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Events

Summer 2013 Workshops

The summer workshops will be held June 3-6, 2013.  Presenters will be Sandra Gillam on June 3 & 4 with the topic being language and progress monitoring with the common core standards and Jennifer Taps Richard on June 5 & 6 addressing RTI and articulation.  Visit the continuing education page for more information. 

Summer 2012 Workshops

The summer workshops were once again a huge success.  Thank you to all who participated.  We would also like to thank the Scottish Rite Foundation of Kansas for the monetary support provided which helped fund the 2012 summer workshops.  Lilly Cheng, Ph.D. started off the week with a wonderful two-day presentation titled, "Global Competence, Cultural Competence, Communicative Competence: Clinical Implications for Speech-Language Pathologists."  She proved to be a very knowledgeable, dynamic and engaging presenter.  The final two days were spent listening to Linda Burkhart present on "Multi-Modal Communication Strategies for Children Who Have Complex Communication Needs - PODD Communication Books."  Participants engaged in numerous hands-on opportunities to learn about the various types of PODD communication books. 

Thank you!

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Presenter Lilly Cheng

Lilly Cheng June 4-5, 2012

Presenter Linda Burkhart

Linda Burkhart June 6-7, 2012

Faculty News

New Faculty

Karmen Porter

Karmen Porter, MA/CCC-SLP accepted a position in the Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU in the Fall 2012.  Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, she has spent the last 14 years in Texas and Louisiana. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language-Pathology from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas where she also met and married her husband, Marcus.  The family, including one daughter, moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she completed her Master’s degree from Louisiana State University in 2005. She provided early intervention services in Louisiana and Texas and worked in Texas public schools. She returned to LSU to pursue her doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology, where she worked with Dr. Janna Oetting on an NIH funded grant investigating children with specific language impairment who speak non-mainstream dialects. She also worked on developing her own research line focused on clinician and client/client family communication. Her research interests include examining best practices in interactions between speech language pathologists and their clients, child language acquisition in multi-cultural populations, and the effects of socio-economic status and culture on language acquisition.

Celina Fisher

Celina Fisher, M.S., CCC-SLP accepted a position in the Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU in the Fall of 2012. She serves as an instructor and clinical supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students. She grew up in Spearville, Kansas. She earned her Master’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 2009. At the conclusion of her Master’s program, she moved to San Diego, California to join her husband who was stationed there with the United States Marine Corps. For the next two years while in San Diego, she worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in an elementary school. After her husband completed his time in the USMC, they returned home to Kansas. For the next year she worked in Haysville, Kansas in a classroom for children with Autism. Her areas of interest include working with individuals with autism and AAC needs as well as the provision of speech and language intervention in the schools.

 Awards and Recognition

Jayne Brandel and Marla Staab served as co-chairs for the KSHA 2012 Conference. Other FHSU faculty members-Amy Finch, Phil Sechtem, Marcy Beougher, Anne Bemis, and Jacque Jacobs-served as conference committee members as well. Also, Amy Finch received the Honors of the Association, KSHA's highest award. She is pictured below with a group of graduate students who were there to congratulate her.

Cochairs of KSHA 2012Amy and students KSHA 2012Marcia Bannister Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Marcia Bannister, retired Chair and Professor of the Department of Communication Disorders, was honored with the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award from FHSU. Many students majoring in speech-language pathology, former colleagues, family and friends attended a presentation she gave titled, "Textbooks Come to Life: A Personal Journey."

Dr. Amy Finch, Department of Communication Disorders, was recently recognized as a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Faculty Advising Award recipient. She was presented the award on October 4, 2012 in Nashville, TN.

students presenting research at KSHA with Dr. Finch

Jayne Brandel, Fort Hays State University, and Diane Frome Loeb, University of Kansas received the 2011 Editors' Award for their article, “Program Intensity and Service Delivery Models in the Schools: SLP Survey Results,” published in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Volume 42, October 2011. The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony at the 2012 ASHA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16th.

Research

Lindsay Dutton, SLP from HeartSprings in Wichita, Julie Scherz, Ph.D. from Wichita State University, Amy Finch, Ph.D. from FHSU, and Jessica Caron, SLP at Boston Children's Hospital lead one of the research strands at the International for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Research Symposium on August 3 and 4, 2012 in Pittsburg, PA.  The Research Conference followed the ISAAC Conference Biennial Conference.  The research strand was "iPads and Other Tablets as AAC Devices:  Research, Issues, and Needs".  The Research Strands for this conference are working groups that help set the research needs for critical issues in AAC.

Presentations at KSHA 2012

Baker, C. & Finch, A.  (2012, September).  Autism disorder and oral reading comprehension: A case study.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.

Biel, L. & Brandel, J.  (2012, September).  A survey of current service delivery models being used in part C services.   Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.

Critchfield, V. & Brandel, J. (2012, September).  Opinions of SLPs regarding the purpose of school-based services.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.

Dominguez, O. & Finch, A.  (2012, September).  Comparison of monolingual and bilingual parents' perception of strategies for facilitating fluency.   Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.  

Hoekstra, R. & Finch, A. (2012, September).  Comparison of the results of a standardized test versus an iPad application for speech sound disorders.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.    

Marsaglia, M. & Brandel, J. (2012, September). Narrative production for typically developing children.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.   

Martin, K. & Britten, C.F.  (2012, September).  Identification of supported conversation for adults with aphasia: SLP survey.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.   

Peterson, B. & Finch, A. (2012, September).  The effects of using different modalities to assess narrative retell skills in kindergarteners.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.     

Schoendaler, J. & Brandel, J. (2012, September).  Factors impacting collaboration in the public schools: A survey.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.

Truong, L. & Finch, A.  (2012, September).  Feature matching for iPad AAC applications.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.

Wood, J. & Brandel, J. (2012, September).  Education majors and knowledge of speech and language development.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas-Speech-Language Hearing Association, Wichita, KS.

Presentations at ASHA 2012

Baker, C. & Finch, A.  (2012, November).  Autism disorder and oral reading comprehension: A case study.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Britten, C. F., Davidson, S., Amaral, S., Brannen, S., Caracciolo, G., Eger, D. L., Moss, S., Moss, S., Newman, W., Oshrin, S., Porter, M., Purvis, G., Scott, D.  (2012, November).  Ethical dilemmas facing professionals and students.  Seminar at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Brandel, J., Spencer, T., & Petersen, D.B.  (2012, November). Response to intervention: Early evidence of a multi-tiered language intervention.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Critchfield, V. & Brandel, J. (2012, November).  Opinions of SLPs regarding the purpose of school-based services.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Marsaglia, M. & Brandel, J. (2012, November). Narrative production for typically developing children.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Martin, K. & Britten, C.F.  (2012, November).  Identification of supported conversation for adults with aphasia: SLP survey.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Schoendaler, J. & Brandel, J. (2012, November).  Factors impacting collaboration in the public schools: A survey. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Sechtem, P., Scherz, J., DiLollo, A., Medvene, L., Parham, D., Lebrun, N., Martin, K. (2012, November).  Communication partner variables that influence supported communication outcomes in aphasia.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA. 

Wiegmann, C. & Finch, A. (2012, November).  Effectiveness of pragmatic organization displays using partner-assisted scanning.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Presentations to the Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU

Bartlett, H. & Britten, C.F. (2012).  Incidence of repeated referrals from elementary school hearing screenings

Brandell, H. & Finch, A.  (2012).  Early Indicators of stuttering: Survey of clinical decision making

Davis, V. & Brandel, J.  (2012).  A comparison of written and oral narratives of adolescents with autism

Fawver, S. & Britten, C.F.  (2012).  Comparison of a Type 2 sound level meter vs. sound level meter applications on an iPhone®.

 Imm, K. & Brandel, J.  (2012).  Current use of RtI by Kansas speech-language pathologists: A survey

Kubal, K. & Brandel, J.  (2012).  Knowledge of communication disorders and use of developmental delay screeners: A survey of physicians in rural Kansas.

Lang, A. & Brandel, J.  (2012).  Effectiveness of telepractice in improving reading comprehension skills.  

Perkovich, S. & Britten, C.F. (2012).  College students' perceptions of individuals who stutter.

Rodich, T. & Britten, C.F.  (2012).  A comparison of speechreading skills using face-to-face versus FaceTime®.

 


Student News

Margaret Byrne Sarricks Scholarship winners

In September 2012, 31 graduate and undergraduate students headed to the annual KSHA Conference in Wichita, KS.  Eleven of the graduate students presented posters, which can be viewed by clicking on the links posted above.  Three FHSU 2nd year graduate students were recognized as recipients of the Margaret Byrne Sarricks scholarship at the 2012 KSHA Conference in Wichita, KS. Those students pictured from left to right are Kelsey Martin, Veronica Critchfield, and Chelsea Baker.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

FHSU NSSHLA members are a very active and dedicated group of students in the Department of Communication Disorders, consisting of undergraduate and graduate students. Members meet at least once a month to plan fun activities and fundraisers and they also host activities for the FHSU student body and the community.  To kick off the the school year, NSSLHA had a booth at the annual "back-to-school picnic" to inform new students about the organization.  NSSLHA also participated in the campus food drive, earning 3rd place overall!  The NSSLHA group also organized the sale of "speech-language pathology" specific polos and jackets for students and faculty in the department.  During the Fall 2012 semester, members participated in various fundraising activities which included selling t-shirts at the annual Oktoberfest and a bake sale.  Money raised from the fundraisers made it possible for 31 undergraduate and graduate students to attend the 2012 KSHA Conference in Wichita, KS and for 15 graduate students to attend the 2012 ASHA Convention in Atlanta, GA.  As the beginning of the spring semester nears, the NSSLHA members are busy preparing to sponsor the Ellis County Spelling Bee on January 31, 2013 and host a movie night featuring "The King's Speech" on February 10, 2013. 

  Alumni Updates

We enjoy hearing from all of our alumni on the latest happenings in your lives. Please feel free to email information to any faculty or staff member or infoslp@fhsu.edu.

Past News and Events

Summer-Fall 2011

 Fall 2010-Spring-Summer 2011  

 Spring/Summer 2010

Fall 2009