2022 Fall Workshop

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

Online Registration (with credit card payment)

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
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.
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.

Abstract: To follow