Winter 2017
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Forty, Number Two, Winter 2017

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
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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:
Michelle Baumgartner, M.A., CCC-SLP
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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MSHA Executive Board Ballot to Be Sent Soon

   MSHA Active and Life Members will soon receive an electronic Ballot for the 2017-2018 MSHA Executive Board.  You will have 2 weeks to make your selections and respond to us.  Thanks to all of the MSHA members who are willing to serve their state association by serving on the MSHA Executive Board.  Terms will begin the last day of the MSHA Conference, or March 25, 2017.

   Positions on the ballot will be:  MSHA President-Elect; Treasurer; Secretary; VP-Elect for Professional Development and Education; VP for Membership; and MSHA VP for SLP Healthcare.

   Look for your e-ballots within the next few days!

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MSHA Meet Greet & Eat in Kalamazoo!

Kirsten Haverburg, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The MSHA Meet Greet & Eat will be coming soon to a place near you!  Wednesday April 26,  6pm at Central City Tap House in downtown Kalamazoo.   We will email to our members soon all the details so stay tuned.  

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MSHA Scholarship Awards Sponsored by Prentke-Romich Co.

  MSHA is pleased to announce that two Scholarship Awards of $500 each will be given to MSHA Member Graduate Students in 2017 and will be presented at the MSHA Awards Luncheon, Friday, March 24, in Troy.  

   Many thanks to the Prentke-Romich Company for providing these funds. For 50 years the Prentke Romich Company has been leading the way in giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.

   "Since our founding in 1966, PRC has paved the way in the development of speech-generating devices (SGDs) and continues to innovate in the field of augmentative and alternative communication" according to Trudi Blair, Consultant Network Operations Coordinator for the company.   Prentke-Romich is also a pioneer in the field of language vocabulary development, giving children and adults with communication challenges the ability to participate in life. Trudi added that "we are an employee-owned company since 2004, we are committed fully to our motto, Everyone deserves a voice.”
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Ads and Exhibits for 2017

Jackie Gale, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Advertising spots in the MSHA Program Book and Reservations for Exhibit Tables are still available for the 2017 MSHA Conference in Troy but time is running out!  All the necessary forms are available online at  or contact the MSHA Office at
    Exhibiting at MSHA allows for networking between those who sell products used by SLPs and AUDs, with those who wish to hire someone, or to be hired. Last year’s MSHA conference attendance was over 700 and all of these people are given the MSHA Program Book.  It’s a great way to advertise if you’re in a private practice, or you’re looking to hire someone, or you wish to advertise your program or continuing education activities.  It’s also a great way to support MSHA as the revenue helps defray the expense of the conference. The Exhibit Hall is also the place where we have all of our Poster Sessions on display and again, viewing four Poster Sessions can earn you .1 CEU.  It’s the place to be at MSHA! 
   Exhibitors and Advertisers can find all the forms to register on our website or just contact the MSHA office at 517-332-5691.

   Thank you - see you in Troy!

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Praxis Trivia back at MSHA

   The Praxis Trivia Game was great fun last year, and we're hosting it again at MSHA at the urgings of our MSHA members!    The event will take place on Friday, March 24, after the MSHA Exhibitors' Cocktail Party:

Praxis Trivia Quiz Bowl: 7:00 – 9:00 pm  Room: Salon FGH
Teams representing students from our Michigan Universities will compete for bragging rights – and a trophy!   Faculty & Friends urged to cheer on their teams.  Light refreshments provided.

   The event is being coordinated by MSHA Program Committee Members Kaley Paniwozik, M.A., CCC-SLP, Spectrum Health (pictured above); and Katie Elder, M.A., CFY-SLP, Beaumont Health.

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Thanks to our Sponsors at MSHA!

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

   Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting our MSHA Conference in a variety of ways!  See below our list of sponsors and I urge you all to thank them for their continued support of MSHA!  In order of their appearance at the conference:

Welcome Reception Thursday evening:
•Central Michigan University,  Department of Communication Disorders
Continental Breakfast Friday morning:
•Detroit Medical Center
Undergraduate Student Round Table Friday morning:
•Michigan State University, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Graduate Student Round Table Friday afternoon:
•Eastern Michigan University, Speech-Language Pathology Program, Department of Special Education
Snack Break Friday afternoon:
•Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
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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
March 21-23, 2019, MSHA Conference, Kellogg Center, East Lansing

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

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MSHA Ethics Committee Looking for New Members

Michelle Bailey, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The MSHA Ethics Committee is actively seeking new members.  We are a group of professionals available for all MSHA members for ethics consultation.  Our committee goes through a process which includes reviewing the ASHA Code of Ethics, assessing appropriate options, providing resources, and reaching a consensus as a committee.  If you are interested, please email

If you have a specific ethical concern, our committee is designed to provide consults that connect to the ASHA and MSHA Code of Ethics and provide a consensus and several options.  Use the consult form at and send it to  When faced with an uncomfortable situation, the MSHA Committee on Ethics is there to provide you consultation and resources to make an informed decision.  

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Congrats to MSHA Life Members

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   Congratulations to the following MSHA Members, who have been voted into MSHA Life Membership at our recent MSHA Executive Board meetings:

► Brad Swartz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, who recently retired from Central Michigan University after a 37 year career there including the last several as Department Chairperson.

► Fran Eldis, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, ASHA Fellow, who recently retired from Wayne State University after a lengthy career beginning in Detroit Public Schools, to Children's Hospital of Michigan, to Wayne State University.

►Ellen Fairbrother, M.A., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, who recently retired from Accent Reduction as President and Clinician, but whose career began in Detroit Public Schools.

►Nancy Benedetti, M.A., CCC-SLP, who recently retired as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

►Sheila May Bentrum, M.A., CCC-SLP, who recently retired from Eastern Michigan University, whose career began in Saline Hospital, to Herrick Hospital, to Eastern Michigan University.

►Sandra Daggett, B.S., who retired after 42 years from Gratiot-Isabella RESD.

   Congratulations to all of these colleagues and best of luck to them in their future endeavors!

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2017 ASHA Convention in Los Angeles

MSHA members are urged to submit proposals for the 2017 ASHA Convention, November 9-11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  Jan Bedrosian, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, WMU, is serving as AAC Topic Chair for this convention and encourages MSHA members to share their expertise. 
For more info go to:

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SLP Program at EMU Invites Input

Lidia Lee, Ph.D., CCC-A

   The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), a nationally recognized accrediting agency, will be conducting a site visit to the Department of Special Education – Speech Language Pathology Program at Eastern Michigan University on March 6-7, 2017 to determine candidacy for reaccreditation. As part of this site visit we invite individuals who wish to provide input about our program to do so in one of two ways:

→ Submit written comments to Accreditation Public Comment Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd #310, Rockville, MD 20850 (or no later than February 18, 2017. Include your name, address and telephone contact information and your relationship to the program in order for Accreditation staff to verify the source of the testimony.  The comments must be signed.

→Provide comments at a public meeting to be held Monday, March 6, 1:15pm - 2:15 pm at COE Clinical Suites-Porter 135, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Member News and Notes

   Congrats to the following MSHA members who recently received the ACE Award from ASHA:

Evangeline Agemy, M.S., CCC-SLP, Retired
Kathryn Atkinson, M.A., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Sheryll Bonness, Au.D., CCC-A, Detroit Public Schools
Kim Ceasar, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Philomena Clark, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Linda D'Arcy,M.A.,CCC-SLP Holland Public Schools
Carolyn Eugenio, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Lighthouse Neurological Rehab
Debra Fraccarolli, M.A., CCC-SLP, Eaton ISD
Christopher Gunnell, M.A., CCC-SLP, Bronson Methodist Hospital
Aaron Hardy-Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP, Wayne State University
Elizabeth La Framboiose, M.A., CCC-SLP, EDL Speech Therapy Services
Allison Levick, M.A., CCC-SLP, Novi, Michigan
Denise Makuch, M.A., CCC-SLP, Calvin College
Joseph Murray, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, VA Medical Center Ann Arbor
Kathleen Nordrum, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clare-Gladwin RESD
Susan Olney Latham, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, St. Mary's College
Donna Payne, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Jennifer Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP, Building Bridges Therapy
Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Christine Trempus, M.A., CCC-SLP, Warren Woods Public Schools
Linda Vermeulen, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Timothy Weise, M.A., CCC-SLP, Garden City Hospital

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Updated FAQs Regarding Your SLP License

 Here are ANSWERS to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that LARA has responded to!  And a helpful link to their website:

Do I have to complete continuing education for renewal or relicensure?
Rule 338.627 adds the requirement of 20 continuous professional development credits (cpd) 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.

Rules 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.  The MSHA 2017 Annual Conference is offering a class on Thursday evening which will fulfill this requirement - all attendees will receive certificates that can be used to verify for their license.  See article above.

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 Online renewal payments require you to pay with a credit card.

The link to the new administrative rules for SLP from LARA is 

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From the President

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

   What an amazing experience this past year has been as President of the Michigan Speech-Language and Hearing Association!  It has been my pleasure to serve and represent all of you in a number of capacities at the community, state and national levels.  We have worked hard to maintain our presence as professionals in all areas of discipline and in all environments.  Some of our successes have included: Advocacy for schools at the state and national level; work on the ABA bill; continued work with ASHA on affiliation changes; writing for grants to broaden our presence in the public eye; and continued success with our Annual Conference both with increased attendance, and with the finest quality of speakers and courses. 

I am so honored to have held this position and strongly encourage anyone with the smallest of interest to take the risk and join the board to bring your ideas for change and support to the table.  As our membership grows in size and strength so does our presence in the many arenas we find ourselves personally and professionally.  Thank you again for supporting me during this past year and I look forward to serving as Past-President behind Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, in this next year!
   I am so excited for the MSHA Conference next month in Troy:  Facing the Future-Together!  Moving forward sometimes can create a sense of uneasiness.  What’s on the forefront for Public Schools? What’s happening within our Healthcare Systems? Where can I look to stay tuned to professional changes?  When there is an organization such as MSHA behind you professionally, providing support and opportunities for networking, and making sure our presence is acknowledged at all levels, that sense of uneasiness can be minimized.  The MSHA Staff, Executive Board and Advisory Assembly provide that support.  The annual conference is a collaborate work which relies on great efforts by all.  Our Conference team, led by Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP, has worked tirelessly over the preceding year selecting sites, speakers, vendors, and negotiating the best for our members.  The Conference team deserves an enormous shout out for all their efforts.  Thank you Conference Team! 
   It will be my pleasure to see all of you at conference this year!  Please identify yourself if you see me.  Bring a fellow colleague!  Maybe someone who recently moved to your area, is new to the profession, or maybe hasn’t yet had the opportunity to identify the benefits of MSHA membership. 
   Again, thank you for honoring me as MSHA President this amazing past year,
Laura E. Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

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Join us SOON in Troy for MSHA!

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

Dear  Colleagues and Friends,

   On behalf of the Professional Development & Education Committee of the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association, I am honored to invite you to join us for the MSHA Annual Conference, March 23-25, 2017 at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in Troy, Michigan.   MSHA 2017 is special for two reasons.  Firstly, we have not met in Troy since 1999 and it affords us all this unique opportunity to gather and review the work done and progress made by the members within our state.  Secondly, we will be celebrating 77 years of the modern movement in communication disorders, which began, with the opening of the first conference in the Detroit area in the 1940s.

   Facing the Future - Together! is our theme this year and in keeping with it, well-known scientists, speech language pathologists, audiologists, and practicing clinicians from within and outside the region will be sharing their expertise and experiences during the plenary lectures, talks in the conference, and clinical consideration.  We are sure that undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and others interested in this area of work will find the conference useful in enhancing their knowledge through scientific updates and discussions.  Please take time to peruse the Program for more details.

   One session that will meet all of our needs, especially for the new licensing requirement, is on Thursday evening entitled  Human Trafficking: A Michigan Reality. This class will satisfy the SLP license requirement for a class in Human Trafficking, and we will provide certificates to all those who sign up and attend.  The presenter, Jane White, is the Executive Director and Founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. This Task Force includes over 135 agencies as members whose purpose is to collaborate in the identification, prosecution, and support for victims of human trafficking. Come and hear Jane speak on this important topic impacting our communities and our workplaces.

   The Professional Development Committee which is comprised of members of the MSHA Executive Board, Health Care, and Public School Committees, have been working hard to ensure that all MSHA 2017 participants will have a memorable experience in Troy.  Apart from enjoying the sights and sounds of our vibrant city Troy, participants will have the opportunity for touring, shopping, and dining at this conference.

   In short, we hope that everyone participating in MSHA 2017, will say, “WOO-HOO” at the end of it.  I welcome you to join us and participate actively in Troy at the MSHA 2017 conference.

With Warm Regards,
Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP
Vice President for Professional Development & Education
2017 Conference Chair
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MSHA Program 2017: Highlights, Additions, and Deadlines

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

   The Deadline to preregister for Early Bird Registration for the MSHA Annual Conference, March 23-25, 2017, is March 2, 2017.  After that date, your conference registration fee will be 25% higher (for MSHA Members the full conference the rate goes from $200 to $250). 

   The Deadline for Hotel Reservation is March 2, 2017 as well.  After that date, you may get a room, but it will be a rate higher than $125.

   Here are some highlights for our upcoming MSHA Annual Conference, March 23-25, 2017 at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in Troy.    To see the most updated Conference Program click here:  MSHA Program 2017
        Highlights for the MSHA Annual Conference,
  March 23-25, 2017 Detroit Marriott Troy Hotel,
                            Troy, Michigan

For the Complete Program follow this link: 
2017 MSHA Program for the Annual Conference.

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., Ph.D., CCC-A, Central Michigan University, will present an afternoon Short Course: Providing Support to Adolescents with Hearing Loss.
▲Continuing the Conversation: Issues in Clinical Education an afternoon Short Course with speakers Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CMU; Theresa Jones, M.S., CCC-SLP, CMU;  Kristin Hicks, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSU; Jill Bates, M.S.,  CCC-SLP, Calvin College; Kathy Hillenbrand,  M.A., CCC-SLP, WMU; Karen O’Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP, WSU.
▲Maureen Staskowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Macomb ISD, will present an afternoon s:  Look Who’s Talking? Macomb’s AAC Core Vocabulary Classroom Team Initiative.
▲Jane White, M.A., Executive Director and Founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, a non-profit organization, Michigan State University, will present an evening class entitled: Human Trafficking: A Michigan Reality.   This class satisfies the SLP License requirement for a class in Human Trafficking.
▲ Welcome Reception 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.  Tasty munchies and a cash bar.  Everyone welcome!  Sponsored by Central Michigan University, Department of Communication Disorders.  Also the MSHF Silent Auction and 50/50 MSHA Raffle through Friday evening.   

 Friday, March 24, 2017      

 ▲ Beth A. D. Nolan, Ph.D., Positive Approach LLC, North Carolina, will present two Short Courses:  Assessment and Treatment Strategies in Adults with Dementia.

▲ Howard Shane, M.D., MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, Massachusetts, will present two Short Courses:  Visual Immersion System™ (VIS): Communication Enhancement for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
▲Y. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Michigan State University, will present a morning Short Course: Practical Strategies for Treating Preschool Children Who Stutter.

▲ Janet Deppe, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director, State Advocacy, Govt. Relations and Public Policy, ASHA, will present a morning Panel Discussion for future and new SLP and AUD graduates embarking on their first job: Embarking on Your New Career – Understanding Resources, Licensure, and Issues Impacting the Professions.

▲ Noah Smith, B.A., Capitol Services, Inc., Legislative Advocate for MSHA (pictured right) will present the Keynote Address at the MSHA Awards Luncheon. MSHA Honors of the Association will be presented to Richard M. Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,  (pictured left) followed by presentation of MSHA & MSHF Scholarship Awards.  This year's MSHA Student Scholarship Awards are sponsored by Prentke-Romich Company.

▲ Morning and Afternoon Student Round Table classes for Undergraduate and Graduate Students to help with employment and licensure questions; graduate school and CFY issues; and an opportunity to talk to professionals in a variety of work settings. The Morning Undergraduate Student Round Table is sponsored by Michigan State University, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders; and the afternoon Graduate Student Round Table is sponsored by Eastern Michigan University, Speech-Language Pathology Program, Department of Special Education.

▲ All-Day MSHF Silent Auction; Exhibitors’ Cocktail Party and Raffle; MSHA 50/50 Raffle.  Afternoon Snack Break sponsored by Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.
▲Praxis Trivia Quiz Bowl!  Back by popular demand: Teams representing students from our Michigan Universities will compete for bragging rights – and a trophy!  Faculty & Friends urged to cheer on their teams.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 

▲ Nina A. Reardon-Reeves, M.S., CCC-SLP, Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc., McKinney, Texas,will present 2 Short Courses, morning and afternoon:  School Age Stuttering Therapy: Practical Ideas for Success.  Nina will also present at the Public School Forum Luncheon.
▲ Leora R. Cherney, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, will present 2 Short Courses: morning: Aphasia Treatment: Addressing the Impairment Level; and afternoon: Aphasia Treatment: Addressing the Activity/Participation Level.

▲Amanda Hopkins, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Listening and Language Connections, LLC, will present a morning class: Assessment for Children with Hearing Loss and How to Interpret the Results.

Michael Rolnick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Wm. Beaumont Hospital, will present: Building Programs in Speech-Language Pathology – Marketing.

Jeffrey P. Searl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Michigan State University will present on:  Teaching Alternatives to Tracheoesophageal Speech: A Focus on Esophageal Speech and Other Options.

    Other topics to be addressed in our Program include:

Practical Strategies for Dealing with Anxiety in the Classroom and Therapy Room; Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Treatment; The Normal Swallow; Life Participation Approach to Aphasia; Core Vocabulary in the Classroom; Laryngectomy Patient Q & A; The Five Systems of Dysphagia; Functional Treatment Strategies for TBI Rehab; Assessment and Treatment of Cleft Speech Errors;  Interfacing With the Deaf and the Importance of ASL (American Sign Language); and much more!
Great opportunity for CEUs! Contact MSHA for more info at 517/332-5691 or visit our website at:
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Troy Marriott Hotel Registration Info

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

    Please contact the Troy Marriott soon to reserve your room for the 2017 MSHA Annual Conference, March 23-25, 2017.  The Hotel deadline is March 2, 2017.  After that date you may get a room, but not at our conference rate of $125.   This is the first time for us here, and we have high hopes for a great conference!  The Marriott Hotel is located in the midst of shopping, restaurants, and is conveniently located off of I-75 in Troy.  The Somerset Collection
is just west of the hotel on 16 Mile Rd., and there are a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and shopping options all around.  Here is the link to the Somerset Mall:

   Parking and WiFi are free for MSHA Conference attendees to stay at the hotel.  Follow this link to make reservations at the Marriott Hotel for MSHA Members:      Our code is: MSHMSHA

Or MSHA members can call toll free 1-877-757-7131, ask for Reservations, identify yourself as a MSHA member to receive our special group rate.  Our code is: MSH
Check-in/out times:  Check in: 3:00 PM Check out: 12:00 PM
Parking: Complimentary on-site parking.   High-Speed Internet:  Free wi-fi for hotel guests.

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Silent Auction Donations Needed for MSHF Event

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  Silent Auction Donations Being Collected
   The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s annual Silent Auction will be held once again at the MSHA Annual Conference in Troy, Michigan, March 23-25, 2017!  This is the Foundation’s major fundraiser for the year. It is a great chance to bid on fun items, a chance to meet Board Members, and find out what the Foundation is planning for the future. You might even consider joining the Board! (Pictured above l-r: Nan Liening, Elisabeth McCourt Fischer, and Heather Balog)
   But, we cannot do it without YOU! Your generous donations to the silent auction are essential to making the auction a continued success. Please contact Heather Balog (734-658-6150 or to make arrangements for a donation. All proceeds will go to the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to support scholarships for students pursuing graduate degrees in audiology and/or speech-language pathology.

   Thanks to all of you who 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 funds are going to fund our next Student Scholarship Awards to be given out in 2017 and acknowledged at the March Annual Conference in Troy.  Check out our website at

   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 $350 each, to each state supported university program.  This year, we have awarded scholarships to students at 6 universities.

   In 2016 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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Two Awards for Best Student Poster Sessions at MSHA

Dawn Kutney, Editor

   This year thanks again to Psi Iota Xi Michigan chapters Eta Sigma, Zeta Theta, Theta Tau, and Eta Omicron, not 1, but 2 Student Poster Sessions will receive a $250 award for Outstanding work in their Student Poster Sessions.  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. 

   (From last year: pictured here right are l-r: Allison Sadro and Rakel Osentoski, CMU)

   Thanks to all the students who submitted Posters for MSHA in 2017 and we look forward to viewing all of your work!
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Check out the Great Poster Sessions at MSHA

   Last year we had a record amount of excellent Poster Sessions, and this year we are just as fortunate to feature so many interesting and relevant Poster Sessions both by Students, and Professionals.  Authors will be present from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Friday, March 24, 2017. Poster Sessions will be on display throughout the Exhibits Hall and Registration area during the conference. A maximum of .1 CEU is available if you visit 4 Poster Sessions during the conference.

   Thank you to all you submitted these outstanding Posters!
Effects of Spaced Retrieval Training and External Memory Aids on Individuals with Dysphagia & Dementia
Presenters: Kennetha S. Mentor, ClinScD. CCC-SLP, Sara Senior Healthcare; Kenneth O. Simpson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Effects of Differences in Topic Specification on the
Writing Quality of Undergraduate Students

Presenters: Alyson Spitzley and Stephanie Richards, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,Central Michigan University

Importance of Supporting Skills in Family-Centered Training for Graduate Students in Speech-Language Pathology
Presenter:  Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University

Multi-Participant Perspectives of Successful School Reintegration for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury
Presenters:  Heather Koole, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Calvin College; and Nickola W. Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Retired

Interprofessional Education with Speech-Language Pathology and Nursing Students:
Readiness and Knowledge Acquisition

Presenters:  Heather Koole, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Jaclynn Lubbers, DNP, RN, CPNP, Calvin College

Treatment of Severe Anomia:
Priorities for Functional Speaking

Presenter:  Margaret Greenwald, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Wayne State University

Factors Affecting Learning of Visual-Verbal
Associations in Healthy Adults

Presenters:  Margaret Greenwald, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Emily Harting, B.S.; Brooke Ingraham, B.S.;  Brianna Meharg, B.S.; Leanne Morrow, B.A.; Jamie Narkin, B.A.;
Michelle Reidt, B.S.; Andrea Strauss, B.S.; and Jeanna Tollefson, B.S., Wayne State University

Treatment of Severe Nonfluent Aphasia:
Suppressing Sentence Fragments

Presenters:  Margaret Greenwald, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Wayne State University; and Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., ABD, CCC-SLP, Birmingham Public Schools

How Do Simulations Impact Future SLPs’ Perceptions of Those With a Learning Disability?
Presenters: Corinne Wuerfel and Stephanie Richards, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University

A Comparison of Two Reading Fluency Strategies in Fourth Grade Students
Presenters: Elyse Ramsay and Stephanie Richards, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Defining Multiple-Meaning Words, Metaphors, Oxymorons, and Paradoxes: How Children Who are Typically Developing Perform This Task
Presenters:  Leah Beekman, M.S., CCC-SLP and Angela Ciccia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Case Western Reserve University
Training Word Level Stress Using Non-Speech Stimuli
Presenters:  Julianne DeMarco, Madeline Woodke, and Mark Lehman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
An Analysis of the Effect of Gunfire on Workers Exposed to Industrial or Occupational Noise
Presenters:  Darcy Henrikson, B.S.; David Neville, B.S.; and Thomas Simpson, Ph.D., Wayne State University
The Need for Pre –Injury Assessment
Presenters:  Anna Sinagoga, B.A.; Morgan Archer; Elise Verleye; and Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Grand Valley State University
The Need for Early Identification of Dyslexia: Evidence from Screenings of Mid-Michigan Head Start Students

Presenters:  Courtney Batten and Katie Squires, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University

Language Proficiency and Neural Processes Underlying Language in Young Children From Lower Socioeconomic Status Backgrounds
Presenters:  Stephanie Nagy, Michigan State University; Eric Pakulak, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Yoshiko Yamada, Ph.D., University of Oregon; and Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University
Brain Mechanisms Underlying Visuo-Orthographic Deficits in Children with Developmental Dyslexia
Presenters:  Xin Yan, M.A. and Greg Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University; Yanni Liu, Ph.D., University of Michigan; and Fan Cao, Ph.D., Michigan State University
An Analysis of Aphasia Education for Spanish Speaking Clients and Families

Presenters:  Anna Poggensee, B.S.; Brittany Barnes, B.A.; and Robin Pollens, M.S., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Professional Presentation Skills: Graduate Student Experiences
Presenters:  Kaylie Lobb, B.S.; Caitlin Karelitz, B.S.; Denice Santa Maria, B.A.; Sharijo Taylor, B.S.; and Denise Ludwig, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Grand Valley State University
Changes in Speech Rate due to
Varying Simulated Acoustic Environments

Presenters:  Stirling Witthoeft, B.A. and Eric J Hunter, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Acoustical Analysis of Vocal Fry in Two Individuals
Presenters:  Kaleigh Cammenga, B.A.; Pasquale Bottalico, Ph.D.; Lady Catherine Cantor Cutiva, Ph.D.; and Eric J Hunter, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Normative Learning Data For Healthy Older Adults Performing a Novel Verbal Talk

Presenters:  Brynja K.E. Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP; Ching-I Lu, Ph.D., Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan;
and Margaret Greenwald, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Wayne State University
Phonological Awareness in Children Who Stutter:
An ERP Study

Presenters:  Gregory J. Spray, M.A.,CCC-SLP and Valerie Rose, B.A., Michigan State University; Christine Weber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Purdue University; Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Michigan; and Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University
Seeking Community Priorities:  A Case Study of James Bay Cree Perspectives on Child Language Development
Presenters:  Sara Acton, M.A. and Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University
Identity and Reflection in the Speech Therapy Process for People with Aphasia
Presenters:  Sara Swierczynski, B.A. and Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University
Relationships Between Cognitive Proficiencies and Neural Processes Underlying Language in Preschool-Age Children
Presenters:  Katelan Saunders and Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University
The Efficacy of Drama Intervention on Communication
Presenters:  Caroline Gaddy, M.Litt, M.F.A. and Audrey Bernard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University
Changes in Vocal Measures Before and After
Osteopathic Manipulations

Presenters:  Ethan Hunter, Haslett High School; Peter LaPine, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Lawrence L. Prokop, D.O., and Eric J Hunter, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Evaluation of a Dual-Generation Intervention on Language Processing in Preschoolers
from Lower Socioeconomic Status Backgrounds

Presenters:  Gabriella Gilfoy, B.A., Michigan State University; Eric Pakulak, Ph.D.,  Yoshiko Yamada, Ph.D., and Helen Neville, Ph.D.,
University of Oregon; and Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University
Structural and Functional Abnormality of Putamen in Children with Developmental Dyslexia
Presenters:  Zhao Wang, M.A. and Xin Yan, M.A., Michigan State University; Yanni Liu, Ph.D., University of Michigan;
Yuan Deng, Ph.D., Institute of Psychology at Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Fan Cao, Ph.D., Michigan State University
The Effects of Aphasia Centers on Family Members of Individuals with Aphasia
Presenters:  Lauren Hill, B.S. and Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University

Voice Degradation Over a Lifespan
Presenters:  Alexis N. Itskovich; Kirsten L. Rockey; Madeline A.Crile; Stephanie I. Rosin;  
and Eric J Hunter, Ph.D., Michigan State University
 Neural Correlates of Auditory Processing in Typically Developing Preschool-Age Children
Presenters:  Laney Roehl, B.A., and Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University
Vocal Fatigue Metrics and Pulmonary Function
Presenters:  Callan Gavigan, B.S., and Eric J Hunter, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Life after FAPE and IEPs:  The Rugged Post-Secondary Landscape of College Students with Learning Differences
Presenters:  Tim Zmudka, B.A. and Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Grand Valley State University
A Longitudinal Survey of Perceived Voice Quality of a Pediatric Population With Bilateral Vocal Fold Lesions
Presenters:  Skyler Nellesen, B.A., Michigan State University; Stephanie Zacharias, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center; and Dimitar Deliyski, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Laryngeal Function Outcomes in Children Post-Airway Reconstruction Following Injection Laryngoplasty
Presenters:  Ruhi Ahluwalia, B.A., Michigan State University; Stephanie RC Zacharias, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center; and Dimitar Deliyski, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Developmental Changes in the Brain Network of L1 and L2: Evidence From Chinese:
English Bilingual Children and Adults

Presenters:  Wuying Chen, M.A.; Xin  Yan, M.A.; Maddie Dodson-Garrett and Greg Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University; Yuan Deng, Ph.D., Institute of Psychology at Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Fan Cao, Ph.D., Michigan State University

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By the Numbers

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

     Let’s Do the Numbers
    I didn’t major in math for a reason, and most probably many of you followed a similar path. Let’s face it, stats class was not simple, but somehow we got through. Numbers can tell us a great deal, but it’s better when we let others help us with them. (Pictured here l-r: Gordon Krainen and Arica Altobello).

   Still, there are some numbers that are troubling, and we should be aware of them.  In our state of Michigan we have a strong contingent of licensed speech-language pathologists. We have great universities graduating many communication disorder professionals, and we should relish that fact. All of our state's SLPs should belong to MSHA.  But they do not. That’s hard for me to understand. My first thought is maybe it’s the cost.  I understand that ASHA dues, licensure, and state association dues can all add up. Our dues have not increased in over 24 years (yes, that’s correct), and remain a relative bargain. Skip two or three lunches out and the dues are covered.

   One could ask, what does MSHA do for me? Sitting on the board, I observe the strong commitment that the volunteers do to put on a great conference, fund a professional lobbyist to monitor laws affecting us, disseminate information to our members, provide support when professional ethical issues arise, market to the public, and mentor students. There are other benefits that MSHA offers like a chance to get involved with committees or politics at the state level, and meeting professionals across the state. During this uncertain time when rules and laws will be changing frequently, unless our voice is heard as a strong group, we may be left behind. What I am suggesting is that you ask your colleagues and friends to join MSHA and become involved in their professional organization. They can only win by joining. Let’s see if we can watch those numbers increase our ranks. Those would be stats we can easily deal with.  
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
V-P Membership

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MSHA Conference Q & A: From Your Evaluations

Dawn Kutney, Editor

   Last 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 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 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, Kalamazoo in 2018, and in East Lansing in 2019.  And we know you value free parking and free wifi, and we keep this in mind when we negotiate.

Q:  Why can't we have a separate room for Exhibits?
A:  Most times we do - it depends on the hotel.  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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