Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Student Group Sponsors Autism Conference

KINGSVILLE - April 29, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host their first conference at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7. Their topic is Interdisciplinary Autism Interventions: A Cross Fertilization of Ideas between Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathology. The conference will be held in room 219ABC of the Memorial Student Union Building.

The group received the Nancy McKinley Regional Project Grant from their national organization to conduct the conference. Rebecca Pokluda, MOTR/L, P.C. will be the guest speaker. She is owner and clinical director of KidsWorks Therapy Services, a multidisciplinary program offering occupational, speech and physical therapy she started in 1999.

“The ultimate goal of this project is to bring awareness to this important partnership between occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists to both undergraduate and graduate students from the region as well as currently practicing speech language pathologists, and to the professors in the surrounding communication disorders departments,” said Krystal Perez, a senior from Ingleside and president of NSSLHA.

Other officers of NSSLHA include Ashlee Muschalek, vice president, a senior from Edna; Ashtin Schonefeld, secretary, a senior from Kingsville; Cara Smith, treasurer, a senior from Raymondville; and Haley Smith, historian, a senior from Buna. All are communication sciences and disorders majors.

Pokluda will present two sessions, Sensory Processing and Autism and OT and ST: Collaborative Strategies for Increasing Function in Children with Autism.

Dr. Stephen Oller, assistant professor in communication sciences and disorders, will welcome everyone to the conference and make introductions.

About Rebecca Pokluda, MOTR/L, P.C.

Pokluda has worked in therapeutic environments for more than 21 years. She graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and she earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University.

She has worked in various settings including adult and pediatric acute, rehabilitative and outpatient care, as well as in aquatic therapy and hippotherapy. Pokluda specializes in pediatrics with expertise in early childhood intervention, developmental disabilities, autism, learning disabilities, vision therapy and sensory integration. She is an advocate for therapeutic education to the community and active with local preschools and educational programs as a consultant and lecturer.

For more information, call Oller at 361-593-2764 or email the group at tamuk_nsslha@yahoo.com.

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