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Welcome to the Inspire ’17 Professional Development Day Website.  

This Participant-Driven PD Day has a wide variety of options for MURSD educators to explore new ideas, collaborate with colleagues and learn from one another.

Register for Sessions:  
  • Please view the schedule options and click on the sessions you would like to attend to register and to build your day’s schedule.  
  • This can be changed at any time leading up to the day.  
  • You can view the schedule in various forms (simple, expanded, grid, by venue) by clicking on the Schedule Dropdown arrow.
Logistics:  
  • The day will begin at 8:00, with the keynote presentation, starting promptly at 8:15 in the Nipmuc HS Auditorium. 
  • Once sessions are approaching capacity, registration maybe closed if we can’t find a larger venue.  
  • Some rooms may be changed between now and the day of the event.  
  • Some details of sessions may be adapted as well.
Search Features:  
  • You can use the filtering feature on the right by clicking on the topical categories. 
  • You can also use the search box to search by keyword, people, or tags.  
  • Want to know who is attending various sessions?  Click on the session and the attendees will be listed on the session page.  

Important Note:  
  • Please read the session information carefully.  Some of the sessions are open to all participants and others are for targeted groups only or ar individual projects.
avatar for Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

Cognitive Connections, LLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Concord, MA
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director has over 20 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and 
case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and 
acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited to but including:

 • Attention Deficit Disorder
 • Verbal Learning Disabilities
 • Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
 • Asperger Syndrome
 • Other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities
 • Traumatic Brain Injury
 • Acquired Brain Injury
 Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits.

Sarah also provides consultation and expert witness testimony regarding the symptoms and functional 
presentation of deficits associated with brain based learning disabilities and the appropriateness of 
academic placement and treatment programs.

She became a specialist in the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury with an 
emphasis on the treatment of executive functions. She subsequently began to train graduate students 
in speech and language pathology, medical and special education professionals on the symptoms and 
treatment methods to improve the language, cognitive, executive function and social skills of brain 
based disorders. 

Sarah is a Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, member of 
the Massachusetts Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Board and the National Institutes of Health Model 
Systems Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Advisory Board and is a member of the American Speech and 
Language Hearing Association. She holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General 
Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the 
assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives, and intervention strategies for 
individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Sarah is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to 
understand, care for and celebrate the learning and behavioral based differences in individuals with 
brain based learning differences.

 A popular speaker, Sarah regularly presents locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of executive functions 
to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups. She has presented to 
and consulted with over 350 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States.

Awards Received: 

 • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute 
of Health Professions, May, 2005.
 • Recipient of the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute 
of Health Professions, May, 2002 and 2011
 • Recipient of the Partners in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital , 
December, 1998
 • Recipient of the Stephanie Macaluso Expertise in Clinical Practice Award for the Massachusetts 
General Hospital , June 1998.
 LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

 • Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 • Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association