156 • 2018 ASHA CONVENTION PROGRAM BOOK As of July 31, 2018 HEALTH LITERACY AND COMMUNICATION (GI) 1546  Culture, Language & Health Literacy: Lessons from a Healthcare Interpreter & Language-access Perspective FR 3:45PM-4:45PM / CC, 107B (Lvl 1) Intermediate; Prof Educ AUTHOR(S): Wilma Alvarado-Little, New York State Depart of Health/Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, Health Literacy and Communication and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. Collaborative decision-making necessitates that speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide clients with information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and relevant. This seminar addresses the dynamic interplay between culture, language and equitable access to services. Drawing from the speaker’s decades-long experience as a healthcare interpreter, attendees will learn strategies to support the health literacy of diverse populations and their families. 1547  Maximizing Outcomes Across Transitions: How Can We Best Support Patients & Families FR 3:45PM-4:45PM / Westin, Commonwealth C Intermediate; Prof Educ AUTHOR(S): Samantha Shune, U of Oregon; Amanda Morano-Villhauer, Progressive Rehab Associates/Mercy Hosp The healthcare system relies on informal caregivers. Yet, these caregivers often feel unprepared and burdened. More support is needed throughout the care continuum in order to address shortfalls in care coordination and provision. Using dysphagia management as a model, this presentation introduces practical techniques for supporting patients and caregivers as they transition through the healthcare system without shattering productivity. HEARING AND TINNITUS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (AUD) 1548  Enhancing Communication for Older Adults With Impaired Hearing Through Environmental Design FR 3:45PM-4:45PM / CC, 107C (Lvl 1) Intermediate; Prof Educ AUTHOR(S): Raymond Hull, Dept Comm Sciences & Disorders, Coll of Health Professions, Wichita St U This presentation will focus on techniques of environmental design that are specifically designed to address a decline in peripheral and central auditory function in older adults. Knowledge of environmental design techniques provides a tangible avenue for serving the communicative needs of older adults. HEARING, LANGUAGE, AND SPEECH IN THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING: BIRTH TO SCHOOL TRANSITION (GI) 1549  Parent-Child Interactions in Children With Hearing Loss FR 3:45PM-4:45PM / CC, 107A (Lvl 1) Intermediate; Research AUTHOR(S): Evelien Dirks, Dutch Fnd for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Child; Paulien Kip, NSDSK Family-centered early intervention for children with hearing loss aimed at enhancing children’s language development. In this presentation results of two studies on early parent-child interactions of children with HL in relation to their language abilities are presented. Further the effect of an interactive reading program, to promote parents’ use of language evoking strategies during storybook reading will be presented. HEARING, TINNITUS, AND VESTIBULAR SCIENCE (AUD) 1550  Functional & Structural Aging of the Vestibular System FR 3:45PM-4:45PM / CC, 106 (Lvl 1) Intermediate; Research AUTHOR(S): Sherri Jones, U of Nebraska- Lincoln This session is developed, and speakers invited by, SIG 6: Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics and Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science. Age-related hearing loss is well-characterized and predisposing factors such as gender and genetics have been identified. The effects of age and predisposing factors to vestibular dysfunction are poorly understood, even though 3.4% of adults in the US suffer from dizziness/imbalance. This seminar reviews the effects of age, gender, and genetics on vestibular function and compares auditory and vestibular modalities. INNOVATIONS, DEBATES, AND HOT TOPICS IN THE DISCIPLINE (GI) 1551  Go For It! Conquering Challenges in Private Practice as an Early Career Professional FR 3:45PM-4:45PM / CC, 254A (Lvl 2) Introductory; Prof Educ AUTHOR(S): Zachary Smith, CenterPoint Speech & SoCal Swallowing & Voice Diagnostics; Rebecca Mallqui, North Shore Speech & Language; Samantha Jordan, Samantha Jordan, SLP A course focusing on topics surrounding establishment and growth of private practices as early career professionals. Participants will develop an understanding of implementation barriers, effective marketing strategies, and addressing the looming question “Am I ready?” Experience from authors and outside sources will be presented in order to demonstrate that clinicians can manage a private practice at any career stage. 1552  Hold the Phone! Improving Adherence & Motor Learning at Home With a Smartphone Application FR 3:45PM-4:45PM / CC, 255 (Lvl 2) Introductory; Prof Educ AUTHOR(S): Justin White, U of Louisville Smartphones are pervasive in today’s world. Can this burgeoning technology be utilized to improve patient practice at home? A speech therapy smartphone application is an excellent way to integrate principles of motor learning into home practice for patients. What’s more, an application with a closed feedback loop is likely to yield improved adherence and more accurate practice.