Western Kentucky University

Special Needs Summit 2013: Better Together

Summit Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Alan Somerville, BSc (Hons), MBA, FRSA
Dr. Alan Somerville

Alan Somerville is Chief Executive of Scottish Autism, Scotland’s national autism charity. He is also a Trustee of the Autism Alliance UK and a member of the Scottish Government’s External Reference Group developing and implementing the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

Alan is an experienced consultant and former commercial director with general management experience at a senior level in logistics, distribution and rail transport and with a record of achievement in managing commercial relationships, negotiating contracts and profitable business development. Alan particularly enjoys allying his analytical skills with extensive commercial and operational experience in generating profitable and practicable plans and strategies.

Other Speakers

Dr. Richard Dressler
Dr. Richard Dressler

Dr. Dressler is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. He has been at WKU since 2001 and teaches courses in the areas of research methodology, neurophysiology of speech and language, motor speech disorders, advanced neurology, speech science, and advanced diagnostics. He has over 20 years of experience as a speech clinician in acute medical settings. Dr. Dressler is also the director of the Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program located at the Clinical Education Complex (www.wku.edu/acquiredbraininjuryresourceprogram/).

Dr. Dressler is the author of the Language Activity Resource Kit (LARK), LARK Workbook, and co-author of the LARK Software program, which are published by Pro-Ed, Inc. (www.proedinc.com). He has also published articles related to the use of computers in speech therapy, conversational coding systems, and evaluation of cognitive disorders.

Jane Kitson
Jane Kitson

Jane Kitson, a.k.a. Mother Goose, is the author of over 350 original songs and finger plays that have been shared with over 100,000 early childhood professionals. She was the classroom teacher of children ages 2-7 and has been an on-site consultant for 30 years. In addition to speaking at 20 plus venues per year, she works with over 4000 children in school settings, allowing her to fine tune presentations with information and experience that she enjoys, while working with various children on a weekly basis.

Jane has been invited to speak to early childhood educators in 47 states and Canada. She had also addressed SLPs at many SHA annual conventions where the feedback has been top notch! Participants are delighted with the pragmatic activities she shares during her sessions and appreciate the enthusiastic and engaging presentation style. Visit her web page www.janekitson.com to learn more.

Marylee Schreiber, LMT
Marylee Schreiber, LMT

Marylee became interested in massage therapy in 1997 when her son Nicholas and daughter Brittany were diagnosed being autistic. Many of Nicholas and Brittany’s therapies included sensory integration from their occupational therapist which included massage since they both had so many difficult sensory issues. Marylee was trained to work with her children on calming their sensory issues with aromatherapy and different massage techniques.

After the children were older and in elementary school, Marylee pursued her passion of becoming a licensed massage therapist. She graduated at the top of her class in 2005 from the Natural Health Institute of Bowling Green. From there, Marylee opened a private practice, Therapeutic Touch Massage, in Bowling Green. She was able to work one on one with parents and children with many different sensory issues relating to autism. Marylee also offered a great combination of therapeutic and creative bodywork session to all her clients.

Stephanie Smith, OTR/L
Stephanie Smith, OTR/L

Stephanie has been an OT for 10 years with emphasis in pediatrics in the clinic, home, and school settings. She is currently employed by TJ Samson Hospital of which she over sees Discovery Academy with the mission to provide and serve the children of the community by supporting the community with educational resources, therapy interventions, community involvement, special programs, camps, and early intervention.

Stephanie is director of C.A.M.P. TJ KIDS (Children Always Making Progress) which is a summer camp held annually in Barren County for children with special needs. She also oversees all pediatric programs and therapy needs for TJ Samson Hospital. Stephanie has specialized trainings and certifications. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis certified, Therapeutic Listening certified, Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol Certified, and DPAMS Deep Physical Agent and Modalities certified. She also completed the "How Does Your Engine Run," The Alert Program.

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