Dr. Alba Ortiz, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus - Keynote Speaker

University of Texas at Austin, TX 
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Dr. Alba Ortiz is Professor Emerita, Department of Special Education, in the College of Education, at The University of Texas at Austin.  She has bachelor's and master's degrees in speech and language pathology and a doctorate in Special Education Administration.  She has more than 40 years of experience as a teacher educator and researcher in the fields of special education and bilingual education.  At UT Austin, Dr. Ortiz held the President's Chair for Education Academic Excellence, an honor bestowed by the University in recognition of her outstanding research, teaching, and service record and specifically for her contributions to the special education and bilingual education fields.  Dr. Ortiz is a Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children. 

Dr. Ortiz will be presenting two sessions at the symposium this year:
  • Keynote address: Connecting the Dots in the Education of English Learners: Challenges and Opportunities for Bilingual Speech Pathologists
  • Session: Professional Learning Communities: Bilingual and Monolingual Speech Pathologists Working Together to Serve English Learners
Dr. Alba Ortiz receives financial compensation for her contributions in the form of an honorarium, hotel accommodations, and travel from Bilingual Therapies. Dr. Ortiz has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Perla Gámez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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Perla B. Gámez is an assistant professor of developmental psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She received a PhD from the University of Chicago and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Gámez leads a program of research focused on language and literacy development, particularly in children from homes in which English is not the primary or only language spoken (commonly referred to as Bilinguals, Dual Language Learners, English Language Learners). Primarily using language sampling techniques, her work examines how children's linguistic environments and experiences, at different developmental time points, help promote their language learning. Her current research investigates how variations in the features of language that children are exposed to in and out of school (e.g., classrooms, homes, museums) impact their oral language and reading skills during preschool through adolescence. Currently, her work is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gámez’s teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students has earned her the Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence at Loyola University.

Dr. Perla Gámez will be presenting on
Language exposure and oral language development in bilingual children.

Dr. Perla Gámez receives financial compensation for her contributions in the form of an honorarium, hotel accommodations, and travel from Bilingual Therapies.  Dr. Perla Gámez has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Ms. Phuong Palafox, M.S., CCC-SLP
Bilinguistics, Austin, TX
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Phuong Lien Palafox, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist at Bilinguistics. Over the past decade, she has worked as a public school SLP, a district lead SLP, education specialist at Region 13 Education Service Center, and researcher at UT-Austin and UW-Madison. Her work has been featured in the Communicologist, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and the ASHA Leader. She has been honored as the keynote address for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference (2015) and an invited presenter for ASHA’s Connect conferences (2016 and 2017). Her presentations have won the hearts of SLPs and educators. Her high energy and sincerity, conveyed through personal stories and creative messages, resonate with those who dedicate their time supporting others. Phuong has a passion for culturally and linguistically diverse needs, literacy-based interventions, and service delivery models.

Ms. Phuong Palafox will be presenting on Maximizing Cognitive, Behavioral, and Language Success for Students Living in Poverty.

Financial Disclosures:  Phuong Palafox receives financial compensation for her contributions in the form of an honorarium, hotel accommodations, and travel from Bilingual Therapies.  Phuong Palafox has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Raul Prezas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

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Raul Prezas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He has several years of clinical experience in the university, public school, and home health settings; particularly working with bilingual children and their families. Dr. Prezas has served as a bilingual speech-language evaluator in the school setting and has participated on early childhood assessment teams. In addition, he has worked closely with school districts to provide recommendations regarding best practices for bilingual assessment. He has taught courses in phonological development and disorders, including bilingual and multicultural assessment. In addition to publications in several journals, including the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Dr. Prezas has written book chapters and articles related to bilingual phonological acquisition, bilingual/multilingual assessment and treatment, phonological treatment models/outcomes, multicultural issues, and school-based issues. He has been invited to present on bilingual assessment at intervention and related areas at numerous workshops, webinars, and conventions throughout the United States including Puerto Rico, Canada, and South America.

Dr. Raul Prezas will be presenting on Intervention strategies for enhancing the phonological systems of bilingual children with highly unintelligible speech.

Financial Disclosures:  Dr. Raul Prezas receives financial compensation for his contributions in the form of an honorarium, hotel accommodations, and travel from Bilingual Therapies.  Dr. Raul Prezas has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Dr. Connie Summers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

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Dr. Summers is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD program at the University of Texas at El Paso.  She directs the Research in Bilingual Language Learning Lab.  Her research interests include language learning in bilinguals and effects of language of intervention on bilingual children with language impairment.  She is also actively involved in scholarly work that focuses on best practices to developing cultural competence in graduate students and professionals. She serves at the Editor of Perspectives SIG 14: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.

Dr. Connie Summers is presenting on Assessment with CLD/dual language learners: How to use processing and learning tasks.

Financial Disclosures:  Dr. Connie Summers receives financial compensation for her contributions in the form of an honorarium, hotel accommodations, and travel from Bilingual Therapies.  Dr. Connie Summers has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

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