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  • 11 Apr 2013 5:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in this year's convention! It was a huge success at our new location!



    There were a few speakers that have submitted updated handouts to ISHA. You can find these handouts under the Events Tab for Convention 2013 Speaker Handouts.



    Remember to download the ISHA App today from your phone or tablet market (Apple Market or Google Store only at this time).  This app will be used throughout the year to keep you informed about upcoming conferences and legislative updates!  You can also send ISHA your pictures and voice messages!  Please send us your thoughts and pictures from the 2013 Convention today!


    Don't forget to SAVE THE DATE for the ISHA 2013 Fall Conference ~ September 14th at the Red Cross of Indianapolis. More details to come soon.

  • 02 Apr 2013 7:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Questions and Answers about the ISHA Convention

    Q:  Why did the spring convention change locations?

    A:  ISHA had a contract with the prior hotel that expired last year.  It was expensive to continue in that location.  ISHA surveyed members about what was important to them.  A committee of members looked at several locations around Indy to decide what best fit our needs. 

    Q:  When does the program committee start planning for convention?

    A:  The program committee and Central Office start immediately after the prior convention by looking over the comments from attendees.  They meet and participate in conference calls multiple times a year for brainstorming, planning and coordinating the speakers and logistics that must come together to create the convention.  

    Q:  How does the program committee decide who to invite to speak at convention?

    A:  The committee first looks over the attendee’s comments and suggestions from the prior convention. 

    Q:  Why do some speakers return several years in a row?

    A:  When members request the same speaker return, ISHA honors that request.  It is an indication that members valued what they gained from that speaker’s presentation. 

    Q:  I have heard that ISHA is going to have an App to enhance the convention communication, is this true?

    A:  YES!  It is not available yet, but should be available before the convention.  Watch for further info about this exciting new addition.  You will be able to access convention handouts, get reminders about sessions you are registered to attend, legislative updates and more.  The app will be compatible with Apple and Droid devices. 

    Q:  At what temperature are the meeting rooms set at?

    A:  All meeting rooms are set at a constant temperature, near 68 degrees, by the hotel staff. Please dress in layers to ensure your personal comfort. 

    Q:  How much do we spend on snacks and continental brekfast at convention?

    A:  Approximately $20,000.00 plus sales tax – plus 22% gratuity which is required at all hotels.

    Q:  How does ISHA decide what to serve (food) at convention?

    A:  Part of the program committee tackles this important part of the convention. Our members have replied that they are much happier when snacks and other food is included as part of the convention experience.  The group looks at dietary restrictions mentioned in registrations and strives to stay within budget.  It is an impossible job to please and accommodate all attendees, but they try to.  

    Q:  What is the total cost of spring convention?

    A:  The 2012 Convention cost was $93,642.17.  The largest expenses are Food and Beverage, Speaker Fees, Speaker Expenses, Audio Visual and Exhibit Hall setup.  The 2011 Convention cost was $90,523.12.

    Q:  How does ISHA solicit vendors?

    A:  Central Office gets vendor names from ASHA, other state conferences.  In addition the exhibits chair attends related events during the year and forward potential exhibitors to Central Office.  All potential exhibitors are mailed an exhibitor packet, e-mailed and followed up with phone calls.

    Q:  How can I get more active in ISHA?

    A:  When you complete your membership paperwork, check any areas of ISHA service that you would be interested in serving.  You can also call Central Office and they will help you connect with the appropriate committee.  ISHA is an association of volunteers working together to promote our mission in Indiana. 

    Q:  How can I receive non-electronic communication from ISHA?

    A:  Call Central Office, or check in at the registration table at convention and your name can be added to a list of members that benefits from non-electronic communication.  There are many ways to stay connected and ISHA values all of our members. 

  • 26 Mar 2013 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Photo Credit:  Poster session by woodleywonderwords 

    Poster Presentations * ISHA Convention 2013

    Come support our students!  Thirteen poster presentations will be displayed on Friday, April 5 from 2:30 to 3:00 pm and again from 4:30 to 5:00 pm in the Atrium area.  These presentations will also be part of the University Night event with ASHA President-Elect Liz McCrea on Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm in Freedom Hall. 

    Below is the abstract of one of our presenters: 

    Efficacy of integrative intervention method: A single-subject design

    by Steven Elmlinger


    Abstract: The phonological skill of a child allows for them to access and manipulate a sound structure; a skill necessary for decoding text. The utilization of phonological awareness intervention methods with children over 5 years old is limited in the speech pathology research literature. In addition, incorporating nonlinguistic factors of attention and working memory with phonological awareness tasks with young children has not been investigated. A multi-baseline single subject design was used to monitor the developmental progress of literacy and phonological awareness skills of a nine-year-old child diagnosed with dyslexia and articulation disorder using pre/post assessments and weekly probes of dictation.

    Please attend the ISHA convention in Indianapolis on April 5th to see the results obtained from the implementation of my intervention tasks and probes.

  • 26 Mar 2013 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    You can register on-site


    NURTURING DAY - Bring a donation for Gleaner’s Food Bank

       8 am

    Business Meeting

       9:30 am  - Keynote

    Mark Madsen – Dream Impossible Dreams

       11:00 am - IN Spotlight:
       Research  to Practice

    Krishnan/VanHyfte – Effects of Policy Changes on Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Follow-up

       1:30 pm

    Audiology Student Forum Presentations

       3:30 pm

    Vidya Krull – Speech Understanding Difficulties in the Elderly


    CULTIVATING UNIVERSITY DAY – Bring an item for a Student or Young Professional ~ AND ~ Show  your School Spirit - WEAR YOUR COLORS!

       8:30 am

    Dawn Konrad-Martin – Optimizing DPOAE’s for Serial Monitoring:  From Nitty-Gritty Solutions to Source Separation

       10:30 am

    Mary Cavacco & Susan Lopez – Changing Lives with Hearing Loops

       12:30 pm

    Awards, Lunch & Learn --$25 extra fee

    – Kristen Finch “Married to your Work”

       2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Student Poster Presentations

       3 pm

    George Hicks, MD – Management of Ear, Hearing and Balance Disorders:  Fact, Fiction, Future

       7-9 pm

    University Night – Liz McCrea, ASHA President-Elect


       8 am & 10 am

    Kim Cavitt, AuD – Solutions for Most Common and Problematic Coding and Reimbursement Issues


    Hope to see you there!

  • 25 Mar 2013 2:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sean Sweeney, aka Mr. SpeechTechie

    ISHA is proud to offer 4 sessions by Sean at this spring’s Annual Convention. Check out his website and blog at

    Friday, April 5 at 3 p.m.

    Looking through a Language Lens: Interventions Integrating Websites and Apps

    Friday, April 5 at 5 p.m.

    “Best of” Apps for Speech-Language Therapy

    Saturday, April 6 at 8 a.m.

    Tell Me a Story: Targeting Narrative/Expository Language, Social Learning and Speech-Language Objectives through Technology

    Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m.

    “Outside the Box” iPad for SLP’s “Re-Purposing” Apps for Therapy

  • 20 Mar 2013 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Happy Spring to all our members!  I have quickly learned that ISHA is busy year round and no one involved has been hibernating during the winter.  Please take the time to read information for the various areas addressed by the different committees and groups in the newsletter.

    Preparations are being finalized for convention in just a few weeks.  There are some old and new events occurring as well as a program meant to meet the needs of members in all professional settings.  As we continue updating ISHA, we are going to have an APP for the convention that will include updates on the program, handouts, and other information of interest to our members.  If the membership finds this worthwhile, we will consider how we can continue to utilize it throughout the year.  Registering on-line is a quick and easy way to be a part of this year’s experience.  And after convention, give us feedback so we can address concerns and improve in years to come.

    We are accepting nominations for Honors for ISHA through the end of today. Consider if there is someone or an organization you feel we should recognize for contributions to ISHA or to speech/language/hearing in general.

    We are also still working to complete the slate of officers for this year’s election.  The positions to be filled are the Vice President Positions for: Speech, Audiology, Marketing, Professional Development, and Communications and Publications.  We also need to fill the Nominations Committee.  If you or someone you know would be willing to be considered for one of these offices, please contact me.  And if you would like more information concerning responsibilities for these offices, contact me. My email is on the website.

    I want to give special thanks on behalf of the membership for those who have given so much of their time for the organization.  It is a task just to keep up through email communications with all that is being addressed in preparing for convention, working on legislation, keeping us up-to-date with our communications, licensing concerns and just helping to keep us informed with what is happening concerning our professions on a state, local and national level.  Consider volunteering to be a part of this in the future.  Just let Central Office know where your interests lie. 

    Hope to see many of you at convention.  And please, come talk to me and other members of the Executive Council with your ideas, concerns, likes and dislikes.  We can only make ISHA serve you if we know your needs and concerns.

    Ruth Ann Morrell

    A Note from President-Elect
    Rachel Ross-Kroemer

    I represent ISHA on the Indiana IEP and the Effective Evaluation Resource Centers’ Advisory Boards (IIEPRC and EERC).  I attended their annual meetings on 3/7/13.  Please visit their websites!!  They have excellent resources! 

    Some information you may find helpful on the IIEPRC’s website  writing measurable goals, progress monitoring, LRE resources, effective IEP processes, inclusive practices, continuing education opportunities, and so much more!!  Be sure to access the January 2013 document titled, Statewide Assessment Resource Guide and Toolkit: Participation Decisions and Use of Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.  There are “Accommodations to Consider for Instruction” and “Accommodations to Consider for Assessments” in the communication areas of Articulation, Fluency, Voice, and Language (in addition to other eligibility areas).

    Information/topics you may find helpful on the EERC’s website: continuing education opportunities (that overlap with the IIEPRC), Evaluation Process FAQ, resources for parents, preschool assessment and intervention, assessment of English Language Learners, educational evaluation reports, evaluation practices, examples of district procedure documents (e.g., evaluation procedures, move-in procedures, referral procedures, etc.), and RTI Data team book (to name just a few).  There are also resources titled: “FOR ILLUSTRATION AND DEMOSTRATION ONLY / FIDO” -- SLD Eligibility Evidence, Criteria, and Data Sources and SLD Certification forms.  These were developed to support local/district level decisions for eligibility in the area of SLD.  There was discussion at the Advisory Board meeting to develop FIDO forms in the eligibility area of LSI (as well as some other eligibility areas).  I will be sure to pass along information about this resource once it’s developed.

    If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at:

    Rachel Ross-Kroemer, M.A., CCC-SLP

    News Update from the SMAC and STAR Networks
    A Note from ISHA representative
    Susan Rockafellow

    ISHA applied for a grant from ASHA and was awarded a $4400 personnel grant for its legislative advocacy initiatives for speech language pathology and audiology.  This grant was funded under ASHA’s Strategic Pathway to Excellence. 

    SMAC stands for ASHA’s State Medicare Administrative Contractor Network. It was developed to enhance advocacy, leadership and communication of ASHA members at the State level to influence administrative and public policy decisions impacting Medicare coverage and reimbursement. SMAC can work directly with the MAC’s (Medicare Administrative Contractors), Medicare regional office officials, state health agencies and consumer groups.

    If you or your agency has questions or concerns regarding compliance with local and national Medicare coverage and/or payment policies, you can contact our Indiana SMAC. With continual implementation and changes with the Therapy Cap or with the new Functional Reporting Implementation in 2013 this network can provide guidance and assistance.

    STAR stands for ASHA’s State Advocates for Reimbursement Network. STARS advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement. They target decision-makers in private and public agencies and the state legislature.

    Both networks meet monthly with other STAR and SMAC members from all around the country to effect positive changes in private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    For any reimbursement, policy or advocacy concerns and/ or to volunteer to assist in these areas, please contact our ISHA STAR and SMAC representative Susan Rockafellow @  or @ 317-468-4664.

    Professional Development Team
    Dee Combs

    Hopefully you are already pre-registered for the ISHA SPRING CONVENTION, 
    April 4-6, 2013 at Marriott East Indy 

     – Nurturing Strong Roots/Cultivating New Growth -   

    The brochure can be found on

    Fantastic speakers for this year include:  Mark Madsen, Sean Sweeney “Mr. Speechtechie”, Nancy Swigert, Kim Cavitt, Joe Stemple, Kara O’Dell, Patricia Zebrowski and many more!

    New this year TWILIGHT SESSIONS on Thursday, April 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

    University Night on Friday, April 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Featuring special guest LIZ McCREA, ASHA Pres.-Elect.

    This team is also currently working on our 7th Annual Fall Conference. 

    Look for more information in the future!

    Speech Pathology Team 
    Jeanne McMillan

    The Speech Pathology Team has been working extensively with Mark Scherer, ISHA Lobbyist, to meet and respond to these issues requiring many hours of committee communication and meetings at the state house.

                  HB 1051 – Music Therapy bill, setting scope of practice for Music Therapists

                  HB 1152 – OT Scope of Practice, ISHA is very involved in defending the SLP as the most prepared to service patients with dysphagia based on training and there is a taskforce working directly on this issue.  Janet Deppe, our ASHA liason is collaborating on this issue in addition to the support from our lobbyist, Mark Scherer.

                  SB 554 – Telehealth and Telemedicine, requires Medicare to reimburse for these services

                  SB 520 – ERASER – Eliminate Reduce and Streamline Employee Regulation – initially called for each profession to be reviewed every 5 years and licensure eliminated or consolidated, ISHA monitoring this bill

    As always, if you would like to volunteer to serve on any of the sub-committees of the Speech Language Pathology team, please email

    Audiology Team 
    Heidi Neuburger

    ISHA currently monitoring national discussion of online hearing aid servicesand an ISHA position statement is in the works defending the service for consumers.  In addition, this team is monitoring funding decisions for the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

    Marketing Team
    Susan Latham

    ISHA college visits have started.  Each university NSSHLA group in Indiana will meet with an ISHA representative and discuss what ISHA can do for the profession and the importance of membership.  

    This committee has been working on a new Mentoring Program, which will be launched at the spring convention. 

    College students are paired with ISHA members who provide guidance, feedback, and support for career development in the professions in a meaningful one-to-one relationship.

    We are also working on developing a survey for speech-language pathologists and audiologists regarding recruitment and retention of ISHA members.  Surveys will be distributed toward the end of summer.

    Communications & Publications
    Jennifer Freeman


    This committee wants to formally thank Central Office for their support with launching the ISHA Blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account.  We are glad to report that several new sets of willing hands are working on the projects of this committee.  We plan to record a few podcasts at this spring’s ISHA convention as a trial run to possibly offering electronic professional development in the future. All members are encouraged to subscribe to the ISHA blog on our homepage.  This will be the primary way that ISHA will share news in the near future. 

    Also new this year, ISHA logo items will be offered for sale soon via the website and at convention. Our goal is to increase the visibility of ISHA members in the workplace.  

    --Fleece vests, ¾ sleeve oxfords, t-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, lapel pins and more-- 

    Check out our display at convention.  We will also have a computer available to help members subscribe to the blog. 

  • 15 Mar 2013 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Back by popular demand!

    In the spotlight:

    Kara Kozub O’Dell, MA, CCC-SLP, BIS

    Allied Health Manager,
    Neuro-Recovery Unit,

    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Abstract: Deficits in cognition result in decreased efficiency and effectiveness of communication. Cognitive communication deficits can have a significant impact on participation in society, but may go unassessed and untreated. Research evidence illustrates improvement of deficits and participation in society following speech language services when certain instructional techniques are employed. This presentation will review current assessment and intervention techniques for individuals with cognitive communication deficits following acquired brain injuries. Specifically, awareness, attention, memory and executive functions will be discussed, with a focus on assessment and instructional strategies to manage these deficits and improve participation in society.


    Kara O’Dell is speaking at the 2013 ISHA convention

    On Thursday, April 4 from 1:30-3 and 3:30-5 p.m.


    Nurturing Strong Roots and Cultivating New Growth

    April 4 -6, 2013 ~ Indy Marriott East

  • 15 Mar 2013 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nurturing Strong Roots and Cultivating New Growth

    April 4 -6, 2013 ~ Indy Marriott East

    In the spotlight: Mark Madsen

    In 2001 Mark Madsen suddenly became a quadriplegic after hitting a deer while driving at night on an interstate highway. At that time he was a professional singer, and Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Mark’s story of grit and determination after his paralysis and losing his speaking and singing voice is informative and inspiring when one hears ways he re-created his life, to be positive, productive, and creative. Don’t let what you’re being get in the way of what you might become. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Imagine no boundaries.

    Dream Impossible Dreams!

    Mark Madsen is the keynote speaker at the 2013 Convention.

    He is also presenting at a twilight session on
    Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.


  • 04 Mar 2013 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Wednesday, April 3rd, 11:00am – 4:30 pm (EST)


    Course Description

    This will be a networking opportunity and discussion session regarding critical issues concerning DYSPHAGIA management in our state.  During the current legislative session, there have been numerous hearings and testimony provided regarding scope of practice and who is best qualified to treat the citizens of Indiana with dysphagia.  Occupational Therapists are seeking to specify that the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, including instrumental assessments, is within their scope of practice. They also propose that their current level of training is equivalent to SLPs. SLPs are working to show that their level of training is more advanced and that they should be the preferred provider of services in this area.   The stakes are high and the discussion is important. While this impacts all of us who serve individuals with dysphagia, the potential impact to those providing services in SNFs and First Steps is worrisome. Come and find out the latest and learn how you can become involved.


    In addition, hot topics in the field will be discussed along with new products (with samples) in Dysphagia management.   As a bonus, Barbara Solomon will update us on new trends in voice therapy including recommended apps!


    Download the Brochure - Click Here!

  • 04 Feb 2013 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On Wednesday, January 30, the House Public Health Committee heard House Bill 1152. This bill would expand the scope of practice of Occupational Therapists to include assessment and management of swallowing without any requirement that OTs have equivalent education and training to SLPs. While ISHA does not oppose appropriately trained individuals performing any type of procedure, ISHA believes strongly that patient safety will be compromised by elevating assessment and management of swallowing by OTs to the same level as that of SLPs without a requirement for equivalent education and training.


    It was obvious that many of you whose state representative sits on the committee contacted your representative to express your opposition to the bill. THANK YOU! It made a difference as the committee chair did not take action on the bill and further discussions are occurring between ISHA and IOTA.


    If your state representative sits on the House Public Health Committee (members listed below) and you have not yet contacted them yet, we still urge you to contact your state representative to oppose HB 1152.


    You can contact your state representative by either of the following ways:

    • You can email your state representative using the email address below.
    • You can telephone your state representative at the State House using the telephone number below.

    House Public Health Committee

    Rep. Ed Clere                           317-232-9648  

    Rep. Steve Davisson               317-232-9509   

    Rep. Ron Bacon                       317-232-9674 

    Rep. Suzanne Crouch              317-232-9674  

    Rep. Bob Behning                    317-232-9981   

    Rep. David Frizzell                   317-232-9981 

    Rep. Don Lehe                          317-234-2993 

    Rep. Eric Turner                        317-232-9815 

    Rep. Dennis Zent                      317-232-9833 

    Rep. Charlie Brown                  317-232-9798 

    Rep. Pat Bauer                         317-232-9991 

    Rep. Greg Porter                      317-232-9875 

    Rep. Robin Shackleford          317-234-9294 


    A copy of HB 1152 can be viewed by using the following link:



    House Bill 1051 would require any individual who practices music therapy in Indiana to be credentialed by the Certification Board for Music Therapy, a private organization whose national office is located in Pennsylvania. The bill passed the House on January 29 by a vote of 80-14 and now goes to the Senate.


    The original bill contained no exemption for any other profession that uses music therapy such as SLP, so ISHA was successful in asking the author to amend the bill to exempt any licensed professional who uses music therapy in their work.


    The bill’s regulatory scheme is unique to Indiana because, if the bill passes, it will be the first time that Indiana has turned over the total regulation of a profession to a private entity and there will be no way for Indiana to discipline a credentialed individual if that would be necessary.

To support and empower members to provide the highest quality, life changing communication,
swallowing and hearing services to the people of the State of Indiana.

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