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Fall Workshop

Duquesne University

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Research-Clinical Practice Fall Workshop

"Keeping the Child Together: How Motor, Cognitive and Language Systems Co-Emerge and Drive Development"

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Regina Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Place: Room 719 Fisher Hall


Pediatric therapists trained in specialty areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy provide skilled expertise within their individual domains, as well as engage in interdisciplinary activity with each other. However, current neuroscience reveals that our areas of expertise may be an artificial division, with co-dependency of systems being more the norm. This presentation will focus on the motor, cognitive and language systems in early development, and how these systems develop in concert with each other. Lessons from basic research, clinical research, and ongoing intervention studies will be presented to provide concrete tools for interventionists, which will then be applied to specific case examples.

Dr. Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA is an assistant professor and teaches pediatrics, research and neuroscience in the school of physical therapy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her 30+ years of pediatric experience includes early intervention, school-based, and clinic-based work, as well as teaching continuing education courses related to developmental intervention. Her research and numerous publications focus on early intervention for children with neuromotor dysfunction, and the interaction between motor, visual, and cognitive systems to improve learning and overall development. She currently leads a large multi-site effectiveness trial for early intervention, the START-Play study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Please register for the event by October 10, 2018.

Registration is free and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis; limited seating is available.

Registration policy: Each attendee must register separately.

For more information: slpconference@duq.edu or call: 412-396-1584 (Lori Marra)

Time Ordered Agenda:

10:00 - 10:05 Introductions and Disclosures
10:05 - 11:00 Lessons in how humans learn, regardless of the system
11:00 - 11:45 Blending of motor, cognitive, language within intervention
11:45 - 12:00 Cases, Questions and Discussion

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will understand five ways that humans learn in all domains and be able to provide examples of that learning from their practice.
  2. Participants will describe the relationship between early movement and early sound and word production, with examples.
  3. Participants will create a movement "centerpiece" for a language activity based on their clinical practice, using principles discussed in the course.

ASHA: This program is offered for .2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). ASHA account number required for ASHA registry.

Who Should Attend: Speech-language pathologists treating infants, toddlers, and children with developmental delays.

FOR DIRECTIONS AND MAP. 719 Fisher Hall is located on Forbes Avenue (building across from Armstrong tunnels). Registration does not include parking. Parking is available on the street or in Forbes garage.

ADA: Please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the program for accommodations.


  • Financial: Dr. Harbourne is a salaried, assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Duquesne University. She receives funding through her Grant with the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences # R324A150103 Efficacy of the START-Play program for infants with neuromotor disorders
  • Nonfinancial: Dr. Harbourne does not have any nonfinancial disclosures to report.

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