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A Selection Of Invited Past Presentations
By Amy McConkey Robbins ~ National And International Venues

July 26 – 31, 2015.
Topics Amy presented included: 
“Help your Child Work Smarter, not Harder”
and “More Boss-your-Brain Strategies for all Ages”
Barnplantorna Family Learning Camp. Sundsgårdens, Sweden.
For more information: www.barnplantorna.se

March 19, 2015.
“Boss-Your-Brain Strategies that Enhance Learning in Children with Hearing Loss.” 
Nordic Educational Conference:  Hearing, Cognition, Communication.  Fredericia, Denmark. 
For more information: http://www.cfh.dk

October 2 and 3, 2014. 
Stockholm, Sweden.  Nordic Cochlear Implant Conference: 
“Using Effective Boss-your-Brain Strategies with Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.” 

Sept. 19, 2014. 
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
“The Changing Landscape of Pediatric Hearing Loss.”

Tuesday, March 5, 2014. Bristol, U.K.
Higher Order Thinking Skills and Boss Your Brain Strategies
This course took participants through the background, rationale and practice of using Amy’s Boss Your Brain strategies (2005) to enhance the learning, organization and retrieval of information that a child hears or reads. Developmentally-appropriate tasks will be described, for preschool through high school students. Videotaped examples and audience participation highlighted the strategies that improve the kinds of neuro-cognitive weaknesses often identified in children with hearing loss. Sponsored by the South Wales and Western Region SIG in Deafness and West of England Cochlear Implant Program, University Hospitals, Bristol.
For more information: Email: wecip@UHBristol.nhs.uk

Friday, February 28, 2014. London, U.K.
The Amy Way: Developing Listening for Young Children with Amy McConkey Robbins
This course explored spoken language through listening in young children, including red flags for monitoring progress, utilizing strengths to address weaknesses, and taking advantage of the therapeutic alliance that exists between music and language development. Sponsored by the Ear Foundation, Nottingham, U.K.
For more information: http://www.earfoundation.org.uk/education/articles/752

November 15, 2013.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL
Amy presented a two-hour seminar at 8 am: “Boss-Your-Brain Strategies for School-Age Students With Hearing Loss.” 
More information: http://www.asha.org/Events/convention/

July 29 - August 2, 2013.
Barnplantorna Family Learning Camp, Sundsgårdens, Sweden
Topics Amy spoke on:  “Children with HL loss Speak More than One Language”; “Boss-your-Brain Strategies for school-age Children”; “How to utilize Strengths to Build Success”; “Your Child’s Progress in not Measured by a Stopwatch but by a Compass”. More information: www.barnplantorna.se

May 23 – 25, 2013.
11th European Symposium on Paediatric Cochlear Implantation, Istanbul,Turkey.
Amy presented on “Academic Achievement of Cochlear Implantees” and “Can Music Perception Enhance Language in Young Cochlear Implant Users?”

May 6, 2013.
Fontbonne University and St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO
Amy conducted a staff workshop: “Vocational Renewal: Fire and Breathing Spaces.”

April 5, 2013.
Federation of European Cochlear Implant Users, Istanbul, Turkey.
Amy presented on:  “Higher-Order Thinking Skills in children with Cochlear Implants.”

October 19, 2012.
“The Thinking While Listening Approach for Students with Hearing Loss
and “Boss-Your-Brain Strategies for Students with Hearing Loss."
Conference entitled: “Managing Hearing Loss in School Age Children.”
Teton Village, Wyoming.
A presentation of the Pediatric Audiology Project at St. John’s Hospital Foundation.
For more information: www.wix.com/klon35/pediatricaudiologyproject

October 5 - 6, 2012.
Two day workshop on state-of-the-art issues of clinical management and research findings in pediatric cochlear implantation.
Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

June 30, 2012.  
"Successful Intervention with Bilingual Children and Families" (with co-presenter Michael Douglas.)
Alexander Graham Bell Association Convention, Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona.
For more information: 2012Convention@agbell.org

June 28th, 2012.
"Music, Language and Literacy: Mother Goose Revisited" (Shortcourse with co-presenter, Christine Barton.)  
Alexander Graham Bell Association Convention, Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona.  
For more information: 2012Convention@agbell.org

June 20 - 21, 2012.  
"Many Ways to Say It - Children with Hearing Loss Learning more than One Spoken Language"  
and "Tools of the trade: Practical Tips for Working with Babies and Families."
Conference entitled "Deaf Education: Moving on with Cochlear Implantation?"  The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, England.
For more information: www.earfoundation.org.uk

May 18, 2012.  
"Accelerating Language Learning Outcomes in Children with Cochlear Implants."  
Full-day conference
House Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

April 20, 2012.  
"Missing the Mark in Early Intervention with HH/D Babies & Families"; "Integrating Music into Habilitation with HH/D Children"
25th Annual Auditory Management Services Seminar.  Old Mill Inn, Toronto, Canada.
For more information: Contact 416-346-4745 or www.amslistening.com

November 17, 2011.   
"Serving Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss and their Families."
(with co-presenter Natasha Wen.)  
Special Invited Session at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention.San Diego, CA.  
For more information: http://www.asha.org/events/convention/

October 27, 2011
Michigan Audiology Coalition 5 th annual meeting; East Lansing Michigan.

East Lansing Marriott Hotel.  Amy will present the opening keynote address on Vocational Renewal and Compassion Fatigue.
For more information: www.michiganaudiologycoalition.org

September 23 - 24, 2011
The Essentials: Perfecting the Art of Family-Centered Practice. Denver, Colorado
Amy was of several speakers/facilitators.
More information: http://on.fb.me/TheEssentials

August 1 - 4, 2011
Barnplantorna Family Learning Camp, Sundsgårdens, Sweden
More information: www.barnplantorna.se

July 14 - 16, 2011
13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children; Chicago, IL.
Amy presented a paper on: Missing the Mark in Early Intervention with Children wearing Cochlear Implants.  Date and time TBA.
Sheraton Hotel.  For more information:  http://www.ci2011usa.com

Friday, June 24, 2011
Atlanta Speech School,  Atlanta, Georgia.

Keynote presentation for PPCI (Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants) Capstone event.  
For more information: www.chop.edu/service/cochlear-implant-program/training

Wednesday, Febraury 9, 2011, 12:00 noon
DeVault Otologic Research Labratory, Indiana Univ. School of Medicine.

"Working with Bilingual Cochlear Implant Children and Families."
For more information: www.medicine.iu.edu/body.cfm?id=427

November 18 - 20, 2010
Chandigarh, India

Guest Faculty at the 8th Annual Conference of the Cochlear Implant Group of India (CIGICON 2010)
Conference information and updates at:  www.cigicon2010.com

November 8, 2010
2010 Indiana School Counselor Association Conference, on "Counselors C.A.R.E.",

Amy's workshop: Fire and Breathing Spaces: Vocational Rejuvenation for Servant Leaders

Indianapolis, IN
Marriott East Hotel
9:00AM - 11:30AM.

October 4 - 5, 2010
Nordic Conference
Pediatric Cochlear Implantation

Wallenbergs Conference Center, Gothenberg, Sweden
Amy was one of the keynote speakers, her topic being:
"Challenges and Rewards of Children with Cochlear Implants from Bilingual/Multicultural Homes".

Download the PDF here.

June 27, 2010. Orlando, Fl
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - International Convention
Topic:  "Preventing Burnout:  Rejuvenation for Families and Professionals"

Jun 25, 2010.  Orlando, FL.  
Short course presentation
(with Chris Barton, MT-BC); Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing International Convention
Topic: Music & Language & Ears, Oh My!  
More information: http://nc.agbell.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=635

May 1, 2010. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX.
Full-day course co-sponsored by: Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children and Deaf Education and Hearing Science Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
Skills, Strategies and Survival in Working with Children Wearing Cochlear Implants
Contact information:  www.sunshinecottage.org  or trautwein@uthscsa.edu

April 8, 2010. Indianapolis, IN
Indiana Speech-language-Hearing Association (ISHA) State Convention.
The role of the Speech-language pathologist in Early Intervention with HH/D children
More info: http://www.islha.org/

March 18, 2010. 7:00 p.m.
Opening keynote address at the Great Lakes Regional Music Therapy Conference.  
Holiday Inn Select Indianapolis North (At the Pyramids), Indianapolis, IN.  
Topic: Refresh, Renew, Recommit.
More information: http://www.glr-mta.org/Conference_files/2010.GLR.Preliminary.Program.pdf

March 18, 2010. 11:30 a.m.  
Keynote speaker at the monthly Lunch and Learn meeting of Marriage and Family Counselors.  
Valle Vista Golf and Conference Center, Greenwood, IN.  
Topic: Fire and breathing Spaces:  Preventing Burnout in the Serving Professions

January 21, 2010.  Speaker at ExecuNet Indianapolis.  
11280 N. Meridian; Krieg DeVault Building. 10:00 a.m   
Topic: Sources of Vocational Renewal
How do you find time to renew who you are, what you know, and what you need to know – to break that ‘glass’ ceiling? Learn about the work-life-balance techniques that Ms. Robbins brings to college campuses and other leadership/learning sites, such as ExecuNet, using practices from her book, Whirlwinds and Small Voices.
More information: http://www.execunet.com/e_network_detail.cfm?fmtid=9a16

Friday, November 6, 2009  Santa Clara, California
Annual Cochlear Implant Conference

Amy provided the keynote address, Acknowledging New Trends in Treatment:  The Therapeutic Alliance between Music and Spoken Language, on the first morning of this two-day conference. Amy’s second presentation that morning will be entitled, Working with Bilingual Children with Cochlear Implants and their Families. On Friday afternoon, she will serve on a panel addressing the latter issue with several other colleagues. For more information: Ms. Joy Murdock Kearns, MS, CCC-SLP, Let Them Hear Foundation; jkearns@letthemhear.org

Friday, October 30, 2009. Indianapolis, IN Junior Achievement Center, Indianapolis, IN
HEAR INDIANA Fall Conference.
Preventing Burnout:  Rejuvenation for Families and Professionals

How do parents and professionals sustain the energy to do the rewarding yet often exhausting work that is required with HH/D children?   This interactive presentation will provide both acknowledgement and encouragement, based upon Ms. Robbins’ recently published book, along with many practical suggestions to prevent burn-out.  Participants will experience music as a relaxing and healing technique throughout the session.  
More info at: www.hearindiana.org (Limited scholarships available.)
Amy McConkey Robbins, MS, CCC-SLP, with Chris Barton, MM, Music Therapist

October 4 - 6, 2009   Scottsdale, AZ. Chaparral Suites Resort.  
Investing in Family Support
Opening keynote address:
Fire and Breathing Spaces: The Balance for Families and Professionals
In this opening address, the daughter-father team of Amy McConkey Robbins and Clarence McConkey acknowledge the rewarding yet often exhausting work that parents and professionals do on behalf of children with hearing loss. An emphasis on “breathing spaces” will be highlighted, with the premise that families and the clinicians who serve them function most effectively when there is, as the poet Judy Brown has described, “both fuel and absence of fuel” to sustain our inner fire.
Conference co-sponsored by Hands and Voices and NCHAM.

For more information: http://www.infanthearing.org/events/ifsc_presentations.html

September 10 - 12, 2009   Cordoba, Argentina

Amy spoke Thursday, Sept 10 on "Red Flags for Slow Progress in children with Cochlear Implants" and on "Integrating Music into Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation for Children."

Tuesdays in June and July, 2009, Indianapolis, IN
Amy lead the Summer Institute for staff of the Small Blessings daycare, Lee Ann Balta, Director. Together, we shall explore issues of professional burn-out, re-commitment to our work, and our goal of not bringing home “just the left-overs of ourselves” to those we hold most dear.

Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45. December 2008 through February, 2009 Indianapolis, IN

North United Methodist Church;  38th and Meridian Street
“Whirlwinds and Small Voices – A Seven-Day Cycle of Spiritual Renewal For Those Who Serve Others”  
Amy will be leading a 7-Sunday series, studying and discussing the relevance of her book to the lives of those in the serving professions and those who care for others in their daily lives.
Sundays Dec. 21 to Feb. 15 (break over the holidays)
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis
Conference Room
8th and Meridian Street
Dec 21, 2008: Standing in the "Tragic Gap" and The First Day:Re-creation of Vocational Commitment
Jan 11, 2009:  The Second Day: Re-creation after Discouragement
Jan. 18:  The Third Day: Re-creation of Personal Relationships and Family Life
Jan. 25:  The Fourth Day: Re-creation within Conflict
Feb. 1:  The Fifth Day:  Re-creation of Inspiration
Feb. 8:  The Sixth Day::  Re-creation of Gratitude
Feb. 15: The Seventh Day: Re-creation of Faith/The Sabbath
For more information:  Doris Jane Conway

Wednesday, June 24, 2009  Bloomington, IN.  
The Paul Munger Conference for Youth-Serving Professionals

From 2:00 to 5:00 pm, Amy lead an interactive workshop for attendees. How do youth-serving professionals maintain their energy and commitment while working in a rewarding, but often emotionally exhausting field? During this hands-on afternoon session, Amy helped participants explore answers to this question. Using many resources, including her book, Whirlwinds and Small Voices, Amy shared her insights on spiritual renewal as a seven-day cycle of recreation, encouraging participants to find paths to their own recommitment, spiritual rejuvenation and job-life balance in their work with youth.
For more information:  Ms. Catherine Gray, Conference Director

Thursday, June 18, 2009. Seattle, Washington.
12th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children.
“The Intersection of Music and Spoken Language:  A Therapeutic Alliance.”
The purpose of this presentation was to describe Amy’s approach to pediatric CI users in which music intersects with communication at five critical developmental points in intervention. It is at these developmental points when the inclusion of music into CI rehabilitation appears to be most powerful in enhancing spoken language in children.  
For more information: www.ci2009usa.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
"A Global Village: Children with Hearing Loss and Bilingualism"

Day-long presentation on issues related to multilingual learning and teaching of children who have hearing loss.  
This presentation is sponsored by the Montreal Oral School, Montreal, Quebec.

For more information contact:

Martha Perusse, Director
Montréal Oral School

Saturday, April 4, 2009 ASHA Health Care Conference 2009 Washington, DC metro area

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
North Bethesda, Maryland
9:15 – 10:45 am: Early Intervention with Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

11:00 – 12:30:  Pediatric Cochlear Implant Therapy:  What Every SLP Should Know

Amy’s two invited presentations are part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) sponsored national conference focusing on clinicians who work in Health Care settings. Since its inception in 2004, the ASHA health care conference has focused on offering current, practical, clinical information that participants can use in their day-to-day practice.  Amy’s presentations was consistent with these themes, as she gives useful, take-home strategies and tips for those working with young children with hearing loss, including those with cochlear implants.
For more information:  http://www.asha.org/about/events/hcare-conf/HealthCare.htm

Thursday, April 2, 2009  Clarke School for the Deaf, Northampton, MA

TuneUps with Music to Enhance Communication Skills in Children with Hearing Loss
The dynamic duo of Amy and her music therapy colleague, Chris Barton, presented an energetic presentation of information, practical teaching techniques, and music-making.  The speakers showed how their published curriculum, TuneUps (2007) seamlessly weaves music and spoken language together in the classroom or therapy session.  Case studies and video-taped examples will be presented. Participants left armed with many clever music and communication activities to share with their students.
For more information:  Corinne Brennan, Coordinator of Training Programs:  cbrennan@clarkeschool.org or 413-587-7326(TTY) 

Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2009.  Hilton Hotel; Greenville, North Carolina
“Creative Ways to Enhance Cochlear Implant Performance in Children of All Ages”
This two-day seminar focused on multiple aspects of working with children who have cochlear implants.  Amy described her “Boss Your Brain” strategies for thinking-while-listening, her Red Flags procedure for identifying children who are making inadequate progress in their listening development with the cochlear implant, and provided practical teaching and therapy suggestions as “take home” activities for attendees.  Amy’s music therapy colleague, Chris Barton, joined Amy on the second day of the seminar to co-present the TuneUps approach to rehabilitation, integrating music and communication intervention.
For more information: Dawn Grant, Director of Allied Education 

Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hilton Hotel; Greenville, North Carolina
“Creative Ways to Enhance Cochlear Implant Performance in Children of All Ages”
This two-day seminar focused on multiple aspects of working with children who have cochlear implants.  Amy described her “Boss Your Brain” strategies for thinking-while-listening, her Red Flags procedure for identifying children who are making inadequate progress in their listening development with the cochlear implant, and provided practical teaching and therapy suggestions as “take home” activities for attendees.  Amy’s music therapy colleague, Chris Barton, joined the second day of the seminar to co-present the TuneUps approach to rehabilitation, integrating music and communication intervention.
For more information:  Dawn Grant, Director of Allied Education

Friday, January 30, 2009. Denver, Colorado

Amy was the keynote speaker at the Colorado Cochlear Implant Consortium (CCIC) one-day videoconference on a Friday, with educational professionals as the target audience.  This was a joint effort offered by Colorado Department of Education, cochlear implant manufacturers, and other local implant centers and organizations. Video feed of Amy’s workshop was broadcast live to the western, southern and southwestern areas of the state.
Contact:  Audiology Coordinator / Colorado Department of Education; Lisa_Cannon@dpsk12.org

November 2008

Music and Pediatric Cochlear Implants:  Bringing Science to Intervention
Keynote address at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Chicago, IL (with Dr. Charles Limb and Ms. Chris Barton.)  
Auditory Rehabilitation for Children with Cochlear Implants.
Workshop at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

October 2008

Red Flags for Slow Progress in Children with Cochlear Implants
Mainstream Conference at Clarke School for the Deaf, Massachusetts

May 2008

“Bossing Your Brain” – Strategies for Cognitive-Linguistic
Enhancement in Children with Hearing Loss or Language Impairment.

21st Annual Auditory Management Seminar, Toronto, Ontario

December, 2007

Monitoring Communication Progress in Early Intervention.
Fourth International Sound Foundations through Amplification Conference
Chicago, IL

October 2007

Communication progress of children with CI’s -The good news and the bad news.  
Cochlear Implants:  The State of the Art Conference
The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, England.

September 2006

Working with Multi-handicapped Children with Cochlear Implants
Third National Congress of Turkish Audiology and Speech Pathology
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
A Week-long Course in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation
Peking University, Beijing, China.

August 2006

Cochlear Implant Intervention for Infants and Toddlers;
Working with Multi-lingual families with Cochlear Implanted-children
International Course, School of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

April 2006

Early Cochlear Implantation and the Role of Music.  
IX  Congress on Cochlear Implants
School of Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.

March 2006

Unique Measures of Benefits for Early-Implanted Children
8th European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation. Venice, Italy

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