Join us for the 3rd Annual Head to Speech Interprofessional Task Force Summit and Brain Health, Sports & Fitness Expo!

 

March 16 - 17, 2024 

 

University of the District of Columbia

 

Return-to-Learning After Sports Concussions:

Special Considerations for Secondary and Higher Education

PRESENTED BY

  IN-PERSON, LIVESTREAM AND SELF-STUDY OPTIONS 

UP TO 24 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS 

(2.4 ASHA CEUs) 

Total of 7 hours (0.70 ASHA CEUs) for In-Person and Livestream Summit 

Total of 5.5 hours (0.55 ASHA CEUs) for In-Person Expo

Total of 11.5 Hours (1.15 ASHA CEUs) for Self-Study On-Demand Content from our Current & Previous Summits

In-Person Registration

SUMMIT: Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Check-in and breakfast starts promptly at 8:00 AM! 

EXPO: Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM. 

Location for Both Events:

University of the District of Columbia
Student Center Building 56, Heritage Hall
4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Livestream Registration

Join us on March 16th via Zoom! 

Self-Study will begin March 16th through April 28th. 

Access livestream links, on-demand library of summit talks, and self-study at your own pace at home. 

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SUMMIT TOOLKIT

Upon registration you will receive your Summit Toolkit & Action Plan including learning assessments, workbook, concussion education handout, access to all summit links, and summit evaluation.

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Learn more about the Head to Speech Interprofessional Task Force Summit!

The Head to Speech Interprofessional Task Force Summit helps to foster Interprofessional education and collaborative practices between departments, programs, organizations, clinics, camps, and leagues related to Communication Sciences and Disorders, athletics, allied health and rehabilitative sciences, sports medicine, neuropsychology, sports management, sports culture, law, and media studies.

The Summit is our largest annual meeting and fundraiser for the national Head to Speech Community, which has grown since 2021 to include 14 Board of Directors, 90+ Interprofessional Task Force members, 60+ Ambassadors, and over 1,300 followers across social media platforms! 

The interactive summit is for students, professionals, interprofessional teams, community collectives, organizations, and businesses who can benefit from devising an action plan for their community on athlete brain health, sports concussions, and their effects on cognitive-communication skills.

We empower our community to not only become Head to Speech Ambassadors but to also integrate brain health into their everyday lifestyles. Learn how to align your mission with our educational, scientific, charitable, and corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

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Academic Development of Student-Athletes

The 3rd Annual Head to Speech Summit theme explores the unique academic challenges faced by student-athletes in secondary and higher education. We provide interprofessional education and collaborative experiences that positions the Speech-Language Pathologist as a Learning Specialist who works with Student-Athlete Academic Advisors and other support systems.

Our summit is ideal for understanding the ins and outs of academic counseling and tutorial programs from various perspectives that offer supplemental support, with tutors available to assist with content comprehension, study skills, and time management. Speech-Language Pathologists may assist with cognitive-communication skills, reading and writing, as well as work with student-athletes to improve academic skills and identify potential barriers to learning, empowering them to succeed both on and off the field.

In return, Student-Athlete Academic Advisors also teach the Head to Speech Community about academic counseling to help student-athletes make informed decisions about their college selection, degree, major selection, plan their semester courses, and maintain their eligibility to play.

Return-to-Learning After Sports Concussion: Special Considerations for Secondary and Higher Education

Join the conversation about the approximately 3.8 million sports concussions that occur every year. After 4 weeks, any where between 10-20% of athletes who have sustained a concussion develop postconcussion syndrome. Athletes who have sustained 3 or more concussions also have a greater risk of experiencing difficulties with attention, concentration, orientation, reaction time, auditory processing, memory, word finding, disorganized thought processing, problem solving, sequencing, organization, planning, or social communication. 

Discover real life scenarios of student-athletes beyond return-to-play protocols. Becoming an advocate for yourself is one of the best skills you can teach a student-athlete after sustaining a sports-related concussion. Student-athletes are better equipped once they take control of their own learning needs and understand the role of speech-language pathologists in sports concussion management. SLPs use tools, strategies and accommodations that they can help them navigate their journey throughout recovery and lifetime. 

  • Learn how to overhaul the student-athletes academic lifestyle after sports concussion at the macro and micro levels through individualized planning and organizational skills.¬†
  • Understand how to conserve energy by using self-rating symptom scales,¬†planners, compensatory strategies, and accommodations.¬†
  • Learn the executive functioning milestones and how these skills typically development and how they are treated after sports concussion.
  • Learn the importance of the return to learning resources inside the Head to Speech Brain Health and Concussion Recovery Care Packages.¬†

The Intersection Between Brain and Mental Health

Learning Happens On-and-Off the Field 

The Learning Curve brought to you by Marcus Smith II of The Circle of M!

6 Year NFL Veteran, Speaker, Life Coach & Founder of The Circle of M, Global Ambassador for All Points North Lodge, and Head to Speech Board Member

Join us as we hear what it is like being an athlete dealing with concussions. Marcus states, I wish I knew how important the learning curve was with your overall brain and mental well being. Learning takes place on and off the field, and it's important that we are intentional about educating ourselves on the symptoms of the concussion, so we can be proactive instead of reactive."

  • Let's discuss¬†athlete experiences throughout their journey from High School to playing in the National Football League.
  • You will be able to identify¬†athlete experiences with being educated on concussions and their effects on cognitive communication skills.¬†
  • You will also be able to identify how this information can help athletes process their own learning curve as pertains to their own brain and mental health.¬†
MEET MARCUS
 

The Roadmap to Bridging the Gap Between Athletics and Speech-Language Pathologists

Our 5-Step framework includes advocating for speech-language pathologist and interprofessional collaborative practices, simulating experiences, facing the challenges, filling in the gaps, and evaluating current protocols and programs. 

Where Sports & Entertainment Advocates for SLPs in Brain Health and Sports Concussion Management!

CWall¬ģ Sports & Entertainment (CWall¬ģ) is a premier media outlet focused on covering the latest and greatest in professional, collegiate, and youth sports news in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

MEET CANDI

STEP 1: Advocate for the Profession

Are you interested in advocacy or have a personal story to share?

Advocate for the inclusion of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Sports Concussion Management within your community! 

STEP 2: Simulate Experiences

Are you interested in Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practices?

Invite your colleagues and community to become an Ally and learn together!

STEP 3: Face the Challenges 

Are you interested in learning about or specializing in sports concussion management, cognitive-communication rehabilitation, or overall brain health?

Discover the biggest challenges our profession faces with referrals, assessment and interventions for brain injury and sports-related concussion!

STEP 4: Fill in the Gaps

Do you understand what is and isn't working in your community? 

Analyze what is or isn't missing from your educational, scientific, charitable or therapeutic toolkit!

STEP 5: Evaluate the Process

Do you have experience with Interprofessional education and collaborative practices with other professions?

Evaluate the steps or messages that were received by key groups within your community, in addition to what needs to be changed for a better experience.

This Summit is for you if:

  • You¬†envision a world in which current and former student-athletes, professional athletes, and their support systems impacted by and at risk for sports-related concussion are equipped to properly support them during recovery.¬†
  • You¬†want to be a part of mobilizing an interprofessional taskforce that will also be a force in protecting the cognitive health of athletes at all levels.
  • You are interested in increasing strategic partnerships, diverse pipeline initiatives, and practitioner referrals in order for this underserved community to receive education, counseling, timely identification, assessments, and interventions for speech, language, hearing and cognitive-communication disorders.
  • You are either a speech-language pathologist,¬†audiologist,¬†certified brain injury specialist, athletic trainer, sports performance coach, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or academic support for athletes interested in obtaining continuing education credits (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs).
  • You are looking for a way to advocate for the inclusion of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Sports Concussion Management within your community!¬†

This Summit is NOT for you if:

  • You are not interested in developing or modifying an action plan for interprofessional education and collaborative practices.¬†
  • You are not interested in sports or sports concussion management from the perspective of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.¬†
  • You are not interested in becoming an ambassador within your personal or professional community.¬†

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REGISTRATION FOR PROFESSIONALS

$349

Professional Admission

  • Summit and Brain Health, Sports and Fitness¬†Access
  • Breakfast and Lunch¬†
  • Digital Summit Workbook¬†
  • In-person, Livestream and Self-Study Summit Access
  • Certificate of Completion for CEUs and Professional Development Hours
  • ASHA Reporting¬†eligibile
  • Interprofessional Task Force Facebook Group
  • Head to Speech Ambassador Swag while supplies last¬†
  • Task Force Directory for increased recognition¬†as an¬†Advisor to the Board of Directors, Invited Talks and¬†Ambassador opportunities, Brain Workout Support Group Facilitator training, and referrals within our network to help develop, grow and scale your business and¬†personal brand.¬†
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REGISTRATION FOR EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

$228

Early Career Professionals: 5 years postgraduate

  • Summit and Brain Health, Sports and Fitness¬†Access
  • Breakfast and Lunch¬†
  • Digital Summit Workbook¬†
  • In-person, Livestream and Self-Study Summit Access
  • Certificate of Completion for CEUs and Professional Development Hours
  • ASHA Reporting if¬†eligible
  • Interprofessional Task Force Facebook Group
  • Head to Speech Ambassador Swag while supplies last
  • Head to Speech Ambassador Swag while supplies last.¬†
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REGISTRATION FOR STUDENTS

$108

Undergraduate, Graduate & Doctoral Students

  • Summit and Brain Health, Sports and Fitness¬†Access
  • Breakfast and Lunch¬†
  • Digital Summit Workbook¬†
  • In-person, Livestream and Self-Study Summit Access
  • Head to Speech Ambassador Swag while supplies last¬†
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SPONSOR OUR AWARDS

Through our generous sponsors and donors, Head to Speech Academy is able to provide Student Summit Scholarships to be used for registration and hotel.

We also aim to award Collaborative Research & Innovative Seed Grants for students and student-athletes attending accredited colleges and universities within the United States, as well as professionals who demonstrate the eagerness to increase their performance, improve their leadership skills and foster their innovative ideas related to our purpose, mission, and vision. 

Help us support the students and professionals who want to participate in our summit, as well as other educational, scientific and charitable programs throughout the year! 

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Task Force Mastermind GROUP RATE

$1,221.50

30% OFF + POST-SUMMIT MASTERMIND SERIES, COACHING & CONSULTING

  • Everything included¬†for your educational institution, company, organization, or community collective at the very best price!¬†
  • PLUS Post-Summit Feedback Report
  • 90-min Intensive Strategy Session with you or¬†your team¬†to accelerate¬†the design, implementation and evaluation of¬†your action plan¬†¬†
  • Invited Interprofessional Task Force¬†Mastermind Series¬†including Semi-Annual Planning¬†for continued partnership and follow-up emails¬†¬†
  • Discounted¬†speaking engagements, courses, coaching, and consulting
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Take Advantage of our Group Rate

We offer 30% OFF of our Semi-Annual Summit Toolkit and Task Force Mastermind for educational institutions, companies, organizations, or community collectives with no more than 5 individuals who make up that group. 

Learn more about the Brain Health, Sports & Fitness Expo

The expo provides FREE Head to Speech Brain Workouts, brain health resources, and concussion recovery care packages to student-athletes. 

The expo serves as a platform for professionals, associations, organizations, and businesses to provide resources for athletes and their support systems.

Participants receive hands on experience and dive into topics related to sports nutrition and the mind diet, Ambassador  communication skills, sports media training, vocal hygiene, sports philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. 

The expo helps to foster colleague collaborations, strengthen our partnerships and career pathways and mentoring placements for students and professionals who desire to work with athletes throughout their continuum of care for brain health, sports concussions, and their effects on cognitive-communication skills. 

Graduate students are provided clinical clock hours and hands on training through simulations, brain workouts, and cognitive screenings.

This Expo is EXCLUSIVELY for: 

  • Brain Health, Sports and Fitness Communities
  • Sports Parents
  • Middle and High School Athletes
  • Collegiate Athletes
  • Support systems (i.e.,¬†medical professionals, coaches, academic or vocational supports)¬†
  • (AGES 11-18 AND 18-25)
  • Sports Media, Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • Open to the UDC Community, Washington, DC Metropolitan Community, and beyond.

Build Your Team and Workout Your Brain & Body for Athletes!  

Head to Speech partners with the community to collect items and donations for the 3rd Annual Summit and Expo's Brain Health and Concussion Recovery Care Package Drive! You can build your team for the expo, donate $150 or more as a team or purchase expo tickets for $40! All of our care packages are distributed to athletes and their support systems within the Washington, DC area and beyond. 

Head to Speech has partnered with brands, such as Nike Unite Glenarden's "It's not a Trick but a Treat for Your Feet" Woodmore Towne Centre Halloween Event, Tots to Teens Expo, and Panda Express. We have provided education to the community for athlete brain health, sports concussions, and their effects on cognitive-communication skills and fundraised for our brain health and concussion recovery care packages.

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LEARN ABOUT OUR ATHLETIC PARTNERS

Whitted Wellness is a company that offers both massage and Sports Therapy. With over 17 years of experience the company offers a unique combination of deep tissue, stretch and Swedish massage. Whitted Wellness caters to not only the athlete but the everyday working individual.

A&M Sports is the Mecca of wellness right in the heart of the DMV. A&M is committed to a holistic view of health and wellness, and their mission is anchored in three key elements, dedication, excellence, and power. In order to become your best physical self you must maintain a health mental self. Their fusion of physical and mental fitness sets them apart because we care about the entire athlete and not their physical abilities alone.

JOIN US at the University of the District of Columbia on Sunday, March 17th: 

University of the District of Columbia, Student Center Building 56, Heritage Hall
4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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BRAIN HEALTH, SPORTS & FITNESS EXPO FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES

FREE

INVITED STUDENT-ATHLETES (AGES 11-18 AND 18-25)

  • Juice Bar, Mindful Breakfast and Healthy Post-Workout Lunch Options
  • Brain Health Challenges
  • Dual Tasking Tasks
  • Ongoing Support Group Community¬†
  • Care Package for concussion recovery or self-care focused on brain health and cognitive-communication skills

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATHLETES 

A parent or guardian is required to complete the registration and waiver forms if the athlete is not 18 or older. 

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BRAIN HEALTH, SPORTS & FITNESS EXPO FOR THE COMMUNITY

$40

COMMUNITY (ADULTS AND STUDENTS WITHOUT A SUMMIT TICKET)

  • Juice Bar, Mindful Breakfast and Healthy Post-Workout Lunch Options
  • Brain Health Challenges¬†
  • Community Workout
  • Learn how to become a Brain Workout Instructor
  • Brain Workout-a-Thon Fundraiser for Brain Health Coaching Support Group, Brain Health and Concussion Recovery Care Packages¬†
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Summit & Expo Features

The summit and expo provide everything from keynote speakers and scientific presentations to panel discussions, breakout sessions, and workshops. Every participant becomes a part of the interprofessional task force community for on-going support! 

KEYNOTE & MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS

The Head to Speech Interprofessional Task Force will discuss the theories and strategies behind developing, implementing and monitoring interprofessional education and collaborative practices in sports concussion management from a speech-language pathologist perspective and other related disciplines.

PANEL DISCUSSION, BREAKOUT SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS

Our panelists will focus on answering questions centered around this year's theme: From the Speech & Hearing Clinic to the Sports Arena: Collaboration between Communication Sciences & Disorders and Athletics. You will participate in breakout sessions using guided thought questions to help you complete your summit workbook and reflect on what type of support your community needs for each step within the framework.

TASK FORCE COMMUNITY

Join the Interprofessional Task Force Facebook Group, where speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and our allies discuss all things related to bridging the gaps between health and rehabilitation sciences professionals, sports management professionals, and academic advisors. This is where we discuss the key takeaways from the summit and plan for the next one! Receive ongoing support for devising an action plan for your community! 

 

MEET OUR SPRING 2024 INTERPROFESSIONAL TASK FORCE

The Head to Speech Interprofessional Task Force plans our summit from the perspective of speech-language pathologists, and other related disciplines. We guide the discussion on topics related to athlete brain health, sports concussions, their effects on cognitive-communication skills. We aim to amplify the voices of athletes and their support systems through interprofessional education and collaborative practices.  

Our President & CEO

Dr. Tabia Pope

Tabia Pope, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 

Clinical Instructor of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of the District of Columbia, Pro Athlete Therapist, and Sports Speech-Language Pathologist

Co-Director of the UDC B.R.A.I.N. Lab with an emphasis in Black Men's Brain Health. She designs brain health coaching and Neurocognitive Training including cognitive-communication interventions that are integrated into athletes' sports drills, physical exercise, and daily activities.  

Course Planner and Instructional Personnel 

Course Title: Overhaul your student-athlete academic lifestyle after sports concussion.  

Dr. Pope moderates a discussion on the best practices to overhaul a student-athlete's academic lifestyle after sports concussion.  

Our Host is Candi C. Waller

Head to Speech Summit & Expo Emcee and Speaker

President Bowie Television

Founder & CEO CWall Sports & Entertainment

Sports Executive and management

Instructional Personnel 

Course Title: Bringing Authenticity Across Industries: Lessons on how transferable skills apply throughout your personal and professional life.

Candi Waller brings nearly 20 years of experience across the consulting, sports, and civic industries. In this talk, she will discuss how leveraging transferable skills can deepen expertise and effectively position yourself as being viewed as an expert in your field. 

Our Keynote Speaker is Marcus Smith, II

6 Year NFL Veteran, Speaker, Life Coach & Founder of The Circle of M and Global Ambassador for All Points North Lodge

Instructional Personnel 

Course Title: The Learning Curve

Marcus explores how being an athlete dealing with concussions, and also wishing that he knew how important the learning curve was with his overall brain and mental well being. Learning takes place on and off the field, and it's important that we are intentional about educating ourselves on the symptoms of the concussion, so we can be proactive instead of reactive.

Our Advocacy Speaker is Paul Lewis

Soccer Player

Healthcare IT and Management

Instructional Personnel

Course Title: Beyond the Field: Navigating the Journey of Return to Learning After Concussion in Sports and Education

Paul explores how he navigated a personal experience through secondary and higher education while finding his own accommodations to get to his end goal. Personalizing a learning journey and finding what works best for him. Highlighting the specialists and techniques that are now available to him who can assist in making the journey easier from the perspective of an MBA graduate and semi-professional soccer player.

Our Fill in the Gaps Speaker is Professor Emily Gibson 

Professor Emily Gibson, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Session Title: Overhaul your student-athlete academic lifestyle after sports concussion 

Professor Gibson provides critical information on how to you prioritize goal areas within the treatment plan, to maximize functional outcomes and academic success for student athletes post-concussion. She provides examples of internal and/or external factors that speech-language pathologists identify with student athletes to facilitate a holistic recovery from concussion. Professor Gibson also walks you through the typical treatment hierarchy of a student athlete returning to school following a concussion.

Our Fill in the Gaps Speaker is Dasnii Curtis

Dasnii Curtis

Assistant Director for Academic Excellence/Academic Advisor Football
Former Athlete

Session Title: Overhaul your student-athlete academic lifestyle after sports concussion

Dasnii Curtis provides the perspective of academic advisors to collegiate athletes in order to discuss and shed light on the realities of how academics are affected. Hoping to acknowledge the importance of having a concussion protocol in place.

Our Face the Challenges Speakers 

Lead Instructor: Alaina S. Davis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L, CBIST

Instructional Personnel 

Poster Session - Lunch and Learn: Concussion Reporting Among Black Athletes: Examining Healthcare Disparities and Psychosocial Factors

This poster - lunch and learn discusses the intersection of health disparities, psychosocial factors associated with racism, and concussion reporting among Black athletes. They analyze concussion reporting practices among Black athletes and athletic stakeholders including speech-language pathologists, athletic trainers, and coaches. The psychosocial factors associated with healthcare disparities are also examined in relation to attitudes surrounding concussion reporting.

Autumn Boone, B.S.

Graduate Student

Jasmine D. Branch, B.S.

Graduate Student

Donovan Hanson

Student

Nastassia Horn, B.S.

Graduate Student

Amanda Melendez, B.S.

Graduate Student

Summit Activation

Damar Hamlin: A Second Chance. An Analysis of Sports Media Trauma & Its Effect on Viewers

This activation explores Damar Hamlin, safety for the Buffalo Bills, unexpected collapse on the field after completing a tackle well within the first quarter of the game well within the first quarter of the game on January 2, 2023 between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. The activation will provide a discussion about the trauma through diverse mediums of media, professional athletes, and viewers.

Raul T. Candelaria

3rd-Year Doctoral Student in Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies

Sports Institute at Howard University

Kalema E. Meggs

3rd-Year Doctoral Student in Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies

Sports Institute at Howard University

Bukky Babalola

3rd-Year Doctoral Student in Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies

Sports Institute at Howard University

Our Simulation Speaker is Dr. Alaina Davis

Alaina S. Davis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L, CBIST

Associate Professor/Private Practice Owner

2021-2023 Head to Speech Board Member

Instructional Personnel 

Course Title: Making an "Impact" In The Concussion Assessment

This interactive session focuses on the application of the International Classification and Functioning (ICF) Model to the concussion evaluation report. The concussion symptom overlap and its connection to functional skills are discussed. She guides the attendees through the process of critical thinking to create a functional and impactful "impact" statement. 

Our Face the Challenges Speaker is Logan Greger 

Former Collegiate Athlete

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Clinician

Instructional Personnel 

Course Title: Signs and Symptoms of Sports-Related Concussions

Logan discusses her personal experience with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a collegiate athlete as well as the do's and don'ts of her treatment process. She discusses the signs and symptoms to identify head injuries in athletes. This session explores future precautions and education that can be taken by parents, coaches, and other sports administrators to prevent and treat athletes with TBIs going forward.

Our Fill in the Gaps Speaker is Tina L. Allis

Tina L. Allis, CCC-SLP 

SLP/Owner Speechless No More, LLC

Private Practice Owner

Former Athlete

Head to Speech Ambassador

Instructional Personnel 

Course Title: The Journey from Traditional Athleticism to Holistic Wellness Advocacy

As a 40 year post sports concussion survivor and a speech language pathologist for the last 30 years, Tina has embraced the idea of learning how to learn over the years through her primary education, post secondary education and professional work. 

Our Evaluate the Process Speaker is Courtney Andrews

Courtney Andrews, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Assistant Clinical Professor at East Tennessee State University

Instructional Personnel

Course Title: Interprofessional Concussion Management at East Tennessee State University

This session describes the interprofessional concussion management program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Speaker describes the trajectory of concussion management requirements across time as well as within ETSU. She provides an overview of the protocol and interprofessional team at ETSU as well as discusses challenges, successes and future directions. 

FEATURED BRAIN WORKOUT with Whitted Wellness

Montiono Whitted

LMT/CPT/CEO
CEO, Whitted Wellness
Sports Therapist and Athletic Trainer with over 20 years in the field

Session Title: Mind in Motion: Brain Workout for Sports Performance and Stretching

This brain workout provides an overview of dual tasking, neuro-cognitive training, and cognitive-communication exercises that can be used to improve attention, memory, hand eye coordination, reaction time, planning, organization, sequencing, and categorization skills.

Cassandra Pope, MS, NSCA-CPT, PPSC (She/Her)

Exercise Science and Wellness: Fitness and performance 

Former Athlete

Sports Performance Coach and Stretch Therapist

FEATURED BRAIN WORKOUT with Paetin Hawkins

Paetin Hawkins RYT¬ģ 200

Business - PAE Yoga + Wellness

Former Athlete

Registered Yoga Instructor and Pranayama Practitioner

Course Title: The Journey from Traditional Athleticism to Holistic Wellness Advocacy

This presentation stresses the benefits of mind body connection through the use of breath work, meditation, and yoga. This will be followed by a short breath work practice.

FEATURED EXPO WORKSHOP with Myla Rae Duane

Workshop Leader: Myla Rae Duane, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

CCC-SLP SNF CF-SLP Rehab Hospital Private Practice Owner

Instructional Personnel

Course Title: Your Voice Matters: Vocal health and overall well-being for the Sports Community

This session features valuable insights into the integral relationship between vocal health and overall well-being. The speaker explores practical strategies to maintain a healthy voice, offering tips for professionals who rely on their voices daily. Through an exploration of vocal wellness, attendees learn how sustaining vocal health can have a profound impact on their total body wellness.

FEATURED BRAIN WORKOUT with Coach Tank

Coach Tank, Aaron Wallace

Owner of A&M Sports & Fitness

Former D1 Athlete

Defensive Line/Outside linebacker Trainer (Dline/OLB)

Speed and Agility Explosiveness

Course Title: Stop Overthinking Football

This brain workout explores how to stop overthinking football. Go from overthinking about your current or next move to doing Brain Workouts that helps you to break through the noise in your head and the noise around you. Players are armed with verbal strategies where they express decisions when performing in order to become more decisive with planning routes, practicing drills and playing in the game. Increasing the use of mindfulness exercises that heighten the awareness of being present in the moment and integrating meaningful and intentional words, phrases and conversations into their daily routines. 

FEATURED BRAIN WORKOUT with Coach Jet

Coach Jet

A&M Sports & Fitness
Fitness Trainer

Pro, Collegiate, high school, and kids performance training

Former D1 Athlete

 

FEATURED BRAIN WORKOUT with Coach Paul 

MSI Men's Semi-Pro Soccer Team

Coach Paul Lewis 

Soccer Player for Montgomery Soccer, Inc. (MSI)

The MSI Golden Knights

Executive Director Gus Delgado

Course Title: Think Before Heading the Ball

This brain workout will incorporate brain health, cognitive-communication tasks and mindfulness into soccer specific workouts. 

FEATURED EXPO WORKSHOP with Candi Waller & Associates

Course Title: Engaging with the Press and the Public

Athletes need to know how to engage with the press and the public about their commitment to brain health, their personal stories about sustaining sports concussions or representing as an Ambassador. This workshop helps athletes effectively integrate this information and prepare for the many interviews they will encounter as they journey along their career and navigate the challenges of social media and engagement with the public.

FEATURED EXPO WORKSHOP with Our Moderator, Monique A. J. Smith

Monique A. J. Smith

CEO, Seeds of Empowerment, LLC

Publisher ‚ÄúSignificance in Athletics and Sports‚ĄĘ

Session Title: Women Leading in Sport Business

Participants will gain insights into the diverse roles held by Black Women in sports business leadership positions.¬†Through the discussion participants will explore innovative approaches to sports ‚Äúpre-hab‚ÄĚ and athlete support services. Attendees will learn about the unique features of cognitive aspects of athlete recovery, such as memory, sequencing, and safety awareness, which may be surprising or novel to them.¬†

 

Laurie Governor Curtis

Business Consultant, Coach, Student-Athlete Development Leadership

Andrea Durham

Founder, Minority Women in Sports Medicine, Inc.

Coach Patrice Bowman

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the D.C. Divas

Offensive Line Coach

Vice President of Operations for the Minor Football League (MFL)

FEATURED EXPO WORKSHOP with Dr. Nathalie Mizelle

Dr. Nathalie Mizelle

Session Title: Triumph over Trial Panel Presented by the College of Arts & Sciences from the University of the District of Columbia

Session Description: This panel focuses on the following concepts that will help athletes triumph over trials and tribulations associated with sports-related concussion:

  • Creating a safe and supportive environment
    Importance of self-awareness
  • Introducing coping strategies
  • Fostering a growth mindset
  • Offering ongoing support
  • Normalizing seeking help strategies for community engagement

 

Dr. Somanita Kheang

Visiting Assistant Professor of Adult Education in the Division of Education, Health, and Social Work at the University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Niyana Rasayon Questions

Associate Professor & Behavioral Neuroscientist in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences 
at the University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Elizabeth Allen

Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Tiffany Gurley Nettles

Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of the District of Columbia 

Disclosures, Bios & Session Info

Learn more about the Spring 2024 Head to Speech Interprofessional Task Force! 

ON-DEMAND ACCESS:

Study at your own pace!

You will receive access to our 2024 live Summit content and in-depth recorded Summit talks, as well as all of the talks from our previous Summits in 2022 and 2023 inside our on-demand content library. You will receive a certificate of completion for continuing education and professional development hours. 

You will be able to study at your own pace starting on March 16th through April 28th. You will be able to access continuing education upon completion of both live and recorded talks. 

We thank you in advance for recommending our summit course offerings to your students, colleagues, interprofessional team or community collective.

OUR PREVIOUS SUMMIT & EXPO THEMES

‚ÄúSpeaking of Sports: Where Does Education & Collaboration Begin?‚ÄĚ

"From the Speech & Hearing Clinic to the Sports Arena: Collaboration between Communication Sciences & Disorders and Athletics!"

VIEW 2022 BIOS & DISCLOSURES
VIEW 2023 BIOS & DISCLOSURES

The Concussed SLP

Amanda Locke, 2022 Keynote Speaker

"Summits like this are one of many tiny steps in the direction of arming ourselves with knowledge and shareable information so that SLPs are eventually one of the first referrals after a concussion. 

Your own attendance at this summit shows that you're at least curious, if not excited, at the idea of increasing your own knowledge of concussion rehab within our field. 

I applaud you all for being here and for being a part of a newer, less straightforward part of our scope of practice." 

Frequently Asked Questions

Discover the answers to our frequently asked questions. Everything you need to know about the summit agenda, course completion requirements, accommodations, policies, and travel and lodging.

Summit Overview

Time-ordered agendas for in-person, live stream via Zoom and self-study. 

Learning Outcomes

Accommodations & Polices

Travel & Lodging

Learn more about where our summit events are being held, how to get to and from our summit, and how to plan your stay. 

Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue

Access our group rate!

4400 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

202-244-5600

The nearest Metro Station (Van-Ness-UDC station) is just 1.5 blocks away and Avis Budget Car Rental is next door for your convenience.

If you encounter any difficulties during the booking process or have any questions, don‚Äôt hesitate to contact Ana Lopez at [email protected].

PLAN YOUR STAY

Join our Task Force!

Learn how to get involved with our PSA Challenge or become a speaker at next year's summit. 

OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS

A special thank you to our partners and sponsors who continue to support the Head to Speech Academy.  

Take a moment to discover how your prospective partnership or sponsorship can help us to provide a successful Summit and Expo experience by clicking below!

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Honeycomb Speech Therapy

Download your free Concussion Education Handout sponsored by Honeycomb Speech Therapy!

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Head to Speech, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your generous donation. 

Please mail checks to the address below or click on the button to donate through Givelify:

3540 Crain Highway #509
Bowie, MD 20716

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