Fall 2014
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Thirty-Seven, Number Three, Fall 2014

This is the Newsletter of the
Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dawn Kutney, Editor
790 W.Lake Lansing Rd.
Suite 500-A
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
email address:  msha@att.net
Website: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2014-2015

MSHA Executive Board:

Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP
Past President: 
Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC- SLP

Beth Economou, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy:
Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Audiology Services:
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
VP for Membership:
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Dev & Education:
Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP Elect for Prof Dev & Education:
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations:
Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Healthcare:
Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP
Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools:
Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC-SLP

MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Audiology Practice:
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
Continuing Education:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards:
Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP
Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A
Public Schools:
Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs:
Sarah Rose, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA Members-at-Large
N.W. Michigan:
Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
S.E. Michigan:
Karen O'Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan:
Kirsten Haverberg, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan: Open
Upper Peninsula:
Rachel Denis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Greg Spray, M.A., CFY-SLP
ASHA Advisory Councilors:SLP:  
Karen Kurcz, M.A., CCC-SLP
AUD:  Margot Beckerman, Au.D., CCC-A

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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

March 26-28, 2015 MSHA Annual Conference
Radisson Hotel/Lansing Center, Lansing
April 21-23, 2016 MSHA Annual Conference
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
March 23-25, 2017, MSHA Conference: Detriot Marriott Troy
2018 MSHA Conference: Westside of Michigan TBA

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MSHA Fall Presentation: Visual Processing

Carolyn Doty, M.A.,CCC-SLP

   The MSHA Healthcare Services Committee is pleased to have Danna Haba, O.D., FCOVD of the Excel Institute of Shelby Neuro Vision Rehabilitation Institute present Visual Processing: The Missing Link in Adults and Children, at our upcoming Fall Workshop at Beaumont Health System Royal Oak Campus. The workshop is Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 4:15-7:30 pm with registration beginning at 3:30 pm.  The cost of the workshop is $50.00 for MSHA members, $60.00 for non-MSHA members and $25.00 for Students.  The workshop will offer .3 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level and Related Area). 

   Online registration is now available at: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

   Please join our committee!  We need input from a greater number of MSHA members from all areas of the state who specialize in adult or pediatric healthcare.  The committee meets four to five times a year in the Detroit area.  If you are unable to be present in person at the meetings, you can participate via conference calling and perhaps even skype.  
Please contact  Carolyn at cdoty@beaumont.edu or Julie at jeaman@dmc.org  if  you are interested.  
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Do You Know an Outstanding Clinician?

Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The SLP Health Care Services Committee is unveiling our new Outstanding Clinician Award.  Our goal is to honor remarkable clinicians who support the overall mission of MSHA in their clinical practice and who go beyond normal work responsibilities.  We would like to recognize our Michigan colleagues working in health care and motivate others to provide excellent clinical service.

   Consider nominating your colleague or someone you know working in health care who demonstrates exemplary professionalism with their clients with communication disorders.  The winners will be notified in January, 2015 and will be honored at the MSHA 2015 Annual Conference, in MSHA publications and on the MSHA website.  Please contact Carolyn Doty at 248-655-5880 or at cdoty@beaumonthospitals.edu for more information.

   Please visit our website at www.michiganspeechhearing.org for the Nomination Form
The deadline for 2015 will be October 31, 2014.

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Graduate Info Session at Wayne State University

Nan Liening, M.A., CCC-SLP

   You are invited to join the Graduate Information Session (GIS) if you are interested in applying for the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology in our Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Wayne State University. The graduate information session will begin at 10:00am on October 17th, 2014. The program will conclude around 12pm.
   The Graduate Application Information Session will include information on the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology curricula, clinical training programs, faculty research, the CSD facility and the application process.  Applicants will have the chance to meet with faculty members and graduate students, to have their questions answered in person, and to visit the Speech-Language & Hearing Clinics. 
   The location for this session is:  Rackham Library 2nd Floor (60 Farnsworth next to the DIA) Parking is available in a structure attached to the back of the building on Warren.  The parking structure accepts only credit cards.  (Parking structures #3 http://campusmap.wayne.edu/).  There are also parking meters (up to 2 hrs) in front of the building on Farnsworth. Please also refer to other parking lots nearby, such as other WSU parking structures and DIA parking.
  For more information, please contact Ms. Denise Walker at 313-577-3339, or email at csdadmissions@wayne.edu.

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Research Opportunities

Greg Spray, M.A., CFY-SLP

Dyslexia Research:
The staff at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Development lab at Michigan State University is currently searching for participants age 5 and 7 who have dyslexia.  To participate in this study, the child must be right handed, a native English speaker, no history of psychiatric, neurological or ADHD disorders. If you know of a child who fits this description, please have their parent/guardian contact the research team.
Email: cogneurolang@gmail.com
Phone: (517) 432-5152
Website: http://cogneurolanguagedevelopment.weebly.com
Stuttering Research:
The staff at the Speech Neurophysiology Lab at Michigan State University is currently searching for females, age 3-7 who stutter. If you know of any children that are eligible, please have their parent/guardian contact the research team.
Email: speechlabmsu@gmail.com
Phone: (517) 884-2257
Website: www.neurostutteringresearch.com

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Congratulations ACE Winners

   Congratulations to the following MSHA members who received the ACE (Award for Continuing Education) from ASHA.  The ACE Award is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period.  Congratuations to:

Kimberly Miles, M.A., CCC-SLP,  Taylor Public Schools
Sheila Ward, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Retired, Detroit Public Schools
Mary Wietzke, M.A., CCC-SLP, VA Medical Center, Battle Creek

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People in the News

   Kudos...thanks...and congratulations to the following MSHA members and colleagues for their contributions and achievements!
  • Sarah Ginsberg, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University, for becoming an ASHA Fellow.  Sarah will receive this distinction at the upcoming ASHA Convention in November in Orlando, Florida.
  • Gary D. Lawson, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, MSHA Past President and Honors recipient recently retired from Western Michigan University in April of this year after a distinguished career of over 36 years teaching there. To honor Dr. Lawson and his devotion to the students entering the profession, the faculty and staff have initiated the Gary Lawson Audiology Scholarship.
  • The Western Michigan University chapter of NSSLHA will receive Chapter Honors at the Silver Level from ASHA in recognition for their work in philanthropy, community service, career awareness, advocacy and networking.  They will receive this honor at the ASHA Convention in November 2014.  Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP, is their faculty advisory.
  • Jaynee Handelsman, Ph.D., CCC-A, ASHA Fellow, Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, has been elected ASHA President-Elect.
  • Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-A, University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program, has been appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Board of Audiology.
  • Thanks once again to Linda Bowers and Rosemary Huisingh, Co-Founders and Co-Owners of LinguiSystems, Inc., for their continued sponsorship for MSHA Scholarships.
  • Thanks once again to the Michigan chapters of Psi Iota Xi - Eta Sigma, Zeta Theta, Theta Tau, and Eta Omicron Chapters -  for their continued sponsorship for MSHA Scholarships.
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Happy 75th Birthday MSHA

In case you missed this...

   Thanks to all who helped celebrate MSHA's 75th anniversary as a state association - including the 18 Past Presidents who came and many of whom shared some special memories in our Program Book!  MSHA began in 1939 - the 3rd state to incorporate (after Minnesota and Utah) - and the goals and mission of the association still ring true today as it continues to meet the needs of its members throughout Michigan.  We remain one of the strongest state associations in the country, and we need your continued support to go forward in today's world.  We need to grow too, and now that we have licensure for SLPs, we know that there are over 4000 SLPs in the state and many are not MSHA members - and if those include your colleagues and friends, than we need your help too to bring them into the fold.  Tell them about us!  Tell them of your good experiences at our MSHA Conferences over the years.  Invite them to join.  Our membership committee, led by Gordon Krainen, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, welcomes your input and help with this goal, so if you have any ideas please contact the MSHA office at msha@att.net and we'll put you in touch with the committee members.
(Pictured here are MSHA Past Presidents)

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Thanks to our Sponsors at the MSHA Conference

Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP

   This year our MSHA Conference was enhanced by several key sponsors and I encourage you to thank them at any opportunity you may have.  Their support helps fund our receptions and other amenities such as our lanyards this year which highlight our 75th anniversary.  As many of you know, the lovely hotels that hold our MSHA conferences have expensive rates for food, coffee, electricity, wifi, AV, etc., and this is what your registration fees pay for.  Our sponsors' donations help defray these costs to us, but it is always challenging to our program committee to offer these amenities to our MSHA members and stay within a very tight budget. 

   So again, in the order of their event at the MSHA Conference, we thank the following for their generous sponsorship:
Past Presidents’ Reception Thursday afternoon:
•Eastern Michigan University,
Speech-Language Pathology Program, Department of Special Education

Welcome Reception Thursday evening:
•Western Michigan University
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Continental Breakfast Friday morning:
•Detroit Medical Center
Undergraduate Student Session Friday morning:
•The Abby D Center, Petoskey & Traverse City
Graduate Student Session Friday afternoon:
•Michigan State University
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Snack Break Friday afternoon:
•Central Michigan University
Department of Communication Disorders

Coffee & Pastries Saturday morning:
•Wayne State University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

MSHA 75th Anniversary Lanyards:
• Balog Speech & Language Center, Plymouth
• Children’s Center for Growth & Development, Hartland
• Comprehensive Speech & Therapy Center, Jackson

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MSHA Conference Q & A: From Your Evaluations

Dawn Kutney, B.A., Editor

   For the 500 of you who attended the 2014 MSHA Annual Conference, 20% of you filled out the green evaluation sheets - thank you - and from these we have culled several questions and we'd like to answer them here.  Thank you for your input and suggestions!

Q:  It seemed like we had less vendors this year - why?
A:  Yes, we did have fewer vendors, and we missed their presence quite a bit - in fact we called several of our loyal companies, and a couple of them reported that they hope more people use their online shopping option.   So we need your help!  Contact your favorite companies who were not at MSHA this year, and ask them to come next year!  Tell them why!  Super Duper did not exhibit at MSHA this year and we tried to pursuade them to come - but they need to hear from you if you buy their products!  So let them know about next year's dates & location (March 26-28, 2015, Lansing, Michigan) and email me at the MSHA office and I'll send them the forms.

Q:  I loved the 1 and 2 hour sessions - could we have more of them?
A:  We try to include as many as we can - and we did change the classes on Thursday night from 3 hours to 2 hours, in response to our MSHA members requests.  As many of you stated, 3 hours is a long time to be in one class, but remember that one of our goals - and responsibilities - is to include as many CEUs as possible in our annual conference schedule.  So, when combining this objective with the expense of bringing in these great speakers from all around the country, 3 hour classes just make more sense so we will continue to offer them as well, with as many 1 and 2 hour sessions as we can schedule.

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From the President

By Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Whether you are "back to school" yourself as an SLP who works in the public schools, or you are enjoying this ritual as a parent, it seems that this is the time of year where we get back into more of a routine and we make promises to ourselves to be more organized...heathier...focused - whatever it is in our lives that we often let go of during the summer.   In our professional lives, this is a time to renew as well - in more than one sense of the word!  Your commitment to MSHA means the world to our organization - your membership dues not only allow us to actually exist and do good work, but also are a very real show of support. 

   The work that we have done and still do, as an organization of 75 years now and continuing, is a labor of collective affirmation that we are members of a valuable profession in the educational setting, the healthcare and clinical setting, and in the service of communication health and rehabilitation.  MSHA has lasted over the years through changes in technology, economic travails, changes in labor and workforce, and demographic changes that makes our work even more relevant in an ever-changing world.

   Thank you for your support and I urge you to continue this support by renewing your dues and inviting your colleagues to get on board!  There are over 4000 SLPs in Michigan - and our membership remains around 1400.  If you are receiving this newsletter, you are our lifeblood and you are the reason we are able to continue to offer conferences, provide continuing education to our professionals, educate our legislators, advocate for our students, patients, and ourselves.  We have not raised dues in 22 years - and the reason why is because we know these years have not been easy for us in just about any of our work settings.  The economic travails, cuts to budgets, loss of jobs - all of this has affected our profession and yet we still must strive to provide the services we do at the lowest cost to you.  Please keep that in mind as you receive your MSHA Dues Renewal cards which were just mailed out.

   In this newsletter you will find the best of our efforts - the 2015 MSHA Annual Conference offers outstanding speakers from around the country as well as our state.  Please check out the schedule in the article below.  Thank you Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A.,CCC-SLP (right) and her Program Committee for the work they have done to pull this together.  We will be in downtown Lansing March 26-28, 2015 at the Lansing Center and Radisson Hotel.  It will be a great opportunity to gather, learn, relax, and renew our energies and friendships.
   We strive to improve our website and technology and we invite you to be part of our efforts.  Thank you to Erica Barker (pictured below) and her committee to increase our communication efforts across the social media. Join us at any or all of the following: 
https://www.facebook.com/MI SpeechLanguageHearingAssociation instagramn.com/mshalang#

   Some of our colleagues who are not MSHA members have often asked "what's in it for me" when considering MSHA.   As members, we have answered that question and responded by our commitment.  The answers range from our excellent MSHA Conferences, to legislative advocacy, to solidarity as a profession, to information access, to leadership and representation to insurance companies, school administrators, national organizations, and to other professional groups.  MSHA has a small office in East Lansing, and has two employees - Dawn Kutney and Kim Wesoloski (pictured left, l-r) - who between the two of them have over 50 years of experience working for us.  If you call the MSHA office you will talk to a person - one of these two persons -  and you will get the help or answers you need.  How many organizations can offer that level of experience and responsiveness?
   As I have said before, there is a place in MSHA for you -  there is a spot on the board for you in your future!  We will be reaching out to start that personal connection and mentorship with our members.  We invite you to reach out to us!  Maybe you can work on a committee, help with a project or simply provide information and feedback to our board regarding issues you want addressed.  However you serve, remember we have a responsibility to keep this association's history rich and solid!  What will your story be?  I can’t wait to hear it someday!   For more information on how you can be involved with MSHA or to contact the board members visit:  www.michiganspeechhearing.org

   So in closing, thank you for your commitment to MSHA and I urge you to continue your support of our wonderful organization.  You make the collective work of MSHA, possible.

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MSHA Conference 2015

Emmylou Garza Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Welcome back to autumn!  As football and hockey season returns to TV and we venture off to apple orchards, the cooler weather approaching reminds me that this is a good time to consider attending the annual Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference at the Radisson Hotel/Lansing Convention Center, downtown Lansing, on March 26-28 of 2015.  See our wonderful slate of speakers and topics below.  

   We all have a limited budget when it comes to attending conferences and maintaining our professional development.  But did you know that attending your very own in-state MSHA conference you can earn up to 2.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for only $200?  Last week, I received a brochure to attend a language development conference for one day only to earn .6 CEU for $190.  As you calculate the price, you do receive more CEUs attending an annual MSHA conference.  For the cost of $200, we have the best bang for your buck at conference.  The speakers we have scheduled are experts in the clinical topic area, well known in the profession, and are outstanding speakers who present on evidence-based practice along with practical clinical techniques you can utilize when you return to work or school.  So take the time as we jump into autumn to consider attending the 2015 MSHA conference.  Ask a colleague to you join you, too.  You will not regret it, I promise!  Look for the Preliminary Conference Program in the mail shortly after the New Year.  We will have it online sometime in December.  There is still time to submit a Call for Paper.

   Hope to see you at MSHA in Lansing!
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MSHA Conference 2015: Join us in Lansing!

Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP

        Growing Together ~ Growing Stronger                               
Highlights for the MSHA Annual Conference 2015
       March 26-28, 2015
    Radisson Hotel & Lansing Center Lansing, Michigan

Thursday, March 26, 2015

 ▲ Shelly Jo Kraft, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Wayne State University, will present a morning Short Course on the topic of Clinical Relevancy of Genetic Work in Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders.
Reception for Legislators, Clinicians and SLP Students.  Details forthcoming -   Everyone welcome!
Lyn Tindall Covert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, VA Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, will present an afternoon Short Course: Implementing and Sustaining a Telepractice Program.  Dr. Covert’s area of expertise is adult disorders of voice, aphasia, and dysarthria.
Amy Miller, M.A., CCC-SLP, Ingham ISD, will present an afternoon Miniseminar: Supporting the Communication Development of Young Children with Hearing Loss from Home to Preschool.
Natalie F. Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University, will present an evening 2-hour class:  Help! My Client has Aphasia and I have 30 Minutes and No Materials.
Marlene Cummings, M.A., CCC-SLP and Stacey Fox, M.A., CCC-SLP, both from Oakland Schools, will present an evening 2-hour class entitled: A Framework for Success in AAC: Building Competent Communicators.
Welcome Reception, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.  Hot hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Everyone welcome!

Friday, March 27, 2015

 ▲ Julie A. Wolter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Utah State University, will present two Short Courses:  Contextualized School-Age Language Intervention: Techniques for Making it Count.
Donald MacLennan, M.A., CCC-SLP, VA Healthcare System, Bloomington, Minnesota, will present two Short Courses: Cognitive Rehabilitation and the Road to College.
Michele R. Eaddy, J.D., Attorney, Thrun Law Firm, P.C, East Lansing, will present a morning Short Course: Hot Topics in Special Education Law.
MSHA Awards Luncheon will feature Keynote Speaker Colleen Allen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, President and CEO of the Autism Alliance of Michigan and Founder of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Henry Ford Hospital. Colleen will share significant autism policy and practice reform milestones that have taken place in Michigan over the past few years.  The Awards Luncheon will also feature MSHA’s Honors of the Association and Distinguished Service Awards as well as presentation of MSHA and MSHF Scholarship Awards.
Undergraduate and Graduate sessions designed to address students’ needs in university experiences and in the working environments that await them.
▲ All-Day MSHF Silent Auction; Exhibitors’ Cocktail Party and Raffle; MSHA 50/50 Raffle Friday at 6 pm.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 

Joseph R. Duffy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, ASHA Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurology, will present two Short Courses on the topic of Differential Diagnosis and Management of Acquired Dysarthrias.
A. Lynn Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning & Development, East Tennessee State University, will present two Short Courses: Sound Management: It’s About Time
Public School Forum Luncheon will feature Joanne Pierson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Lauren Katz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, both from the Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute (3LI) who will present: Using Curricular Content in Language Therapy: A Few Snapshots.
▲ Medical SLP Forum Luncheon will feature Joe Duffy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, ASHA Fellow, Mayo Clinic.
Additional Short Courses, 1 and 2 hour sessions, and Poster Sessions for both Friday and Saturday on a variety of topics including:  Selective Mutism; Innovations in Public School SLP Services; and Training for Clinical Supervision in Graduate School Programs.
This Conference is a work in progress! The Preliminary Program will be mailed in early January and available online.  All other MSHA forms are online now including Hotel Registration Form, Volunteer Form, Conference Registration Form, and all information and forms for Exhibitors and Advertisers.
 Look for the MSHA Call for Papers online and in coming et ceteras.
Great opportunity for CEUs! Contact MSHA for more info at 517/332-5691 or visit our website at: www.michiganspeechhearing.org
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Growing Together - Growing Stronger: More Than a Title

Greg Spray, M.A., CFY-SLP

   Think about this: “Growing Together ~ Growing Stronger." What do you think about when you see the title of the annual conference? Being a rather “green” clinician, several thoughts come to mind: undergraduate students growing a deeper knowledge for speech-language pathology; graduate students and recent graduates joining together with the other 134,000+ speech-language pathologists in the country; expert clinicians advocating for the future of the profession; and of course, Charles Van Riper.  As these thoughts cross my mind, I think back to the countless individuals who guided and assisted me on my journey to becoming a speech-language pathologist.
   Looking back on my days at Western Michigan University I don’t remember the stresses of deadlines, exams, or graduate school applications. Instead, I fondly remember my time spent with two individuals who provided me with motivation, inspiration, and the occasional “pep talk”. As an undergraduate student it is easy to become overwhelmed by obligations such as work, campus life, and classes; however, if you build a friendship with people of like-minds, you are bound to succeed. As I work to complete my clinical fellowship, I wonder how I was able to pull all-nighters studying, while also being a member of multiple student organizations, working a part-time job, and applying to graduate school. Now I realize that it was these two people, sisters really, who first taught me what it meant to grow together and stronger.

   After leaving WMU, and becoming a graduate student at Michigan State University, I was privileged to work with outstanding faculty and speech-language pathologists that allowed me to grow stronger as a clinician, which makes me reflect on the title for the annual conference. “Growing Together ~ Growing Stronger” is more than just an abstract title; it is about reflecting on individuals who inspire and teach novice clinicians while at the same time ensuring a bright future for the field of speech-language pathology.
Acknowledgements: Kaley Gerke, Katie Elder, my academic families at WMU and MSU, Lisa Register, Laura Lenkey, Erin Saotome, Holly Sands, Cathy Olson, Julie Pratt, and Sherry Riedel.

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2014 Van Riper Lecture Series at WMU

Yvette Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   Coming Soon:

            Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
Elizabeth Peña, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Barbara Conboy, Ph.D., University of Redlands 

   The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University, together with Psi Iota Xi and the College of Health and Human Services, are pleased to announce the 2014 Van Riper Lecture Series. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, October 9, and Friday morning, October 10. It is anticipated that a total of 9.5 hours toward CEUs can be earned by attending the entire conference.
   These distinguished speakers will outline best practices for children who are bilingual and second language learners. A focus of the lectures will be the foundational skills, such as speech perception and cognitive control of these populations, and how these skills are linked to typical language and literacy development. Finally, best methods for assessment will be discussed, especially in differentiating language variations from language impairments, and implications for intervention will be presented. The titles of the presentations are as follows:
Foundations of Dual Language Development and Implications for Clinical Practice
Semantic Development and Organization in Bilinguals: Preschool through Early School-Age
Language Assessment of Bilingual Children

 Contact Mrs. Paula Armstrong paula.armstrong@wmich.edu or 269.387.8045) for more information. We hope to see you at the Van Riper Lectures!

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Committee on Ethics Report

Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP, Co-Chair

   Thank you to all the members who attended the MSHA Ethics Committee Poster Session at MSHA this spring. To continue this work, we will be presenting an additional poster at ASHA this November in Orlando, Florida. We are currently surveying other state organizations about the role of ethics committees and the impact this service brings to our professions. In addition, we will share the process we use in Michigan and highlight the work that has been done in our state in recent years. We are excited to learn more as this process unfolds and share it at ASHA.
   The committee has a goal to update the MSHA webpage regularly and we would like to hear from you about the ethical “hot topics” that interest you. We will look for some resources and add them to the committee page. We encourage you to visit http://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/ethics.php to learn more.
   As always, if you have an ethical concern or work situation that makes you uncomfortable, don’t feel alone.  We all must confront ethical issues in our professions on one occasion or another.  Your MSHA Committee on Ethics may be a valuable resource for you.  Other professional colleagues look at your concern objectively and consider how the MSHA Code of Ethics, the ASHA Code of Ethics, as well as general medical ethics, might apply to your situation. Use the consult form at http://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/ethics_consult_form.php and send it to mshaethics@gmail.com.
   After we receive and review the form, a consensus position is formulated, but other options are provided as well. We support you by objectively viewing the situation and providing you with resources and information we believe are pertinent to your situation. The committee consists of thoughtful professionals from a variety of work settings that provide you with information about your options for proceeding in your specific case.  Each consultation results in a consensus opinion through research and collaboration of all the committee members.

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Public School Committee Meetings

Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC

   Here are the upcoming dates for the Skype MSHA PSC Meetings:
October 17, 2014; November 21, 2014; January 17, 2015; March 27, 2015 at the MSHA Conference; and May 15, 2015. Stay tuned for more details!
(Pictured here, l-r: Laurie Norman and Lori Tavtigian).

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Coming Events

The 2014 Van Riper Lectures Bilingualism & Language Acquistion
10/09/2014- 10/10/2014
Western Michigan University
Fetzer Center 2350 Business Ct.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition presented by Elizabeth Pena, Ph.D., University of Austin and Barbara Conboy, Ph.D., University of Redlands. 

Wayne State University Annual Alumni Event
Wayne State University
Wayne State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Annual Alumni Event is for Alumni, students, and faculty in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  An open house and dinner will be provided by students and faculty from 4:00-6:00 pm followed by a lecture (6:00-7:00 pm) The Clinical Significance of Genetic Contributions to Communication Disorders given by Shelly Jo Kraft, Ph.D.  .1 ASHA CEUs will be offered.

MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly Meeting
University Lutheran Church
1020 S. Harrison
East Lansing, MI 48823

Visual Processing: The Missing Link in Adults and Children
Beaumont Health System-Royal Oak Campus
3601 W. Thirteen Mile Rd. Administration Building Auditorium
Royal Oak, MI 48073
How vision in the brain works, neuroplasticity of the visual system and visual strategies for rehabilitation presented by Danna Haba, O.D., FCOVD from Excel Institute of Shelby. 

9th Annual MAC on M.A.C
10/16/2014- 10/17/2014
East Lansing Marriott
300 M.A.C Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823

Public School Committee Meeting via Skype
Please email Lori Tavtigian with your Skype name before the meeting.

Wayne State University Graduate Application Information Session
Wayne State University
Rackham Library 2nd Floor 600 Farnsworth
Detroit, MI 48201
Your are invited to join the Graduate Information Session (GIS) if you are interested in applying for the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University.  The session will include information on the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology curricula, clinical training programs, faculty research, the CSD facility and the application process.  You will have a chance to meet with faculty members and graduate student, to have your questions answered in person, and to visit the Speech-Language and Hearing clinics.
Registration for our 2014 Fall Conference is now open!

The ABC’s of Spelling and Reading: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics

Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m
Lansing Community College, West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, Michigan
Keynote speaker: Julie Masterson, Ph.D.
Provost Fellow for Faculty Development
Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Missouri State University

The Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports individuals with dyslexia and related language-based learning disorders, their families, educators, and the larger community.

The Lively Letters are Coming to Wayne State University
Wayne State University-Bernath Auditorium
Adamany Undergraduate Library 5150 Anthony Wayne
Detroit, MI 48202
Full training in Lively Letters and Sight You Can See will provided by program author, Nancy Telian, M.S., CCC-SLP.  The presentation is hosted by Wayne State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  There is no charge for Wayne State University Faculty and students (this includes off campus/internship supervisors)  This workshop is be offered for .6 ASHA CEUs  SPACE IS LIMITED

Public School Committee Meeting via Skype
Please email Lori Tavtigian your Skype name before the meeting.

MSHA Executive Board Meeting
Via Conference Call

MSHA Executive Board Meeting
Via Conference Call

Public School Committee Meeting via Skype
Please email Lori Tavtigian your Skype name before the meeting.

MSHA Executive Board Meeting
Via Conference Call

Save the Date for the Herbert J. and E. Jane Oyer Endowed Lecture Series
25th Anniversary Celebration Looking at Literacy through the Lens of Speech-Language Pathology.  Presented by Kenn Appel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Chair the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Carolina and Cynthia Puranik, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services at University of Pittsburgh. 

Public School Committee Meeting
MSHA Annual Conference
Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center
Lansing , MI

Public School Committee Meeting via Skype
Please email Lori Tavtigian before the meeting with your Skype name.

EMU Position available

Lidia Lee, Ph.D., CCC-A

   Assistant Professor Position available: Department of Special Education, Eastern Michigan University is seeking applicants for one tenure-track position in Speech Language Pathology.  Start date: August 2015. Required qualifications: doctoral degree, CCC-SLP, strong ABD candidates will be considered, meaningful clinical experience beyond the Clinical Fellow, and college teaching experience.  Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, advising students, conducting scholarly research and participating in service within the university and larger professional community.  Expertise in any of the following areas is desirable: phonology/phonetics, child language, speech science, neuroanatomy. For consideration, applicants should submit their materials via (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/emichedu/default.cfm): letter of application that includes a statement of qualifications and teaching and research interests; a detailed curriculum vitae that includes education, publications, teaching, and research experience; and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references familiar with your teaching and research experience and/or potential. Review of applicants will begin on January 5, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding the position can be directed to Lidia Lee, lidia.lee@emich.edu.  

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Photos from the 2014 MSHA Annual Conference

Some Scenes from MSHA in Kalamazoo

et cetera - Fall 2014