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2017 Covention

April 6-9, 2017
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO


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Welcome from the Convention Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

Your MSHA Convention Planning Team is excited to bring to the 2017 MSHA Convention a premier line-up of regionally and nationally acclaimed speakers who are committed to Communication: Creating Connections – Building Bridges with attendees. From engaging Day Institutes to outstanding breakout sessions, it is our hope that this Convention provides you with the opportunity to Create Connections for building, learning and networking!

On Thursday evening, there will be two Pre-Convention sessions beginning with the Annual Round Robin session featuring multiple Q&A presentations on various topics. Next, will be the annual Ask MSHA session, providing the opportunity to hear and address the Executive Board. These two events offer attendees two continuing education hours before the Convention officially begins and gives you a chance to start Building Bridges through networking early! All Convention attendees are eligible to attend these two sessions.

In addition to picking up your Convention packet at the resgistration area, make sure you pick up your volunteer envelope and visit the MSHA Cares table for information about our special project for the 2017 Convention. This year, we are pleased to support Stars 4Autism, a group that provides training for first responders, city officials and other public individuals who may encounter individuals with autism. Be sure you take time to listen to the amazing plans Stars 4Autism has to build bridges between the individuals we serve and their communities! There will be an opportunity to purchase the frequently requested MSHA t-shirts, with the proceeds benefitting this tremendous effort.

When planning your itinerary, be sure to pre-register for your Friday lunch, the President’s Luncheon and the ever popular Tail Gate Party before the Quest on Saturday. 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 the doors open at 10:30 am on Friday morning. New this year is a Convention session block schedule that allows time to connect with exhibitors between sessions. In addition, the Exhibit Hall will again be the site of this year’s Silent Auction. Your generous bids benefit the Student Scholarship Fund, which provides learning opportunities for our student members each year. Bid early and bid often! Plan now to bring your own donations to support our student attendees through the Silent Auction!

We are also honored to have Dr. Paul Rao, an amazing individual and former ASHA president, with incredible experience to share with us. Make plans now to attend the President’s Luncheon, hosted by our current MSHA President Sharon Sowder, to hear Dr. Rao and earn another CEU.

The Convention Planning Team is pleased to offer more sessions than ever geared toward intermediate and advanced learning levels! MSHA attempts to make connections with the future of our environment by saving paper, so be sure to go to www.showmemsha.org to download your session handouts before the Convention. And, download the Pathfinder so you will have all the Convention details in the palm of your hand.

The fun-filled Tailgate Party will take place Saturday evening just before the exciting annual Quest for the Cup! Sincere thanks, once again, to EBS for sponsoring this event highlighting our graduate students’ knowledge. Bring your school colors and pompoms as you have an exciting evening cheering on your alma mater, or chosen school, while gaining an additional CEU in the process!

Can’t wait to see you at the beautifully renovated Tan-Tar-A and the 2017 MSHA Convention in April!

Brenda Martien, CPT Chair
Jane Webb, CPT Co-Chair


Highlighted Day Institutes

TBI: The SLP’s Blueprint for a Master Treatment Plan
Lynn Drazinski, MA, CCC-SLP

Ms. Drazinski is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience. She is currently on the faculty at Agustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she provides clinical supervision and teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, and neurogenic disorders.

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic: A Lifetime of Patient-Focused Team Care
Jeffrey Goldstein, MD

Dr. Goldstein is the director of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Multidisciplinary Craniofacial Center. He attended the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed the Craniofacial Fellowship at the University of Toronto/Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Goldstein is section chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department as well as a professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Heather Hendricks, DDS, MD

Dr. Hendricks is the craniofacial orthodontist of the Children’s Mercy Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry, for both her DDS and orthodontics. Dr. Hendricks completed her fellowship at The University of Michigan.

Helen Huff, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Ms. Huff is the clinical coordinator of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Missouri State University and joined Children’s Mercy Hospital in 1989. Ms. Huff became a certified lactation consultant in 2006. She has been with the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team for 12 years and as the clinical coordinator for the past four years. Helen is a member of the American Cleft Palate Association.

Shao Jiang, MD

Dr. Jiang is the director of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic. He attended the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University and completed fellowships at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Jiang is the vice chair of the Department of Surgery, surgical director of the Vascular Anomaly Clinic and an assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical School.

Erin Lindhorst, MS, RD, LD

Ms. Lindhorst is a clinical nutrition specialist (registered dietitian) at Children’s Mercy Hospital, specializing in the areas of cleft lip and cleft palate and feeding difficulties. Ms. Lindhorst attended Missouri State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics and a minor in biomedical science. She then attended Saint Louis University for her dietetic internship and master’s degree with her area of focus being public health nutrition. Ms. Lindhorst serves as a scholar in the evidence-based practice program at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where she reviews literature and helps to develop clinical practice guidelines. Ms. Lindhorst is currently working on research looking at the correlation between body mass index and mid-upper arm circumference in cleft lip and palate patients.

Brenda Sitzmann, MS, CCC-SLP

Ms. Sitzmann is a graduate of the University of Iowa. As a part of the Children’s Mercy Hearing and Speech Department, she is a member of the cleft lip and palate clinic, Super Q Express (22q) Clinic, VPI Clinic, GI Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic, and the videofluoroscopic swallow study team. Brenda is a certified lactation counselor.

Rachel Warman, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Warman is a pediatric audiologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital, currently serving as part of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team. She received her doctorate in audiology from Washington University in the St. Louis School of Medicine in 2015.


Highlighted Presenters

Roseanna Arand, AuD, CCC-A, is a cochlear implant audiologist at the University of Missouri - Columbia. She received her undergraduate degree from Mizzou and continued her education in St. Louis. Rosie received her AuD from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 and then returned to her hometown of Moberly, Missouri. Since that time she has enjoyed working with her CI patients and growing the CI program at the University. Dr. Arand’s favorite part of her job is watching patients grow in their independence and confidence through the use of cochlear implants. In her spare time, she loves to read, exercise, and be an active member of her church and community.

Dr. Arand will present Cochlear Implants: Indications, Functions, Team Approach and Pre and Post-Operative Care.

Nancy Champlin, MS, BCBA, is the owner and CEO of Autism Concepts, Inc., which is the parent company of ACI Learning Centers. ACI Learning Centers provide center-based applied behavior analysis services to individuals with autism and other developmental delays. Locations include Overland Park, Kansas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Edmond, Oklahoma; Harker Heights and Southlake, Texas. Ms. Champlin has worked with individuals with disabilities for more than 30 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in learning disabilities, and master’s degree in early childhood special education. She was certified as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2004.

Dr. Champlin will present Building Bridges Through Collaboration; Effective Practices for Speech Language Pathologists and Behavior Analysts.

Jeanane Ferre, PhD, CCC-A, F-ASHA, received her doctorate from Northwestern University and has focused her career on the assessment of and intervention for central auditory processing disorders (CAPDs). She has published and presented extensively on CAPD, including The Differential Screening Test for Processing and Processing Power - A Guide to CAPD Assessment and Management. She is a fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) and of ASHA and has received the Clinical Achievement Award and Honors of the Association from ISHA. Currently in private practice in the Chicago area, Dr. Ferre is a member of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern and Rush Universities. Her current interests include CAPD screening, intervention for CAPDs, and enhancing clinical preparation in CAPD.

Dr. Ferre will present Yes, You CANS! Adding Therapy for CAPDs to an IEP.

Rebecca Leonard, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor emeritus in the department of otolaryngology/HNS at the University of California, Davis. Her primary clinical interests are in the areas of swallowing and voice. She is one of a growing number of professionals in the field who has extended her scope of practice to include a variety of instrumental assessments and who, with laryngologists, have developed a specialty practice in laryngology/voice/swallowing. Dr. Leonard has been a vocal proponent at state and national levels for the development of standards of practice and training pertinent to this emerging specialty area. Research interests include normal and disordered swallowing, changes in swallowing across the life span, aversive effects on the larynx and voice associated with environmental stimuli and the effects of ablative procedures on voice, speech and swallowing. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Leonard will present  More From Fluoro 1: Subjective Impressions in Dysphagia Assessment and More From Fluoro 2: Objective Measures in Dysphagia Assessment.

Paul Rao, PhD, CPHQ, FACHE, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA Fellow, is a Rehabilitation Consultant who retired as VP of Inpatient Operations and Compliance at National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2014. Rao received his BA in Philosophy from St Vincent, MA in Speech Pathology from Catholic U. and PhD in Hearing and Speech Science from U of Maryland. Rao Chaired the ASHA Board of Ethics & Honors & served as ASHA’s 2011 President. He currently sits on the ASHA Government Relations & Public Policy Board, The University of Maryland Board of Visitors, and Vice Chair of the Board of The Children’s Guild. He is a Certified Healthcare Executive, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and holds his CCCs in SLP.

Dr. Rao will present The ASHA Revised Code of Ethics, President's Celebration - Changing Lives Through Communication and Counseling Persons With Aphasia.

Brenda Sitzmann, MA, CCC-SLP, is a graduate of the University of Iowa. As a part of the Children’s Mercy Hearing & Speech Department, she is a member of the cleft lip and palate clinic, Super Q Express (22q) Clinic, VPI Clinic, GI Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic, and the videofluoroscopic swallow study team. Brenda is a certified lactation counselor.

Ms. Sitzmann will present Feeding the Medically Complex Pediatric Patient and Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: Looking Beyond Aspiration.

Donna Smiley, PhD, CCC-A, is a school-based audiologist and the coordinator for the Educational /Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools (EARS) Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smiley has practiced audiology in the areas of pediatrics and school based audiology for more than 25 years. Additionally, Dr. Smiley co-authored a textbook, School-Based Audiology that is available from Plural Publishing. She served as the vice president for audiology practice on the board of directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association from 2013-2015.

Ms. Smiley will present Building Bridges to Serve Students Who Have Hearing Loss.


NEW FOR 2017 - Recorded Sessions


So many sessions, so little time won’t be a problem this year as MSHA will be recording select sessions for viewing after the Convention. You can purchase all four sessions for just $35 and add to the CEUs you are able to earn for the Convention – even when it is over! Buy the package, watch the recording within the designated time period and learn more, earn more. It does not get any easier than that to maximize your earning potential.

  • Session 24 - Cleft Palate and Resonance Disorders: Myths, Legends, Best Practices
    Mary Blount Stahl, MA, CCC-SLP; Lynn Marty Grames, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Session 31 - Feeding the Medically Complex Pediatric Patient
    Brenda Sitzmann, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Session 38 - Building Bridges Through Collaboration: Effective Practices for Speech-Language Pathologists and Behavior Analysts
    Nancy Champlin, MS, BCBA
  • Session 47 - What Variables Predict Social Communication and What Can We Do?
    Deborah Hwa-Froelich, PhD, CCC-SLP

Convention Hoteltan

Tan-Tar-A Resort is excited to be part of MSHA's 58th Convention and has been working hard with our Convention Planning Team to make this Convention something special. As you enjoy the MSHA Convention educational opportunities, make time to take advantage of the may recreational or relaxing amenities Tan-Tar-A has to offer.

Make your reservations now! Reservations must be received by March 4, 2017, and before the group reservations block is filled to ensure your room accommodations.

Special Discounted Rates for Convention Goers

Single $117
Double $117
Triple $117
Quad $117
One Bedroom Suite $164
Two Bedroom Suite $244

Two Methods to Make A Reservation

Online - Group Access Code: SPCH

Call -1-800-TAN-TAR-A (800-826-8272)

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 3.05 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 0.80 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.

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