David E. Yoder Symposium

David E. Yoder Symposium

The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences hosts the Yoder Symposium every two years to honor Professor Emeritus David E. Yoder.

2018 David E. Yoder Symposium

Identifying and Treating Children with Speech and Language Disorders: Who Benefits and by How Much?

Speaker: Christine A. Dollaghan, PhD, CCC-SLP, professor, University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences,
Callier Center for Communication Disorders

When: Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Extraordinary Ventures, 1200 S. Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC


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The registration fee is $125 for professionals, parents, and caregivers. The fee for full-time students with a completed verification form is $75. Access the full-time student verification form here.

Course Description

In this talk we’ll consider some new ways to think about the tools we use to identify speech and language disorders in children and take a look at the evidence of their value. We’ll also use a new framework for thinking about how many speech and language treatments exist, and review the evidence concerning their value – in general, as well as for subgroups of children defined by age and severity. The talk will include time for questions, discussion, practice, and mastery of some techniques for quickly triaging research evidence, and for incorporating the evidence that survives into shared decision-making with parents.  

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why accuracy is only important for decisional assessments
  2. Calculate sensitivity and specificity for a commercial test
  3. Explain what confidence intervals add to point estimates of an accuracy metric
  4. Describe a speech/language treatment using the treatment family framework
  5. Distinguish treatment effects from treatment benefits and treatment value
  6. Triage treatment evidence using clues found in publication abstracts
  7. List three gaps in the evidence on treatment for child speech/language disorders

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs:

This program is offered for .6 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).
This program is offered for .65 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

About the David E. Yoder Symposium

The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences hosts the Yoder Symposium every two years to honor Professor Emeritus David E. Yoder.

Professor Emeritus David E. Yoder

Dr. Yoder received his education at Goshen (Indiana) College, from which he received the outstanding alumnus award in 1992, and furthered his education at Northwestern University and the University of Kansas. From 1968 to 1986 he was affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as chairman of the Department of Communicative Disorders, head of the Communicative Disorders Section of the Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development, and head of the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic. He held the title of Walker-Bascom Professor of Communicative Disorders in the Department of Communicative Disorders from 1980 to 1986.

In 1986, Dr. Yoder was recruited to become the chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC-CH and served in that position from 1986-2000. In 1988, he and David Koppenhaver co-founded the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. In 2000, Dr. Yoder retired from the University and became the executive director of the Council for Allied Health in North Carolina from which he retired in 2007.

Dr. Yoder has authored numerous professional articles and book chapters in the area of language disorders with special needs populations. He served as the first journal editor for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) and served as first president of the United States Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC). He served as panel chair for writing the Consensus Statement on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Intervention for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). He has co-edited five books and presented over 500 research papers, professional workshops, and consultations nationwide as well as in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, the Soviet Union, and New Zealand. He has served on numerous committees and boards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and served as the association's President in 1984. Dr. Yoder is a fellow of ASHA, in 1995 was awarded honors from the association, and he received life membership in 1999. He is also a fellow and life member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

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