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  • 26 Apr 2013 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year ISHA Executive Council recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, as well as awarding scholarships, and membership milestones.  As part of their achievement, the following members were recognized during the 2013 ISHA Annual Convention held Thursday through Saturday, April 4-6, 2013 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. ISHA could not be successful without its members, and we want to thank you for being a part of our organization.


    Friend of ISHA - Pat Basa, Owner     

                                 Learning Treasurers

                                 Bloomington, IN







    Honors of the Association - Jeannette Leonard







    •·         Scholarships

         o   Hope Gerlach, Purdue University

         o   Vanessa LaFond, Purdue University

         o   Megan Masterson, Purdue University

         o   Olivia Swim, Ball State University


    •·         Outstanding Student Clinicians

         o   Maeci Vickery, Ball State University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Meredith Rizor, Ball State University - Outstanding AUD

         o   Lauren Struebig, Indiana State University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Kasey Kutzler, Indiana State University - Outstanding AUD

         o   Cynthia Halfman, Indiana University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Jillian Simison, Indiana University - Outstanding AUD

         o   Daniel Barnes, Purdue University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Allison Witte, Purdue University - Outstanding AUD


    •·         Membership Milestones


    50 Year Members

    Conita Maynard, Sue Wigent



    25 Year Members

    Julie Anderson, Carolyn Garner, Cheryl Hentz,

    Teresa McClain, Susan Mishel, Joanne Rasmussen,

    Elaine Torabi



    20 Year Members

    Jennifer Carpenter, Judith Dell’Aringa, Deborah Hammond,

    Jennifer McDonogh, June Stealy, Kendra Strasser



    10 Year Members

    Theresa Arness, Shannon Austin, James Bailey, Sandra Bratton,
    Lisa Bunton, Christina Cook,
    Jane Cox, Robyn Ford, Jennifer Freeman, Beverly Huneck, Jessica Love, Ellen Lunsford, Julie Monroe,
    Tammy Navarro, 
    Amie Peacock, Kathryn Rosario,
    Jennifer Swearingen,
     Kelly Wampler



    If you were recognized and did not receive your award,
    please contact our offices at (317) 916-4146.

  • 15 Apr 2013 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISHA 2013 Annual Convention:

    Post Convention News

    The convention team is already busy at work along with Central Office staff analyzing your convention and speaker evaluations!

    Preliminary results are positive for number and quality of speakers, number of CEU’s granted, variety of food items, classroom seating, keynote and awards luncheon speakers, Twilight and Research to Practice sessions and the new ISHA App and ISHA store!!

    We have listened to your concerns also, with parking/safety being one of your big concerns. Central Office staff will be meeting with the Marriott staff to address this issue along with a few other concerns with this venue. This is a new venue for us so we want to make sure to provide the best possible convention for all.

    Attendance at convention this year was 708; with increased numbers of students and audiologists present.  We especially want to thank the Butler students who served by volunteering in registration area.  ISHA loves Fred Risinger, our photographer.   Watch the website for the following to be posted soon:  podcasts of a few select speakers at convention, ISHA store, pictorial review of convention and the music video created by Purdue students. 

    Honors of the Association were awarded to Jeannette Leonard for over 35 years of service as an educator, presenter, researcher, supervisor, mentor and administrator.  Pat Basa, owner of Learning Treasures in Bloomington, was recognized as a Friend of ISHA for her consistent support of ISHA for 20 years. 

    There will be a call for papers again in 2014.  A special thanks goes out to the members who presented and shared about their programs and research projects at convention.  We are an association that is proud of the accomplishments of our members.  Please help us continue to learn from each other. 

  • 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.


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