2022 Fall Workshop

October 14 | Fontbonne University
Kansas City at Fontbonne – KC
8:00am – 4:00pm


The Kansas City clinic is located in the Carondelet Hall building on Avila University’s campus at 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

MSHA is excited to bring back the in-person Fall Workshop on October 14, 2022!
A Hands-On Workshop Related to Dyslexia and the Role of SLPs: Screening, Evaluation, Goal Writing, Treatment Planning


  • 8:00-11:30 – Madisen Kemp (3.5 hours)
  • 11:30-12:30 – Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 – Dr. Emily Ciesielski and Kim Stewart (1.5 hours)
    Power of Literacy and Teletherapy for children with dyslexia
  • 2:00-3:00 – Phillip Hewitt (1.0 hours)


Lunch is included

Presenters and Abstracts

8:00 am – 11:30 am: Madisen Kemp (3.5 hours)

Madisen has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 2019.  She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology from the University of Central Missouri.  Her professional experiences include evaluation and treatment of articulation, language, phonological processing, and fluency disorders. She is most passionate about dyslexia diagnosis, treatment, and community education.  Madisen’s background in dyslexia includes evaluation and treatment, administration of school screenings, 60 hours of professional training in Orton Gillingham methods of literacy instruction, and membership of the International Dyslexia Association.

Presentation Discussion Points and Objectives

  • Definition of Dyslexia: acknowledge the various elements of the dyslexia definition
  • Pattern of Strengths and Weakness of Dyslexia Through a Diagnostic Lens: understand elements of a dyslexia evaluation and recognize patterns of dyslexia by interpreting standardized tests, balanced with an appreciation of individual characteristics
  • Intervention Methods: recognize elements of literacy intervention and strategies for targeting phonological and phonemic awareness
  • Role of the Speech Language Pathologist: understand the role of the SLP in evaluation and intervention of dyslexia and literacy deficits


Financial Disclosure: Presenter has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Presenter has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Emily Ciesielski and Kim Stewart (1.5 Hours)
Power of Literacy and Teletherapy for children with dyslexia

Emily Ciesielski, PhD, CCC-SLP

Emily Ciesielski is an assistant professor at the University of Central Missouri. She received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include reading comprehension, spelling, and written language in young children, especially those with executive function difficulties.

Dr. Ciesielski has over 20 years of experience as an ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has worked as a clinician with pre- and elementary- school age children in public schools and in private practice, specializing in language disorders including phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary.

Kim Stewart, MS, CCC-SLP

Kim Stewart is a Senior Instructor and has been employed at the University of Central Missouri in the Communications Disorders Program since August 2010.

Mrs. Stewart has 26 years experience working as a speech-language pathologist in the public school setting, She previously was an adjunct clinical instructor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a social skills instructor at Autism Works in Liberty, and has worked as an SLP in Proin hospital rehabilitation,  assisted living residence,

At UCM, Mrs. Stewart serves as the Coordinator of the RiteCare Early Language and Literacy Lab, the Offsite Clinical Practicum Coordinator, and the Co-Advisor of the UCM National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Mrs. Stewart’s professional areas of interest are language and literacy (dyslexia), autism spectrum disorders, and motor speech disorders.

Professional-related Service Activities:  Missouri-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) Vice President of Legislative Affairs since 2021 (previously 2014-2015), member of the MSHA Convention Planning Team (2008-2019). She has served on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association State Education Advocacy Leaders (ASHA SEALs) (2019-2021).


This one and a half hours presentation will highlight an enriched literacy program beginning with the theory of literacy, diagnostic tools utilized in literacy assessment to determine a dyslexia diagnosis, and innovative interventions conducted in a clinical setting and through teletherapy. 


  • Introduction to elicit discussion pertaining to the theory of literacy.
  • Discuss and demonstrate literacy assessment tools utilized to determine a diagnosis.
  • Describe and demonstrate literacy therapeutic interventions using several literacy programs and successful therapy tools utilized in a clinical setting and through teletherapy services.


Emily Ciesielski
Financial Disclosure: The presenter will be referencing her place of employment, the University of Central Missouri.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Presenter has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Kim Stewart
Financial Disclosure: The presenter will be referencing her place of employment, the University of Central Missouri.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Presenter is a board member for MSHA.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Phillip W. Hewitt, M.S., CCC-SLP (1 hour)

Phillip serves as a full-time clinical educator at Fontbonne University’s satellite speech and language clinic located at Avila University in Kansas City.  He graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2014 with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  Phillip began his career as a speech-language pathologist at Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, Inc.  In 2018, he moved to Kansas City and began his private practice, Logos Speech Therapy.  He partners with a learning center called Applied Learning Processes to provide diagnostic evaluation for individuals with learning disabilities.  Phillip lives in Belton, Missouri, and enjoys learning about philosophy, listening to podcasts, and spending time with family.


This one-hour presentation will begin with an exploration of some of the common reasons dyslexia intervention can involve moments of frustration and discouragement for students. Following this, several practical strategies for maintaining student buy-in and motivation will be shared.


After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify at least three common sources of frustration for children with dyslexia when participating in therapeutic intervention.
  • Critically reflect upon the adequacy of feedback provided to children in the course of dyslexia intervention.
  • Implement at least two strategies for fostering and maintaining students’ motivation and faith in the process of therapeutic intervention.


Financial Disclosure: The presenter will be referencing her place of employment, Fontbonne University.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Presenter has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


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