Education Program Advisory and Review Committee

Thank you to co-chairs Alliete Alfano, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, and Arlene Stredler-Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and to the following committee members for their participation in the educational program advisory and review process:

· Rollen Cooper, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVT

· Pamela Dawson, M.Ed.

· Stacey Lim, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

· Emma Rushbrooke, MPhil (Audiology), BA, DipAud, MAudSA, LSLS Cert. AVT, RNC

Symposium Chairs

Alliete Rodriguez Alfano, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
The Alfano Center, Miami, Florida

Dr. Alfano is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and assistant professor in the CSD Department at Florida International University. She provides auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) to families who have children with hearing loss in English and Spanish at The Alfano Center in Miami. Her research foci include culture and communication in Hispanic families who have children with hearing loss and communication development of bilingual children with hearing loss. She teaches courses in Differential Diagnosis of Communication Disorders, Bilingual Language Development, and Aural Rehabilitation. She presents internationally in Spanish and English to train aspiring AVTs on the implementation of AVT in areas with limited resources, mentors AVT mentees internationally, and coaches teachers in auditory-oral classrooms on their use of AVT strategies.

Arlene Stredler-Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Stredler-Brown provides consultation and technical assistance to programs working with infants, toddlers, and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the United States and internationally. She has graduate degrees in speech-language pathology, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and a doctoral degree in special education. Her clinical work focuses on the development of an individualized treatment program to enhance listening, speech, and/or language (including sign language) for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing of any age. Of particular interest are clients who are deaf or hard of hearing who have an additional disability. Dr. Stredler-Brown’s research currently focuses on telepractice; she is the co-investigator for a Phase II Clinical Trial funded by the National Institutes of Health to study services delivered to young children who are deaf via telepractice. She currently works as a professional research assistant at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and as an adjunct faculty member of the University of British Columbia.

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