Welcome from Nannette Crawford
Hi everyone. I hope you are getting ready for April! Once again we will be in a new venue and the registration fees have been reduced this year! I’m excited to be going to Harrisburg since I’ve never been there before.
Before discussing this year’s program, I would like to welcome Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, VP of Academic Affairs at ASHA. Dr. Robertson will be representing ASHA this year. In addition to discussing an important ASHA advocacy issue, Dr. Robertson is also presenting a seminar on a clinical topic. Please
check the program for more details.
We start this year with the Pre-Convention featuring David Hammer, from Pittsburgh. Most of us know that he is quite the expert in Childhood Apraxia of Speech and the pediatric population in general. So please plan to attend this informative all-day presentation.
The adult track will feature Mark Hakel, PhD, from Nebraska speaking on Dysarthria Management and Paula Leslie, PhD, from Pittsburgh speaking on Ethical Considerations in Dysphagia Management. Susan Fager, PhD, from Nebraska and Kathryn Garrett, PhD, from Pittsburgh will be speaking on AAC in Brain Injury. Additionally, Kristen Dolan from Passy Muir will be presenting a course on swallowing in the tracheostomy and ventilator population. Passy Muir is sponsoring their own course, and I thank them for their generosity. There are numerous other courses geared toward the adult population so please check the program.
Headlining the pediatric track is Joan Arvedson, PhD, from Wisconsin speaking on Pediatric Dysphagia. Mark Harlor and the Cleft Palate Team (a panel of 11 speakers) from Geisinger Medical Center will present a short course on Cleft Palate, and Penina Rybak from New Jersey will speak on youngsters with autism/special needs. Check the program for other pediatric courses.
The featured speaker for AAC this year will be Debbie McBride, from Colorado. The audiology speaker will be Don Goldberg, PhD, from Ohio. Attorney Tom Blackburn, a member of the PA Licensure Board will present a seminar on how to prepare for court, should you ever be summoned. There will be some special student seminars again this year, so students, check the program.
As at every Convention, there will be a Town Hall Meeting, a President’s Reception and a Student Reception. The Program lists the days and times for these special events. The Exhibit Hall always offers free office supplies, chocolate and even employment opportunities. Don’t forget to visit the booths!
I look forward to seeing you all in April.
VP for Convention Planning and Program
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2013 PSHA Convention Planning Committee
Program Chair-Adult Track – Michele Franz
Program Chair-Pediatric Track – Heather Rusiewicz
Program Chair-Audiology Track – Jennifer Rakers
Program Chair-AAC Track – Amy Goldman
Local Arrangements Chair – Mary Fran Buczynski
Program Chair-Student Track – Jennifer Levy
Mary J. Grogg
Mary Beth Mason-Baughman
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2013 Convention Highlighted Presenters
Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, is Program Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin. She has three books in publication and numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Arvedson is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric dysphagia.
Dr. Arvedson will present Pediatric Swallowing & Feeding: Simple to Complex, Let’s Figure it Out on Friday at 8:30 am.
Thomas A. Blackburn, Esq., is employed as a senior counsel in charge with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of General Counsel, and throughout 2012 provided legal counsel to the State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language and-Hearing. A graduate of The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Blackburn has previously lectured at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Federation of American Regulatory Boards and the Department of State legal office.
Mr. Blackburn will present You Want Me to be an Expert Witness – What’s That? on Friday at 2:00 pm.
Kristin Dolan, MS, CCC-SLP, is employed with Kindred Hospital in Melbourne, Florida, providing advanced tracheostomy and ventilator care. Her specialties include early intervention with in-line speaking valves providing communication and trach-related dysphagia care. Ms. Dolan consults with Passy-Muir® promoting protocol development and implementation of multidisciplinary in-line Passy-Muir®Valve application.
Ms. Dolan will present Early Application of PMV: Troubleshooting, Communicating, Swallowing on Friday at 8:30 am.
Susan Fager, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the assistant director of the Communication Center at the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. She specializes in motor speech disorders and AAC for adults with acquired and degenerative neurologic conditions.
Kathryn Garrett, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in developing novel assessment and treatment paradigms for individuals with severe aphasia, brain injuries, complex medical conditions and augmentative communication needs. She currently manages her private practice, Alternative Communication Therapies, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Buffalo. She has published and presented extensively about acquired communication disabilities and AAC.
Dr. Fager and Dr. Garrett will present Stimulation, Structured and Compensatory AAC Interventions for Severe Brain Injury on Friday at 2:00 pm.
Donald M. Goldberg, PhD, has been working with children who are deaf for approximately 30 years. He is a Professor, College of Wooster; and a Professional Consultant for the Hearing Implant; Goldberg earned his PhD from the University of Florida in 1985; he is both a speech-language pathologist and audiologist; along with being a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) or LSLS Cert. AVT.
Dr. Goldberg will present Foundations In Listening For Spoken Language: Hearing Deaf on Saturday at 8:30 am.
Mark Hakel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Director of the Workforce Management System at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mark received his master’s degree and Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He serves as one of the Senior Researchers in the Center for Communication Disorders at the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering.
Dr. Hakel will present Clinical Management of Dysarthric Speakers in Acquired Neurological Disorders on Thursday at 8:00 am.
Mark Harlor, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Geisinger Medical Center of the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa. He works extensively with eight otolaryngologists in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery/Facial Plastic Surgery. He has developed a clinical voice laboratory and the Center for Voice and Swallowing at the Geisinger Medical Center, which provides evaluation and treatment of voice, swallowing and cleft palate disorders in addition to head and neck surgical cases. Mr. Harlor has served on the executive board of PSHA as vice-president for publications. He has also held previous offices of convention program chair and has participated in numerous committees of PSHA.
Mr. Harlor will present Cleft Palate Evaluation and Management – Team Approach on Thursday at 8:00 am.
Paula Leslie’s, PhD, CCC-SLP, FRCSLT, interests include dysphagia and aging, ethics and end of life decisions in vulnerable populations. She is interested in health professions’ education and non-traditional routes to advanced clinical training. She currently coordinates the Clinical Doctorate program in Medical Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Leslie will present End of Life: Ethics, Decisions and What is REALLY Important? on Saturday at 9:15 am.
Debby McBride, MS, CCC-SLP, has 27 years experience working in most areas of augmentative communication. Her broad and unique perspective comes from her clinical experience in both educational and medical settings as an AAC specialist, as a clinical tools developer, a national trainer and previously an AAC device representative.
Ms. McBride will present Evaluating for AAC Apps and/or Devices: Tools and Resources on Friday at 2:00 pm.
Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is ASHA’s Vice President for Academic Affairs for Speech Language Pathology, a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a two-term past-president of PSHA. She has served ASHA in a variety of capacities including co-chair of the 2010 convention in Philadelphia, Associate Editor of LSHSS, member of the Professional Education Professional Issues Board, and Topic Chair for numerous convention committees.
Dr. Robertson will present ASHA and Advocacy: Raise Your Voice! On Thursday at 2:15 pm.
Penina Rybak, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH, earned her degree from New York University in speech-language pathology. She began providing services to young children with special needs in home-based early intervention, centerbased preschool intervention, self-contained schoolage classrooms and private practice. She recently spearheaded The Boardmaker Initiative for Mayer-Johnson™ at a charter school in New York. Penina specializes in social skills development for young children with special needs, particularly those with Autism.
Ms. Rybak will present Socially Speaking™ Practical Resource For Youngsters With Autism/Special Needs on Thursday at 8:00 am.
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The Harrisburg Hilton, Harriburg, Pennsylvania is the site of this year’s Convention. PSHA has obtained a special group rates of $124.
These rates will only be honored by the Hilton until March 13, 2013. Please make your reservations early.
Reservations may be made by calling: 717-233-6000
On-Line: Click here and use the Group Code LHA
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Continuing Education for the PSHA Convention
This program is offered for up to 2.05 CEUs (Various levels; Professional area).
ACT 48 Hours
PSHA is an approved provider by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to sponsor Continuing Education programs as required by ACT 48. This program is offered for 20.05 clock hours. Individuals attending the program must arrived on time and stay the duration of the program in order to receive ACT 48 Professional Education hours.
AAA Continuing Education
PSHA has applied for approval by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. Pending approval, the program will be worth a maximum of 1.05 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
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- Attendee Bags
- Student Reception
Abington Speech Pathology Services Inc.
Abington Speech Pathology Services, Inc.
3515 W. Moreland Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
John M. Labick
211 Elk Lane
Casa Futura Technologies
Thomas David Kehoe
720 31st Street
Boulder, CO 80303
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
455 S. Roberts Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
212 Spottswood Lane
Lancaster, PA 17601
Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services
1925 Vaughn Road, Suite 200
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Cumberland Therapy Services
3701 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech
6202 Alder Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
464 Waters Road
York, PA 17403
Dynamic Resources, LLC
5306 Tanoma Road
Indiana, PA 15701
DynaVox Technologies & Mayer-Johnson
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
3600 Holly Lane North Suite 80
Plymouth, MN 55447
Easter Seals of Southeastern PA
3975 Conshohocken Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
200 Skiles Boulevard
West Chester, PA 19382
865 Muirfield Drive
Hanover Park, IL 60133
Guardian Rehabilitation Services
PO Box 240 8796 Route 219
Brockway, PA 15824
HCR - Manor Care
336 N. Superior Street Suite 200
Toledo, OH 43604
Kaleidoscope Family Solutions
950 Haverford Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
2511 Old Cornwallis Road Suite 100
Durham, NC 27713
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
2200 Research Blvd
Rockville, MD 20850
Pearson Clinical Assessment
1926 Third Avenue
Pottsville, PA 17901
Pediatric Therapeutic Services, Inc.
525 Fayette Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Services
665 Stockton Drive
Exton, PA 19341
Pennsylvania Telecommunication Device Distribution Program
1755 North 13th Street Room 4115
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Prentke Romich Company
1022 Heyl Road
Wooster, OH 44691
PSHA Grass Roots Advocacy Program (GAP)
700 McKnight Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Silly Willy and Friends
130 Parsons St
Brighton, MA 02135
Staffing Plus, Inc.
551 W. Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA 19041
Super Duper Publications
PO BOX 24997
GREENVILLE, SC 29616
Teddy Talker by Creative Speech Products
PO Box 5143
Brookfield, CT 06804
Therapists on Demand, Inc.
215 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
333 Elm Street
Dedham, MD 02026