabilitation. Abbe uses evidenced based principles that she incorporates into the Life Participation approach to aphasia (LPAA) to create client centred plans in order to achieve maximal communication success.
Alie Chandler, M.M., NMT, MT-BC is Owner/Director of Ossia Music Therapy, LLC. For over 19 years, she has worked with clients of all ages in NY, CT, and NC, including at the American Institute for Neuro-Integrative Development (Giant Steps School), The Music Therapy Institute of Westchester, and Westchester Medical Center. Alie has published research on autism, presented nationally, and has collaborated often with speech pathologists for work with persons with communication and language disorders. She is trained in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), improvisational music therapy methods, and completed the Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s. Currently, she leads online music therapy groups for Virtual Connections of Lingraphica/Aphasia Recovery Connection and greatly enjoys her private practice work with individuals with a variety of neurological needs, including traumatic and acquired brain injury, dementia, Parkinson’s, Autism, and developmental differences.
50% of the donations raised through this presentation will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association
50% of the donations raised will be contributed to the Living Spirit Therapy Services Pay It Forward Campaign to fund grants for music therapy, early childhood music, and wellness programs for individuals from historically marginalized communities.