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Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 PSHA Convention!


April 2-5, 2014
Sheraton Station Square
Pittsburgh, PA


Convention Committee

Highlighted Presenters

Sheraton Station Square

Printable Program

Continuing Education and Disclosure

Convention Handouts

Changes to the Convention Program

Seminar 12, Apps for People With Aphasia,
(Thursday from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) has been withdrawn.
Short Course 6, Looking Beyond Oral Language: Assessment of Early Writing Skills, (Friday from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm) has been withdrawn.


New this Year - Two Full Days of Autism Training!!

Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP will present two full days of Autism, beginning on Wednesday, April 2, for the Pre-Convention Seminar and continuing on Thursday, April 3, during the Convention.

Welcome from Mary Beth Mason-Baughman

Hi Everyone! I hope you have April 2-5, 2014, marked on your calendars as I know you will want to attend the 2014 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. The Planning Committee has implemented some programming changes for the 2014 Convention. We will be doing block scheduling 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 be scheduling poster sessions to help maximize continuing education hours as well. Hopefully this will give you the opportunity to attend several great sessions and posters, while minimizing session and topic overlap and scheduling conflicts.  

Many of 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’ve asked speakers to focus on the theme, Champions for Clinical Excellence, when planning their presentations so I know the sessions will provide great information for improving clinical outcomes.

Nancy Clements, a specialist at Social Thinking, will be the Pre-Convention Seminar speaker on Wednesday, April 2, and will also present a full-day course on Thursday, April 3. This will give people the opportunity to attend two entire days of sessions on improving outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum and pragmatic disorders! If this is an area of interest to you, I highly recommend that you plan to attend both the Pre-Convention session and her session on Thursday.

Cynthia Puranik, a University of Pittsburgh faculty member, will present a three-hour short course on Friday, April 4, on early writing development. James Coyle, a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a three-hour short course and a 90-minute seminar on Thursday, April 3, on dysphagia. Sarah Wallace, faculty member at Duquesne University, will be presenting a 90-minute seminar on AAC on Thursday, April 3. Anastasia Raymer, a faculty member at Old Dominion University, will present a three-hour short course and a 90-minute seminar on Friday, April 4 on aphasia. Jennifer Brush, founder of Brush Development Company, will present a three hour short course and a 90-minute seminar on Friday, April 4, on dementia. JamesFeeney and Melissa Capo, faculty at the College of Saint Rose in New York, will present a three-hour short course on Saturday, April 5, on TBI in the adult population. Ashley Garber, an audiologist and founder of Listening and Language Connections, will present two short courses on Friday, April 4. Robin Alvares, the Project Coordinator for the OMNIE/Kent State University Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology Project, will present a three-hour short course on Saturday, April 5, on telepractice.

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. Look for more information on the PSHA website, I hope to see you at the 2014 Convention!

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

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2014 PSHA Convention Planning Committee

Program Chair-Adult Track – Sarah E. Wallace
Program Chair-Pediatric Track – Erin E.G. Lundblom
Program Chair-Audiology Track – Jennifer Rakers
Program Chair-Multi-Interest Track - Kenneth Staub
Program Chair-AAC Track – Amy Goldman
Local Arrangements Chair – Mary Fran Buczynski
Program Chair-Student Track – Kathryn Young
CE Consultant - Anne Gilbertson

Planning Committee
Chuck Corbett
Nannette Crawford
Amanda Dean
Linda Fiejdasz
Jill Grogg
Nancy Harrison
Emily Katzaman
Bob LeJeune
Vijayachandra Ramachandra
Cynthia Richburg
Heather Leavy Rusiewicz
Brynn Saeler
Pam Smith
Kenneth Staub
Pauline Steeber
Michele Kephart Swanger
Marguerite Vasconcellos

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2014 Convention Highlighted Presenters

Robin Alvares, PhD, Kent State University, will present Providing Telepractice Services to School-Aged Students: An Overview on Saturday at 9:45 am. Telepractice is a service delivery model used in speech-language pathology to provide access to speech and language services via telecommunications. This short course will provide an overview of the use of telepractice to deliver face-to-face services via live teleconferencing to school-aged students with a variety communication disorders.

Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, an internationally published speech-language pathologist from Cleveland, Ohio, will present Using the Environment to Compensate for Sensory Impairment During Mealson Friday at 10:30 am. During this session, speech-language pathologists will learn how to address environmental barriers as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for older adults with dysphagia. Ms. Brush will also present Evidence Based Interventions for Dementia on Friday at 2:00 pm. This short course focuses on identifying evidence based treatment options that support memory and communication, while improving quality of life for people with dementia.

Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist, Executive Director of Social Thinking® Boston, and the Director of the East Coast Social Thinking Clinical Training Program®. As a continuation of her Wednesday, Pre- Convention Seminar, Ms. Clements will present RTI & PBS Meets Social Thinking on Thursday at 8:00 am. This full-day presentation will focus on the development of a standardized method of school-wide implementation which incorporates a scope and sequence of instruction based on the seven core concepts of social thinking and corresponding vocabulary. Data collection methods and forms will be presented, which embed and “match” vocabulary and strategies within PBS referral forms and reflect a decrease in the frequency of Planning Room referrals, decreased duration of Planning room visits and decreased Level 4 Referral behaviors.

James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-S, is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Coyle will present Clinical Decision Making in Complex Situations on Thursday at 8:00 am. This short course will review the nature of pulmonary function and diseases in adults, clinical and instrumental signs of dysphagia and their importance, and the teasing out of medical record clues that help the SLP achieve a focus on appropriate long-term goals. Dr. Coyle will also present Dysphagia Treatment: What Are We Doing and Why?, on Thursday at 12:30 pm. This seminar will explore common compensatory, restorative and facilitative treatment methods and present what is well-known about them, what is less-known about them, and tactics for treatment selection based on this knowledge in combination with the patient’s overall problem cluster.

James Feeney, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at The College of Saint Rose, in Albany New York and Melissa Capo, MS, is an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor at The College of Saint Rose. Dr. Feeney and Ms. Capo will present Principles and Practices in Supporting Adults With TBIon Saturday at 9:45 am. This short course will provide attendees with an opportunity to review a number of principles associated with meaningful, person-centered assessment and intervention for adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) stemming from the work of Mark Ylvisaker

Ashley S. Garber, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, owns Listening and Language Connections, LLC, a Michigan based private practice dedicated to providing Auditory-Verbal Therapy and family-centered evaluations and (re)habilitation for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Ms. Garber will present Collaborative Conversations for Children With Hearing Loss: Process and Product on Friday at 8:30 am. SLPS and audiologists will have numerous opportunities to form relationships that can enhance spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss.  Nurturing these relationships requires collaborative conversations that set  the needs of the child as the core value that drives decision making and  planning. This short course explores both process and product of these collaborations: the process of nurturing collaborative teams and resulting product involving the integration of Listening and Spoken Language  strategies from therapy room to classroom. Ms. Garber will also present Keeping it Fresh:  Activities for Auditory Learning on Friday at 2:00 pm. This short course will explore auditory skill development as it relates to planning integrated lessons for children with hearing loss.

Cynthia Puranik, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will present Looking Beyond Oral Language: Assessment of Early Writing Skills on Friday at 8:30 am. This short course will provide an overview of the development of emergent and early writing including findings of published research related to the assessment of writing in preschool and elementary school-age children; issues related to writing assessment; and examination of writing difficulties in children with a history of oral language difficulties.

Anastasia Raymer, PhD, chair and professor of Communication Disorders and Special Education at
Old Dominion University, will present Word Retrieval Treatments for Aphasia: Restoration and Reorganization on Friday at 8:30 am. This short course will review several behavioral approaches to address word retrieval impairments for nouns and verbs in individuals with aphasia including restorative treatment approaches that engage semantic and phonologic processing in a manner compatible with the normal processes engaged in word retrieval. The short course will take an evidence-based approach, reviewing the most recent empirical evidence supporting the effects of the variety of treatments available for individuals with word retrieval impairments associated with aphasia. Dr. Raymer will also present Evidence for Treatment of Aphasia and Related Disorders: Resources and Rigoron Friday at 2:00 pm.  This seminar will highlight resources available to support evidence-based clinical practice. Methods that should be used in conducting unbiased, high-quality systematic reviews will be discussed.

Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of speech-language pathology and dean’s associate of graduate studies and research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech Language Pathology on the ASHA Board of Directors. She is the owner and CEO of Dynamic Resources Publishing. Dr. Robertson will present Welcome Aboard the ASHA Windjammer Cruise! on Friday at 8:30 am. This interactive presentation by ASHA Board Member
Shari Robertson will engage participants in discussions regarding ASHA member benefits, new ASHA initiatives, hot topics in the professions and opportunities to lead, advocate and volunteer. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input that will be shared with the ASHA Board of Directors.

Sarah E. Wallace, PhD, assistant professor in the Speech- Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University, will present AAC and Multimodal Communication for Aphasiaon Thursday at 8:00 am. This seminar will provide a review of compensatory strategies appropriate for people with aphasia with supporting literature. An in-depth-examination of high technology speech generating devices for people with aphasia will focus on considerations related to interface design. Current outcomes related to a multimodal communication intervention program designed specifically for people with aphasia will be reviewed.

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Sheraton Station Square

The Sheraton Station Square is the site of this year’s Convention. PSHA has obtained a special group rates of $159 single/double; $179 triple; $199 quad.

These rates will only be honored by the Sheraton Station Square until February 27, 2014. Please make your reservations early.

Reservations may be made on line or by calling the Sheraton Station Square:


Phone: 888-627-7029.

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Continuing Education and Disclosures for the PSHA Convention

This program is offered for up to 2.1 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 21 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 .9 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Presenter Disclosures

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For Students

Student Reception
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us at the Student Reception where you can mingle with other students, network with professionals and most importantly enjoy yourself! Food and beverages will be provided so come hungry!  We want to celebrate the success of the student drive and give back to students who worked hard to contribute. We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Drive
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects one in every 88 children in the United States. The Autism Society of Pittsburgh is one of the leading organizations in the Pittsburgh area that provides information, referrals, advice, guidance and funds to help local programs in the area. This organization cofounded the Spectrum Charter School, which provides community based school-to-work education and training for students with ASD between the ages of 12 and 21. This organization also founded SPEAK, a specialized program of education and community awareness to build and prevent academic and social regression of children with ASD in the summer months. More information can be found at www.   The Student Drive is proud to work with the Autism Society of Pittsburgh this year to help support its programs and initiatives. Since April is Autism Awareness Month, 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 fundraising and join together to contribute to this worthwhile organization!


2014 Exhibitors

Augmentative Communication
Consultants, Inc.


Celtic Healthcare

Cookie Lee Jewelry

DePaul School for Hearing and


Dynamic Resources, Inc.


EBS Healthcare

Guardian Rehabilitation
Services, Inc.


Hennessy Books

HCR ManorCare

MED-EL Corporation

National Stuttering Association

Northern Speech Services

PA’s Telecommunication Device
Distribution Program (TDDP)

Pearson Assessment

Prentke Romich Company

PSHA Grass Roots Advocacy
Program (GAP)


Speech Corner

Sunshine Cottage School
for Deaf Children

Usborne Books and More



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