NDSLHA Past Conferences

The 2023 NDSLHA Conference was held on March 23, 2023 at the Clarion in Minot, ND.


Evidence Based Practice and Assessment-Based Decisions -Dr. Elena Plante

Recent surveys of SLPs indicate that they are familiar with the idea of evidence based practice for treatment but do not associate that term with assessment.  Moreover, clinicians are often not armed with the information they would need to assure they are providing evidence-based assessment. This leaves clinicians ill-equipped to address assessment issues that may arise.  These include due process hearings around service eligibility and disagreements that can arise when a client is tested by professionals from multiple disciplines and those test results disagree. Given that standardized tests are not “valid” or “invalid” overall, but only in relation to the purpose for which the test scores are being used, it is important that SLPs evaluate their specific purpose for giving a test (identify a disorder, estimate severity, identify strengths and weaknesses, etc.) with the specific evidence that supports that interpretation.  This presentation will provide a master class in the evidence behind evidence-based practice in assessment with hands on practice.  Attendees are asked to bring with them the technical manual and normative tables for a test that they frequently use in their practice.

Speaker Biography

Elena Plante, PhD CCC-SLP is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona.  She has conducted basic and clinical research, including in the area of assessment, for 30 years. She has over 100 journal publications, a text book, and three clinical tests.  Her work has been recognized with four editors awards for outstanding research, ASHA Honors of the Association, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bergen, Norway.

The 2022 NDSLHA Conference was held on March 24, 2022 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, ND. This conference was also livestreamed for those who were not able to attend in person.


Educational Relevance for Speech Sound Disorders and Dyslexia –Dr. Kelly Farquharson

Dyslexia and speech sound disorders both involve the phonological system of language, but manifest with different symptoms. In this course, we will discuss the ways in which these two disorders are distinct from one another, and the ways in which they overlap. We will discuss relevant theories, but with direct application to clinical practice.  We will review best practices for screening, assessment, and several ideas for treatment.

If You Could See What I See…..FEES and Case Studies: An Adult Overview of EBP and Supporting Literature –Nicole Kiel Paschke and Chelsey Gronewold

This presentation will review dysphagia, FEES and VFSS (instrumental swallow assessments) and ASHA’s stance for need of instrumentation for appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.   We will review case studies and how they correlate with current literature and evidenced based practice.

Speaker Biographies

Nicole Kiel Paschke, MS CCC/SLP, has a 20+ year career focusing on adult SLP therapy. She specialized in acute care, inpatient rehab, and Head and Neck Cancer Clinic. Her career passion is dysphagia. She is currently an assistant professor at UND and owns and operates DakMn Dysphagia Diagnostics, a mobile FEES company.

Chelsey Gronewold, MS CCC-SLP has 7 years experience in the SLP world, primarily in the medical setting. Chelsey spent 1 year at Minot Public Schools and has spent the rest of her career focused on the adult and geriatric scope of practice. Chelsey opened her private practice, North Dakota Speech and Swallowing Specialists, in 2019. NDSSS includes outpatient adult and geriatric SLP services as well as mobile FEES for nursing homes and hospitals.

Dr. Farquharson an associate professor and director of the Children’s Literacy and Speech Sound (CLaSS) lab at Florida State University.  The CLaSS Lab has a mission to help children with speech and language impairments achieve classroom success. To that end, Dr. Farquharson’s research explores the linguistic, cognitive, educational, and environmental factors that contribute to child outcomes.

The 2021 NDSLHA Convention was held on March 25, 2021 via Zoom webinar.


 Literacy-Based Therapy Blitz: A Framework and Evidence-Based Strategies -Marisha Mets

Participants will be presented with strategies to streamline their workload and confidently approach therapy sessions using a literacy-based therapy framework. Topics discussed will include structuring effective therapy sessions, targeting specific goals using evidence-based strategies, as well as scaffolding language skills in context. Participants will walk away with a solid framework, resources, and actionable steps to implement these strategies with their caseload.

Supervision Basics: Things I know for sure. -Melissa Passe

Beginning with understanding who we are and where we come from, this presentation uses introductory level content to introduce the participant to various aspects of supervision including establishing effective modes of communication, evaluating a supervisee, tracking of emerging clinical skills and determining appropriate feedback models. This presentation will also discuss how to have difficult conversations when necessary and the application of the ASHA Code of Ethics as it relates to supervision.

Adverse Childhood Experiences -Angie Jonasson, Carrie Weippert, Jennifer Modeen, and Catherine Gillach

Many public service entities and professionals have recognized a substantial increase in the number of clients (students, patients, clients) whose lives have been significantly affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). This session will examine what school systems and caregivers should know about basic biological and physiological impacts trauma can have on a child’s brain and development, and what both individuals and systems can do to more positively work with children with trauma-based backgrounds. Be prepared to learn, contribute, and perhaps even enjoy yourself a bit during this interactive session.


 Speaker Biographies

Marisha Mets earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She has worked as a school-based SLP and in a private clinic. She shares therapy ideas and resources on her blog (SLP Now). Marisha also developed a membership for speech-language pathologists that includes digital tools and resources to streamline evidence-based therapy

Melissa S. Passe has served as the Director of Clinical Education at Truman State University for the past 28 years. Logging thousands of hours in supervision related activities she has served in several leadership roles in professional associations including chairing the ASHA CFCC and sitting on the ASHA Board of Ethics. Ms. Passe is co-author/presenter of ASHA’s CE course entitled “The 9 Building Blocks of Supervision” which has been viewed over 10,000 times. She presents widely on issues related to supervision, ethics and difficult conversations.

Angie Jonasson, Carrie Weippert, Jennifer Modeen, and Catherine Gillach are all self-proclaimed nerds and administrators or social workers in Grand Forks Public Schools. They collectively have over 101 years of experience in K-12 education and public service at all levels, and hold a “kids first” mindset at the heart of their daily operations. They are honored to share their stories, learning, and perspectives with other like minded professionals.

The 2020 NDSLHA Convention was held on October 1, 2020 via Zoom.

 Changes Ahead for ASHA Governance and Advocacy: ASHA and Its Members ~ Arlene Carney, Ph.D., CCC-A

This presentation will describe the proposed changes in the governance of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2020 and what they mean to ASHA members. These proposals will impact the structure and function of the Advisory Councils for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and the election of the Board of Directors. In addition, the presentation will focus on the current advocacy work of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA), including its rationale and important priorities. Advocacy is the work not only of the staff of ASHA and its volunteers but of all its members. The objectives of this presentation are: 1) to explain the proposed changes in ASHA Governance and what the expectations are for ASHA members during and after the proposed changes; 2) to explain why advocacy is important to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology; 3) to review the current focuses of advocacy activities in the 2020 Public Policy Agenda; and 4) to encourage ASHA members to participate in the advocacy mission of the association.

Ethical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Today: Dilemmas and Solutions ~ Arlene Carney, Ph.D., CCC-A

Ethical practice in our professions is more challenging than ever before as changes occur in technology, social media, regulations regarding licensure and certification, changes in reimbursement, documentation requirements, interprofessional practice, and the use of assistants, to name a few. This presentation has two parts – an overview of the ethics program at ASHA and the Code of Ethics [COE] (2016) and a working session to apply the COE to several scenarios that pose ethical dilemmas. The objectives of this presentation are: 1) to describe the Code of Ethics [COE] (2016) and the processes of the Board of Ethics; 2) to highlight some of the newer additions to the COE that may require a change in thinking; and 3) to pose a few scenarios that present dilemmas for practice along with potential solutions.

 The Connection Between Speech Sound Production and Literacy ~ Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

This workshop will discuss the role of phonological representations as they relate to the development of literacy skills for children with phonological disorders. For this purpose, phonological disorders encompasses both speech sound disorders and dyslexia. Discussion will include a review of relevant theories and application to clinical practice. Implications for assessment and intervention are included. Participants are encouraged to engage in discussions with the presenter and fellow audience members.

 Auditory Processing Disorders: A Fresh Perspective on the Buffalo Model from Evaluation to Therapy ~ Tricia M. Nechodom, Au.D, Angela Alexander, Au.D., CCC-A

Learn more about how Audiologists diagnose auditory processing deficits in children and how targeted therapy can improve auditory processing difficulties. Guest speaker, Angela Alexander, AuD, from the Auditory Processing Institute will provide an enlightening seminar on current diagnostic evaluations and the recommended therapies to help children meet their full potentials.

The 2019 NDSLHA Conference was held on March 28, 2019 at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Minot, ND.

Authentic AAC: Strategies for Thoughtful Implementation of Communication Supports, Rachael Langley

This workshop focuses on the foundational skills required for augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) implementation, including how we teach these skills and how to avoid common pitfalls. Topics include research-based pillars of AAC implementation, including aided-language input, a core vocabulary focus, meaningful literacy instruction and more. Attendees will have opportunities to engage in activities highlighting principles and strategies as we cover various topics. Take away ideas for implementation, resources for providing training to others, and encouragement as we look ahead at where the field of AAC is heading.

About the Speaker

Rachael Langley is a speech-language pathologist working as an Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist in Mid-Michigan. Her 16-year career has focused primarily on supporting students with complex communication needs. A two-time graduate of Michigan State University, Rachael has served as a clinical faculty member and guest lecturer at several local universities. She is one of the founders and organizers of the #TalkingAAC Conference, the only conference of its kind in Michigan. Rachael is the owner of Reach Language, LLC and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. In addition to clinical and consultative work, Rachael enjoys creating and sharing materials that focus on practical strategies for educators and families.

Use of SLP Assistants, Janet Deppe

This workshop will provide information regarding regulation, use, and supervision of SLPAs.

About the Speaker

Janet Deppe, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP is the Director of State Affairs in the Government Affairs and Public Policy division at ASHA. In that capacity, she coordinates the priorities of ASHA’s state affairs team, serves as the ASHA liaison to states in the Central/Midwest region under ASHA’s state outreach initiative, which provides assistance and support to further state legislative and regulatory efforts and administrative/management issues. She monitors credentialing, health, and education legislation and regulations in states and represents the association at federal and state meetings. Janet is the ex officio for the School Finance Committee whose focus is to help members understand and access complex federal, state, and local funding mechanisms.

The annual North Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association (NDSLHA) conference was held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Sleep Inn in Minot, ND.

Guest Speaker NDSLHA 2018: Dr. Ruth Stoeckel, CCC-SLP

NDSLHA 2018 Conference Speaker Bios:

Thursday NDSLHA Speaker Bio

Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinical speech-language pathologist at Mayo Clinic. She has worked as a clinician and independent consultant in schools, private practice, private rehabilitation agency, and clinic. She is on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and edited the curriculum for CASANA’s intensive training institute on CAS. Dr. Stoeckel has presented both nationally and internationally and has co-authored articles appearing in the Journal of Speech, Language, And Hearing Research and Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.