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2018 PSHA Convention

March 21-24, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA




Checking in Early? Earn .2 CEUs Wednesday Evening

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, I am looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 Convention.

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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Featured Presenters

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 alternative communication.

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
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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.

Disclosure Statements

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 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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For Students

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


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