March 22, 2019 - 9:00 am

Webinar: Keeping the Dialogue Going: Difficult Conversations in Home Therapy

Audience: This webinar event is open to OT/ST/PT

Event Hours:  9:00 am–12:15 pm

CEU Hours: This course is pending approval for 3 CEUs from TSHA and TOTA, 3 CCUs from TPTA

To Register:



Speakers:  Kathy Clapsaddle, M.S., CCC-SLP, Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS & Stephanie Cone, PT, MS

Course Location:

Course location varies per division.  Course is blended with webinar presentation and in-person conversation practice.  All 3 hours must be completed in official course location.  Please contact your direct supervisor for course location.

Course Description:

Supporting families of children with chronic, lifelong disabilities creates many opportunities for conversations that are difficult for both therapists and caregivers. However, there are strategies that can help the conversation continue so that we can come to a common understanding.  This training will provide conversation tools we can use to support families along the continuum of care in home health, including community transition.  Participants will learn how to identify when a conversation is at risk and how to keep the dialogue going. Additionally, strategies to partner with caregivers to move forward after a difficult conversation will be discussed.  Finally, participants will practice using these tools in commonly encountered, challenging caregiver-therapist scenarios.

About Our Speakers:

Kathy Clapsaddle, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Program Director

Kathy Clapsaddle, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Program Director for Speech Language Pathology for THERAPY 2000.  She received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1999.  Kathy considers herself to be a “therapy geek,” and loves translating evidence based practices into daily work.  She has served as a Speech Language Pathologist, university instructor, professional educator, and leader.  She was the Vice President of Research and Development for the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association, and has served on the Editorial Board for Evidence Based Practices (EBP) Briefs.  Her areas of interest include service delivery, autism, complex communication needs, and augmentative and alternative communication. She has presented both in and out of Texas on issues related to Speech Language Pathology services in school and medical settings.

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Occupational Therapy Program Director

Jennifer studied Psychology and Spanish as an undergraduate at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Indianapolis. She has worked in pediatrics since 1999 and is currently the Occupational Therapy Program Director & the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program Director for THERAPY 2000, a growing pediatric home health therapy company based in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer guides overall philosophy and delivery of OT programming, as well as therapist training and clinical development. She works with children and families, mentors other therapists, and coordinates the OT student program. Jennifer’s main area of interest and expertise is in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. This interest and expertise was developed through experiences such as: working for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (North Carolina, with TEACCH and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center as resources); serving on an interdisciplinary team at Mason City Schools Early Childhood Center to develop specialized programming for children with ASD (near Cincinnati, Ohio, with support and resources through the Kelly O’Leary Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence), and serving as primary In-Home/Parent Trainer for McKinney ISD. Jennifer believes strongly in the importance and power of the therapeutic relationship, and provides mentoring and training in this area as well. Jennifer has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2006 and a yoga studio owner in the Dallas area since 2011.

Stephanie Cone, PT., MPT

Physical Therapy Program Director

Stephanie became a physical therapist in 2002 when she earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center.  Since that time she has focused on practicing physical therapy with pediatric populations across various settings.  She began her career at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, specializing in treatments for children with clubfeet, brachial plexus injuries, motor control and juvenile arthritis.  After working at Texas Scottish Rite, she continued to practice with pediatric populations in both the school-based and home-health settings. Stephanie has also been involved in clinical trials involving children with neuromuscular disorders and neurological conditions.  She joined THERAPY 2000 in 2016 and loves her role supporting clinicians in providing quality physical therapy services.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Participants will identify situations and behaviors that can put a conversation at risk.
  2. Participants will demonstrate strategies to continue the conversation when someone has moved to “silence” or “violence.”
  3. Participants will list strategies to move forward with the caregiver following a difficult conversation.


*This is a Closed Event for Therapy 2000 Employees Only*


“Based on our CEU application method, TSHA requires all speech professionals miss no more than 10 minutes of class to receive full credit. Partial credit is not available for speech therapistsIf you are late to class at start or after break by more than 10 minutes, no credit can be granted, although you are still warmly welcome to attend.”

Thank You for your understanding of this externally mandated requirement.