PSHA Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, March 21 - 6:30 pm–7:30 pm (.1 CEU)
This session will utilize a panel discussion format comprised of PSHA Executive Board members to focus on issues and trends impacting the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, including reimbursement, legislation at state and federal levels, graduate level training programs and state licensure requirements. Panel members will detail how these issues directly impact the practices of speech-language pathologists and audiologists and will provide information as to how actions at the local, state and national levels can influence change. Audience members will be given an opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.
Professional Roundtable Discussions
Wednesday, March 21 – 8:15 pm–9:15 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.
I hope you have March 21-24, 2018, marked on your calendars as
the 2018 PSHA Convention at the Sheraton Station Square in
Pittsburgh is going to be a good one! The venue is great and the
Convention Planning Committee has been working diligently to
ensure a variety of high-quality presentations. Block scheduling
will give you the opportunity to attend a three-hour short course
or multiple 90-minute seminars each morning and afternoon. Two
poster sessions and a handful of 60-minute presentations on
Thursday as well as technical sessions on Saturday will allow you to
maximize continuing education hours. For those of you who wish to
start earning continuing education hours a little early, the Wednesday
evening Town Hall and Roundtables are worth considering. Shari
Robertson, ASHA’s President-Elect, will be our Keynote Speaker at
the Annual Awards Luncheon this year.
Our invited speakers will present a variety of 90-minute and threehour
sessions. Speech-language pathologists may be interested
in the following presentations: Laura Ball (pediatric neuromotor
speech disorders; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Erin Redle (pediatric
dysphagia; carryover in early intervention), Dawna Duff (vocabulary
intervention; reading), Becky Khayum (dementia; primary progressive
aphasia), Jayne Brandel (language evaluation and treatment), Sarah
E. Wallace (cognitive assessment), Erin Mattingly (traumatic brain
injury), Jim Coyle (medical speech-language pathology), Craig
Coleman and Mary Weidner (stuttering assessment and therapy).
Our Keynote Speaker, Shari Robertson, will present three sessions
over Thursday and Friday that consider dealing with difficult people,
morphology and reading comprehension. Carol Flexer will present
two audiology-related short courses; one will focus on managing
hearing loss and the other will consider collaboration between
audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
I am pleased to announce that we had a huge response to the
call for papers this year. There was not enough room for every
submission, so we changed many of the session formats in order
to schedule as many presentations and posters as possible. I am
quite excited about the variety of topics that will be available at the
Convention. Remember our theme for this year: All Bridges Lead to
Communicative Success! Look for more information on the PSHA
website, www.psha.org. I am looking forward to seeing you at the
Skye Lewis, PhD, CCC-SLP
VP for Convention Planning and Program
2018 PSHA Convention Planning Committee
Program Chair-Adult Track – Sarah E. Wallace
Program Chair-Pediatric Track – Erin E.G. Lundblom
Program Chair-Audiology Track –Susan Snyder
Program Chair-Multi-Interest Track - Robert Serianni (University Topics)
Program Chair-Multi-Interest Track - Kate Krival (Health Care Topics)
Program Chair-Multi-Interest Track - Emily Katzaman (Schools Topics)
Program Chair-AAC Track – Bruce Wisenburn
Local Arrangements Chair – Mary Fran Buczynski
Program Chair-Student Track – Cara Imbalzano
CE Consultant - Anne Gilbertson
Members at Large - Nannette Crawford, Roy Shinn
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Don’t Miss These Highlighted Presenters:
Laura Ball, PhD, is the director of Hearing and
Speech Research at Children’s National Health
System in Washington, DC. She completed her
doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
with specialization in motor speech disorders
and augmentative and alternative communication
(AAC). She has more than 35 years of experience as a clinical
speech-language pathologist. Her research addresses AAC and
neuromotor speech disorders across the lifespan.
Dr. Ball will present Pediatric Neuromotor Speech Disorders: Diagnosis & Intervention Strategies and Clinical Intervention for Individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Jayne Brandel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate
professor and the chair of the Communication
Sciences and Disorders Department at West
Virginia University (WVU). Previously, she served as
a faculty member and then chair at Fort Hays State
University. Her research interests are focused on
evaluating and broadening clinical practice within the schools to
best meet the needs of students with language disorders as well
as enriching the language skills of at-risk students.
Dr. Brandel will present Curriculum-Based Evaluations for Students With Language Disorders and Treatment of Language Disorders: What to do After Conversation
Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is an
assistant professor at Marshall University and
chair of graduate admissions in the Department of
Communication Disorders. Mr. Coleman is a boardcertified
specialist in fluency disorders. Prior to
joining the Marshall faculty, he spent more than 12
years serving as clinical coordinator and co-director of the Stuttering
Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Mr. Coleman is a
former two-term president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-
Hearing Association (PSHA). In 2011, he was awarded the Clinical
Achievement Award of PSHA, and was awarded Honors of PSHA
in 2015. He is a co-founder of MC Speech Books, where he has
co-authored three children’s books on stuttering. He received his
bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mary Weidner, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant
professor in the Department of Communication
Disorders at Marshall University. She received
her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree
from West Virginia University. Dr. Weidner’s area of
research focuses on measuring and changing children’s attitudes
toward peers with communication disorders. Dr. Weidner codirects
Stuttering U., a summer camp for children who stutter and
their families. Prior to coming to Marshall, she worked clinically at
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Coleman and Dr. Weidner will present Stuttering Assessment and Treatment: A Comprehensive Approach - Part One and Part Two
James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a professor
of communication science and disorders and
otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh where
he co-developed the department’s clinical doctorate
program in medical speech-language pathology
(SLP). His teaches undergraduate, masters and
doctoral SLP students both in the classrooms and clinics through
his active caseload in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
where he also conducts dysphagia research. He lectures nationally
and internationally about the medical aspects of the profession. He
is a board-certified specialist in swallowing disorders and a Fellow
of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dr. Coyle will present Breathing, ICUs and the Future of Our Profession
Dawna Duff, PhD, Reg. CASLPO, is an assistant
professor at the University of Pittsburgh, with
research and teaching in the area of child language
disorders. Her research focuses on the relationships
between reading comprehension and vocabulary.
She also has more than 15 years clinical experience
in schools and outpatient clinic settings.
Dr. Duff will present What Works: Evidence-Based Vocabulary Intervention in School-Aged Children and Collaborating Across Disciplines to Support Children With Reading/Writing Disorders
Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, F-AAA, is
a distinguished professor emeritus of audiology at The
University of Akron. An international lecturer in pediatric
audiology and author of more than 155 publications,
she is a past president of the Educational Audiology
Association, the American Academy of Audiology and
the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
Dr. Flexer will present Managing Unilateral, Mild, Moderate and Fluctuating Hearing Losses and Hearing Loss, Executive Functions and ToM: Audiologists and SLPs Collaborate
Becky Khayum, MS, CCC-SLP, is a co-founder of
MemoryCare Corporation, a company that provides
person-centered therapy services for people with
dementia across the Chicago region. She also
holds an adjunct faculty position in the Cognitive
Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC)
at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Ms. Khayum will present Toss the Workbooks: Person-Centered, Functional Interventions for People With Dementia and Application of the Life Participation Approach: Primary Progressive Aphasia
Erin Mattingly, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, is a speech-language
pathologist (SLP), senior consultant
and traumatic brain injury subject matter expert
supporting the Veterans Health Administration.
She has more than 12 years of experience
treating patients across the continuum of brain
injury severity, from mild to severe injury. Prior to her role as a
consultant, Ms. Mattingly started the SLP program at a unique
Department of Defense facility, specializing in the evaluation and
treatment of Service members with mild traumatic brain injury
and psychological health disorders.
Ms. Mattingly will present Functional Brain Injury Treatment Across the Severity and Setting Continuum and Parallels and Overlap in TBI and Psychological Health Disorders
Erin Redle, PhD, CCC-SLP, has more than 15
years of clinical experience in the field of speechlanguage
pathology and is the clinic director
and ACinD Program director at the University of
Cincinnati. While at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Medical Center, she completed the Quality Scholars
Program in Healthcare Transformation through the James M.
Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. She is also the
co-author of Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Clinical
Evidence-Based Approach (3rd Edition).
Dr. Redle will present Pediatric Dysphagia: A Case-Based Overview of Assessment and Treatment and Applying I2 to Working With Families in Early Intervention
Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the provost’s
associate for Academic Programs and Planning and
professor of speech-language pathology at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania. Shari served for many
years on the PSHA Executive Board, including two
terms as president. She is the current presidentelect
of ASHA. Dr. Robertson was recognized for her efforts with
the Annie Glenn Award for National Leadership in 2016 and as an
ASHA Fellow in 2017
Dr. Robertson will present Dealing with Difficult People: Working With YOU is Killing ME!,What’s in a Word? Morphological Instruction to Build Better Vocabulary, Reading Between the Lines: Facilitating Comprehension for Readers With ASD and ASHA and PSHA Peeps: We've Got Game!
Sarah Wallace, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate
professor in the Department of Speech-Language
Pathology at Duquesne University. She teaches
classes and conducts clinical research in the
areas of adult neurogenics and augmentative and
Elena Donoso Brown, PhD, OTR/L, is an assistant
professor in the Department of Occupational
Therapy at Duquesne University. She teaches
classes and conducts research on evaluation and
the use of assessment tools in populations with
neurological impairments. She is particularly
interested in the clinical application of technology.
Dr. Wallace and Dr. Brown will present Use of Electronic Cognitive Assessments – What Have We Learned?
Sheraton Station Square
The Sheraton Station Square is the site of the 2018 PSHA Convention.
Room rates are $169 per night for single/double, $189 per night for triple and $209 per night for quad. This rate is available until February 27, 2018, or until the room block sells out, whichever occurs first.
Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-325-3535.
Parking Rates and Information
Continuing Education and Disclosures for the PSHA Convention
This program is offered for up to 2.3 ASHA 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 23 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 0.95 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
A Record-Keeping Process for Everyone!
e-file your continuing education hours for ASHA, AAA or just for PSHA record-keeping using the e-file system.
It’s Fast, Easy and Electronic, Saving You Time!
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 online CE record after each session, at the end of a day or from the comfort of your couch after the Convention. Access to your online 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 7, 2018.
Detailed instructions on how to submit your CEUs online will be provided at Convention in your On-Site Program.
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Student Reception: Food, Fun, and Friends!
Sponsored by EBS Healthcare
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Please join us to network with fellow students, alumni and
professors of universities across the state at the Student
Reception and Networking Night! Information on networking in
the profession will be provided. Attendees are invited to practice
networking skills on Thursday night and perfect them throughout
their time at the Convention! Attendance is free to all registered
for the Convention.
Student Drive: Organization for Autism Research
This year, PSHA asked you – the students – which disorder related
to the field you would like to collectively raise funds for. Autism
spectrum disorder won this vote by a landslide, which is why
PSHA is excited to announce the Student Drive will raise funds
for The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) to help support
those living with autism!
In the United States, one in 68 children has autism. Despite this
statistic, there is limited applied autism research being funded.
Applied autism research is “practical research that examines
issues and challenges that children and adults with autism
and their families face every day.” OAR has a mission to apply
research to the challenges of autism. To do so, OAR uses science
to confront educational, social and treatment issues reported
by parents, caregivers, professionals and self-advocates. Their
budget and project objectives are shaped by the mission of using
applied research to answer questions of daily concern of people
living with autism.
We are asking that each Pennsylvania university NSSLHA chapter
raise money to support OAR through different fundraisers. The
PSHA Convention is in March, 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. For more information,
please visit the OAR website at https://researchautism.org.