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Award-winning communication sciences professor to address 2017 Distinguished Speaker Series
Posted 04/06/2017 01:54PM

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology and the Hazleton Area School District's Early Intervention Department are co-sponsoring the 2017 Distinguished Speaker Series at Misericordia University with award-winning Professor Robert E. Owens, Jr., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, on Friday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

Dr. Owens is a professor of communication sciences and disorders at The College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y. He is a recipient of the Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which is the highest honor awarded by ASHA. It recognizes members for distinguished contributions to their specialty field.

During the workshop, "What is Functional Language Intervention and How Do I Do It?," participants will explore functional, innovative means to assess the communication disorders of children with language disorders. Instruction will emphasize the creation of useful intervention techniques and assessment results, with a specific focus on functional, curriculum-focused techniques. In addition, the workshop will explore communicative and conversational assessment techniques and methods of manipulating the context to elicit and change a child's communication behaviors.

Dr. Owens has written nine editions of the textbook, "Language Development: An Introduction,'' which is the most widely used language development text in the world. It has been translated into Spanish, Korean and Arabic. He has also co-authored five editions of "Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Life Span Perspective.'' Dr. Owens published numerous book chapters and professional articles, while also presenting more than 200 professional papers at workshops around the world.

He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, and a doctorate in speech pathology from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

The annual workshop is for speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, general education teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, students and parents. The program offers CEUs and Act 48 credits.

For more information, please call the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University at (570) 674-1225. To register and pay for the workshop online, 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
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