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2016 MSHA Convention

April 7-10, 2016
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO



Welcome from the Convention Chairs

Dear Colleagues:
The Convention Planning Team has worked hard to assemble knowledgeable and dynamic speakers from near and far to ensure that the 2016 MSHA Annual Meeting and Convention is your Passport to Success. From engaging Day Institutes to factfilled breakout sessions, it is our hope that this Convention provides you with A World of Opportunities for learning and networking!

On Thursday evening, we’ll get underway with a few Pre-Convention sessions starting with the 4th Annual Round Robin session (featuring multiple stand and deliver presentations on various topics) and the ever popular Ask MSHA session. Before the Convention even officially begins, you’ll have logged two continuing education hours!

After picking up your Convention packet, be sure to check out the MSHA Cares table in the registration area. This year’s fundraising efforts will be supporting the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Find out all the ways you can support this cause and how you can make a difference So the World May Hear.

When planning your itinerary, be sure to preregister for your Friday lunch which will be served in the Exhibit Hall. Want to get in some shopping while attending Convention? No need to leave Tan-Tar-A to do so! Our exhibitors will be offering a variety of professional and personal items that you will definitely want to check out. Just visit the Exhibit Hall after its doors are opened on Friday morning at 10:00. While there, stop by and check out this year’s Silent Auction. Your generous bids will benefit our Student Scholarship Fund, which provides learning opportunities for our student members each year.

The Convention Planning Team is thrilled to welcome distinguished invited speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise about various aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology. This year, look for more sessions than ever geared toward intermediate and advanced levels of learning! We are also honored to have Joe Steffy, an amazing individual with an incredible experience to share with us. Make plans now to register for and attend the President’s Luncheon, hosted by our current MSHA president Jill Josepher, to hear Joe’s story and earn another CEU while doing so.

The always thrilling Quest for the Cup will take place on Saturday evening with a Tailgate Party occurring before the Quest! Thank you, once again, to EBS for their continued sponsorship of this event highlighting our graduate students’ knowledge. You will definitely have an exciting evening cheering on your alma mater while gaining an additional CEU in the process!

See you at the 2016 MSHA Convention in April!
Leanna Lawrence, CPT Chair
Brenda Martien, CPT Co-Chair


Highlighted Day Institutes

Evidence-Based Management of Acquired Apraxia of Speech
Julie Wambaugh, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Wambaugh is a Research Career Scientist at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System and professor in the department of communication science and disorders at the University of Utah. She teaches graduates in aphasia and motor speech disorders. Her research is focused on the development of clinically applicable treatments for acquired apraxia of speech (AOS) and aphasia, and is funded by VA Rehabilitation and Research & Development. She is past coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 2 and is past chair and a current member of the ANCDS writing committee for treatment guidelines and systematic reviews in AOS. She is an ASHA Fellow.

Beyond Basics: Digging Deeper About Technology, Technique and Temperament
Mary Ellen Nevins, EdD

Dr. Nevins is  a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas and director of the auditory-based intervention certificate program there. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Nevins served as the senior strategist for professional learning with the Oberkotter Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvanioa. In this capacity she also was the national director of professional preparation in cochlear implants (PPCI), a continuing education project for speech language pathologists, audiologists and educators. Her recent work and publications on issues associated with professional learning complement her long standing work with children using listening technologies.  She has co-authored three books:  School Professionals Working With Children With Cochlear Implants (2006), The Parents Guide to Cochlear Implants (2002) and Children With Cochlear Implants in Educational Settings (1996).

Language, Literacy and Dyslexia
Jean Rishel, MA

Ms. Rishel is a former special education teacher and speech/language specialist from New Jersey.  Ms. Rishel also has experience and certification in early childhood and learning disabilities, and worked as a special education/child study team supervisor, a principal and a superintendent before retiring from public education in 2010.  She currently conducts professional development in Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory techniques, as a trainer with the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education in Michigan, through week-long seminars in both public and private settings across the United States.


Professional Round Robin

The 2015 Thursday night Pre-Convention session "Professional Round Robin" was a success with your support! We would like to offer this again, with sessions specifically geared to our School-Based SLPs, Adult focused SLPs and Audiologists at the 2016 Convention. The format will be similar to last year. Round tables will be arranged throughout the room with a topic at each station. Professionals will present informally for 10-12 minutes with an additional 3-5 minutes allotted for discussion on one of the following ideas. We are looking for:

1) challenging cases for which you would like input/brainstorming from your colleagues;
2) interesting cases you would like to share with your colleagues;
3) successful therapy strategies, techniques, materials or programs created by you to share with your colleagues.

If you are hesitant to present or have never presented, this is your opportunity! The format will be informal and will be offered on Thursday night as an additional opportunity to earn an extra CEU Pre-Convention!

Please contact Corey Cathey at ccathey@cpsk12.org with your ideas, comments or questions. Thanks for helping to make the 2016 Convention a success!


Highlighted Presenters

Christy Borders, EdD, is a leader in addressing the needs of students who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) with additional disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  She has spent considerable time identifying gaps in literature and potential interventions for use with this population of students.  Her research stems from personal classroom and clinical experiences that have involved this particular population. She has extensive academic and clinical experience and training in serving students who are D/HH and those with ASD.  Her undergraduate and graduate degrees both focused on education of D/HH students. In addition, Dr. Borders  has more than 10 years of clinical, classroom and administrative experience working with individuals with disabilities. She furthered her academic and research skills and experiences through doctoral studies in the area of special education in order to attain additional strategies for D/HH students who have comorbid disabilities.  Dr. Borders’ research has focused on the interventions teachers of the deaf utilize with this population and differences in educational services with the presence of an additional disability. She has been sought out for input on this topic for webinars, newsletters, invited journal articles and collaborative research.

Stacey Jones Bock, PhD, has spent the past 20 years researching the area of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and supporting children and youth and their families. Her formal training in ASD came from the University of Kansas where upon completion of her dissertation, she coauthored the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS) in 2000. The ASDS was the first diagnostic instrument published to aide in the diagnosis of Asperger Disorder after its inclusion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)- IV. She is currently under contract with Pro-ed International for norming and renaming the diagnostic tool (Autism Spectrum Diagnostic Scale- HF) for proper fit with the DSM-5th Edition and the expected publication timeline is within the next 12 months.

Dr. Christy Borders and Dr. Stacey Jones Bock will present  Addressing the Needs of Deaf Students With Comorbid Autism  and Functional Communication Training for Students with Comorbid Deafness and Autism

Margaret Johnson, PhD,  - Prior to coming into academia nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Johnson served adult patients with primarily traumatic brain injury and stroke in acute care hospitals and rehabilitation centers.  She continues to practice clinically today and feels that it is truly the only way to be successful in teaching students the science and art of speech-language pathology.  She has found a passion and a love for working with students and enjoys sharing her passion of the profession.  She loves water sports, gardening, and reading. Originally from Mississippi, Johnson is a self-proclaimed “die-hard Ole Miss Rebel." 

Dr. Johnson will present Using Neuroplasticity as a Guide for Do's and Don'ts of Aphasia Therapy and Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy

Teresa Lever, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Missouri, with adjunct appointments in biomedical sciences and communication sciences and disorders. She also is a board-certified Speech Language Pathologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She obtained her PhD in communication sciences and disorders in 2008 from East Carolina University (ECU) and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship, also at ECU. Since joining the MU faculty in 2010, she has established a highly productive translational research laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine.         

Dr. Teresa Lever will present Improving Clinical Practice and Education Through Translational Dysphagia Research

Stephanie Logan, PhD, is the executive director of The L.E.A.D. Institute (Leadership through Education and Advocacy for the Deaf).  L.E.A.D. is a non-profit organization committed to meeting the safety and accessibility needs of deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf/blind individuals across the state of Missouri. In over 20 years, Dr. Logan has focused her efforts on L.E.A.D. providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and crisis intervention services for deaf Missourians. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, teaching American Sign Language. Dr. Logan is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and was the first deaf graduate from the National Victim’s Assistance Academy in Washington, D.C. She has her masters in business administration from William Woods University and her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Logan is currently the only deaf psychologist in the state of Missouri. She is a late-deafened adult as a result of spinal meningitis more than 24 years ago.  She uses her unique perspective to educate professionals and to help bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities.

Dr. Stephaine Logan will present  Deaf Culture: What Everyone Should Know  and Working With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Victims of Abuse

Brenda Sitzmann, MA, CCC-SLP, is a graduate of the University of Iowa. She has been a speech-language pathologist at Children’s Mercy since January 2015. As a part of the CMH Hearing & Seech Team, Ms. Sitzmann is a member of the GI Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic, Swallow Study (OPM) Team, Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and the 22Q Clinic. Prior to her time at Children’s Mercy, Brenda spent nearly 15 years at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota earning advanced competencies in NICU feeding, advanced feeding with bottling, Passy Muir valves, video fluoroscopic swallow studies and cleft and craniofacial disorders.  She is a certified lactation counselor.

Ms. Sitzman will present Treatment Strategies for Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (VPD)

Janelle Stevens, MA, CCC-SLP, has been working as a speech-language pathologist at Children's Mercy Hospital for 21 years.  She has attended numerous regional and national conferences on the topic of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).  She was awarded the speech professional of the year by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) in 2010.  She provides presentations on the topic of CAS to local school districts, universities and state speech-language-hearing associations.

Ms. Janelle Stevens will present Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations

Nancy Telian, MS, CCC-SLP is the  founding co-director of Reading with TLC and the author of the internationally renowned Lively Letters Program.  As an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of reading disorders, Nancy brings with her 36 years of experience. She  is an adjunct faculty member at Boston’s prestigious MGH Institute of Health Professions Graduate Program in communication sciences and disorders, where she has served as a clinical supervisor.  She  was involved in the Massachusetts Department of Education Bay State Reading Initiative, having served as a master teacher trainer for the Massachusetts Department of Education Teacher Training Institutes under the No Child Left Behind Act.  As a frequent speaker at state and national  conventions, including the national ASHA Convention and as an invited speaker for the 2013 ASHA Schools Conference for the past 20 years, Nancy has also  presented professional training workshops to thousands of speech-language pathologists, educators and clinicians within the United States and in Canada. Nancy also served as editor of the Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association newsletter, The Voice.  Known for  “bringing her passions to work,”  Nancy is internationally recognized as a dynamic, entertaining speaker who provides her audiences with a wealth of practical strategies and motivation for changing lives.

Ms. Telian will present Merging Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Within the RtI Model of Instruction, Johnny Reads CVC Words: Now What? Advanced Word Reading and Spelling and Magic of Morphology: Training Prefix/Root/Suffix to Improve Reading, Spelling and Vocabulary


Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will be held on Friday to raise funds for student scholarships – this is a great way to provide opportunities for students to attend MSHA’s Annual Convention and network with professionals.

Please consider donating an item or two to the auction; items of any size and value are welcome!

Just email our Silent Auction Chairs Jacob Gutshall (jgutshall@maryville.edu) or Corey Cathey (ccathey@cpsk12.org) to let them know what you plan to donate.

Donors can use the the Silent Auction Donation Request Form to either donate their item or to help solicit items.


Continuing Education and Disclosure


Tired of standing in line to turn in your CE Paperwork? After the Convention (or during the Convention) you will able able to go to the MSHA website and file your ASHA, AAA and IHS CEUs.


This course is offered for up to 2.4 ASHA CEUs (Various levels, Professional area)

AAA Continuing Education
The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.9 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

NOTE: Amount of CEUs subject to change due to presenter cancellation and other events beyond MSHA’s control.

Presenter Disclosures



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