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Autism Center's Distinguished Speaker Series addressing auditory processing disorder and auditory challenges in children
Posted 02/16/2016 10:39AM
Lois Kam Heymann, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P.

The Autism Center at Misericordia University is presenting Lois Kam Heymann, M.A., CCC-SLP, a leading authority of auditory processing disorder, as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Distinguished Speaker Series workshop, "Auditory Processing Disorder and Auditory Challenges in Children,'' on Friday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The workshop is sponsored by the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University and co-sponsored by the Hazleton Area School District Early Intervention Department.

A speech-language pathologist, Heymann has more than 30 years of experience working with children who have listening, hearing and learning challenges, and their parents. She has presented hundreds of in-service workshops, seminars and conferences on the national and international levels, where she has shared her knowledge and techniques with parent groups, school systems and fellow speech-language pathologists.

Heymann is the author of the book, "The Sound of Hope: Recognizing, Coping with and Treating Your Child's Auditory Processing Disorder,'' which is a parents' guide to the importance of listening skills development in children from birth to 8 years old. The how-to book has easy-to-follow activities for parents and therapists to implement with children. She also has developed listening-language apps, "Category Carousel,'' "One Step Two Step,'' "Tell Me a Story,'' "Listening Adventures: Little Red Riding Hood and Billy Goats Gruff,'' and "Arctic Academy'' for the iPad.

The founder and director of ListenLoveLearn, Inc. (, she was also on staff at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York, and a former faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz. From 2010-14, she served as the director of The Shelley and Steven Einhorn Communication Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication in New York City, New York.

The "Auditory Processing Disorder and Auditory Challenges in Children'' presentation will address the interventions and treatments required for children who are diagnosed with auditory processing disorder and have listening challenges. Discussion during the workshop will focus on the roles of the speech-language pathologist in the evaluation of the disorders and deficits, interpretation of the testing results, developing treatment plans, and the components of intervention. In addition, Heymann will recommend accommodations for children in the classroom and at home.

By attending the conference, participants will be able to develop an integrated lesson plan based on therapeutic hierarchies, strategies and interventions for the development of appropriate and efficient listening skills for children, create an appropriate treatment plan from evaluation results, and differentiate auditory from language-based skills.

The conference fee of $150 per person includes a continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. An early bird group rate for three or more registrants from the same organization is $130 per person. An individual early bird rate of $135 is applicable on registrations made at least 10 days prior to the conference. The fee also includes 0.6 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or social work CEUs and the equivalent Act-48 contact hours. Occupational therapists will be given a certificate of attendance.

The parents of children with listening challenges also may attend the conference for $50, but they are not eligible for CEUs or Act-48 hours.

For more information about registering for the conference, please log on to or call Jeff Demko at (570) 674-1225. For more information about the Autism Center at Misericordia University, please log on to

For more information about the speech-language pathology program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 32 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

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