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The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) developed a new award to honor either an individual or team that exemplifies high quality professional service to individuals with severe disabilities.  This award was created to honor the career contributions of James McLean, Ph.D. and David Yoder, Ph.D.  These two individuals were premier research scientists who generated much of the original work in communication assessment and intervention specific to persons with severe intellectual disabilities.

Andrea Carmichael, M.S., CCC-SLP and her team of professionals who work for USD #489 (Hays, KS) were nominated by Amy Finch, Ph.D., Chair of Department of Communication Disorders at FHSU.  Andrea and her assistive technology/augmentative-alternative communication team were one of three teams who received this award.  We want to congratulate Andrea for collaborating so well with other professionals in her school district as well as with communication resources such as the Herndon Clinic. 

The NJC has many resources available on their website for professionals working with individuals who present severe disabilities.  Be sure to check out their website:

ASHA Membership

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Summer Workshops

Intervention Techniques for Children in the Prelinguistic and Early Stages of Language Development
Presenter: Shelley L. Bredin-Oja, M.S.
June 13-14, 2011 8:30-4:30

Evidence-based Practices Guiding Language Intervention with School-age Children
Presenter: Ronald B. Gillam, Ph.D.
June 15-16, 2011 8:30-4:30

For more information on tuition and registration, please view our continuing education information.

Faculty News


Amy Finch, Ph.D. attended the 11th Annual Conference on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) January 24-26, 2011. She presented a poster which focused on academic and clinical education for SLPs as AAC practitioners. Her poster summarized three recent studies by graduate students related to the video modeling for children with autism. The results of these three studies showed that video modeling was effective in teaching social initiations and responses as well as teaching requesting using the use of a sentence strip in which one and two symbol combinations were taught. The conference topic focused on the graduate academic and clinical education in AAC.

The Division 12 AAC Conference was held in conjunction with the Assistive Technology Industry Association's (ATIA) annual conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference allowed individuals in the area of assistive technology and AAC to interact with all of the major manufacturers of specialized software and devices as well as attend focused presentations on AAC and education for individuals with complex communication needs.


Marcy Beougher returned to FHSU this spring on a part-time basis as a clinical supervisor. Her supervision responsibilities are at the Herndon Clinic and Tiger Tots. We are excited to have her as a part of the faculty once again!



Please join the Fort Hays chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) sponsoring the “Stroll to San Diego” 5K run/walk to be held Saturday, April 30th. Proceeds for the race will benefit the graduate members of NSSLHA attending a national convention in San Diego next fall. The annual ASHA convention allows students and professionals to network, attend presentations and present current research. Please print and mail in the attached form to reserve your spot!


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

Past News and Events

Spring/Summer 2010

Fall 2009

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