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2022 NCSPA Fall Conference

October 23-25, 2022                Cary, NC

Sunday, October 23rd

Session Block Two
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Unless otherwise noted, each session meets criteria for NASP and APA approved credit hours.

System Change, the Forgotten Tool
Jim Deni, EdD - Appalachian State University
Hannah King - Appalachian State University
Alisha Schiltz, PhD - NC Department of Public Instruction

Why do some schools and districts struggle with full implementation of MTSS? Are there specific variables that lead to more successful MTSS implementation? We will provide results of a study looking at the knowledge and training that school psychologists have in implementation science. Practitioners will also learn how to use the Heptagon Tool to help their school or district scale up a new innovative practice.

Working with Children of Immigrant Families: Resources and Tools for Practice
Laura Gonzalez, PhD - UNC Greensboro
Juan Prandoni, PhD, LPA, HSP-PA - El Futuro NC

Per the Migration Policy Institution, "Immigrants comprised 18% of all parents of children 0-4 and 5-10 in North Carolina" (MPI, 2021). More than half of this group were Latinx in origin, with another 25% being Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Due to the presence of these families in our state, it is important for school psychologists to be familiar with their strengths, their needs, and appropriate models for working with them. School psychologists are positioned to be leaders in their schools due to the scope of their work (across both academic and behavioral health domains) and their ethical codes highlighting a value for diverse populations.In this session, the facilitators will provide an overview of some common stressors in immigrant families, some cultural values and strengths that provide a buffer to those stressors, and a better understanding of the context of reception for immigrants in North Carolina. Participants will be introduced to the MECA model (Falicov, 2012), which is a systems-based framework for culturally attuned and socially empowering practice with culturally diverse groups. Through this lens, participants will think about both behavioral health issues and educational pathways for children from immigrant families. In particular, the power of collaborations within the school and in the community will be discussed, and resources/tools will be shared. Specifically, Dr. Prandoni will share an on-line assessment tool related to the MECA model, and Dr. Gonzalez will share an educational resource site she curated to bolster school staff in their work with immigrant youth on the pathway to college. Our goal is for participants to improve both their effectiveness in conceptualization and practice with immigrant families.

This session meets criteria for continuing education hours in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

This session is for in-person participants only.

Building Multidisciplinary Bridges: A Guide to Working with Speech Language Pathologists to Optimize Student Outcomes
Liz Grose, SSP, NCSP - Pearson Clinical Assessments
Rebecca Whalen, MA, CCC-SLP - Pearson Clinical Assessments

Over the last decade, service delivery in schools has shifted towards emphasizing multidisciplinary collaboration. Special educators have increasingly been charged with the task of doing more work with less time. Collaboration can seem like another nuisance to add to a growing list of responsibilities. However, to make a difference for our students, we can’t work alone. Fortunately, the fields of speech language pathology and school psychology have grown increasingly aligned. Recent studies have indicated that collaboration between our two fields results in lower stress and higher job satisfaction. This presentation will focus on practical strategies to easily facilitate collaboration between speech pathologists and school psychologists during assessments. The speakers will provide an overview of how speech language assessment can help inform decision making and vice-versa, highlight how to establish buy in, and provide solutions to potential barriers. Case studies will be used to illustrate examples and ideas for easy and quick implementation. 

This session is sponsored by Pearson Clinical Assessments.

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