NDSLHA Past Conferences

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.