February 2021
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Forty Five, Number Two, February 2021

Jenny Fedewa, Editor
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Email address:  msha@att.net
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Join MSHA Board Meeting

Have you ever wondered what the MSHA Executive Board (EB) does?
If so, please join us on April 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm by Zoom for the April EB meeting. Join the meeting to be eligible to win one of at least 7 door prizes, to include a FREE 2022 MSHA membership. 

Visit the MSHA website here to register for the meeting. 

If you have questions please contact the MSHA office at msha@att.net 517-332-5691

World Voice Day 2021

Alice K. Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

World Voice Day April 16, 2021

In order to bring attention to vocal health and celebration of the human voice, World Voice Day was established in 1999.  Originally founded by a group of Brazilian vocal care specialists as Brazilian Voice Day, the movement grew and has since been established as World Voice Day which falls on April 16 each year.
World Voice Day is a great opportunity to showcase the important work speech language pathologists contribute to the care of the human voice. Whether you work in schools, hospitals, extended care facilities or private practice, we all participate in helping our clients achieve their best voice. World Voice Day transcends work locations and specialty areas in our field and focuses on the collaborative important work we all do every day in the care of the human voice.

Here are a few fun ways to get the word out to your respective work locations and clients to celebrate the day and highlight our field: Notify your marketing dept and collaborate writing a short announcement of vocal care in your health system’s daily emails; hand out balloons with WVD logo on them to clients and staff at work, schools; incorporate the day in lesson plans in schools; dedicate your voice therapy sessions to World Voice Day; and many other ways your creative energy takes you! Enjoy!
Alice K. Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director, Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders, Department of Neurology, Henry Ford Health System
ASHA Committee of Ambassadors

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
Origins of Black History Month
The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Black History Month 2021 Theme
Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.
The 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.
2021- The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.
The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy.  Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents. Not only are individual black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the black family at large. While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to 
represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective—as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc. Variation appears, as well, in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.

MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2019-2020

MSHA Executive Board:
President: Gregory J. Spray,  Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President-Elect: Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Past President: Lisa L. Register, M.A., CCC-SLP
Secretary: Katharine LaPierriere, M.A., CCC-SLP
Treasurer: Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy: Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Audiology Services: Open
VP for Membership: Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Dev & Education: Amy Prichard Sova,  M.A., CCC-SLP
VP Elect for Prof Dev & Education: Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations: Sarah Killinger, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Healthcare: Rosalyn Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools: Michele Montmorency, M.A., CCC-SLP/A
MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Audiology Practice: Open
Communications and Networking: Marissa Swanson, M.A., CFY-SLP
Continuing Education: Sarah Choss, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards: OPEN
SLP Healthcare: Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
SLP Public School: Alyssa Webster, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs: Hannah Dale, M.A., CFY-SLP
MSHA Members-at-Large
N.W. Michigan: Michelle Baumgartner, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.E. Michigan: Courtney Halbower, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan: D'Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan: Beth Laframboise, M.A., CCC-SLP
Upper Peninsula: Wanda Kiiskila, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students: Anthony Strevett, B.A.,  Michigan State University
ASHA Committee of Ambassadors:  Alice Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
ASHA STAMP Representative: Rosalyn Davis,, M.S., CCC-SLP
ASHA STAR Representative: Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
ASHA SEAL Representative: Courtney Halbower, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

MSHA Conference 2021: 
March 18-20, 2021

MSHA Conference 2022:

March 24-26, 2022
Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing

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Outstanding Clinician Nomination

The MSHA Healthcare Committee is looking for outstanding clinicians in the healthcare setting.  Do you have a colleague who motivates others to provide excellent clinical service or demonstrates exemplary professionalism with individuals with communication disorders?  If so, please visit the MSHA website to complete a nomination form.  The deadline to nominate an outstanding clinician is Friday, August 20, 2021.  Clinicians will be honored at the MSHA 2022 Annual Conference.  If you have any questions, please contact Rosalyn Davis  at rdavis2@dmc.org.  

New ASHA Program

Alice K. Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

While 2021 has brought new changes to our lives, ASHA has also had changes which affect our profession.  This year is the inaugural year of the new ASHA Committee of Ambassadors (CoA), replacing the past ASHA advisory council.  The Committee of Ambassadors is charged with acting as Ambassadors of ASHA by providing advocacy on and communication about the priorities of the Association to officials, constituents, peers, and the general public. There is representation from all U.S. States and territories from both audiology and speech-language pathology.  I am happy to say that for the next three years I will be the Speech-Language Pathology Michigan representative for the CoA.  We will be conducting advocacy events, meeting with legislative representatives, and using social media and other mediums to share information about ASHA’s work and priorities.  Feel free to take a look at the ASHA Public Policy Agenda on the website. Next month we will be having a Virtual Capitol Hill day (3/23/2021) where I will be meeting with our Federal State Representatives and Senators at their “offices.”
Please reach out to me at any time if there is an issue of concern and I would be happy to assist in any way. If anyone has a specific topic they would like addressed at the Virtual Capitol Hill day, please also let me know and I will do my best to address it. As programs unfold I will keep you posted through articles in the MSHA Newsletter.

Alice K. Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

MSHA Industry Sponsorship Opportunity

NEW for 2021, MSHA is offering an Industry Sponsor Opportunity. Sponsors will receive extensive visibility with our conference participants, acknowledgment on our website, acknowledgment on social media sites, logo and company name listed in the conference Program Book and newsletter Et Cetera. Each sponsors Company/University name will be given with the beginning and ending CEU numbers as the official sponsor of at least one session during the conference. 
MSHA Industry Sponsor Opportunity    $200
This is a new opportunity for MSHA supporters to be recognized throughout the year. The sponsorship includes all the following:
**Your company name and logo featured in the Et Cetera, MSHA newsletter that is received by approximately 1400 industry professionals. Sponsors will be featured prominently in all 2021 issues.
**Company name and logo featured on the website February 2021-January 2022
**MSHA will feature your company name and logo and a short paragraph or ad on all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). This offer would be for once a month beginning in February and ending in January 2022.
**Visibility with conference registrants; sponsors recognized on the “home” screen of the conference, shown before the conference and during all breaks. All sponsor will be listed in the conference program, which will be mailed to all speakers and registrants. (To be listed in the conference program you must submit your registration and logo no later than February 15th)
**Recognition as the official sponsor of at least one session at the 2021 Virtual Conference. Your company/university will be announced and thanked with the beginning and ending CEU’s of the session(s).

View full information at www.michiganspeechhearing.org or click here to register
Adverstiment options for the conference program (which will be postal mailed to all registrants and speakers) is also available. View details here.

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From the President

By Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dear MSHA Members,
I hope you’ve each enjoyed the mild winter as much as I have-- can you believe it’s already time for the 2021 Annual MSHA Conference? Although I’m sad that we’re unable to meet in Kalamazoo this year, the Program Committee has put together an outstanding list of speakers for our second virtual conference. If you haven’t already registered for the conference, you still have time to save $50 by taking advantage of the early bird special! Alternatively, if still haven’t decided if you will be attending this year, I would encourage you to browse the conference program to see if something piques your interest.

This year we will be awarding Dr. Yvette Hyter with the inaugural “Dr. Ida J. Stockman Achievement in Diversity & Infusion Award” based on her significant research contributions in the area of diversity. In addition, we will be awarding Dr. Angela Massenberg-Brown with the Honors of the Association. Although our conference has moved to an online platform this year, we will be honoring Dr. Hyter and Dr. Massenberg-Brown at our Board meeting that will take place on Thursday, March 18 at 5:30PM. The MSHA Executive Board would also like to invite you to our Board meeting on April 23, at 9:00 AM. You can get the link for this meeting by visiting the MSHA website.
Finally, I would like to thank each of you for allowing me to serve as President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Like one of our great U.S. Presidents said, “our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.” Together, I hope we can better advocate for the clients and students we serve, move the profession forward, and also bridge the connection between research and clinical practice. It is through your commitment to our profession and professional organization that these visions become a reality.
Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
MSHA President

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MSHA 2021 Conference

Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP, Conference Chair 2021

It’s not too late to register and qualify for the Early Bird discount!   Register Here.
Join us at our annual MSHA Conference, March 18-20, 2021, from the comfort of your own home. This year’s theme is “Propelling the Professions into the Future: Your Connection to Research & Clinical Practice.”
We have an exciting program planned for you. We are proud to offer 11 Short Courses, 11 Double Miniseminars, and 21 Miniseminars in addition to our student poster sessions. We are happy to announce that in addition to our live interactive courses this conference will provide plenty of networking and fun. On Thursday at 5:30 join us for the MSHA Annual Meeting/Happy Hour; on Friday the Praxis Trivia Quiz Bowl begins at 7 pm.
We hope you are able to take full advantage of this year’s program. We believe that this conference will propel us forward for more effective information sharing, collaboration and advocacy in our respective fields.
Please see our Conference Highlights below for a sneak peek at a few of the courses we are able to offer you this time. For the Complete Program follow this link: 2021 MSHA Preliminary Program for the Annual Conference 
We look forward to virtually seeing you!

Stay Safe,
Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP, Conference Chair 2021

Conference Highlights
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Offered to the Public Schools track:
 Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert, AVT, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The University of Akron, will present 1 Short Course: Managing Unilateral, Mild, Moderate, & Fluctuating Hearing Losses in Children
▲ Kelly Vess, MA, CCC-SLP, and Michelle Satler, MOT, OTR/L, both with Grosse Pointe Public School System, will present: Teletherapy for Preschoolers: Keeping it Real in the Digital World. 
Offered to the Medical track:
▲Kaitlyn Moses, CCC-SLP, Keli Licata, M.A., CCC-SLP, both with U of M Aphasia Program, and Jon Ross, U of M will present: Providing Family-Centered Care in an ICAP: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach for Supporting Individuals with Aphasia and Their Care Partners.
▲Anjli Lodhavia, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Ross Mayerhoff, M.D.,  Henry Ford Health System will present: “When a Cough Isn’t COVID” Interdisciplinary Management of Irritable Larynx Syndrome.
 Offered to All tracks:
▲ Lawrence L. Prokop, D.O., Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will offer a class, on Pain Management, Pain Issues Update for Speech Language Pathology, which will satisfy the biennial LARA requirement for Michigan Licensure.
▲ Emily Johnson, LLMSW, Michigan Abolitionist Project, will present: Human Trafficking 101. This class will satisfy the Michigan Licensure (LARA) requirement for human trafficking.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Offered to the Public Schools track:
▲ Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert, AVT, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The University of Akron, will present 1 Short Course: Executive Functions, and Theory of Mind: Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Collaborate.
▲ Marianne Nice, M.S., CCC-SLP, National lead trainer for Lively Letters, will present 2 Short Courses: Training and
Certification in Lively Letters and Sight Words. You must attend both classes to receive the Certificate of Training.
▲ Jaime Michise, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of North Texas, and Scott Palasik, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, University of Akron will present, Mindfulness 101: Experiencing Your Mind and the Neurology Behind it.
Offered to the Medical track:
▲ Alice K. Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Jessica E. Shill, M.D., and Laura Garcia-Rodriguez M.D., all with Henry Ford Health System, will present: Interdisciplinary Collaboration of the Transgender Client: Bridging Voice Therapy with Medical and Surgical Care
▲ Pablo Antonio Ysunza, M.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Beaumont and Cheryl Lozon, M.A. CCC-SLP, Troy Schools, will present: Speech and Resonance Disorders in Craniofacial Syndromes.
▲Jeff Searl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University, Phil Doyle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Ann Kearney, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Both with Stanford Medicine, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery will present: Perspectives on Head and Neck Cancer Patient Care During the Pandemic - Lessons Learned.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Offered to the Public Schools track:
▲ Jonathan L. Preston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Syracuse University, on Saturday will present 2 Short Courses: Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Preschool and School-Age Children Part I: Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Motor Learning; and Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Preschool and School Age Children Part II: Evidence-Based Approaches to Treatment.
▲ Scott Palasik, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, University of Akron, will present WHEN I STUTTER Documentary Film Screening with Q & A about the psychosocial impact of stuttering.
▲ Yvette Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University, will present 
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Assessment Practices. Join Dr. Hyter for a highly informational session on one of the professions major issues, culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices. 
Offered to the Medical track:
▲ Bonnie Martin Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, Northwestern University, will present 2 Short Courses: TheModified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP™): Optimizing Validity, Reproducibility, and Outcomes from Videofluoroscopic Imaging Across the Lifespan and Respiratory-Swallow Coordination: Implication and Application in Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment.
▲Lisa Mammoser, M.A., CCC-SLP and Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP, Beaumont Health will present: Executive Function Skills Following Brain Injury.
▲Ramya Konnai, Ph.D., and Neepa Patel, M.D., both with Henry Ford Health System will present The Role of a SLP in the Multi-disciplinary clinic for Huntington’s Disease. 
Offered to All tracks:
▲ Jaynee Handelsman, Ph.D., CCC-A, ASHA Fellow, Great Lakes Ears Nose & Throat Specialist, Petoskey, will present: Professional Ethics: Navigating the Current Landscape.

Information on how to access the ZOOM conference and CEU paperwork will be sent to you a week before the start of the conference. Handouts for the conference will be available in early March on the MSHA website.   

For more information please contact MSHA at 517/332-5691 or email: msha@att.net


Thank you 2021 MSHA Sponsors

MSHA offers a heartfelt thanks to the following companies and universities (in no particular order) for their support as a 2021 Industry Sponsor of MSHA.  With their generosity the association is able to move forward with the mission of "providing professional support and development, public awareness, and advocacy for professionals in communication sciences and disorders and they individuals they serve."





If you are interested in becoming or have questions on becoming a 2021 Industry Sponsor please contact Jenny Fedewa at jennymsha@gmail.com or visit the MSHA website to view all options.
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MSHA Member Updates

Welcome to the MSHA Member Updates Inaugural Article. This section will announce and salute achievements, both personal and professional.

"Stuttering in the Spotlight" 
J.D. Gray produces a podcast for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association called ASHA Voices. A recent episode featured MSHA president-elect Derek Daniels.They were grateful for his expertise and perspective. On the episode, they use President Biden’s inauguration as a springboard into a conversation about visibility and representation of people who stutter in the media and in popular culture. The guests were: SLPs Courtney Byrd, Derek Daniels, Chris Constantino and Katie Gore. Follow this link to listen: Stuttering in the Spotlight

Eastern Michigan University CSD;s Master Program Virtual Graduate Open House is Saturday March 13 from 10am-12pm. Please see complete details here.

MSHA has granted the Life Membership award to two very deserving women. The first, Patricia Louise Sheriden Schell. Ms. Schell worked for the Marlette Community Schools from 1978-2014 as a Speech-Language Pathalogist. She has been a member of MSHA since 1981.
The second recipient is Ida J. Stockman. Dr. Stockman was a Professor of Communication Disorders at Michigan State University from 1983-2007; ASHA member since 19. Dr. Stockman has been a MSHA member since 1984. She continued to be active in the field after retirement; writing papers and did infrequent oral presentations and limited consulting. 

Please join in on the Speech, Language, and Learning Intervention Research Symposium. This conference will focus on children from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. The conference is virtual and will run from March 26-27. The website for the conference is https://chs.asu.edu/sllivrs.

Alice Silbergleit had the opportunity to be interviewed on WGVU, NPR Grand Rapids,regarding an article in the NYT. I am attaching the link to the interview which focuses on voice and breathing therapy we do as SLP’s in patients who have recovered from covid.  Please listen here

Old Dominion University researchers are seeking parents, guardians, and adult caregivers of children with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) needs for communication to participate in a study related to caregivers’ experiences of stress and support. To participate, individuals must be the caregiver of a 3-9 year old child who communicates with AAC modalities. These modalities can include, but are not limited to: gestures, body language, sign language, facial expressions, sounds, words, pictures, objects, photographs, writing, communication boards/books, and speech generating devices. The goal of this study is to integrate results into family-centered AAC service provision for improved collaboration between the interprofessional AAC team and caregivers. Participation in this voluntary study involves 2 online surveys. Some families will also be invited to participate in an interview. The first survey is available at: https://odu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dhZwu2MHuZNmagJ
For more information, please contact Meredith Gohsman at mlave003@odu.edu.

If you have content you would like featured please contact Jenny Fedewa at the MSHA office, mhsa@att.net

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