Tuesday, May 1, 2018
9 AM – 3 PM | SDSU Montezuma Hall
RSVP required for Keynote Presentation
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You are invited to the 4th annual Speech-Language-Hearing Awareness and Information Day (SAID) hosted by San Diego State University School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. SAID is a collaborative community event that aims to raise awareness about speech-language and hearing disorders and to provide educational interdisciplinary resources to students, faculty, and related professionals in the San Diego area.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Inter-Professional Collaboration with SLPS; Current Doctoral Student Research in Speech-Language Pathology
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Speech-Language Hearing Sciences Info Fair and Poster Presentations
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Keynote Presentation (see details below)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Expert Panel Discussion
“Try to Overwhelm Them: Facilitating Learning in Treatment”
Elena Plante, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | SDSU Montezuma Hall
Elena Plante, PhD, CCC-SLP is a professor of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is known for her work on developmental language disorders, which has covered basic characteristics of the disorder, its assessment, and treatment. Her current research focuses on the application of statistical learning principles to developmental language disorders using neuroimaging, behavioral, and treatment research methods. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, a textbook, and two clinical tests. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Educational Science, and the United States Airforce. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Galileo Fellow in Science at the University of Arizona.
Historically, professional debates about optimal treatment has focused on factors like the relative naturalness of the treatment (e.g., conversation or drill) or who delivers the treatment (e.g., clinicians or family members). More recently, however, the focus of research has shifted towards isolating the active ingredients of the treatment and optimizing its form. This talk will concentrate on the learning principle of input variability, and how it applies to a wide variety of treatment goals. Although the talk will draw on examples from developmental language disorders, the principle has broad applications to many populations. It also applies to both child and adult learners. Adding variability to treatment methods can seem counter-intuitive. Indeed, our own students have frequently been told that too many examples and examples that vary significantly will “overwhelm” the client. Instead, there is evidence that the strategic application of variability in many situations will shift a learner’s focus away from the specific examples provided, because there are simply too many of them to hold in memory. This facilitates a learner focus on the underlying pattern that cut across many examples. Acquiring the underlying pattern facilitates generalization to untrained examples in a way that memory for trained examples cannot. This presentation will cover how to implement therapeutic variability into multiple types of learning contexts with examples from recent treatment studies.
Participants will be able to:
- understand the basic research that demonstrates the advantages of input variability for promoting rapid implicit learning
- discover how the variability principle has been applied to the treatment of language disorders in children
- understand how variability can be applied across language domains
- discuss how treatment approaches currently in use can benefit from the strategic application of the variability principle
Admission is FREE, but RSVP is required for the 1:00 PM keynote presentation: