Fall 2015
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Four, Fall 2015

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

Photos from the recent MSHA Conference in Lansing.

MSHA Meet & Greet Coming to a Place Near You

Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP

   MSHA Meet, Greet & Eat events across the state on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
   Join us for a happy-hour event near you to learn about your professional state association, network with other professionals, and tell us how we can better serve you!  We will provide a forum for discussing factors and trends related to school SLP issues, hear about legislative advocacy efforts in Lansing on behalf of our professions, as well as MSHA’s exciting Aphasia Advocacy Project!
   Bring a colleague who joins MSHA at this event and you will be entered in a drawing for a free annual membership to MSHA!  Advance registration not required for this event.
Events in 3 locations across Michigan:
Grand Rapids and Muskegon areas (6-8 pm)       
The Melting Pot: A Fondue Restaurant                
2090 Celebration Drive NE Suite 130                       
Grand Rapids, MI 49525                                        
Detroit/Wayne County (6-8 pm)
The Majestic Cafe
4140 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

West Bloomfield/ Oakland County (6-8pm)
Crispelli's Pizzeria
6690 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Northern lower Michigan and Upper Peninsula:
Please check the MSHA website www.michiganspeechhearing.org for virtual meeting opportunities!
Hope to see you at one of these events!  Please contact the MSHA office with questions: 517-332-5691
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MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2015-2016

MSHA Executive Board:

Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP
Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Past President: 
Julie Pratt, M.S., 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
VP for SLP/Public Schools:
Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC-SLP

MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Audiology Practice:
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
Communications and Networking:
Erica Barker, M.A., CCC-SLP
Continuing Education:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards:
Michelle Bailey, M.A., CCC-SLP
SLP Healthcare:
Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs:
Greg Spray, M.A., CFY-SLP
MSHA Members-at-Large
N.W. Michigan:
S.E. Michigan:
Karen O'Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan:
Kirsten Haverberg, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan:
Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP

Upper Peninsula:
Rachel Denis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Brittany Loomis, 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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Have you seen MSHA's Aphasia Video?

Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP & Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Earlier this year MSHA's Health Care Committee and the Public Relations Committee collaborated to develop two informational videos to be used on social media and websites to educate the public on what it is like to live with aphasia for the June National Aphasia Awareness Month.  These videos, What Exactly Is Aphasia? narrated by Detroit Tiger Announcer Rod Allen, have been viewed by thousands of people in our community and across the country improving public awareness of aphasia.  These videos will continue to be used in future projects for many years to come. 
Here are the Top Ten ways you can get involved with this MSHA project:
#1 Watch and Share both versions of What Exactly Is Aphasia?
#2  Show to current patients and caregivers as an educational resource
#3 Forward to your managers and administrators to advocate for your position
#4 Send to your referral sources and payers to promote your services
#5 Show at your support groups
#6 Educate your support staff
#7 Use during a community outreach program
#8 Use at your local school for career day
#9 Share on your social media to educate your family and friends
#10 Take a picture of  your aphasia advocacy and share on MSHA’s Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram
  Have you seen our 2-minute video What Exactly is Aphasia? which was made with the collaboration of Speech-Language Pathologists and individuals living with aphasia aiming to improve awareness in our state? Just click on the title to view this outstanding video.

  A longer version - the 6-minute video of What Exactly is Aphasia? is also available to share with patients, families and other professionals. The video focuses on the fact that aphasia does not affect the individual’s intelligence, only that individual’s ability to communicate. It also highlights the role of speech language pathology in improving communication.
   Volunteer committee members of MSHA have collected these resources to assist others in sharing information with other professionals and consumers.

   Check out our website:

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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

April 21-23, 2016 MSHA Annual Conference
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
March 23-25, 2017, MSHA Conference: Detriot Marriott Troy 

The next et cetera newsletter will be mailed to all MSHA & ASHA members in Michigan in early January, 2016, and will contain the Preliminary Program as well as all the information needed to register for the April 21-23, 2016 MSHA Annual Conference at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids. 

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People in the News

   Kudos...thanks...or congratulations to the following MSHA members and colleagues for their contributions and achievements!

♦ Congrats to the following MSHA members who received the ACE Award from ASHA (Award for Continuing Education) for the period October 2014 through March 2015:

Kathleen Baines, M.S., CCC-SLP, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Margot Beckerman, Au.D., CCC-A, University of Michigan Health System
Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Nancy Gatesy, M.A., CCC-SLP, Private Practice
Beverly Gough, M.A., CCC-SLP, Center for Speech and Language
Marc Haxer, M.A., CCC-SLP, University of Michigan Health System
Kathleen Heilman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Private Practice
Yvette Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Laura Joswiak, M.A., CCC-SLP, Winans Academy
Marie Koss-Ryan, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Gary Lawson, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, Western Michigan University
Denise Ludwig, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Grand Valley State University
Grace Morreale Hawkins, M.A., CCC-SLP, McLaren Northern Michigan Regional Hospital
Patricia Nizio, M.A., CCC-SLP, Beaumont Hospital
Donna Payne, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Evelyn Sommerlot, M.A., CCC-SLP, Eaton ISD
Katie Squires, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University
Margaret Tiner, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of Michigan Health System

♦Thanks once again to Linda Bowers and Rosemary Huisingh, Co-Founders and Co-Owners of LinguiSystems, Inc., for their continued sponsorship for MSHA Scholarships. 

♦Congratulations to Gary D. Lawson, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP who was voted MSHA Life Member at the recent MSHA Board Meeting.  Gary retired as Full Professor in 2014 from Western Michigan University, Department of Speech-Pathology & Audiology.  He served as MSHA President in 1996 and received MSHA Honors in 2009.  Good luck to you Gary!

Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University, recently received her doctorate from Western Michigan University.  Congrats Katie! 

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MSHA Members Asked to Vote on Bylaws

Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP

Dear MSHA Members:

   ASHA has requested that MSHA make a very minor change in our Bylaws in order to be fully approved for ASHA Affiliation.  We are required by our Bylaws, to give our members at least 30 days notice to fully read the changes, for voting at our Annual Business Meeting, which will be held at the MSHA Annual Conference in Grand Rapids.

   Here is the change:

ASHA has requested we update Article 1, Section II of our membership section to state "graduate degree" rather than master's, in order to be consistent with membership categories listed in Article I, Section I,a) as follows (new text underlined, deletions in bold):”
Section II
    a) Active members shall be those persons eligible for active membership as defined in Article I, Section 1(a) and elected to membership in accordance with those procedures as set forth in Article I, Section 3.  All members holding a master's degree graduate degree and..."

   We will vote on this at our 2016 MSHA Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, day and time to be announced.

   Thank you!

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Wayne State University Graduate Application Session Offered

Karen O'Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP

The Department of
Communication Sciences and Disorders
at Wayne State University
Graduate Application Information Session
Friday, October 9, 2015
10:00am – noon
    You are invited to the Graduate Application Information Session 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 Graduate Application Information Session will begin at 10:00am on October 9, 2015. The program will conclude around 12:00pm.
   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, have their questions answered in person, and visit the Speech-Language & Hearing clinics. 
   Location:  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: parking structures #3 http://campusmap.wayne.edu/  The parking structure accepts only credit cards.  There is also metered street parking 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 csdgradapplications@wayne.edu

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MSHA Conference Q & A: From Your Evaluations in Lansing

Dawn Kutney, B.A., Editor

   For the 32% of our conference attendees who filled out the green evaluation forms and turned them in...thank you!  We have compiled all of your remarks and questions and we'd like to respond to several of them here.  Thank you for your input and suggestions!  

Q:  Why can't we have free Wi-Fi at the MSHA Conference?
A:  Usually we do - but in Lansing, because the free wifi was limited to those who had rooms at the Radisson - and we were meeting in the Lansing Center - the free Wi-Fi did not apply and many of you were unhappy with this.  MSHA simply could not afford the thousands of dollars it would have cost to have free Wi-Fi for everyone.  Since these contracts are negotiated years in advance, this option was not as relevant 5 years ago.  We thought a $10 fee per day was reasonable but we heard from many of you so it is something we will be sure to negotiate in the future.  Interestingly enough we found that there are several organizations who purposely don't offer free Wi-Fi during class sessions - so that their attendees will not have distractions during the presentations.   Next year in Grand Rapids, since all of our classes will be in the hotel, guests will have free Wi-Fi available everyhwere.

Q:  Why can't we get CEUs for the Friday Awards Luncheon?
A:   We will offer CEUs in the future at both our Friday & Saturday lunches.  At past conferences, .1 CEU has been offered at both the Public School and the Medical Forum Luncheons on Saturday. Next year we will offer .1 CEU for the Friday Awards Luncheon as well.

Q:  We loved the centrality of the Lansing location, but had problems with the hotel site in terms of parking, signage, and too much walking space between hotel and conference center.  Can we come back to Lansing in a different location?
A:  Yes we can come back to Lansing and we learned quite alot from this conference site and there are certainly things we would do differently at this downtown location.  For example our exhibit room was too big and didn't really suit us with its cement floor and poor acoustics, so if we were to come to the Lansing Center again we would use one of the spacious banquet rooms for our exhibit hall.  We would negotiate better signage and parking.  We are exploring other conference sites in the Lansing area for 2018, including the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.  So stay tuned!

Q:  Why can't we have a writing surface in the classrooms?
A:  It is all about space - include writing tables, and the room capacities get halved.  However, in 2016 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel where we will be for our MSHA Conference April 21-23, most of the meeting rooms are big enough that we can have them set up in a classroom style setting where writing tables are provided.  And still seat plenty of people. 

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Photos from the 2015 MSHA Annual Conference

Some Scenes from MSHA in Lansing

To see more photos from the 2015 MSHA Conference in Lansing, click here:

Photos MSHA 2015

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From the President

By Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP

From the President

   Fall is upon us, which means that we are in full swing conference planning mode here at MSHA!  Next year's conference – April 21-23, 2016 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in beautiful downtown Grand Rapids - will emphasize the importance of establishing and maintaining professional connections.  One of the many ways this will be highlighted is by including speakers from across the nation to support our professional growth and knowledge. See the article below with all of our outstanding invited speakers and topics. This year's Keynote Address will be given by ASHA President-Elect Jaynee Handelsman, Ph.D., CCC-A, ASHA Fellow, who herself is an excellent example of collaboration and leadership.  (Pictured here l-r: Kathy Rigley-Rowell and Kaley Gerke, MSHA 2015)

    Perhaps you are interested in the latest trends in the treatment of acquired brain injury.  Are you curious about how to foster the development of critical thinking in the classroom?  Would you like to learn about the latest developments in the treatment of apraxia? This year's conference is shaping up to be one for the books.  Between our fantastic line-up of expert speakers, a stunning venue in the great city of Grand Rapids, I sincerely hope you will join us for another fantastic experience! 

   Please consider contributing by completing a Call for Paper and sharing your expertise and experience with your fellow colleagues!   Just click here and you’ll be at the MSHA website where you can find all you need to submit a paper for the MSHA Conference.  Encourage your students to present a Poster Session and remind them one of them could earn $250.00 for Best Student Poster Session, as did last year’s winner Allison Woodberg, Graduate Student at Michigan State University with her paper:  The Effect of Social Stress on Disfluency and Fundamental Frequency in Speech.

   Finally, you will all soon receive your MSHA 2016 Dues Renewal cards in the mail.  First and foremost - thank you for being a MSHA member.  Your continuing support keeps us going.  Your dues help pay our two staff members - Kim Wesoloski and Dawn Kutney – and your support keeps our office open and allows us to properly serve our SLPs and AUDs across the state.  We have a legislative presence; we have a presence and a voice in the insurance industry; and we serve and cultivate the next generation of SLPs and AUDs in our universities in Michigan.  MSHA also provides you with an outstanding array of continuing education opportunities which would easily fulfill your CEU requirement.  Our annual conference every year offers excellent speakers at an affordable price.   We have not raised our dues in over 20 years and our conference rate is very competitive.  So thank you in advance for renewing your MSHA dues.  We can’t do this without you!

Hope to see you in Grand Rapids in April!

    Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA President 2015

For more information, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/MI SpeechLanguageHearingAssociation instagramn.com/mshalang#
   For more information on how you can be involved with MSHA or to contact the board members visit:  www.michiganspeechhearing.org

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Grand Rapids 2016!

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

   Check out this great schedule of invited speakers and topics for next year's conference, Image result for amway grand plaza hotelApril 21-23, 2016 at the beautiful Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although the MSHA conference traditionally takes place in March, next year's conference will be held in April due to difficulties in scheduling with the public schools' spring break holidays as well as limited availability in Grand Rapids - a site many of you have requested for a MSHA Conference.  We encourage you to submit a paper for a Short Course or 1- or 2-hour session, or a  poster through Call for Papers, found on the MSHA website, and here:

MSHA Call for Papers 2016
Confirmed Speakers for MSHA 2016:

Jerry K. Hoepner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Wisconsin, will present two Short Courses on the topic of Cognitive Rehabilitation Approaches.

David Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director of Professional Development and Speech Services, of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, will present two Friday Short Courses on the topic of Apraxia.

Claudia Dunaway, M.A., CCC-SLP, San Diego, California, will present two Saturday Short Courses on the topic of Critical Thinking and Academic Language.

Martha S. Burns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, will present two Saturday Short Courses on the topics of Cognitive Function in CVA & TBI, and Neuroplasticity and she will also present at the Medical SLP Forum Luncheon on a topic to be determined.

David G. Schneider, M.A., CCC-SLP, Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, will present a Short Course on the topic of Pediatric Dysphagia and he will also present at the Public School Forum Luncheon on the topic of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Jaynee Handelsman, Ph.D., CCC-A, ASHA Fellow, ASHA President-Elect, will present the Keynote Address at our Awards Luncheon. Jaynee is the director of pediatric audiology in the CS Mott Children’s Hospital and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in the University of Michigan Health System. Her primary clinical, teaching, and research areas of focus have included the assessment and management of patients with dizziness and balance disorders, as well as the impact of potentially ototoxic medications on auditory and vestibular system function.

   Other topics to be offered at MSHA nclude: Stuttering Therapies; Modified Barium Swallow updates; Orofacial Myology treatment approaches; multiple sessions designed to help undergraduate and graduate students; and state licensure requirements which address pain management and human trafficking awareness.

   We are also planning something different and fun at our Thursday evening Welcome Reception: a Sporcle® Trivia Contest which will be entertaining and lots of fun and laughs.  Our Welcome Reception features a cash bar and appetizers provided by MSHA so stay tuned for further details!

   To find out more about Grand Rapids or to go to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel website, Image result for amway grand plaza hotel imagesfollow the links below.  You can register on-line for your hotel room now.

  Hotel Website:

To Reserve a hotel room as a MSHA conference attendee:

   To call in a reservation contact the hotel at 800-253-3590, ask for Reservations, and then say you are with MSHA to book within the block at our special rate of $130.00.

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News from the MSHF - the MSHA Foundation

Derek E. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

     Silent Auction
   It’s never too early to think about the MSHF Silent Auction! The MSHF Board Members encourage you to make a donation for the next 2016 MSHA conference in Grand Rapids, April 21-23 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. All donors will receive an acknowledgement as a tax-deductible contribution. The funds from the auction will be used to support graduate students of audiology and speech-language pathology. In particular, we would like to encourage university departments as well as NSSLHA chapters to consider making a donation.
New MSHF Website
   We now have a new website! Please visit www.msha-foundation.org to learn more about the goals of MSHF, Board Members, and past and present scholarship recipients.
Monetary Donations
   MSHF welcomes monetary donations for continued efforts to support graduate students of speech-language pathology and audiology.   All contributions are tax-deductible. If you would like to make a monetary donation to MSHF, you can do so via the MSHF website, or you can send your contribution to the MSHA Office:  MSHA, 790 W. Lake Lansing Rd. Suite 500-A, East Lansing, Michigan 48823.

   As always, the MSHF Board Members would like to thank you for your continued support of the Foundation! 
MSHF Board Members
Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Tamara Baubie, M.A., CCC-SLP, MT-BC
Laura Billetdeaux, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Ellen Fairbrother, M.A., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, President
Dawn Kutney, B.A.
Rick Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Treasurer
Anitta Y. Orr, M.A.
Judy Silverman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Secretary
Aaron Hardy Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ad Hoc Members:  Kathy Boyer, M.S., CCC-SLP; Fran Eldis, Ph.D.,CCC-A/SLP, ASHA Fellow; Sandra Glista, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow; Karen O'Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP; and Lizbeth Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
MSHF is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization to benefit the next generation of speech, language, and audiology professionals, current professionals of speech-language pathology and audiology, and individuals with communication disorders.
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Marching to the Tune of a Different Type of "Trump"

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   I’m seated here watching the presidential debate while I write this.  Who knew I could multi-task?  Don’t fret, I won’t turn this into a political statement, and I won’t even mention that character with the bad hair.  What I will concentrate on is something I know and care a bit more about and it is ironic that it has to do with another “trump”, a trumpet.  This is about how the trumpet and aphasia intersect.   

   Recently, MSHA supported an aphasia awareness event along with the University of Michigan Aphasia Program honoring internationally known jazz trumpeter Louis Smith.  Unfortunately, Mr. Smith has severe aphasia from a stroke eight years ago.  While his verbal expression hasn’t progressed as hoped, his ability to play trumpet and sing has.  He re-learned to play the horn with his left hand.  For aphasia awareness month, we held a jazz concert featuring the Paul Keller Orchestra in June.  At the event, testimonials were made from persons with aphasia to inform the audience about their positive experiences in life after aphasia.  To promote the event we sent out hundreds of invitations to many people in the medical and political community about aphasia.  Our goal was to educate as many individuals as possible about aphasia.

   Once the band started playing, things really started to cook. The music was hot and it truly was a professional and intimate jazz concert.  Towards the end of the set, the band leader noticed that Mr. Smith was scatting along quietly with the band.  He stopped the band and gave Mr. Smith a microphone to sing along.  What do you know: Smith began to scat along with the band using intricate vocal licks that would leave most professional singers in the dust.  No words, just notes, but they were perfectly timed with the band.  Needless to say the crowd reacted with strong emotions.  Louis’ wife cried a river, deservedly so - as she hasn’t heard her husband perform that type of singing in years.  The band leader later stated that after 30 years in the music business, that was his most meaningful musical experience.  

   Fellow MSHA members, this is the kind of public awareness that MSHA is about.  We hope to do a special event again for aphasia awareness next year. We also hope that you have seen and promoted the wonderful video supported by MSHA and developed by our Health Care Committee about life after aphasia.  Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this type of this meaningful event?  Being a part of MSHA is a start.  Aren’t you glad you belong to such a great organization?   Then go grab a colleague so they can get on this professional train.  By the way, check out Louis Smith on YouTube.  Type in his name along with trumpet.  Sit back and enjoy.
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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