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

Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Four, Fall 2016

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

For more information, check out:
   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 E. 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:
Elizabeth Curtis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Beth Westrate, Grand Valley State University
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: Detroit Marriott Troy 
March 22-24, 2018, MSHA Conference Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo
2019:  To be determined! Stay tuned.

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

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2016 Van Riper Lecture Series today Friday Sept. 30th

  Communication Disorders: The Lived Experience, the 34th Annual Van Riper Lectures is this Friday, September 30, at Western Michigan University, sponsored by Psi Iota Xi, Incorporated, the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, and Western Michigan University.

   For more info go to: http://www.mywmu.com/s/1428/gid2/index.aspx?sid=1428&pgid=3422&gid=2&cid=6027&ecid=6027&post_id=0

   Also check out for further info: https://www.crowdrise.com/nsslha-wmu-presents-the-way-we-talk-to-support-camp-shout-out

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Graduate Open House at WSU October 7th

   You are invited to the Graduate Application Open House 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 Open House will begin at 10:00 am on October 7, 2016. The program will conclude around 12:00 pm.
   The Graduate Application Open House 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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Thank you Dr. Robert Fabiano

   Thanks to all who attended our Fall Health Care Conference last night in Ypsilanti. Thanks to Dr. Robert Fabiano who presented on Mild TBI: Evaluation and Treatment Considerations for Adult and Adolescent in Neurorehabilitation.Image result for robert fabiano phd
Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP  and Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP

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MSHA Conference Q & A: From Your Evaluations

Dawn Kutney, B.A., Editor

   This year in Grand Rapids we had over 700 of you attend our MSHA Annual Conference and many of you filled out the evaluation sheets - thank you!  We have read through them all and will answer several of your questions here.   Thank you for your input and suggestions!  It is so very helpful to our Conference Program Committee.

Q: Why can't we have coffee all day?
A:  Because it costs so much.  At over $40/gallon you can imagine how much it would add up.  We do provide it all 3 mornings and after lunch on all 3 days and during the snack break on Friday.

Q:  Why doesn't MSHA have conferences up north?  Traverse City or Mt. Pleasant?
A:   MSHA used to have a conference every so many years in Traverse City.  But the last time we were there we lost money.  Why?  Because driving up north in March is just too risky for many of our members - the majority of whom live in the Detroit metro area and lower part of the state.  We will continue to consider Traverse City if we meet in April.  However many of you commented that you wanted MSHA to remain in the month of March due to scheduling issues in your work settings.  As for Mt. Pleasant, we also used to meet at Soaring Eagle, but our participants complained about the smoke from the casino which seemed to permeate into our meeting rooms.   Maybe we should try again?

Q:  Why can't you schedule 10 minute breaks between classes?
A:  We do try to schedule breaks in between classes where possible.  However if we did it for each class, we would whittle away part of the day which is now being used to accrue CEUs.  According to our members, obtaining CEUs is the main reason they come to MSHA, and the more the better.  That is also why we offer classes on Thursday evening.  Many of you work during the day on Thursday and then come to the MSHA Conference after work and want to be able to get a class Thursday night.  So that option is for them, although we welcome anyone even if they've been in classes all day - you can always just say no!

Q:  Why can't we have free parking?
A:  Many hotels will not negotiate this partly because the host city may own the parking site.  And let's face it - this is how cities make money.  HOWEVER, we will have free parking in Troy in 2017 AND Kalamazoo in 2018.  And we know you value free parking and free wifi, and keep this in mind when we negotiate.

Q:  Why can't we have a separate room for Exhibits?
A:  Well sometimes we do - it depends on the hotel.  But our exhibitors want to see people - they want traffic!  We want the exhibit hall to be the hub of things -  it helps our exhibitors and it helps MSHA Registration.

For more on this topic follow link to Ever Wonder Where Your Money Goes?

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Ever Wonder Where Your Money Goes?

WMU Seeks Chair to Speech Path Department

    Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The chair is the department’s chief academic and executive officer and reports to and advises the dean of the College of Health and Human Services regarding the department. The incumbent will hold rank as a tenured associate or full professor. The chair also serves on the College Administrative Council, which addresses college-wide policy and planning issues. This position is located on main campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan (see WMU here https://wmich.edu/

   Major Responsibilities: The chair promotes shared governance and provides overall management and leadership for the department and all of its functions and activities in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

   For more info follow link below WMU Chair.

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WMU Chair

In Memoriam

   It is with sadness that we report the death of Ralle Rothman, M.A., Audiologist with Detroit Public Schools Speech and Hearing Clinic, and longtime MSHA member.  Ralle died on August 9, 2016 and is survived by her daughters Ellen and Emily, son Andrew, and grandchildren.  Ralle was a Life Member of MSHA. She remained very active after her retirement in 1994, taking art lessons, going to concerts, and traveling.  She enjoyed getting together with her family and her friends, who often sought her out for her words of wisdom and her willingness to help.
   MSHA members and colleagues extend their condolences to Ralle's family and many friends and fellow professionals. 

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Coming Events

The 34th Van Riper Lectures
8:00 am-4:30 pm
Western Michigan University
Fetzer Center 2350 Business Ct.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Communication Disorders: The Lived Experience. Featured speakers are Michael Turner and Gael Hannan.  Michael Turner is a filmmaker and a person who stutters. He was awarded the 2015 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship for his feature documentary about his experiences with stuttering, The Way We Talk.  His work navigates an internal landscape to dig out revelation in memory and identity.  Gael Hannan is a renowned writer, humorist and public speaker on hearing loss issues.  She grew up with a progressive hearing loss and has been a hearing aid user for almost 40 years. Gael encourages people to take responsibility for living successfully with hearing loss, and advocates for better services from governments and hearing industry professionals. The lecture is being offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs.

Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk Workshop
10/05/2016- 10/07/2016
8:30 am-4:30 pm
Center for Excellence
13111 Allen Rd.
Southgate, MI 48195
This 3-day workshop is for Speech-Language pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families.  With hands-on interactive training, you'll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead  It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay.

Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly!  This workshop offers 2.20 ASHA CEUs


Wayne State University Graduate Application Open House
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Wayne State University
Rackham Library 2nd Floor 60 Farnsworth
Detroit, MI 48201
You are invited to the Graduate Application Open House 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 Open House 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 meet with faculty members and graduate students, have their questions answered in person, and visit the Speech-Language and Hearing clinics.

From the President

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

Hello MSHA Members
   Here it is, Autumn again!  The time of year that always gives me the vision and energy to get organized and to begin looking ahead at projects I can work on over the winter months.  Over the past months, serving MSHA as your president, many fantastic ideas have emerged on ways to see our Association grow in benefits, service opportunity, and membership. I look forward to watching this growth!!
    Association growth was seen in our Annual 2016 MSHA Conference attendance! We had a total of 717 attendees (up 99 from 2015). Our Student attendance was 294 (up 93 from 2015).  These numbers reflect a growing interest not only in our professions but in our Association.  Thank you Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP, and MSHA's Program Committee for this great conference.  Our recent statewide MSHA Meet, Greet  & Eat events were also well attended!  Thank you to our Executive Board, Gordon Krainen, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, our Membership Chair, and Kirsten Haverberg, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA Member-at-Large representing the SW portion of our state, and all other members hosting and attending  the Meet and Greets, and to all who continue to promote membership in our Association!!
  Currently we have a full executive board actively participating in assisting legislature in understanding our role as Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist in both education and healthcare. Thank you to Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP for your ongoing dedication to serving in this role!!
  We have a new and improved WEBSITE at www.michiganspeechhearing.org offering a host of user friendly options for; connecting and communicating with other professionals, answering frequently asked questions, an up-to-date calendar of events around the state, and immediate conference updates.  Look carefully and you may even see yourself in one of the many candid photos!! A giant THANK YOU to Erica Barker, M.A., CCC-SLP, Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Kim Wesoloski of our MSHA office for their time and extended efforts in making this happen!!!
 You can now find our first recorded conference session up and available for viewing on the new WEBSITE.  School people will be interested in the presentation of Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC-SLP on Hot Topics in the Public Schools  MSHA Annual Conference 2016.
 Thanks to Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP and our MSHA Healthcare Committee for last night's Healthcare Conference at St. Joseph Hospital in Ypsilanti.  I am sure everyone enjoyed Dr. Robert Fabiano's excellent presentation.
   As always we are busy preparing, planning, completing, and polishing our 2017 MSHA Annual Conference to be held March 23-27, 2017, at the Marriott Hotel in Troy, MichiganEmmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP, Program Chair, invites you to experience the phenomenal line up of speakers, workshops, student and professional session, vendors and fun activities planned for this year’s conference.  We all hope to see you there!!
   It was exiting to meet and talk with so many of you at the MSHA Conference in Grand Rapids in April.  It was an excellent conference and was so gratifying to see and meet so many students and professionals from all of Michigan come to MSHA to participate and enjoy.  Many thanks to our universities who supported student attendance.   We had such wonderful guest speakers who inspired all of us – from David Hammer on Child Apraxia to Jerry Hoepner on Executive Functions and Martha Burns on TBI and Neuroplasticity.
   I started this column talking about ideas and forward action for our Association.  It is with strong membership these ideas come to fruition.  It is my hope that each and every member continues their support of our Association.  Hopefully there was an inspiration to urge you to reach out to your colleagues who may be non-members and encourage them to join and come to our conference or get involved. Maybe you have been inspired to participate in some way with the benefits we have to offer?  Whatever your motivation, I hope you continue your involvement and membership in our Association.  Your membership renewal assures us support for continued planning of our conferences, availability of CEUs, support of our WEBSITE, representation of your issues and concerns with our legislature protecting our profession and a host of many other services. 
  The MSHA Dues Renewal cards are in the mail now.  You should receive your any day.  Please renew.  Because of our ongoing strong membership, commitment to serving our members, and an extremely efficient office, dues have not increased since 1993!!  Wow, how many other Associations can make that statement? Become an active membership recruiter and encourage your colleagues to join MSHA.  We need their support and participation to continue serving you as we do. 
  I look forward to contributing to the Associations continued growth and strength in serving its membership!!
  Happy autumn MSHA members!   Enjoy the changing of the season. MSHA wishes you only the best in your professional experiences!!  Thank you for supporting our Association. 

                                                Laura E. Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
                                                  MSHA President 2016-2017
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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 an afternoon Short Course: Providing Support to Adolescents with Hearing Loss.

class to address CAPCSD Clinical Education Training Modules, and other issues, with speakers Theresa Jones, M.S., CCC-SLP, CMU;  Kristin Hicks, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSU; Kathy Hillenbrand,  M.A., CCC-SLP, WMU; Karen O’Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP, WSU; Jill Bates, M.S.,  CCC-SLP, Calvin College; and Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CMU.

▲ 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.

 ▲ Noah Smith, B.A.,  Capitol Services, Inc., Legislative Advocate for MSHA will present the Keynote Address at the MSHA Awards Luncheon.

▲ 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 School Age Stuttering Therapy: Practical Ideas for Success
▲ Leora R. Cherney, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, will present 2 Short Courses on the topic of Aphasia Treatment Approaches.
This Conference Program is a work in progress!
Please consider sharing your expertise by submitting a Call for Paper – go to our website for the CFP form and more information.
Other topics to be addressed in our Program include: Practical Strategies for Dealing with Anxiety in the Classroom and Therapy Room; the role of SLPs in Breastfeeding and High-Risk Populations; Transgender Voice & Communication Therapy; and much more!

Great opportunity for CEUs! Contact MSHA for more info at 517/332-5691 or visit our website at: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

You Matter! Volunteerism Matters!

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

   I would like to take a few minutes of your time and introduce myself.  My name is Emmylou Garza-Prisby and I am currently serving as the VP of Professional Development and Education. Under this role, I also serve as the 2017 MSHA Conference Chair.  Part of my responsibility is to help MSHA members and students access quality speakers and presenters at our annual state conference.  This volunteer position is an active position - I communicate with speakers, search for conference venues, and work with a team of exceptional MSHA members that are involved throughout the year working on the annual conference.  I have been doing this work since 2013 and it has been a very rewarding experience.  I have gotten to know so many wonderful members in our association as well as network and meet with other speakers throughout our state and nation.  I have learned so much about event planning and the nature of hosting a conference for 500-700 attendees.  As many of us know, it is sometimes a difficult task to find people who are willing to volunteer their time for professional causes.  Fortunately, for us, we already have an amazing team of volunteers in place that helps make our wonderful association a reality.  However, it is not enough…the need for volunteers never end!
   I believe that one of my jobs is to help you figure out how you could best serve MSHA - if you have the desire to volunteer!  I believe many of us in MSHA want to volunteer but do not know how to begin.   I will work with our executive board members to develop a list of needs, and I will reach out and contact those of you who have indicated a desire to volunteer.  We hope to find the available volunteer opportunities that may interest you.  If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact me at emgarza@hotmail.com and I will be happy to help you find an opportunity to fit your needs!
   As you can see from the article above here, we have secured some wonderful guest speakers for our 2017 MSHA Conference - which will return to southeast Michigan at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in Troy, Michigan next March 23-25, 2017.  Please think about presenting by going to the MSHA Call for Papers.  I invite you to email me suggestions for future speakers and activities or events for the upcoming conference. 

   Finally, also included in this newsletter is a Q & A  Column which addresses several of your comments and questions from the evaluations from our conference in Grand Rapids in April of this year.  Thank you for you input - we value your suggestions and listen to your concerns.  Our evaluations were overwhelmingly positive this year (l-r: Dawn Kutney and Emmylou Garza-Prisby at MSHA 2016 Grand Rapids) and the individual course evaluations were outstanding.  One thing was clear that you all loved:  having tables to write on during a class presentation.  I am glad you enjoyed it - it is simply not available at most of our hotels,  due quite honestly, to lack of space.  But we will keep trying!

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Call for Student Poster Sessions at MSHA!

Dawn Kutney, Editor

   We had a record number of wonderful Poster Sessions submitted by students from around our state at the recent MSHA Conference in Grand Rapids.  Please participate again in Troy in 2017! (Claire Meconi, B.A., MSU,  pictured right)

   Student Poster Submissions are due by January 20, 2017 but will be accepted any time now and we urge you to share your research and wonderful work.  Our Call for Paper is online at www.michiganspeechhearing.org

   (Stephanie Carlson, B.A., WSU, pictured left)

     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 below, 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. 

   (Pictured here right are l-r: Allison Sadro and Rakel Osentoski, CMU) 

   Thanks to all the students who submitted Posters for MSHA in 2016.

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2016 MSHA Foundation (MSHF) Silent Auction a Big Success!

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   Thanks to all of you donated wonderful items to the MSHA Foundation's Silent Auction this past MSHA Conference in Grand Rapids. Thanks to all of you who bid on and bought those wonderful items!  We raised over $4000 and this will go a long way to help fund our next Student Scholarship Awards to be give out in 2017 and acknowledged at the March Annual Conference in Troy.  Check out our website at www.msha-foundation.org

   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 students 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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How's Your Career Going?

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    I hope your career is going well. Personally, I like working with students going into our occupation as they are filled with excitement and passion about entering this field.  It’s nice to see.  It’s also kind of exciting that this profession is considered “hot” now.  Look at lists of growing professions, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are usually on it.  That’s encouraging too.  It wasn’t that way when I was just leaving school. 

   Unfortunately, once one has been in the field more than a couple of years, things begin to become a little same old same old.  If that is a place you might be at presently, consider getting further involved with MSHA and do something delightfully different.  Getting involved with MSHA can help you stretch a little beyond your comfort zone to help you grow professionally.  There are many committees to join and a lot of work that could be done.  Consider giving a presentation on a topic of your expertise at our conference.  

   Get involved with our political action committee to support our legislative causes at the state level.  MSHA is a great vehicle to get you out of a career rut.  MSHA will take you to new career heights. You’ll be glad you made the leap.

   Some of you may remember a MSHA presentation recently (Kalamazoo 2014) of a wonderful jazz trumpeter Louis Smith who was also a strong advocate of aphasia awareness.  Louis passed away recently.  Louis Smith was a world famous musician and educator known around the world for his intricate be-bop playing.  He was a respected educator, working as a band leader for the Ann Arbor School District as well as the University of Michigan Jazz Band for decades.  He has inspired and trained many of today's top jazz musicians.  He had a massive stroke with severe aphasia 11 years ago.  He didn’t let that stop him from re-learning to play trumpet with his left hand as well as traveling with his wife Lulu all over the world.  He and Lulu  spent a lot of their efforts during this last phase of his life promoting aphasia awareness.  MSHA supported an aphasia awareness event in his honor last year which was highly successful.  Louis traveled to Chicago 2 years ago for ASHA and also to our MSHA conference to help be a part of a presentation about how music can help with aphasia rehabilitation.  He performed jazz tunes and received a standing ovation from the audience. Louis demonstrated class and grace in the face of his significant physical and communicative loss.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

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

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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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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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Your MSHA Dues Renewals Are in the Mail!

et cetera - Fall 2016