2024 NDSLHA Conference

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Sleep Inn, Minot, ND


Register for the NDSLHA conference today!


The 2024 NDSLHA conference will be held on March 21, 2024 at the Sleep Inn in Minot, ND. Graduate credit and continuing education hours will be available (graduate credit offered for those who also attend the NSSLHA conference on 3/22/2024). The conference will be in-person.



The keynote presentation will be applicable to SLPs, audiologists, and any professionals who are interested in learning more about executive functions. A specific registration option for attendance at the keynote session only is available.

The afternoon sessions will include two SLP-specific breakout sessions and an audiology-specific breakout session. One of the afternoon sessions will meet ASHA’s ethics professional development requirement.

The audiology-specific breakout session may be applicable to other professionals as well, such as special educators and TODs.


Keynote Presentation – Executive Function: More Than Just Attention!

Tera Sumpter, M.A., CCC-SLP

The executive function system plays a critical role in the overall learning process as the all-encompassing self-regulatory system of cognition. Deficits in executive function impact all aspects of learning, including academic and social. In this mini-course, you will learn about the executive function system, its role in speech and language development, and specific tools to support executive function development in children of all ages.

 Learner objectives:

    1. The participants will be able to describe foundational and higher-level executive function skills.
    2. The participants will be able to communicate the role that executive function plays in the learning process
    3. The participants will be able to describe different techniques for supporting and improving executive function skills in children.


SLP Breakout Session – Executive Function: Dive Into Intervention

Tera Sumpter, M.A., CCC-SLP

This breakout session will be an extension of the Executive Function Keynote presentation. You will learn Tera Sumpter’s 4-part framework for executive function intervention and ways to integrate EF work into your current therapy settings for children who need support with attention, working memory, inhibition and more.

Learner objectives:

    1. The participants will be able to describe the SEEDS framework to executive function intervention.
    2. The participants will be able to develop reflexive questions for executive function intervention.
    3. The participants will be able to incorporate new activities into their classrooms, therapy sessions or homes.


Ethics Breakout Session – Navigating the Ethical Crossroads in Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. J. Nikki Gaylord, Ed.D, CScD, CCC-SLP and Klaire Brumbaugh, ClinScD, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologists frequently face ethical issues, decisions, and dilemmas. This session will describe ethical issues often faced in clinical practice as well as decision-making models and strategies to navigate the scenarios. An analysis of the 2023 Code of Ethics put forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association will be used to support the ethical decision-making process.

After this session, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify recent changes to the 2023 ASHA Code of Ethics.
    2. Describe at least 3 strategies to use when making ethical decisions.
    3. Apply an ethical decision-making model to provided case studies.

*these presenters will present via Zoom; attendees will attend in-person


Audiology Breakout Session – The Perfect Pair for a Young Person’s Hearing Adventure

Stacy Michels, M.A.

There are many choices when it comes to technology both when fitting pediatric hearing aids and assistive devices to be used in the classroom, and often times it can be overwhelming when working to provide students with the best possible solutions.  Today’s presentation will give an update on Phonak’s pediatric portfolio including current pediatric hearing aid technology, as well as Roger technology as it applies to the classroom environments and the applications and benefits to all students and their teachers.  Additionally, there will be hands-on opportunities for troubleshooting and navigation of the devices as well as a demonstration of Roger verification and Target programming software.

Learner objectives:

    1. Learner will have a better understanding of which solution/technology is best for their students and classroom situations.
    2. Learner will have a better understanding of the applications and features of Roger devices to complete a classroom set up.
    3. Learner will have a better understanding of navigating through Target programming software as well as Roger verification.


Speaker Biographies

Tera Sumpter, Speech-Language Pathologist and founder of Seeds of Learning, LLC, presents internationally and across the United States on her cognitive processing model for academic learning. She provides professional development and workshops to therapy clinics, hospitals, school districts, professional organizations and parent groups on executive functioning, literacy, and her integrative cognitive processing model.

Stacy Michels is the Phonak account manager for Childrens’ Hospitals and Schools covering states in the Midwest and Great Plains. Stacy received her Masters’ degree from Northern Illinois University in 2002 and completed her CFY at Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV as an educational audiologist.  Stacy joined Phonak in 2016 and prior to that, worked for 11 years as a clinical audiologist for an ear, nose and throat practice in a suburb of Chicago. Stacy lives in the Chicagoland suburbs and enjoys working out with her personal trainer, co-leading her niece’s Girl Scout Brownie troop, listening to live music and comedy shows and checking out new restaurants.  Most importantly, Stacy treasures spending as much time as she can with family and friends.

Dr. J. Nikki Gaylord is an assistant professor at Murray State University in the Center for Communication Disorders. Dr. Gaylord has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 23 years.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeast Missouri State University.  She completed a doctorate of clinical science in speech-language pathology in 2019 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and a doctorate of education in P-20 leadership from Murray State University in 2022.  Dr. Gaylord’s current research interests include exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction in athletes, exercise-induced dyspnea, voice disorders, and ethics in speech-language pathology.

Klaire Brumbaugh, ClinScD, CCC-SLP is the graduate program director, director of clinical education, and assistant professor at Fontbonne University-Kansas City. Klaire received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University prior to completing the clinical doctorate in speech-language pathology from Rocky Mountain University. Currently, Klaire is completing a doctorate in education from Fontbonne University with a graduation date of May 2024. Klaire’s research and professional interests focus on the areas of speech sound disorders and professional issues such as ethics and supervision.


Conference Schedule


Continuing Education/Credits

The NDSLHA conference will offer 8 hours of continuing education. In addition, NDSLHA will pair with the Minot State National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) to offer one graduate credit (15 hours). NSSLHA’s conference will be held on March 22, 2024. To receive graduate credit, attendees must attend both conferences. NSSLHA’s conference will be held on March 22, 2024. To receive graduate credit, attendees must attend both conferences. The NSSLHA conference will feature Heather Caska, MS, CCC-SLP and Karina Kadhi BS, SLPA who will share their expertise in their presentation titled “Exploring Roles of SLPs/SLPAs in Dyslexia.” Register for the NSSLHA conference today!


Room Block

A block of rooms is reserved at the Sleep Inn in Minot (701-837-3100) at a rate of $101 per night. Rooms must be reserved by 2/19/24.


Conference Exhibitors

We have limited exhibitor spots available – due to space constraints, we will accept 10 exhibitors for our 2024 conference.



Poster Presentation

The Call for Papers for poster presentations at the conference is open. Submit your proposal here by 2/18/24.


Additional Information

  • Requests for refund of pre-registration must be received by March 7. A $20 handling fee will be charged.
  • Prefer to pay by check? Please email ndslha@gmail.com for a paper registration form.
  • Please direct any questions to ndslha@gmail.com.


Register for the NDSLHA conference today!

2024 NSSLHA Conference

The 2024 Minot State NSSLHA Conference is scheduled for March 22, 2024 in Minot, ND.

The 31st Annual NSSLHA Conference will feature Heather Caska, MS, CCC-SLP and Karina Kadhi BS, SLPA to share their expertise on “Exploring Roles of SLPs/SLPAs in Dyslexia.”

Summary provided by the keynote speakers:

When we hear the term dyslexia, we often ONLY consider the right “program” needed for effective dyslexia intervention and whether or not we are qualified to intervene. In this session we will discuss how vital our roles are as SLPs/SLPAs, and how important it is for us to think outside of the “box” when working with these students. Participants will explore the scope of practice in speech language pathology as it applies to individuals with dyslexia. We will discuss recent legislation and identify ways SLPs/SLPAs can be more involved in school and private practice settings.

Learner Outcomes:

    1. Identify at least 3 features of dyslexia
    2. Describe 3 additional service delivery domains outside of assessment and treatment that are essential when working with students with dyslexia.
    3. Describe three barriers to Upstream Thinking when discussing prevention and early identification.
    4. Identify at least 5 skill areas to assess when identifying dyslexia
    5. Discuss the 3 principles and 6 key elements of structured literacy intervention
    6. Describe 3 ways to incorporate structured literacy interventions into your current treatment plans

Lunch will not be provided, but attendees are welcome to eat at Minot State’s cafeteria or leave campus for the lunch hour.