Spring 2016
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Instagram Winning Photo

Erica Barker, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Congrats to Merissa Maracle for the winning Instagram Photo from the recent MSHA Conference in Grand Rapids!  Merissa, a student at Central Michigan University,  received a $50 iTunes card for this photo, and thanks to all of you who participated in this fun contest.

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Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Three, Spring 2016

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

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   For more information on how you can be involved with MSHA or to contact the board members visit: 


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MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2016-2017

MSHA Executive Board:

Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Past President: 
Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., 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:
Erica Barker, 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., CCC-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:
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 23-25, 2017, MSHA Conference: Detriot Marriott Troy 
March 22-24, 2018, MSHA Conference Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo

The next et cetera newsletter will be emailed to all MSHA members in Michigan in September.

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Congratulations to our Outstanding Clinicians!

Carolyn Doty & Julie Kiefer Eaman

   The MSHA 2016 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids was fantastic!  Excellent speakers, beautiful facility and great networking with our Michigan colleagues. 

   On Friday during the Awards Luncheon Carolyn Doty presented Outstanding Clinician Awards to Teresa Lyden, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Lynn Driver, M.S., CCC-SLP, both from the University of Michigan Health System.  It was an honor and a privilege observing these clinicians and hearing from their patients and colleagues.  They both raise the bar on how to be an effective and exceptional practicing clinician.  Congratulations to two of Michigan’s outstanding clinicians!

   Lynn Driver is honored for her work at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor wherDrivere she is an SLP in a multidisciplinary team for treating children with aerodigestive disorders.  She has provided outstanding clinical care to patients with communication and swallowing deficits for 32 years and she is recognized as one of the premier medical pediatric SLPs in the state and in the country.  She was cited for being an excellent teacher, mentor, and supervisor.  Throughout her tenure in SLP, she has demonstrated exceptional skill in four key areas: clinical assessment and treatment, program development, teaching, and clinical research.

     Teresa Lyden is also being honored for her work as the lead Head and Neck Oncology SLP for the University of Michigan Health System.  She is passionate about the Head and Neck Cancer patient population.  She is extraordinarily talented and plays a key role in counseling patients prior to surgery about what to expect, and in restoring speech and swallowing function following surgery and other treatment, improving their quality of life.  She is an innovator and leader in this field and is honored for her commitment and dedication to providing superb patent-and-family-centered care.  Teresa, as Lynn, are held in the highest esteem by their colleagues and patients.  They represent the highest level of skill and achievement and serve as role-models to us all.

   Nominate your colleague or someone you know in health care who demonstrates exemplary professionalism with their clients with communication disorders. Nominations are accepted through August, 2016.   Members of the SLP Health Care Services Committee review each nomination, conduct interviews and/or site visits and select one or more winners.  The winners will be notified in January and will be honored at the 2017 MSHA Annual Conference in Troy, Michigan March 23-25, 2017. Visit our website for more information
   We also presented the MSHA Distinguished Service Award to Matt Green of Media Lounge Productions, for supporting the Health Care Committee’s advocacy goals for National Aphasia Awareness Month.  (see article in this newsletter). Mr. Green produced, filmed and edited 2 aphasia advocacy videos, “What Exactly Is Aphasia”.  These videos have had over 12,000 views on social media by people in our community and across the country improving public awareness of aphasia.  If you haven’t yet seen these videos….be sure to click on the links below.  They are now being viewed all over the world!

Short Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoIdEkXpjfg
Long Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQEFs4nTIvY
The Health Care Committee is very busy planning a Fall Conference.  Please mark your calendars: 
Mild TBI: Evaluation and Treatment Considerations for Adult and Adolescent
in Neurorehabilitation with speaker Robert J. Fabiano, PhD
Date:      Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time:      4:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.
Location:  St. Joseph Mercy Hospital,  Ann Arbor, Michigan
MHVI Auditorium
5325 Elliott Drive

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEU's (Advanced Level)
MSHA Member: $50.00
Non-MSHA Member: $60.00
Student: $25.00
Online registration available at  www.michiganspeechhearing.org
Two ways to register:
Attend the event at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital or
WebEx availability to view the conference via your computer or phone. You will be able to see the presenter slides, see the presenter and hear the speakers without leaving the comfort of your home! 

Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP  and Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Thanks to our Sponsors & Exhibitors at MSHA

Jackie Gale, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA Exhibits Coordinator

   Please join me in thanking the following MSHA Sponsors for their contribution to the MSHA Annual Conference - we can't do it without them!

Welcome Reception Thursday evening: • Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Continental Breakfast Friday morning:  Detroit Medical Center
Undergraduate Student Session Friday morning: Michigan State University
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Graduate Student Session Friday afternoon: • Eastern Michigan University
Speech-Language Pathology Program, Department of Special Education

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

Lanyards for all Participants: •Spectrum Rehab Hospital

We also thank the many outstanding Exhibitors at MSHA this April in Grand Rapids, including:
American Senior Communities
Artic Bites
Beaumont Center for Exceptional Families
Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.
Brookes Publishing Co.
Calvin College
Camp ALEC AAC Language Education Communication
Camp Shout Out
Detroit Institute for Children
Detroit Medical Center/  Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Detroit Public Schools
Discovery Toys
Early On Michigan/Build Up
Encore Rehabilitation
Enovative Technologies
Grand Valley State University
HCR ManorCare
Mary Free Bed Rehab Hospital
MBS Envision, Inc.
McGraw-Hill Education
MSHA Ethics Committee
MSHA Social Media Booth
MSHA Foundation (MSHF)
National Stuttering Association
Nutra/Balance Products
Origami Owl
Pearson Clinical
Plexus Health & Wellness
Prentke-Romich Co.
PresenceLearning, Inc.
Saltillo Corporation
Simply Thick, LLC
Super Duper Publications
Therapy Source, Inc.
Therapy Staff
Tobii Dynavox
Total Education Solutions
Usborne Books and More
Western Psychological Services

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Update from the Committee on Ethics

Michelle Bailey, M.A., CCC-SLP

Have you heard?
A revised ASHA Code of Ethics has been approved.
Do you know . . .

►the revised Code of Ethics (2016) became effective March 1, 2016?
►that the revised Code of Ethics has 15 brand-new rules?
►what constitutes making a false financial or nonfinancial statement?
►that you are required to self-report professional discipline that you receive, like that from a state licensing board or a board of education?

Significant changes include:
1. Updated Principle I, Rule N is fashioned from former Principle I, Rule L being deleted and incorporated into similarly-themed former Principle I, Rule K 
2. Revised introduction of Principle III
3. Former Principle III, Rule C is deleted because the topic is already covered in Principle III, Rule B
4. Revised introduction of Principle IV
5: An updated Preamble and brand new Terminology section.
   The Code of Ethics was updated to reflect ethical concerns that have been reported in the past.  These include research, self-disclosure, and even impaired practitioner issues. To familiarize yourself with the update Code of Ethics, visit the Ethics Committee page on the MSHA website.  There are links to web chats, webinars, and the new Code of Ethics to read.
   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 revised 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.  We will also reach out with a new feedback form to improve our ability to provide consults to our members.

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ACE Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the following MSHA members who received the ACE Award from ASHA (Award for Continuing Education) for the period October through December, 2015:

Laurie Bahlke, M.A., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Eileen Bessega, Au.D., CCC-A, Birmingham Bloomfield Audiology
DJaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Andrews University
Terri Gordinier, M.A. CCC-SLP, Michigan School for the Deaf
Shalise Kellam, ,CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Dawn Knuth, M.A., CCC-SLP, Lakeland Healthcare
Elaine Ledwon-Robinson, M.S. CCC-SLP  University of Michigan Health System
Candyce Peterson, M.A., CCC-SLP, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Megan Marie Remenap, M.S., CCC-SLP, Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.
Lizbeth Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University
Melissa Witsil, MCD, CCC-SLP, Beaumont Health

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Join Us in September to Hear Dr. Robert Fabiano

   MSHA Members are cordially invited to attend the our One-Day Fall Health Care Conference. Join us to hear Dr. Robert Fabiano present on Adult and Adoloscent Neuro-Rehabilitation.  Please mark your calendars: 

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in Neurorehabilitation
Speaker:  Robert J. Fabiano, Ph.D.
Date:      Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time:      4:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.
Location:  St. Joseph Mercy Hospital,  Ann Arbor, Michigan
MHVI Auditorium
5325 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
CEUs:  0.3 ASHA CEU's (Advanced Level)
MSHA Member: $50.00
Non-MSHA Member: $60.00
Student: $25.00
Online registration available at  www.michiganspeechhearing.org
Two ways to register:
Attend the event at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital or WebEx availability to view the conference via your computer or phone. You will be able to see the presenter slides, see the presenter and hear the speakers without leaving the comfort of your home!  Details forthcoming!

Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP  and Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP

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In Memoriam

   It is with sadness that we report the death of Patricia A. DeMaagd, Retired Teacher of the Speech and Language Impaired at Ingham ISD.  Pat died April 29, 2016, at Hospice of Lansing, where she had resided for several months.  She was 90 years old.  Pat was a graduate of the University of Michigan, and worked as a Speech Therapist in many schools including Portage, Grand Rapids, Waverly and Holt. Pat was a Life Member of MSHA, and is survived by her daughter Carol Ann DeMaagd of East Lansing.  Carol has stated her mother loved her profession - loved her fellow speech and hearing colleagues - and that memorial donations would be so appreciated for the Michigan Speech-Language Hearing Foundation.

   MSHA members and colleagues extend their condolences to Patricia's family and many friends and fellow professionals.

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Coming Events

Southwest Michigan Meet, Greet and Eat
6:00-8:00 pm
Latitude 42 Brewing Company
7842 Portage Rd.
Portage , MI 49002
Join us for a happy hour event to learn about your professional state association, network with other SLPs, and tell us how we can better serve you. We will be raffling off one free annual membership to MSHA! Registration not required. Please contact the MSHA office with questions. Hope to see your there!

Ann Arbor Area Meet, Greet and Eat
5:30-7:30 pm
Cottage Inn
512 E. William
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Join us for a happy hour event to learn about your professional state association, network with other SLPs, and tell us how we can better serve you. We will be raffling off one free annual membership to MSHA! Registration not required. Please contact the MSHA office with questions. Hope to see your there!

Statewide Electronic Meet, Greet and Eat
6:00-8:00 pm
Join us for a happy hour event to learn about your professional state association, network with other SLPs, and tell us how we can better serve you. We will be raffling off one free annual membership to MSHA! Registration not required. Please contact the MSHA office with questions. Hope to see your there!

MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly Meeting
9:00 am
Place to be determined.

National Stuttering Association 2016 Annual Conference
07/06/2016- 07/10/2016
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Come join the National Stuttering Association as we team up with the International Stuttering Association for the biggest event of people who stutter, the speech pathologists who help them, and the friends and family who unconditionally love them! For four days, be part of this life-changing event that will forever change your outlook on stuttering. With powerful workshops designed to motivate you, energetic keynote speakers who will inspire you to dream big, a clinical symposium featuring some of the most renowned speech pathologists in the world, and fantastic social activities including a grand banquet, we invite you to see how peachy your future can be! Two communities are sharing one voice and we want you to be heard!

ASHA Connect: A New Conference for SLPs in Schools, Private Practice,
and Health Care

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Discovering the Possibilities with Visual Strategies for Autism
8:30 am-3:30 pm
San Marino Club
1685 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Meeting the Communication, Behavior and Social Needs of Students with Special Learning Challenges presented by Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Constultant for Autism and Related Learning Needs.

Most Students with Autism, Asperger's and related learning needs are visual learners! This observation has tremendous implications.  Capitalizing on their strengths, the use of visual strategies alters many social, communication, and educational challenges.

This program will demonstrate effective ideas for using a range of low tech to high tech visual tools,including video and tablets like iPads and Apps, to help students organize their lives, reduce behavior problems, and improve student successful participation in life opportunities.  We will define the need, discuss training, and demonstrate many practical ideas for a range of ages and skill levels at home, in school and out in the community.
This course is being offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs

MSHA Executive Board Meeting
9:00 am
East Lansing

The MSHA Health Care Committee's Fall Conference
4:15-7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
MHVI Auditorium 5325 Elliott Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Mild TBI: Evaluation and Treatment Considerations for Adult and Adolescent in Neuro Rehabilitation presented by Robert J.Fabiano, Ph.D. This course is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs

MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly Meeting
9:00 am
East Lansing

ASHA Convention 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MSHA Executive Board Meeting
9:00 am
Conference Call

From the President

By Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Hello MSHA!!
   I’d like to introduce myself as your new 2016 MSHA President.  This past year as President Elect, serving with Kathy Rigley-Rowell, has been an exciting and educational year. I had no idea what really happens behind the MSHA Magic Curtain! (Pictured here, l-r: Kathy Rigley-Rowell passes on the compass to Laura Lenkey; Kathy receiving gifts and thanks from Laura Lenkey, at the podium during the MSHA Awards Banquet.)
   Over the course of this past year I have experienced the complex workings of our Association and what the Executive Board, Special Committees, and Office Support Staff actually do to grow our Association at the community, state and national levels. 
   MSHA introduced community “Meet and Greets,” which offered members social networking opportunities to get together, exchange ideas and introduce new members to our Association.  We have expanded that networking model to now include “Virtual Meet and Greets” for members with limited access to events! (see below our next Meet Greet & Eat schedule for May 31st).
   MSHA reached over 700 attendees at our 2016 Annual Conference Making Connections in Grand Rapids recently,  providing members an opportunity to: acquire continuing education from outstanding national speakers; peek inside our student membership’s research interests; investigate new products; and participate in fun and innovative mixers.
   On the national level, MSHA is actively involved in the Council for State Association Presidents and we are also working to recognize the desires of our audiology members to achieve autonomy while continuing to maintain membership in MSHA.
   Looking forward, I hope to lead the Association not only in growing our membership, but also in continuing to provide service to our members, meet with professionals across disciplines outside our membership,  and most importantly, ensure that what we do benefits those who receive our services.

                                        Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
                                            MSHA President 2016-2017
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Thank you! Highlights from MSHA Grand Rapids

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

  On behalf of the MSHA Professional Development/Program Committee and Executive Board, thank you to all who attended the annual conference, April 21-23, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan! We experienced our largest attendance in over 30 years, with approximately 720 registrants. In light of this years’ theme Making Connections, we hope you found opportunities to do just that, through the many informative session offerings and times to gather and network with friends and colleagues.

   A tremendous thank you to all of those who submitted work through the Call for Papers process and presented sessions at the conference.  A thank you also to the people (Carolyn Doty, Julie Kiefer Eaman, Lori Tavtigian, Angelique Boerst,  Emmylou Garza-Prisby, Heather Balog, and Julie Pratt) who took the time to read all of those submissions and provide your input!
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   We also appreciate the organizations who sponsored food and other items during the event, as well as the vendors who provided us with opportunities to see items first hand, purchase them, and have the opportunity to win a prize during the raffle.  We also thank the MSHF for providing great fun through the auction. The deafening screams at this event indicated people were having a wonderful time!  A thank you also to all of our student volunteers. It was wonderful to meet and see so many future professionals involved in this organization.  Thank you to Sporcle® for our fun Trivia game during the Welcome Reception, and thank you to Rosalyn Davis who coordinates our CEUs with ASHA and State Board of Michigan. And last but not least, thank you to the office staff, Dawn Kutney and Kim Wesoloski, who take care of all of the little details, bring everything to the conference site, and haul it all back again! I am proud to belong to MSHA, an organization filled with so many dedicated and enthusiastic individuals, and it was definitely nice to see so many familiar faces and friends at the conference.  All of you make it a success!

    The committee is reviewing the evaluations and suggestions from the conference. We seriously consider your input from the evaluation forms and attempt to make changes when possible.   Thanks to those of you who filled out the evaluations.  Emmylou Garza-Prisby and committee are already at work on the MSHA 2017 Annual Conference and have many great national speakers confirmed at this time, such as Nina Reeves, Howard Shane, Beth Nolan, and Leora Cherney (see article below). Check the MSHA website for Conference Highlights and updates with many additional great speakers and session topics. Plan on joining us next year, March 23-25, 2017 for the MSHA conference at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan, and please consider submitting a paper (follow this link for the MSHA Call for Papers). 

   As always, if you have something to share, we look forward to hearing from you and encourage participation in the conference from our members across the state. Enjoy the summer and mark your calendars for our upcoming conferences. 
        Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP, Conference Chair
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Here are what our speakers said:

MSHA 2017: Let's Build on the Success of 2016

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

   As your 2017 MSHA Conference Chair, I would like to congratulate Terry Lange-Winkel and all members of our Program Committee on a very successful 2016 MSHA Conference last month in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The MSHA conference speakers and their specialized topics provided for a fantastic learning experience.  Our stay at the Amway Grand Hotel was simply a breath-taking and beautiful place to be for 3 long days.  The food at our luncheons and the snacks were tasty and delicious.  Personally, I learned several new techniques and the latest evidence-based practice related to speech-language pathology and neurology.  I was also able to visit some out-of-the-ordinary restaurants within walking distance from the hotel.  By and large, I found Grand Rapids to be a wonderful city to have our conference. 
   For those of you who shared this amazing 3-day conference, thank you for taking the time off work and missing family obligations, taking a financial investment for increased learning opportunities, and networking with your fellow colleagues.  Please visit our MSHA website http://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/2016_conference_handouts.php
to download the conference handouts.  You can view photos from the conference at: MSHA Conference 2016 Photos
   For those of you who missed this opportunity, we invite you to share another conference this fall with the Health Care Committee.  This one-day conference, Thursday, September 29, 2016, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, will feature speaker Dr. Robert Fabiano, a licensed psychologist with Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University.  Dr. Fabiano conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for clients with a variety of cognitive, psychiatric, and neurobehavioral disorders.

   In addition, we also invite you to earn CEUs by participating in a replayed video webinar that took place at the conference given by Nicki Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, and Michele Anderson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP on their presentation How TILLS can Make it Easier to Work in Meaningful Ways with School-Aged Students that will be uploaded on our MSHA website (coming soon).  We will also offer a replayed video webinar from our Public School Hot Topics session featuring speaker Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA V-P for Public Schools.  Stay tuned!
   Along with the Program Committee, we are currently planning our 2017 MSHA Conference, which will take place back in southeast Michigan at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan next March 23-25, 2017.  We are so excited and happy to plan for next year’s conference.  We are busy coordinating all the speakers, learning the layout of the Marriott Troy Hotel, and getting prepared for the Call for Papers.  I invite you to email me suggestions for future speakers and activities or events for the upcoming conference.  Have a safe and enjoyable summer!  Until next time!    

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MSHA 2017 Conference Highlights

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

Highlights for the MSHA Annual Conference,
March 23-25, 2017 Detroit Marriott Troy Hotel, Troy, Michigan

Thursday, March 23, 2017
▲ Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University will present two Short Courses, morning and afternoon:  Context-Based Approaches to Person-Centered Aphasia Therapy.
▲Stacey Lim, Au.D., CCC-A, Central Michigan University, will present a Short Course: Providing Support to Adolescents with Hearing Loss.
▲ Welcome Reception,  8:30 - 10:30 p.m.  Tasty munchies and a cash bar.  Everyone welcome! Also MSHF Silent Auction and 50/50 MSHA Raffle continuing through Friday evening.    
 Friday, March 24, 2017       
▲ Beth A. D. Nolan, Ph.D., Positive Approach LLC, North Carolina, will present two Short Courses on the topic of Assessment and Treatment Strategies in Adults with Dementia.
▲ Howard Shane, M.D., MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, Massachusetts, will present two Short Courses on the topics of Autism and AAC.
▲ Janet Deppe, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director, State Advocacy, Government Relations and Public Policy, ASHA, will present a Panel Discussion on Student Engagement in the Professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
▲ All-Day MSHF Silent Auction; Exhibitors’ Cocktail Party and Raffle; MSHA 50/50 Raffle.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 

▲ Nina A. Reardon-Reeves, M.S., CCC-SLP, Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc., McKinney,Texas, will present 2 Short Courses on the topic of Stuttering.
▲ Leora R. Cherney, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, will present 2 Short Courses on the topic of Aphasia.
This Conference Program is a work in progress!
Great opportunity for CEUs! Contact MSHA for more info at 517/332-5691 or visit our website at: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

Jan McCosky Receives MSHA Honors of the Association

   Congratulations to Jan McCosky, recipient of the 2016 MSHA Honors of the Association!  Jan received a rousing Standing O for her award which acknowledges her long-time commitment to MSHA serving on the board as the V-P for Programs.  That means she planned the MSHA Conference, and she did it for 13 years!

   Jan recently retired from serving as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Detroit Public Schools for over 25 years, and she is now teaching a class at Wayne State University on Autism.  She has been an advocate and activist for Michigan's public school students and teachers for a significant tme period, and in her remarks MSHA President Kathy Rigley-Rowell cited her long-term involvement and tireless work in (left, l-r: Tim Cook and Jan McCosky) planning and organizing MSHA conferences for so many years.  During Jan's tenure working as an SLP in the public schools she became one of the first to earn an endorsement as a Teacher of Autistic Impaired.  She then developed and implemented in-service training programs to help her colleagues become more proficient in their work with these students.

   Congratulations to Jan McCosky for being this year's Honors recipient. The Honors of the Association is the highest recognition MSHA can award an individual.   The award recognizes sustained, outstanding accomplishments in the profession of speech, language, and hearing.  The Honors of the Association is conveyed to individuals who actively demonstrate their expertise through ongoing service which directly benefits MSHA and the field as a whole, and has a significant impact on persons with communication impairments.  The Honors of the Association is considered a coveted and earned award given to truly deserving professionals.

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2016 MSHA Foundation (MSHF) Scholarship Winners

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation was established on March 13, 2006. The foundation is separate from, although affiliated with MSHA. In 2009, the foundation began awarding merit-based scholarships for students pursuing education, at the graduate level, in the field of communication sciences and disorders and/or education of the hearing impaired within Michigan with the intent to practice in Michigan.  To date we have distributed $19,000  in scholarships.  We award two scholarships, of $250 each, to each state supported university program.  This year, we have awarded scholarships to students at 6 universities.

   This year we were pleased to award scholarships to the following student with the support of their respective departments. Congratulations to these students!
Central Michigan University:             

Ellen Foltz (AUD)
Laura Kobylczyk (SLP)               

Eastern Michigan University:            

Arista May (SLP)
Annette Shiley (SLP)

Grand Valley State University:         

Shelby Garbini (SLP)
Julie Marcel (SLP)

Michigan State University:

Alyssa Webster (SLP)
Rachel Nordbeck (SLP)

Wayne State University:        

Angela Piccinato (AUD)
Shelby Swafford (SLP)

Western Michigan University:          

Thomas Beebe (AUD)
Karen Muraswski (SLP)

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Congratulation to MSHA Student Scholarships Recipients

   Congratulations to Gabriella Gilfoy, B.A. and Callen Galligan, B.S. (pictured here l-r), for receiving the MSHA Scholarship Award for 2016, which was sponsored this year by Prentke-Romich Company.  Both Gabriella and Callen are graduate students at Michigan State University.

   Gabriella is from Marquette, Michigan and received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.  As a graduate student at Michigan State University Gabriella is working on her Master's Thesis on a project with the Brain Systems Language Lab. She has long been fascinated by the brain and "its seemingly unlimited potential to acquire new information and adapt to environments and circumstances."    She says children in the early stages of development have brains malleable to therapeutic and technological intervention, and working with young children will provide her the opportunities to achieve a positive impact during a critical state of speech and language acquisition and growth.  She would ultimately like to work with students in early childhood programs which serve children from disadvantaged school districts.  Gabriella's interests include art and music, and she played the violin with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.  Her interest and passion in Speech-Language Pathology also may have started with her mother, who is a public school SLP!

   Callen Gavigan has similar outstanding qualifications and is from Northville, Michigan and received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University.  She is a graduate student there as well, and she is working on her thesis on vocal fatigue and pulmonary function.  "With current practices focused on evidence-based research, there is a growing need for quantitative studies to support and verify treatment methods.  The opportunity to make new discovers and conduct research that will have potentially strong implications for the field of speech language pathology greatly inspires me."  Callen's goal is to gain experience as a clinician and to follow that with the pursuit of her Ph.D.  She believes that merging clinical knowledge with research is the key to maintaining and advancing the best therapy practices.   Callen has worked as a graduate clinician in the Novi Community School District and also as a research assistant at the Voice Acoustics and Biomechanics Laboratory at MSU. 

   Congratulations to both Gabriella and Callen and best of luck to you both in your future careers.  You will be bright stars in our profession!

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Outstanding Student Poster Session Award

Dawn Kutney, Editor

   Congratulations to Erika Squires, B.A.A., the 2016 Student Poster Award winner, for her poster entitled Knowledge of Hearing Loss Among Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare, co-authored with Lori Pakulski, Ph.D., CCC-A (pictured here, l-r, Erika and Lori).

   Erika is a graduate student at the University of Toledo, and she receives the award of $250, which is sponsored by Psi Iota Xi,  Michigan chapters Eta Sigma, Zeta Theta, Theta Tau, and Eta Omicron.  Thanks to our Michigan colleague Char Holcomb, and others,  for continuing to support our students in this manner. The Psi Iota Xi national philanthropic organization is dedicated to helping others, especially in the fields of speech and hearing.  Char and several members of the Grand Rapids chapter of Psi Iota Xi attended the conference this year and we hope they were as impressed as we were, at the number and excellent quality of our Student Poster Sessions.  Our judging committee, led by Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP, had a difficult but enriching task of evaluating our record number of Poster Sessions this year.  Thanks to them, and to all the students who submitted Posters for MSHA in 2016.

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Matt Green Recieves Distinguished Service Award for Aphasia Video

Carolyn Doty, M.A.,CCC-SLP

  Matt Green of Media Lounge Productions, received the MSHA 2016 Distinguished Matt-GreenService Award in Grand Rapids recently for his work creating the video "What Exactly is Aphasia." We are pleased to recognize the significant contribution he has made to our profession with the informational video he created which allowed us to see the range of persons who are affected with aphasia and to hear their personal stories.  The excellent quality of the videos – both the shorter version and the longer one - combined with the many hours he worked to develop the script, produce film and edit the video, are the reasons why we felt he is so deserving of this special award.  Matt volunteered much of his time above and beyond what was required to make this video so special.  For those of us fortunate to hear him accept this award at the recent MSHA Awards Banquet, we were so very moved by his acceptance speech where he added his personal story about having aphasia. 

   Congratulations Matt, and best of luck to you in your wonderful career!

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Happy Better Speech & Hearing Month

Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month from the MSHA Public School committee!  Hope you all had a wonderful month celebrating what we do.  We had a great turn-out at our MSHA Annual Conference last month.  I hope that you found the sessions informative and useful and that you were all able to collaborate and make connections with your colleagues from around the state.  We had great sessions including AAC in the schools, Working with students with Autism, Childhood Apraxia, and Critical Thinking strategies for students in grades 6-12.  (Pictured above: Lori Tavtigian alongside the Poster for this year's Program of the Year Award Winner: Communication Cafe from South Lyons Public Schools).

   One of the additional sessions that I presented this year was Hot Topics in the Public Schools.  I talked about union and contractual information, SLP evaluations, caseload/workload, exit/termination of speech services, SLP assistants and the new licensure requirements that could take effect in 2017.  Remember that you all need to increase your involvement in your unions.  Make sure the union is aware of your needs and that they represent you.  Work to help educate your districts regarding SLP evaluations.  Remember that the new laws regarding teacher/SLP evaluations and the new prohibited subjects do not pertain to SLPs working in the schools, even if the SLP has a teaching certificate.  They only pertain to Classroom Teachers!!  You cannot be forced to use a classroom teacher evaluation tool.  You can use one that you are currently using or work collaboratively with your district to create or use a new one.  The Charlotte Danielson Evaluation Tool does have an SLP rubric, the other recommended evaluation tools from the state do not. 

   Please look for additional information regarding these topics to come to you in the et cetera or in a newsletter from me throughout the summer.  I hope that those of you who were not able to attend this year’s conference will plan to attend next year’s conference in Troy.  I encourage you all to remain MSHA members and to encourage your colleagues to also join.  We have to stand together for our students and ourselves, against changes that negatively impact our students and us.  Thank you and as always, please do not hesitate to email me with questions or concerns.  

Lori Tavtigian

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Photos from the 2016 MSHA Annual Conference

Some Scenes from MSHA in Grand Rapids

   The recent MSHA Conference in Grand Rapids saw a record crowd with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm for our wonderful speakers and topics, and for the future of MSHA!  Click on the link below to see a photo album.  Many thanks to all of our sponsors, attendees, and exhbitors.  We hope you will come next year - March 23-25, 2017 - at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan.  See the article above for our exciting line-up of speakers - and join us by submitting a Call for Paper!

To see more photos from the 2016 MSHA Conference in Grand Rapids, click here: MSHA Conference 2016 Photos

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Updated FAQs Regarding your SLP License

 Here are ANSWERS to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that LARA has responded to!

Do I have to complete continuing education for renewal or relicensure?
Rule 338.627 adds the requirement of 20 continuous professional development credits (cpd) credits with at least 1 cpd credit in pain and symptom management in order to renew. Credit will need to be earned beginning with the 2016 renewal cycle.

Rule 338.621 and 338.623 add the requirement of acquiring not less than 20 cpd with at least 1 cpd credit in pain and symptom management within 2 years immediately preceding the date of application for relicensure for a full or limited license. This will be required for a relicensure application submitted on or after 10/1/2019.

Rule 338.629 lays out the acceptable cpd activities, requirements, and limitations.

When do I have to meet the requirements for the completion of training in identifying victims of human trafficking?

Rule 338.604 requires licensees to complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking beginning with the 2016 renewal cycle. This training requirement will need to be completed prior to the license renewal in 2018.

Applicants who apply for a license on or after March 16, 2021 will be required to have completed the required training in identifying victims of human trafficking.

How long are the Speech-Language Pathology licenses issued for? Can I renew my license early? How will I know when I need to renew?

Your initial Speech-Language Pathology license is only good until the next expiration date of your profession (anywhere from 4 months to 1 year). After your first renewal, your license will be valid for 2 years. You will receive renewal information 45-60 days prior to the expiration date of your license and it will state the renewal fee required.

You cannot renew your license early. Our system is not set up to receive renewal information until the renewal time for your profession. We will mail you renewal information approximately 45-60 days before the expiration date of your current license. Remember to notify the Department in writing of any address changes you have. It is your responsibility to renew your license on time. Failure to notify us of an address change does not exempt you from renewing your license on time. You can renew online at www.michigan.gov/elicense. Online renewal payments require you to pay with a credit card.

The link to the new administrative rules for SLP from LARA is http://w3.lara.state.mi.us/orr/Files/AdminCode/1301_2013-103LR_AdminCode.pdf 

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The "Real Deal"

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    It’s hard to go a day recently without hearing songs or stories about Prince.   Why do we care so much when an entertainer or artist such as he passes?  I think because they are the “real deal.”  What do I mean by this?  To me it’s someone who is passionate about their craft, who creates art that pleases their soul, but yet also moves the public.  Maybe you didn’t even like the type of music Prince created, but you could sense that it had depth to it.  Maybe you heard about his personal life, that he was unusual, but also did kind and charitable deeds. Who else do you know that fits the “real deal?”  I suggest artists that have withstood the test of time.  I think of Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell.  Modern artists are emerging that some consider the real deal; Taylor Swift could count, Beyoncé perhaps, while Bruno Mars is also coming on strong.

   Thinking about the “real deal,” I reflect on the profession of communication disorders.  I was talking with a colleague of mine that trained with me a long time ago.  We reflected that no matter how long and how many clients we have treated; we are still confounded about the intricacy and challenges each one brings.  We have to bring the “real deal” to each client, and get to their soul to effect real change.  Not an easy task.  That’s why it’s so great that we have an organization such as MSHA.  We can support and reflect off each other to help us get to that “real” place.  That’s why MSHA has withstood the test of time and that’s why it’s still the “real deal.”  

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
V-P Membership

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MSHA Meet & Greets Around the State

Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Meet, Greet & Eat
Join us for a happy hour event to learn about your professional state association,
Network with other SLPs, and tell us how we can better serve you!
The Original Cottage Inn
Tuesday, May 31, from 5:30-7:30 pm
512 E. William St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Please contact the MSHA office with questions: 517-332-5691
*We will be raffling off one free annual membership to MSHA!*
Registration not required

Latitude 42 Brewing Company
Tuesday,May 31, from 6:00-8:00 pm
7842 Portage Rd.
Portage, Michigan 49002

Topic: MSHA Meet and Greet
Time: May 31, 2016 6:00 PM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://msu.zoom.us/j/3159677890
Or join by phone: 
    +1 415 762 9988 or +1 646 568 7788 US Toll
    Meeting ID: 315 967 7890 
    International numbers available: https://msu.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=k0QV3P6Fz5OnP3j2rCNe-LgJMUtWhOnf 
Or join from a H.323/SIP room system: 
    Dial: (US West) or (US East)
    Meeting ID: 315 967 7890

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CMU Wins Coveted M & M Award

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   Congratulations are in order to Central Michigan University's Department of Communication Disorders for receiving the coveted M & M Award at MSHA this year.  This award goes to the Michigan University with the Most Student MSHA Members.  CMU has won 2 years in a row now, and we thank them for their support of MSHA and their support of their students to belong and to get involved with our state association.

   This year at MSHA we were proud and fortunate to have almost 300 Students from universities around Michigan - and other states and countries - come to our annual MSHA Conference and join their future colleagues in sharing expertise, information, networking, and just plain fun.  Undergraduate and graduate students from universities as far away as Northern Michigan University, to Wayne State University, to Andrews University, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Calvin College, Grand Valley State University - it was a wonderful gathering and we also had a record 36 Student Poster Sessions submitted!

   Our inaugural Praxis Trivia Quizbowl was much fun and a success to build upon - stay tuned as we continue to host this event and hope to draw even more students and alumni to join in the fun.  A big thanks to Greg Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP for organizing this event - you did a great job!

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et cetera - Spring 2016