Live 9-02-21: The Syndrome Complex: Identification and Intervention

Mark Strait

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ASHA Number: ACEF0538-002

Course Length (2 hours)

Syndromes have clinical features that are often overlooked in observations of young children. A systematic approach for observations is critical in assisting a collaborative team to assist in diagnosis and intervention. This presentation will highlight a useful observation format, characteristics of various syndromes, intervention strategies and ideas, and case studies

Instructor Information

Ruth Stonestreet

Ruth H. Stonestreet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, holds a Ph.D in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis on infant-toddler-preschool communication disorders and a cognate in rehabilitation administration. She holds licensure in the states of Georgia and Florida and Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Significant contributions in her career have impacted speech and language for children in Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Georgia with particular contributions to young children with oro-facial anomalies and syndrome disorders and severe and profound delays in early communication development. She has developed programs for children from ages birth to five and their families and was instrumental in developing the Early On Michigan (Part C of IDEA, formerly Part H of IDEA) for Macomb County, Michigan. Dr. Stonestreet has presented over 300 presentations at national, regional, state and local meetings and conventions on a variety of topics from evaluation, assessment, intervention techniques and procedures to parent/family collaboration techniques. She is active in professional organizations and has served a variety of positions in state speech-language-hearing associations from committee member to convention chair to President and has served on the Financial Planning Board for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Stonestreet was awarded Fellow of ASHA, Honors of the Association for Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Dr. Robert Hull Leadership Award for Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Professor Emerita from Valdosta State University. Dr. Stonestreet is active in her community and presently serves on two local boards, Lowndes Advocacy Resource Center (LARC) and Megan’s House for Easter Seals and one state board, Georgia Parent to Parent. She serves as an usher and a committee member for her church and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Since her retirement from Valdosta State University in 2012, she has worked part-time as Area Supervisor for Georgia/Florida for EBS Healthcare and enjoys mentoring and supervising first-year speech-language pathologists for their state license and certification from ASHA.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Dr. Stonestreet has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Stonestreet has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

By the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • name characteristics of 3 of the syndromes presented
  • describe 3 intervention strategies presented.
  • describe components of the observation format.


  • 10 minutes: Background and course overview
  • 30 minutes: Definitions and Etiologies
  • 40 minutes: Systematic Observations
  • 40 minutes: Case Studies