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Workshops and Continuing Education Events

The Communicative Disorders Program and the SFSU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) provide workshops and Continuing Education (CE) events throughout the academic year for students, members of the community, speech-language pathologists, and other professionals. We provide Certificate of Maintenance hours, accepted by ASHA to fulfill continuing education requirements.


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C.A.R.E [Community, Autism, Relationships, Environment]

The 7th Annual NSSLHA Spring Conference

This conference is devoted to promoting the understanding of Autism in schools and the workplace. C.A.R.E.’s goal is to support neurodiversity. Participants will walk away with new ideas, perspectives, and strategies for peers to create positive communities, relationships, and environments for individuals on the autism spectrum. A range of topics will be discussed, including friendships in play and at work, promoting awareness among parents and professionals, and creating effective learning and work environments.

Date: April 26, 2014 (Saturday)

Location: Jack Adams Hall at San Francisco State University

Time: 9 am – 3:30 pm

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Heather McCracken (Morning Keynote Speaker)

Founder/Executive Director of Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Changing the World One Mind at a Time: From Awareness to Demystification and Beyond

Heather is the executive director/program director of Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society and the mother of three, her son Iain is on the autism spectrum. As originator of the Friend 2 Friend (F2F) Autism Demystification® model, she leads training and outreach efforts to establish inclusive peer and friendship programs worldwide. She is the author of That’s What’s Different About Me, Demystifying Autism: the Friend 2 Friend Simulation Game, Can I Play Too and coauthor Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators.

Autism, Asperger Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking and Development (AASCEND) Panel (Afternoon Keynote Speakers)

What I Wish My Parents, Teachers, and Therapists Knew

Our second keynote is a panel of speakers who are members of Autism, Asperger Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking and Development (AASCEND). AASCEND represents a community of adult of all ages on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, academics and professionals in the autism field. Members work as peers to support one another and work together to achieve goals of education, detworking, and development. AASCEND members have been meeting monthly to share information resources, support one another emotionally, and in the process learn to appreciate the view points of others. AASCEND reaches out through regular meetings, a web page designed by our members, media presentations and educational conferences. It educates the greater community about living with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA). AASCEND works with local, national and global organizations to further understanding, support and action for our community. AASCEND hosted the fi rst international conference of groups run by adults on the autism spectrum.

Pamela Wolfberg, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education, San Francisco State University

Fostering Meaningful Social Experiences with Family and Friends

Dr. Wolfberg's primary research interests are centered on peer relations, play and imagination, and childhood culture as related to the social inclusion of children on the autism spectrum. As originator of the Integrated Play Groups (IPG) model and founder of the Autism Institute on Peer Socialization and Play, she leads research, training and development efforts to establish inclusive peer play programs worldwide. She is widely published and the recipient of several eminent awards for her scholarship, research, and service to the community.

Anna Vagin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, Social Time, Marin County

4 Keys for Us! Changing Our Own Behavior to Maximize Social Learning

A licensed speech and language pathologist since 1981, Anna Vagin, Ph.D. has been in private practice in Marin County for over twenty years. Through her practice, Dr. Vagin provides individual assessments and therapy focusing on building the language and social thinking abilities of children ranging in age from 6 months through high school. Her book, Social Time Movie Learning, presents a program that uses popular movies as a tool to teach the intricacies of social interaction and relationships. Her new work is exploring using YouTube videos as starting points to discussing, understanding, and ultimately demonstrating internal and interpersonal processes that support successful relationships.

Jerred Jolin

Doctoral Student, Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education
at UC Berkeley & San Francisco State University

Autism and Transition

Jerred Jolin is a second year student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. His research interests lay at the intersection of high functioning autism, vocational development and measurement/assessment. Currently, he is working on a project that uses comics as a format to assess transition-age (16-22) student ability to deconstruct (identify key information within) and make judgments about workplace interactions characteristic of employment settings heavy in customer service demands.

Katie Ianni, MA, MFTi

Whole Child Developmental Therapy, San Francisco

DIR/Floortime: A play-based, interdisciplinary model supporting sensory integration and social-emotional development

Mrs. Ianni brings a Marriage and Family therapy approach to adaptive skills and relationship based therapies, including DIR/floortime, Dance/Movement, Art and Drama therapy, always with a wide lens on early childhood development and family relationships.

Angelika Schilli

Program Manager at Behavioral Intervention Association

Understanding autism: Early warning signs of autism and developing social skills
BIA is a non-profit organization that provides intervention services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Besides providing 1:1 interventions, Angelika is running three social skills groups at BIA.

Yakuri Baba

Academic/Vocational Coach (School2Career)
Board of Directors at Golden Gate Regional Center

Employment: Beyond resume and cover letter

Yukari provides academic and vocational coaching services for students and adults with a variety of disabilities and helps facilitate a successful transition from high school and university to career. Yukari holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Non-profit organizations from San Francisco State University. She has over 10 years academic and career coaching experience in both university and employment settings in both U.S. and Japan. Today, Yukari continues her life-long mission of being a strong advocate for people with disabilities. She collaborates with California Department of Rehabilitation, Employment Development Department (E.D.D.), Department of Public Health and non-profit agencies such as Independent Living Resource Center, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, Worklink, JVS, ARC, and Hearing and Speech Center to facilitate transition from high school and university to employment. In addition, Yukari serves on the board of directors at Golden Gate Regional Center (G.G.R.C.). She is currently chairing the services committee, which increases employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities.


Pregistration is encouraged. Deadline for pre-registration is April 21. To pre-register send the registration form along with a check or money order to the following address. Payable to NSSLHA at SFSU (include driver's license & phone number).

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San Francisco State University
Burk Hall 114
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Franciso, CA 94132

On-site registration is available through credit card, cash, check, or money order. For questions, please contact NSSLHA at

Status Pre-reg On-Site
SLP / CF / ASHA Members $75 $85
Community Members / Parents $25 $35
College / University Students (with ID)
...............................With NSSLHA T-Shirt Purchase ($20)
High School Students (with ID) $5 $10










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