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Ann W. Kummer

PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Dr. Ann W. Kummer retired as senior director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in September 2017. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children's became the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer remains clinically and academically active as a professor of clinical pediatrics and professor of otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has several other adjunct positions.

Dr. Kummer has given hundreds of national and international lectures and seminars in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles and 24 book chapters in speech pathology and medical texts. She is one of the authors of the text entitled Business Matters: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA, 2004) and the author of the book entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management (4th edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning). Additionally, Dr. Kummer is the codeveloper of the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test (1996) and author of the SNAP-R (2005), which is incorporated in the Nasometer software (PENTAX Medical). She holds a patent on the nasoscope that is marketed as the Oral & Nasal Listener(TM) (Super Duper, Inc.) and was one of the main developers of workflow software that won the 1995 International Beacon Award through IBM/Lotus. (Derivative software is marketed by Chart Links.)

Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors and awards, including the following: Honors of the Southwestern Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1995); Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) (1997); Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati (1999); Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2002); named one of the top 25 most influential therapists in the United States by Therapy Times (2006); Honors for Distinguished Service, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati (2007); named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Cincinnati (2007); inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, Cincinnati Chapter (2010); Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati (2012); Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award from the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSHLA) (2012); Annie Glenn National Leadership Award, Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC) (2014); and the Media Outreach Champion award from ASHA (2014). In 2017, she received Honors of the Association from ASHA, the highest award given by the association.

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Dysmorphology and Craniofacial Syndromes

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Dysmorphology and Craniofacial Syndromes

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Video Runtime: 44 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 20 Minutes

This course will include a discussion of the different types of dysmorphology and why speech-language pathologists should be astute craniofacial and oral dysmorphologists. The presenter will review certain craniofacial syndromes and describe some of their characteristic anomalies. Finally, the major features of 22q11.2 deletion (velocardiofacial) syndrome will be described, and the presenter will discuss why it's important for SLPs to recognize this syndrome.

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Understanding Cleft Lip and Palate

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Understanding Cleft Lip and Palate

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Video Runtime: 37 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

In this course, the presenter will describe the types and causes of cleft lip and cleft palate. There will be a discussion of the classification of clefts and the sequence of embryological development of the lip and palate. Finally, the presenter will describe the cause and anomalies that occur with Pierre Robin sequence.

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Anatomy and Physiology of Facial, Oral, and Pharyngeal Structures

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Anatomy and Physiology of Facial, Oral, and Pharyngeal Structures

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Video Runtime: 50 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

In this course, the presenter will review and describe the facial, intraoral, and pharyngeal structures that are important for speech, resonance, and hearing and can be affected by craniofacial anomalies. The structures of the velopharyngeal valve will be described, and there will be an explanation of how the velopharyngeal valve functions during speech. Finally, the presenter will discuss the subsystems of speech (respiration, phonation, velopharyngeal function, and articulation) and how they must work together for normal speech.

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Effects of Clefts on Speech, Resonance, and Hearing

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Effects of Clefts on Speech, Resonance, and Hearing

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Video Runtime: 52 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 28 Minutes

In this course, the presenter will define obligatory distortions and compensatory productions and what should be recommended for each. The presenter will describe the effects of a short upper lip, stenotic nares, nasal cavity anomalies, and dental or occlusal anomalies on speech and resonance. Finally, the presenter will describe the effects of otologic anomalies on hearing and the effects of VPI on speech and resonance.

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Speech/Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Part 1

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Speech/Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Part 1

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Children with speech and resonance disorders (hypernasality, hyponasality, and cul-de-sac resonance) and/or nasal emission present challenges for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in all settings. This course is designed to provide current, practical information for SLPs who frequently or occasionally see clients with speech/resonance disorders and/or nasal emission due to cleft palate, non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction, or other causes.
This course will include a description of the velopharyngeal function and the types and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction. Normal resonance will be described, and the characteristics of various resonance disorders will be discussed. The effect of velopharyngeal dysfunction on not just resonance, but also on airflow and speech production will be explained and demonstrated. Many short videos will be used for illustration.

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Speech/Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Part 2

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Speech/Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Part 2

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Children with speech and resonance disorders (hypernasality, hyponasality, and cul-de-sac resonance) and/or nasal emission present challenges for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in all settings. This course is designed to provide current, practical information for SLPs who frequently or occasionally see clients with speech resonance disorders and/or nasal emission due to cleft palate, non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction, or other causes.
This course will include a description of what normal airflow and nasal emission is. The cause of nasal emission of the airflow will be discussed in part with the opening of the velopharyngeal valve. The causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction and the structural abnormalities that can cause it will also be examined.

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Evaluation of Speech/Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Evaluation of Speech/Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

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Children with speech and resonance disorders (hypernasality, hyponasality, and cul-de-sac resonance) and/or nasal emission present challenges for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in all settings. This course is designed to provide current, practical information for SLPs who frequently or occasionally see clients with speech/resonance disorders and/or nasal emission due to cleft palate, non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction, or other causes.
This course will cover fast, efficient, effective methods for the perceptual assessment of speech and resonance disorders, particularly those associated with velopharyngeal dysfunction. Methods for conducting an intraoral examination will be explained, and important findings will be shown. The use of instrumental assessments, such as nasometry, videofluoroscopy, and nasopharyngoscopy will be described, and videos will be shown for illustration.

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Treatment of Speech/Resonance Disorders Associated With Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Treatment of Speech/Resonance Disorders Associated With Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

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Children with speech and resonance disorders (hypernasality, hyponasality, and cul-de-sac resonance) and/or nasal emission present challenges for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in all settings. This course is designed to provide current, practical information for SLPs who frequently or occasionally see clients with speech resonance disorders and/or nasal emission due to cleft palate, non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction, or other causes.
This course will cover the appropriate treatment of VPI (velopharyngeal insufficiency or incompetence). As such, the various surgical procedures typically used will be described. In addition, prosthetic devices (which are used when surgery is not an option) will be shown and discussed. Specific speech therapy techniques, including effective techniques to correct abnormal velar placement, a lateral lisp, and even distortion of /r/, will be described and illustrated through videos. Finally, methods for achieving fast carryover using motor learning principles will be explained.

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