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Summer 2013 Workshops

Our summer workshops this year held up the tradition of excellence we’ve seen in past years. We want to thank all who were in attendance. We would also like to thank the Scottish Rite Foundation of Kansas for the monetary support provided which helped fund the 2013 summer workshops. Sandi Gillam, Ph.D. was first to present with her informative two-day presentation titled, “SLPs and School-Based Practice: Curriculum-based Assessment and Interventions to support the Common Core.”  Sandi was full of spirit during her presentation that highlighted the use of contextually based assessments and educationally relevant interventions that meet evidence based practice standards for vocabulary, syntax, narration, comprehension and progress monitoring and service delivery options.  The second half of the week Jennifer Taps Richard shared her presentation on “Beacons of Best Practice: Sound Articulation Treatment.” The days focused on EBP of the complexity approach and motor learning techniques.

Thank you!

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 Faculty News

New Faculty

Breanna Taylor Breanna Taylor, M.A., CCC-SLP accepted a position in the Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU in the Fall of 2013.   She serves as an instructor and clinical supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students. She grew up in Belle Plaine, Kansas.  She earned her master’s degree from Wichita State University in 2009.  At the conclusion of her Masters program, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where her husband was completing Optometry School.   She was the head of the Augmentative Communication team and co-team leader of the Autism team at an outpatient pediatric facility in Tulsa.  Breanna and her husband moved to Hays in the summer of 2012.  Breanna worked as a speech language pathologist at Heartspring, a non-profit pediatric facility in Wichita, KS until accepting a position at Fort Hays.  Her areas of interest include early intervention, Autism, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, pragmatic language disorders, and apraxia.  She is a certified Autism Specialist through the Kansas Center of Research and Training.

Carol Ellis Carol Ellis, PhD, CCC-SLP accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU in the fall of 2013. She serves as an instructor and clinical supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students primarily in the areas of speech sound disorders and phonetics. She grew up in Ellendale, North Dakota, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. While still in North Dakota, she worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist in the local public schools and then moved to South Dakota where she earned her Master of Arts’ degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota in Speech and Language Pathology. In South Dakota she worked in various settings including the public schools, private schools, special education preschools, high schools, a hospital, and special preschool settings such as Head Start. In 2008, she began her PhD degree at Wichita State University and finished her doctorate in 2012. She briefly worked in the Denver area schools for one year until she was hired as an assistant professor at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, Illinois. At EIU she taught Phonological Assessment and Remediation, Phonetics, and also served as a clinical supervisor. During the fall of 2013, she began her position at FHSU and taught Phonetics, Speech Sound Disorders, and Language Science during fall semester, supervised clinic, and also mentored student research. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence and is licensed by the state of Kansas.

 Awards and Recognition


Student News

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 school year, NSSLHA had a booth at the annual "back-to-school picnic" to inform new students about the organization.  Members participate in various fundraising activities which include selling t-shirts at the annual Oktoberfest.  Money raised from the fundraisers makes it possible for students to attend the 2013 KSHA Conference in Topeka, KS and the 2013 ASHA Convention in Chicago, IL. The NSSLHA group is also organizing the sale of "speech-language pathology" specific sweatshirts and cardigans for students and faculty in the department. Some upcoming events include a movie night featuring “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on October 11th and a Jeopardy night focused on comprehensive exam topics on October 24th. The NSSLHA members will also sponsor the Ellis County Spelling Bee in January.

  Alumni Updates

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Past News and Events

Summer-Fall 2012

 Summer-Fall 2011

Fall 2010-Spring-Summer 2011  

Spring/Summer 2010

Fall 2009

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