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Summer 2014 Workshops

On June 9th and 10th, speech language pathologists and graduate students had the pleasure to hear Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., discuss Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Dr. Stoeckel is a speech-language pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and edited the curriculum for CASANA’s intensive training institute on CAS. During this workshop, attendees were informed about the different methods of evaluation and treatment of children with severe speech sound disorders and how to make differential diagnoses. Different assessment procedures, including standardized and dynamic tools, were discussed. The clinicians and students viewed videos of real clients from Mayo Clinic to demonstrate application of material presented during Dr. Stoeckel’s lectures. The CAS workshop was very beneficial to seasoned clinicians and up-coming students alike in helping them become more aware of CAS and ways to assess and treat this unique disorder.

The second workshop was held June 11th and 12th and was led by Dr. Debora Daniels, a speech language pathologist, and Dr. René Jamison, a psychologist. The two doctors are both on the University of Kansas Medical Center staff and work with developmentally delayed teens and adults. This workshop focused on educating the attendees about the different benchmarks for typically developing pragmatic language skills in school age children and adolescents. Evidence for the presence of pragmatic deficits was discussed for a variety of developmental disorders, including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Fragile X. Dr. Daniels also shared about the social group she started for developmentally delayed young adults. This group focuses on pragmatic functions such as conversation and turn-taking. Dr. Jamison also started a social group called Girls Night Out. The goal of this group is to introduce young girls with developmental disorders to appropriate social and self-care skills. This workshop helped the attendees become more aware of some of the pragmatic difficulties those with developmental disorders might experience. It also enabled these professionals to gather some new fresh ideas on what to do for treatment and therapy to address some of these difficulties in a fun and engaging manner.

Thank you!





Faculty News

New Faculty

Tara Marshall

Tara Marshall, M.S., CCC-SLP accepted a position in the Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU in the Fall of 2014.   She serves as an instructor and clinical supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students. 



Stephanie Tiernan

In addition, Stephanie Tiernan, M.S., CCC-SLP accepted a position in the Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU in the Fall of 2014. She serves as an instructor for telepractice speech language pathology.


Awards and Recognition


This year, the head of the Communication Disorders Department, Dr. Jayne Brandel, was awarded the Early Career Contributions in Research Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) The Award for Early Career Contributions in Research is designed to acknowledge significant scientific accomplishments by individuals beyond the dissertation and within five years of receiving their doctoral degree or other terminal degree. 



Faculty and students have participated in research and presented at both the state and national conference this year.

Student News

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference


 In November 2014, both first year and second year graduate students attended the 2014 ASHA conference in Orlando, Florida.  They were accompanied by faculty members Dr. Britten and Dr. Brandel.  At the conference, Dr. Brandel was presented with the "Early Career Contributions in Research Award" (see Faculty News).  Several students had the opportunity to present their research projects as posters at the conference (See Research).  In addition, students and faculty had the opportunity to attend several workshops to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing!

 Awards and Recognition

 News_MyAmericanDreamAmanda Thompson, a Lincoln, Kan., graduate student at Fort Hays State University, was surprised Friday to learn that she had won the National Disability Institute’s My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest.

A graduate student in the Department of Communication Disorders at Fort Hays State University, Thompson was one of five finalists in National Disability Institute’s video contest encouraging people with disabilities to share their American dreams to show that having a career, succeeding in college, achieving financial independence and homeownership are the dreams of all people. As the grand prizewinner, Thompson received $1,000, a digital tablet and a team of professionals to help her take the next steps toward her dreams.

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Past News and Events


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