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2016 PSHA Convention

April 6-9, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA




New This Year - PSHA is Recording Select Sessions!
Can’t decide which session to attend? Purchase the recording to earn CEUs for the sessions you missed and view them after the Convention.

You can purchase all three of the recorded sessions for just $35 and add to the CEUs you are able to earn for the Convention – even when it is over!

Buy the package, watch the recording within the designated time period, learn more and earn continuing education. It couldn’t be any easier than that.

PSHA will be recording the following sessions for viewing after the Convention:

Short Course 9
Rewriting the Assessment and Treatment Story
Marie Ireland, MEd, CCC-SLP

Session 23
“True” Dysphagia Versus Cognitive Impairment: Exploring Meal Time Impairments in Dementia
Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT

Session 26
Abilities Based Dementia Approaches: Single Versus Dual Tasks and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT


Checking in Early? Earn .2 CEUs Wednesday Evening

PSHA Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, April 6– 6:30 pm–7:30 pm (.1 CEU)
This meeting provides an excellent forum for you to address your concerns on issues that affect your state association and profession.
If you miss the Town Hall Meeting, you will have another opportunity to provide your thoughts and suggestions at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday at 7:45 am.

Professional Roundtable Discussions
Wednesday, April 6– 7:45 pm–8:45 pm (.1 CEU)
These discussions will provide an opportunity for professionals to engage in dynamic roundtables to discuss important workplace issues with colleagues from across the state. We will have several roundtables to choose from including: early Intervention, school setting, acute/rehab setting, skilled nursing facility/home health, higher education and audiology. Each discussion will have a facilitator to encourage discussion points. It will be a great opportunity to share best practices, concerns and questions with colleagues in similar work settings.



Hi Everyone! I hope you have April 6-9, 2016, marked on your calendars as I know you will want to attend the 2016 PSHA Convention at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh! The venue is great, and the Convention Planning Committee has been working diligently to ensure a variety of high-quality presentations. We will be doing block scheduling again this year so that each morning and afternoon, you will have the opportunity to attend a three-hour short course or multiple 90-minute seminars. Two poster sessions on Thursday will allow you to maximize continuing education hours as well. Based on your feedback from the 2015 Convention, we will continue with a Keynote Speaker at the Awards Luncheon so you will be able to earn one hour of continuing education while enjoying great company and great food. Sara Pyszka is our Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Convention. Sara describes herself as an author, public speaker, daughter, sister, lyricist, friend, along with being a person with a disability. She has been using communication devices since she was about five years old. Her story is inspiring and informative. We are so honored to have her as the Keynote Speaker!

 As with the past two Conventions, I hope this scheduling format will continue to give you the opportunity to attend several great short courses, seminars, technical sessions and poster presentations, while minimizing session and topic overlap and scheduling conflicts. We will not have a Pre-Convention Seminar again this year, so the Convention Planning Committee worked to ensure that Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be jam-packed with great speakers! We have the Town Hall Meeting and Professional Roundtable Discussions planned for Wednesday evening so you can get a jump-start on your continuing education if you wish.

Our invited speakers will be presenting multiple sessions throughout the Convention and all are well-known presenters and researchers in their areas of expertise. Because we have so many talented professionals in the Pittsburgh area, we were able to invite more than 10 speakers to provide 15 highlighted sessions throughout the Convention. Diane Williams is presenting one three-hour short course and one 90-minute seminar focused on autism spectrum disorders. James Coyle is presenting a three hour short course on dysphagia. Marie Ireland is presenting two three-hour short courses focusing on dynamic assessment and rewriting assessment and treatment when working with children with communication disorders. Renee Kinder is presenting a three-hour short course and two 90-minute seminars on dementia care. Paula Leslie is presenting a session on ethics and clinical decision making. Kathryn Drager is presenting a three-hour short course on AAC. Sarah Wallace, the adult-track chair, and Sarah Manspeaker are presenting a session on interprofessional education and practice. Ellen Cohn, PSHA president-elect, is presenting a 90-minute seminar focused on telepractice. J. Scott Yaruss is presenting a three-hour short course on fluency. Deborah Moncrieff is presenting two audiology-related short courses with a focus on auditory processing disorders. I know all of these will be great presentations!

I am also very pleased to announce that we had a huge response to the Call for Papers this year! We actually had more submissions than space so we worked to change some session formats to schedule as many of the great submissions as we could possibly accommodate. Several sessions will focus on the theme, Collaborating for Successful Outcomes, so I know the sessions will provide great information. I think that the wide range of topics will be of interest to many of you. Look for more information on the PSHA website, I hope to see you at the 2016 Convention!

Mary Beth Mason-Baughman, PhD, CCC-SLP
VP for Convention Planning and Program


2016 PSHA Convention Planning Committee

Program Chair-Adult Track – Sarah E. Wallace
Program Chair-Pediatric Track – Erin E.G. Lundblom
Program Chair-Audiology Track –Deborrah Johnston
Program Chair-Multi-Interest Track - Robert Serianni
Program Chair-AAC Track – Bruce Wisenburn
Local Arrangements Chair – Mary Fran Buczynski
Program Chair-Student Track – Allison Gibbens
CE Consultant - Anne Gilbertson

Planning Committee
Lauren Burrows
Chuck Corbett
Nannette Crawford
Denise Dougherty
Amy Goldman
Jill Grogg
Denise Joseph
Emily Katzaman
Jane Messier
Gianie Perez
Brynn Porter
Skye Raupp
Heather Leavy Rusiewicz
Pamela Smith
Kenneth Staub
Marguerite Vasconcellos

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Featured Presenters

James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will present Dysphagia, Aging and the Esophagus: Teasing Out Important Clues on Thursday at 8:00 am.

Mary Purdy, PhD, a professor at Southern Connecticut State University, will present Assessment of Executive Functioning in Adults Following Brain Damageon Thursday at 8:00 am. Dr. Purdy will also present Enhancing Executive Functioning in Adults Following Brain Injury on Thursday at 12:30 pm.

Diane Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, associate professor at Duquesne University, will present Putting Thoughts Into Words: Verbal Encoding in Autism Spectrum Disorders on Putting Thoughts Into Words: Verbal Encoding in Autism Spectrum Disorderson Thursday at 8:00 am#thursday1. Dr. Williams will also present Beyond Conversational Turn-Taking: Developing Discourse in Autism Spectrum Disorders on Thursday at 12:30 pm.

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD
, associate professor and director of the master’s degree program in speech-language pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania, will present School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Approach on Thursday at 12:30 pm.

Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, MA, CCC-SLP
, the director of school services for the American Speech
Language Hearing Association (ASHA), will present Enhancing Speech-Language Pathology Service Delivery Across the Continuum on Thursday at 4:00 pm.

Kathryn Drager, PhD, CCC-SLP,
a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The Pennsylvania State University, will present AAC Applications for Beginning Communicators: Design and Applicationon on Friday at 8:30 am.

Marie Ireland, MEd, CCC-SLP
, educational specialist for speech-language pathology at the Virginia Department of Education, will present Dynamic Assessment of Language on Friday at 8:30 am. Ms. Ireland will also present Rewriting the Assessment and Treatment Story on Friday at 2:00 pm.

Deborah Moncrieff, PhD, CCC-A
, assistant professor in the Communication Science and Disorders Department at the University of Pittsburgh, will present Diagnosis of Amblyaudia: A Binaural Integration Type of APD on Friday at 8:30 am. Dr. Moncrieff will also present Treatment of Amblyaudia: A Type of APD With ARIA on Friday at 2:00 pm.

Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, clinical specialist for Evergreen Rehabilitation, will present Meeting the Medicare Mark: Methods to Promote Quality Documentation on Friday at 8:30 am. Ms. Kinder will also present “True” Dysphagia Versus Cognitive Impairment: Exploring Meal Time Impairments in Dementia on Friday at 2:00 pm and Abilities Based Dementia Approaches: Single Versus Dual Tasks and Interdisciplinary on Friday at 3:45 pm.

Paula Leslie, PhD, CCC-SLP, FRCSLT, professor and director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will present Ethics and the Meaning of Feeding on Friday at 2:00 pm.

Ellen Cohn, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow,
professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, will present Telepractice, circa 2016 on Saturday at 9:45 am.

Sarah E. Wallace, PhD, CCC-SLP, an associate professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University and Sarah A. Manspeaker, PhD, ATC, an assistant professor in the Athletic Training Department at Duquesne University, will present Introduction to Interprofessional Education: Coming Together to Improve Patient Care on Saturday at 9:45 am.



Sheraton Station Square

The Sheraton Station Square if the site of the 2016 PSHA Convention.

Room rates are:
$159 single/double
$179 triple
$199 quad

This rate will only be honored by the Sheraton Station Square until March 10, 2016. Please make your reservations early.

Reservations may be made by calling 412-261-2000.

Or online at


Continuing Education and Disclosures for the PSHA Convention

This program is offered for up to 2.9 CEUs (Various levels; Professional area).

ACT 48 Hours
PSHA is an approved provider by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to sponsor Continuing Education programs as required by ACT 48. This program is offered for 29 clock hours. Individuals attending the program must arrived on time and stay the duration of the program in order to receive ACT 48 Professional Education hours.

AAA Continuing Education
PSHA has applied for approval by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. Pending approval, the program will be worth a maximum of 1.3 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Presentation Disclosures.

CE Reporting
A Record-Keeping Process for Everyone!

e-file your continuing education hours for ASHA, AAA or just for PSHA record-keeping using the new e-file system.

It’s Fast, Easy and Electronic, Saving You Time!

No more standing in line to turn in your CE Records! You will be able to enter your session attendance information into the NEW e-file system at your convenience. Yes, that means you can update your on-line CE record after each session, at the end of a day or from the comfort of your couch after the Convention. Access to your on-line CE record is unlimited until you select “I’m Done-Submit” and generate your Certificate of Attendance.

Deadline to report your hours earned is April 23, 2016

Detailed instructions on how to submit your CEUs on-line will be provided at Convention in your On-Site Program.

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For Students

Student Reception: Food, Fun, and Friends!
Sponsored by EBS

Thursday, April 7, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about attending the Annual PSHA Convention, so please consider joining us this year for the Student Reception for an evening filled with food, fun and friends! For those of you who don’t know, the Student Reception provides opportunities for students to meet students across the state from other universities, and network with professionals all while having a great time! There will be food and beverages provided and social time to celebrate all the hard work students have done for the success of the Student Drive. There will also be an opportunity for graduate students to participate in a game to prepare for the national exam, and for undergraduate students to have time designated to asking questions regarding the graduate school application process. Please consider attending, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Student Drive: The Starkey Hearing Foundation- “So the World May Hear”

Communication is an essential part of life. It is our job in this profession to do what we can to knock down barriers preventing communication from taking place. Often times, hearing is one of the only impairments providing people difficulties with communication, and with the use of hearing aids they will be able to participate in a hearing world. Hearing aids are expensive and are occasionally not affordable to low-income families, so providing people in need with hearing aids can benefit many from children to adults!

The Starkey Hearing Foundation has a program called Hear Now that provides the gift of hearing to people in need. The Starkey Fund, precursor to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, was established in 1973, and this charitable effort has resulted in more than one million hearing instruments provided to people in need throughout the world.

Every year, students come together to raise money to support a charity related to speech-language pathology. This year, the Student Drive is excited to raise funds for The Starkey Hearing Foundation to help support this wonderful cause and the gift of hearing.

Time to get creative! We are asking that each Pennsylvania university NSSLHA chapter raise money to support this foundation through different fundraisers! The PSHA Convention is not until April, so there is still time to generate ideas and begin fundraising! The university that raises the most funds will be recognized at the Student Reception.

Besides monetary donations, it is also possible to promote donations of recycled hearing devices. For directions and more information please visit the website: action#/hearing-aid-recycling.

“We use hearing as a vehicle to change lives around the world.”
- The Starkey Hearing Foundation.

For more information, please visit The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s website at






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