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2019 PSHA Convention

April 10-13, 2019
Lancaster, Pennsylvania




I hope you have April 10-13, 2019, marked on your calendars as I know you will want to attend the 2019 PSHA Convention at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster! This will be our first time in this particular venue and it looks wonderful. The Convention Committee has been working diligently to ensure a variety of high-quality presentations. There will be two, three-hour short courses, a plethora of 90-minute seminars and several 60-minute presentations. There will be morning and afternoon poster sessions on Thursday, a meritorious student poster session on Friday and technical sessions on Saturday. For those of you who wish to start your Convention experience a little early, the Wednesday evening Town Hall and Roundtables are worth considering. All in all, you will have the chance to earn lots of continuing education credits in Lancaster this spring!

This year, we will be featuring two short courses available for a small fee beyond the price of registration: Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment: From Naming to Discourse and Beyond by Mary Boyle and Add a Little SUGAR to Your Language Sampling by Bob Owens. Our other highlighted presenters will present a variety of 90-minute seminars. Speech-language pathologists may be interested in Ed Bice (dysphagia), Mary Boyle (aphasia assessment/treatment), Joan Bruno (pediatric AAC/AAC camps), Kate Krival (voice assessment/treatment), Casie Lucas-Szumigala (hard of hearing/deaf), Scott Palasik and Jaime Michise (stuttering), Bob Owens (language intervention/counseling) and Juliann Woods and Michael Brink (early intervention). And for audiologists, Bharath Chandrasekaran will present a four-part series that covers the neurophysiology of speech perception.

I am pleased to announce that once again we had a huge response to the call for papers. There was not enough room for very submission, so we changed many of the session formats in order to schedule as many presentations and posters as possible. What a variety of topics! Most of the presenters will be incorporating functional information so you can return to work and apply what you learned. Revolutionary Practice in the Keystone State indeed! Look for more information on the PSHA website, I am looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 Convention.

Skye Lewis, PhD, CCC-SLP
VP for Convention Planning and Program


What's New?

Exhibitor/President’s Reception - Awards Presentation

Thursday, April 11 – 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy the company of colleagues and friends and have some extra time to visit the exhibitors as PSHA President, Mary Beth Mason, hosts the Exhibitor/President’s Reception. This reception includes a cash bar and refreshments. In addition, this year, the awards of the Association will be presented during this reception beginning at 6:00 pm.

Two Special Short Courses (See registration form for additional fees.)

Short Course 1 – Friday, April 12, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment: From Naming to Discourse and Beyond
Presented by Mary Boyle, PhD, CCC-SLP
This short course reviews current theories of word retrieval and provides the theoretical framework for semantic feature analysis (SFA) treatment. It describes how word-retrieval impairments manifest in discourse and disrupt discourse production, using videotapes of people with aphasia to illustrate these problems. The treatment protocols at the single-word and discourse levels are reviewed and are illustrated using videotapes of people with aphasia participating in treatment. The course examines evidence of the efficacy of SFA treatment at the confrontation-naming and discourse levels. Challenges of working in a discourse context are discussed, and practical suggestions for adapting resources and methods described in research studies to non-research clinical settings are provided.

Short Course 2 – Friday, April 12, 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Add a Little SUGAR to Your Language Sampling

Presented by Robert Owens, PhD, CCC-SLP
Language sampling analysis (LSA) is an integral part of a language evaluation. This short course will discuss a new method of language sampling and analysis (SUGAR) that can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. Normative data obtained from language samples of more than 350 children, ages three to 10 years, will be discussed.

Attendees of Short Course 2 are encouraged to bring a laptop. Necessary files will be provided prior to Convention.

Meritorious Poster Session
Friday, April 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In addition to the usual poster sessions taking place on Thursday from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, there will be a meritorious poster session taking place on Friday. These student posters were chosen by the Convention Committee to be highlighted during this special session.

Thursday and Friday Lunch
Thursday, April 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and Friday, April 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch items will be available for purchase during the lunch break on Thursday and Friday.


Maximize Your CEUs - Purchase Recorded Seminars

recordCan’t decide which seminars to attend? Purchase a recording package to earn CEUs for select seminars you missed and view them after the Convention. You can purchase all five of the recorded seminars for just $10 and add to the CEUs you are able to earn for the Convention – even when it is over! Buy the package, watch the recordings within the designated time period, learn more and earn continuing education. It couldn’t be any easier than that.

See the enclosed registration form to purchase the package of seminars including:

  • Seminar 35 - Early Exposure to Visual Language for Children Who are Deaf
    Presented by Cassandra Lucas-Szumigala, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Seminar 39 - A Primer in Phonetics
    Presented by Nancy Carlino, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Seminar 45 - Evaluation and Treatment Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: The Dilemma
    Presented by Ed Bice, MEd, CCC-SLP
  • Seminar 51 - Reconsidering Swallowing: What is Normal?
    Presented by Ed Bice, MEd, CCC-SLP
  • Seminar 53 - Determining Client Candidacy for Telepractice
    Presented by Tami Radzai, MA, CCC-SLP


Special Short Course Presenters

Mary Boyle, PhD, CCC-SLP
Semantic Feature Analysis: From Naming to Discourse and Beyond

Mary will also present two seminars entitled, Multi-Level Treatment Approaches for Aphasia and Clinician-Friendly Discourse Assessment for Aphasia.

Mary Boyle, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Montclair State University, received her doctorate and master's degree from Northwestern University and her bachelor's degree from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Her clinical and research interests focus on treatment of adults with aphasia, particularly word retrieval impairment in discourse.

Robert Owens, PhD, CCC-SLP
Add a Little SUGAR to Your Language Sampling

Robert will also present two seminars entitled, Counseling: A Vital Skill for SLPs and Functional Language Intervention: Why and How.

Robert Owens, Jr. ("Dr. Bob") is a New York Stated distinguished teaching professor of communication disorders and sciences at State University of New York at Geneseo where he teaches courses in language development and language disorders. He is the author of Language Development, An Introduction (10 editions), Language Disorders, A Functional Approach (5 editions), Early Language Intervention for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, Help Your Baby Talk, Introducing the New Shared Communication Method, Queer Kids, The Challenge and Promise for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth. His Language Development text is the most widely used in the world and has been translated into Spanish, Korean and Arabic. He has also co-authored Introduction to Communication Disorders, A Life Span Perspective (5 editions), written a score of book chapters and professional articles, and authored two as-yet unpublished novels which are sure to win a posthumous Pulitzer prize. Along with Stacey Pavelko, PhD, James Madison University, he has co-authored SUGAR, a valid, reliable and cost-free language sample analysis and intervention tool. In love with the sound of his own voice, Dr. Bob has presented more than 230 professional papers and workshops around the globe. His professional interests are language disorders in infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are also some of his best friends. And he's a gran'pa!


Highlighted Presenters

Ed Bice, MEd, CCC-SLP
Reconsidering Swallowing: What is Normal?
Aspiration: What Do We Know and the Evidence Concerning Typical Treatment Approaches
Dysphagia Management: Compensation or Rehabilitation

Ed Bice is a speech-language pathologist currently in the role of Clinical Program Consultant for ACP's Synchrony Dysphagia Program. Mr. Bice has worked in the health care industry with extensive training in dysphagia. His experience includes a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient, home health and skilled nursing. He has held various leadership positions and has worked as a regional manager, vice president of clinical services and chief operating officer. He has been an invited speaker for universities as well as national and state conventions.

Juliann Woods, PhD, CCC-SLP and Michael Brink, MEd
How Can I Use the Language and Literacy Pyramid?
Triadic Collaboration in a Preschool Classroom to Support Inclusive Practice

Juliann J. Woods is a professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders and associate dean of research for the College of Communication and Information. She directs the Communication and Early Childhood Research and Practice Center ( Her numerous publications and presentations reflect her practice priorities.

Michael B. Brink is an early intervention technical assistance project manager for Language and Literacy with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. He supports local infant/toddler and preschool early intervention agencies that provide services to children birth to school age with developmental disabilities and their families.

Joan Bruno, PhD, CCC-SLP
AAC Considerations for Promoting Language Development and Classroom Participation
Tools and Strategies for Designing an AAC Therapy Camp Program

Joan Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and maintains a private practice. She published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to AAC assessment and intervention. She is the founder and former director of Camp Chatterbox, and author of the Gateway© Core Vocabulary App.

Bharath Chandrasekaran, PhD
Neurophysiology of Speech Perception

Bharath Chandrasekaran is professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Chandrasekaran had been at the University of Texas at Austin for almost eight years. His research examines the neurobiological computations that underlie human communication and learning, using an interdisciplinary, computational and lifespan approach. His laboratory is currently supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Casie Lucas-Szumigala, MS, CCC-SLP
Early Exposure to Visual Language for Children Who are Deaf
Empowering Families to Facilitate Language Development With Their Deaf Child
Attitudes, Accommodations and Advocacy, Oh My!

As a speech-language pathologist, Ms. Lucas-Szumigala has worked with all age groups in every setting, but nothing has ever been more inspiring to her than working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. After earning her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2004, she decided to pursue her graduate degree at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., the only university for deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States. She earned a Master of Science degree in hearing, speech and loanguage sciences with a special emphasis on speech, language, and communication disorders secondary to hearing loss in 2006, and a professional certification in the American Sign Language (ASL) and English Bilingual Early Childhood Deaf Education: Birth to Five Program, also through Gallaudet University, in 2017. After working in early intervention for close to a decade, she took the opportunity to establish a preschool program for children who are deaf/hard of hearing with the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf  Children's Center at Edinboro University. Her new roles of speech-language pathologist and outreach coordinator afford her the opportunity to provide therapy services to all of the children in the program along side of Edinboro University graduate students completing their clinical practicum, as well as going out into the community offering training to parents and school districts, planning and coordinating events for deaf/hard of hearing children and their families, and creating opportunities for building awareness in the community. Her ability to fluently communicate in ASL allows her to cross barriers that often stand in the way of bringing the deaf and hearing communities together. Ms. Lucas-Szumigala's philosophy emphasizes the importance of visual language models for deaf and hard of hearing children as soon as possible, specifically before the age of five. She believes that to withhold an accessible language, like ASL, is a violation of a person's human right to language and communication.  She supports the ASL/English Bilingual approach to speech, language, communication, cognitive, social-emotional and literacy development where proficiency in ASL and Written English (and Spoken English when possible) are equally important and necessary for future success.

Scott Palasik, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jaime Michise, MS, CCC-SLP
Values-Based Living: Determining What Matters to Us and Our Clients
Let it Go, Let it Go: Experiencing Thought Defusion
Mindfulness 101: Experiencing Your Mind and the Neurology Behind It
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 101: An Experiential Learning Session

Scott Palasik is an assistant professor and director of the Mindfulness Behaviors and Social Cognition Stuttering Lab (MASS Lab) at the University of Akron. He has been a speech-language pathologist for more than 15 years, teaches stuttering, voice and counseling courses at the graduate level and articulation and phonology, anatomy and physiology and Introduction to Communication Disorders at the undergraduate level. He has published research and has presented at the international, national, state and local levels. He also is developing the Mindfulness ACT Somatic Stuttering (MASS) Treatment Approach for People Who Stutter and supervises graduate students in clinical education. Finally, Scott is a writer/creative collaborator/musician, is featured in the documentary When I Stutter (2017), and a producer for the follow-up film, Shout Out, about kids who stutter.

Jaime Michise has been a speech-language pathologist for the past eight years. She began her career at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she was an active member of the fluency team. Recently, she spent two years living and working in Nagoya, Japan. In addition to working with children and families in the international community, She studied Japanese and was able to experience firsthand the challenges that can accompany communication difficulties. Ms. Michise now lives in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches adjunctly at the University of North Texas and has a private practice working with people who stutter. Additionally, she continues to work with children and families internationally. Ms. Michise has presented at international, national, state and local conferences and has published on the topic of stuttering and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has also been involved with Camp Shout Out for Youth who Stutter for the past eight years.


Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center is the site of this year’s Convention. A special room rate of $149 per night (single/double) will be available until March 19, 2019, or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first.

To receive the special room rate, please ask that your reservation be booked within the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association room block.


The Penn Square Parking Garage is attached to the Lancaster Marriott, located at 38 South Duke St. Overnight guests should get their parking validated at the front desk to receive the discounted $10 parking. Day attendees who park in the Penn Square parking garage or any other Lancaster Parking Authority garages can pick up a $7 parking voucher daily at the PSHA On-Site Registration Desk. Use the parking ticket and the $7 parking voucher upon exiting the garage.

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Continuing Education and Disclosures for the PSHA Convention


This program is offered for up to 2.4 ASHA 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 24 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 1.55 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Presenter Disclosures


For Students

Student Reception: Food, Fun, and Friends!
Sponsored by EBS Healthcare

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us to network with fellow students, alumni and professors of universities across the state at the Student Reception and Networking Night! We will be answering any questions you have about PSHA or the field. Information on networking in the profession will be provided. Attendees are invited to practice networking skills on Thursday night and perfect them throughout their time at the Convention!

Student Drive: The Pajama Program

“Every child has the right to a good night. Yet, thousands of children across the United States will go to sleep tonight and their bedtime will be missing something. They may be feeling alone and afraid, in a bed that isn’t theirs, in a shelter that isn’t a home or with families who wish they could give them more.” This year, PSHA is asking that each Pennsylvania university NSSLHA chapter host a pajama/book drive for the Pajama Program in order to promote literacy and comfort in shelters. Chapters may also raise money to be donated to the Pajama Program. All donations should be brought to the Student Reception at the PSHA Convention. The PSHA Convention is in April, so there is still time to generate ideas and begin collecting and fundraising. The university that donates the greatest number of items will be recognized at the Student Reception!


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