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2015 PSHA Convention!

March 25-28, 2015
Harrisburg, PA

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PSHA Town Hall Meeting - NEW DAY AND TIME
Wednesday, March 25 – 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 - NEW THIS YEAR
Wednesday, March 25 – 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 March 25-28, 2015, marked on your calendars as I know you will want to attend the 2015 PSHA Convention at the Hilton Harrisburg! 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 one, three-hour short course or two, 90-minute seminars. We will again be scheduling poster sessions to help maximize continuing education hours as well. Based on your feedback from the 2014 Convention, we will also be adding a Keynote Speaker to the Awards Luncheon so you will be able to earn one hour of continuing education while enjoying great company and great food. Leon Sirois is our Keynote Speaker at the Friday luncheon and has also graciously agreed to speak to students about his journey with stuttering at a special session on Thursday. Hopefully this scheduling format will continue to give you the opportunity to attend several great sessions and posters, while minimizing session and topic overlap and scheduling conflicts.

We will not have a Pre-Convention Seminar this year, so Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be jam-packed with great speakers! We now have some 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. I have asked speakers to focus on the theme, Advocating for Communication Competence in the Keystone State, when planning their presentations so I know the sessions will provide great information. Lori Burkhead Morgan, is presenting two, three-hour short courses on assessment and treatment of dysphagia with an emphasis on exercise physiology principles. Sue Caspari is presenting two, three-hour short courses focusing on assessment and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech. LaVae Hoffman is presenting two, three-hour short courses on comprehensive assessment in school settings and linking language disorders to academic performance and educational impact. Erin Lundblom, the Pediatric-Track Chair for the Convention Planning Committee, is presenting a session on classroom collaboration and consultation. John McCarthy is presenting a three-hour short course on AAC intervention with children. Janet Schreck is presenting a three-hour short course and a 90-minute seminar on gerontology-related issues. Scott Rubin is presenting a three-hour short course on aphasia and a 90-minute seminar on traumatic brain injury in the adult population. Sheila Pratt is presenting two audiology-related short courses with a focus on assessing hearing in blast-exposed veterans.

I am so excited about all of the great invited speakers that have been confirmed. I think that the wide range of topics will be of interest to many of you. In addition to the invited speakers, we have many great presentations from our call for papers.  I hope to see you at the 2015 Convention!

Mary Beth Mason-Baughman, PhD, CCC-SLP


2015 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 - Kenneth Staub
Program Chair-AAC Track – Amy S. Goldman
Local Arrangements Chair – Mary Fran Buczynski
Program Chair-Student Track – Lauren Yates
CE Consultant - Anne Gilbertson

Planning Committee
Chuck Corbett
Nannette Crawford
Denise Dougherty
Linda Fiejdasz
Jill Grogg
Nancy Harrison
Emily Katzaman
Bob LeJeune
Vijayachandra Ramachandra
Heather Leavy Rusiewicz
Brynn Saeler
Pamela Smith
Michele Kephart Swanger
Marguerite Vasconcellos

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Featured Presenters

Lori Burkhead Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP, University of Georgia, will present Performing Comprehensive, Problem-Based Instrumental Examson Thursday at 8:00 am. This short course will highlight comprehensive techniques in evaluation to improve both diagnosis and treatment planning. Dr. Morgan will also present “Working Out” Dysphagia With Exercise-Based Treatmentson Thursday at 12:30 pm. A review of central and peripheral effects of training and detraining will be presented during this short course. The differences between “activity” versus “exercise” will be discussed.

Sue Caspari, MA, CCC-SLP, nationally recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), will present Hands-On Childhood Apraxia of Speech Clinic: Part 1 - CAS Assessment on Friday at 8:30 am. This short course will provide clinicians with a solid foundation of knowledge in the assessment of CAS. Participants will learn how to identify breakdowns in a child’s speech that are indicative of this motor speech disorder and practice how to assess a young child for this disorder based on these speech movement breakdowns. Ms. Caspari will also present Hands-On Childhood Apraxia of Speech Clinic: Part 2 - CAS Treatmenton Friday at 2:00 pm. Participants will gain an understanding of research-based principles that guide how to practice to improve motor learning. Clinicians will learn a practical treatment method that employs these principles of motor learning that they can use in every day treatment sessions with children with CAS to help children improve their movement gestures for speech.

Deborah Dixon, MA, CCC-SLP, director of school services for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), will present IPP/IPE for SLPs and AuDs in All Practice Settingson Thursday at 4:00 pm. This seminar provides an opportunity to learn about core skills needed to function in an IPE/IPP setting and how to apply them in your education and practice environment.

LaVae Hoffman, PhD, CCC-SLP, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, will present Speech-Language Assessments in Schools: A New Era of Responsibilityon Thursday at 8:00 am. This short course will provide an overview of how to conduct evaluations of speech and language skills in accordance with federal and state regulations and meet best practice expectations in speech-language pathology. Dr. Hoffman will also present Artifact Analysis: Linking Language Disorders to Academic Performance and Educational Impacton Thursday at 12:30 pm. This short course will elaborate on Dr. Hoffman’s morning discussion of comprehensive assessment by exploring the connection between language learning deficits and academic performance as documented in classroom work-products. The purpose of this short course is to enhance school-based speech-language pathologists’ preparedness to conduct comprehensive assessments. Artifact analysis is a form of systematic observation of school-based data.

Erin Lundblom, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will present Collaborative Classroom-Based Service Delivery: Can I Make This Work?on Saturday at 9:45 am. Beyond identifying characteristics of effective collaborative efforts, practical strategies for speech-language pathologists to facilitate collaboration will be reviewed, specifically how to initiate and foster collaborative relations with other school personnel. Also through the presentation of case-based scenarios, participants will identify how to apply alternative service delivery options in general education settings. Finally, perceived and experienced barriers to collaboration will be explored as suggestions are offered to overcome these challenges.

John McCarthy, PhD, CCC-SLP, an associate professor and associate director of communication sciences and disorders at Ohio University, will present Intervention With Children Requiring Augmentative and Alternative Communicationon Saturday at 9:45 am. The presentation will focus on major intervention approaches for children requiring AAC. Links to a variety of assessment measures in terms of informing intervention will be discussed. Potential apps, speech-generating devices and accessibility considerations in using different solutions will be noted throughout.

Sheila Pratt, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, will present Assessment and Treatment of Auditory Complaints in Blast-Exposed Veterans on Friday at 8:30 am. This short course will provide information about the effects of blasts on the auditory system and auditory function, and how auditory deficits secondary to blast-exposure present in the population of veterans recently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The current development of optimal test batteries will be described, and treatment approaches and barriers to diagnosis and treatment will be discussed. Dr. Pratt will also present Auditory-Visual Perception of Speech Across the Lifespanon Friday at 2:00 pm. This short course will provide background on the development of visual and auditory-visual speech perception in infancy and early childhood, and the subsequent changes in perception with aging. The impact of hearing loss and dual sensory impairment on visual and auditory-visual speech perception and communication will be discussed along with the implications for assessment and treatment of children and adults with hearing loss.

Scott Rubin, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Tulane University, will present Clinical Aphasia: Current Issues in Evaluation and Treatmenton Friday at 8:30 am. This short course will include current perspectives in aphasiology, prognostic decision making, as well as formal and informal methods in evaluation and treatment. Special consideration will go toward the social impact of aphasia and patients’ communication-based and psycho-emotional quality of life. Dr. Rubin will also present Emerging Trends in Traumatic Brain Injury: Populations, Evaluation and Treatmenton Saturday at 8:00 am. This presentation will address the changing face of traumatic brain injury (TBI) over recent years. We will explore TBI for the elderly, athletes and our returning soldiers.

Janet Simon Schreck, PhD, CCC-SLP, a clinical faculty member and instructor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology at Loyola University, will present Screening and Assessment of Cognitive-Communication in Older Adultson Friday at 8:30 am. In this short course, explore both standardized and non-standardized assessments of cognitive communication in older adults. Tools for all aspects of the spectrum will be discussed, along with recently released clinical guidelines for diagnosis of MCI. Dr. Schreck will also present Principles of Bioethics and Their Application to Gerontological Practice on Friday at 2:00 pm. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the four basic principles of bioethics and how they apply to the assessment and treatment of older adults. Through case examples and scenarios, attendees will discuss how the principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence and justice apply to gerontological practice across the continuum of care. The relationship between these bioethical principles and the culture change movement in gerontology will also be explored.

Leon “Jigger” Sirois, will present My History of Stuttering at the Awards Luncheon, Friday at 12:00 pm. For Mr. Sirois, trauma of being in a tornado at age three caused muteness for several days. When he resumed talking, he stuttered. It began to control him in the third grade as therapy was nonexistent. Feelings of embarrassment, shame, inferiority and fear were prevalent, although self-pity was not. Lengthy therapy after high school was not effective, but he persevered and became 85% fluent at age 65. One hundred hours of intensive therapy at Hollins Communications Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia, changed his life and inspired his dedication to helping people who have this affliction, youngsters in particular. Mr. Sirois will also present My History of Stuttering – Student Sessionon Thursday at 8:00 am. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session. Mary Beth Mason-Baughman will facilitate the session and provide information on evidence-based practices as appropriate during the question and answer portion of the presentation.


Hilton Harrisburg

The Hilton Harrisburg is the site of this year’s Convention. PSHA has obtained a special group rate of $129.

This rate will only be honored by the Hilton Harrisburg until March 4, 2015. Please make your reservations early.

Reservations may be made on line or by calling the Hilton:


Phone: 717-233-6000.


Continuing Education and Disclosures for the PSHA Convention

This program is offered for up to 2.25 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 22.5 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 1.5 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Presentation Disclosures.

New This Year
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 11, 2015

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 Sponsored by EBS
Thursday, March 26, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us at the Student Reception where you can meet students from other universities, network with professionals and most importantly – enjoy yourself! Food and beverages will be provided! The Student Reception will also include an exciting team game to test your speech-language pathology knowledge and prepare you for the NESPA. We want to celebrate the success of the Student Drive and give back to the students who worked hard to contribute to a wonderful cause. We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Drive
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. These children have twice the odds of not making it to their first birthday than a typically developing child. Children with cleft conditions who survive may have difficulty eating, speaking, hearing or breathing properly, and in some places are actually shunned and rejected from society. Every child deserves the ability to smile and a chance to thrive, but in too many of these cases, parents cannot afford the surgeries their children need to live a productive life.

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.Operation Smile has more than 5,400 medical volunteers and travels to 60 countries around the world to treat children with cleft lip and/or palate. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults. The Student Drive is proud to work with Operation Smile to help raise money for even more life-changing surgeries to be completed. Since one surgery for one child costs $240, we are asking for each Pennsylvania university to donate at least $200 to help support this organization. Students and faculty can contact their NSSLHA officers who will direct you to the PSHA Student Representative. The university that makes the largest donation will be recognized at the PSHA Convention!

Let’s start fund raising because together, we can make the whole world smile!


2015 Exhibitors

PSHA Welcomes the following Exhibitors to the 2015 Convention

Abington Speech Pathology Services, Inc.

ACS Consultants

Cookie Lee Jewelry

Discovery Toys

Dynamic Resources, Inc.

EBS Healthcare

FRS Custom Solutions

Guardian Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

HCR ManorCare

Hamilton Relay


Kaleidoscope Education Solutions

Kennedy Krieger Institute


PA’s Telecommunication Device
Distribution Program (TDDP)

Pearson Assessment

Pediatric Therapeutic Services, Inc. (PTS)

Prentke Romich Company

Progressus Therapy

Reading With TLC


Speech Corner

Supplemental Health Care


Theraplay, Inc.

Therapy Source, Inc.



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