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2019-logo2019 Convention

Many Voices: One MSHA

April 4-7, 2019
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO

eCEUSubmit your CEUs from the Convention - Deadline extended to April 24, 2019.


Welcome from the Convention Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

Our Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association president, Jacob Gutshall, welcomes all to our 60th Diamond Jubilee: Many Voices One MSHA. This anniversary marks a major milestone for us all and MSHA. We look forward to celebrating our past, present and future.

The Convention Planning Team (CPT) has planned a radiant jubilee to honor our enduring commitment to our professions at this year’s Convention. We look forward to celebrating 60 years of MSHA with all of you.

Just to give you a preview of Continuing Education opportunities this year, the 2019 Convention will shine with a strong lineup of “invited speakers” showcasing our commitment to the latest evidence-based practice and research. Due to the positive response to the videotaping of sessions in 2017 and 2018, MSHA will continue videotaping sessions which can be viewed online through the website at your convenience for added continuing education credits.

Highlights of the sparkle to come:

  • Round Robins and Ask MSHA: Opportunity for early continuing education credits Thursday evening
  • Day Institutes: Friday with box lunch option featuring Jill Molli and Jane Yakel
  • Exhibit Hall: Will open at 10:00 am Friday morning—Stop in anytime Friday and Saturday
  • Silent Auction: Bidding opens at 10:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm Friday
  • Happy Hour: Come join us Friday evening 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • President’s Luncheon: Saturday at 12:30 pm, don’t miss out on this year’s keynote speaker
  • Quest for the Cup and Tailgate: Saturday at 6:30 pm, come cheer for your team
  • Student presentations and technical and poster sessions: Saturday and Sunday

Don’t forget:

  • Pre-register for a great deal on Convention fees for this year’s Diamond Jubilee.
  • Sign-up for a Day Institute for those who want an intense discussion. These are at an additional cost.
  • Pre-pay for Friday box lunch and the President’s Luncheon, found on the registration form.
  • Recorded sessions are available for additional continuing education credits for you to view online after convention at your convenience.

Before you come:

  • Download your handouts in advance through the MSHA website. MSHA encourages all presenters to post in advance for your convenience.
  • Bring your Silent Auction donation to support our student scholarships fund.
  • Bring your SWAPS materials for our students to assist them as they get a start in their careers.

Once you arrive, stop by the registration area to check-in and find all the essentials for Convention: (name badge, ribbons for your badge, tickets for Friday’s box lunch, President’s Luncheon tickets and donation to MSHA Cares. The CPT will be visible throughout the Convention to assist you and you are always welcome to stop by the registration table with any questions or concerns. CPT members can be identified by their Convention t-shirts on Friday, and a badge ribbon throughout the weekend. If you are a volunteer or judge, don’t forget to pick up your packets with a hint of sparkle!

We look forward to celebrating this brilliant event of 60 wonderful years of MSHA and counting!

Michelle Vomund, 2019 CPT Chair
Shannon Locke, 2019 CPT Co-Chair


President’s Celebration

(0.1 ASHA CEU available)

MSHA’s Diamond Jubilee year is a celebration of you as members of our organization who are making a difference improving lives and helping people communicate. Please join us at the President’s Luncheon on Saturday, April 6, 2019, for us to connect and celebrate our professions. During the luncheon celebration, we will present the MSHA awards honoring our Outstanding Graduate Student, Outstanding Clinician, Outstanding Special Education Administrator, Honors of the Association and our Ambassadors. For the big finale, you will not want to miss the powerful message from our keynote speaker, John Kindschuh, stroke survivor who advocates for persons with communication disorders to Live your life with confidence. See you at the 2019 MSHA Convention!

Jacob Gutshall, MSHA President 2018-2019


Keynote Speaker

John Kindschuh, JD
Mr. Kindschuh graduated from Washington University with a history and business degree in 2000, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004, with his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Kindschuh worked at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP, for approximately nine years as an environmental attorney before his massive cerebellar stroke in September of 2013. He and his wife have been married for 10 years, and they have three children: Ryan (8), Maggie (5) and Anna (1).

Rediscovering My Identity
I will discuss how my September 2013 cerebellar stroke initially stole my ability to talk and walk. Through many hours of therapy, I began relearning my faculties, especially how to speak again. In my initial speech therapy (ST), I accomplished the following tasks: practiced minimal pairs with a mirror; watched how my lips and tongue formed differently for words such as
“bat,” “bet” and “bit;” stated simple sentences; said multi-syllabic words, emphasizing the appropriate syllable in the word we were practicing; used a metronome to ensure my speech aligns with the beat; read poetry for inflection and built-in rhythm and other things.

At Maryville University, I am asked to do more advanced things in speech, including the following: breath support; volume control; pitch; use compound sentences; read passages approximately two pages in length; whisper; use smaller lip movements; and avoid saying a final sound on words that end in “-d,” “-w”, “-n,” -or “-ing.”

Of all the therapies, I will discuss how ST was the most difficult for me. You would think physical therapy (PT) would be the most draining because of the sheer physical exertion. However, though I was tired after PT, I was barely able to talk after ST. My mouth was exhausted! I had to think about many different things that go into speech during the entire session. Every speech therapist would affirm that I worked very hard!


Highlighted Day Institutes

Cognitive Rehabilitation: Practical Interventions and Personalized Planning
Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

Jane Yakel is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist currently employed as a private contractor and consultant. She has worked in a variety of settings which include acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, independent living facilities, hospitals and school districts. She has been a regional and national clinical specialist for therapists and a trainer for program directors throughout the United States. She taught Medicare regulations and guidelines and has defended Medicare denial claims at the administrative law judge level for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology with 100 percent turnover. She is the author of four comprehensive therapy books addressing dementia, dysphagia, cognitive assessment and documentation. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a past representative for the people-to-people ambassador program for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in
South Africa and is a prior member of the Wyoming Board of Examiners for Speech-Language and Audiology. Ms. Yakel completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Wyoming specializing in neuropathology.

Master Self-Regulation to Transform Aggression Into Communication, Tantrums Into Self-Control and Defiance Into Cooperation
Jill Molli, MEd

Jill Molli has the uncanny ability to help people laugh and learn at the same time. Her past position in a Title 1 elementary school offered her opportunities to apply Dr. Bailey’s Conscious Discipline® in a school setting and her own family offers her constant real-life experiences to share with her audiences. Ms. Molli was selected as a Loving Guidance Associate because of her no-nonsense ability to get to the heart of a situation and her commitment to living Loving Guidance principles at school and at home. She is an entertaining, motivating and heart-felt presenter. She is a “connector” for family needs. She began her teaching career in a behavior disabilities classroom, moved into a regular third grade classroom and then completed her requirements as a guidance counselor.

As the guidance counselor, Ms. Molli helped implement Conscious Discipline® school-wide using the three-year implementation plan. She has a master’s degree in counseling, a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and more than 20 years of working with children with behavior problems. In an effort to stay current and up-to-date with recent issues in the classroom, she volunteers weekly in preschool and elementary settings and quarterly in an alternative high school. She also teaches a six-week evening class to help parents build a connected family through Loving Guidance. She has taught hundreds of Conscious Discipline® parenting classes ranging in attendance from mothers in the Missouri Department of Corrections Facility to “Soccer Dads.”

At her many programs, Ms. Molli proves herself a contagious source of enthusiasm and energy. It is with a heart full of joy that she shares the
experiences, knowledge and guidance that Dr. Bailey’s techniques have afforded her in all areas of her life.


Highlighted Presenters

Larry Boles, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor and program director at University of the Pacific. His research focuses on aphasia couples therapy and graduate admissions. He has published in eleven national and international journals and presented in the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and American Samoa.

Mindy Bridges, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her research interests include the connection between language and reading development and disabilities, the use of language intensive interventions with young children to aid later reading comprehension and the use of Response to Intervention and MTSS in educational settings.

Wade Chien, MD, FACS, received his bachelor’s degrees in biology and music from Brandeis University and his doctorate from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He completed his otolaryngology residency training at the Harvard combined otolaryngology training program, and a neurotology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an alumnus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. Dr. Chien is an assistant professor in the department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and has an active clinical practice in Bethesda, Maryland.

Julie Hanson Gatts, MA, is a clinical assistant professor with the University of Kansas and an adjunct faculty with Fort Hays State University. She is currently presiden-elect of the Kansas Speech-Language Hearing Association. Ms. Gatts has been a clinician or clinical faculty for her entire 32-year career and has a passion for working with adults. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, acute rehab, home health, outpatient rehab, within a private practice, skilled care and long-term care settings. In her role as assistant clinical professor, she supervises undergraduate and graduate students who are providing intervention and assessment to individuals with acquired disorders.

Jay Lucker, EdD, CCC-A/SLP, FAAA, is an internationally renowned specialist in auditory processing disorders having many articles published in peer-review, evidence-based, professional journals around the world in both the fields of communication sciences and disorders and other related areas including psychology, special education and occupational therapy. Dr. Lucker is a professor and director of the five-year Accelerated Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology at Howard University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He also has a part-time private practice specializing in the assessment of and consultation for people with auditory processing disorders and language processing disorders.

Colleen O’Leary Card, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA, is a speech-language pathologist and a board-certified behavior analyst. She has 30 years of experience in the field of special education and
human services. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication disorders from Fontbonne University and completed her coursework in behavior analysis at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her interest in social communication and related disorders began as she grew up with a younger brother with autism. Ms. Card has presented on topics related to autism spectrum disorders locally, nationally and internationally.

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a professor of communicative sciences and disorders at Michigan State University. In addition to conducting research on the development of stuttering in young children, Dr. Yaruss has extensive experience working with children and adults who stutter in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has served on the board of directors of the National Stuttering Association and on the Steering Committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. He has authored and coauthored more than 130 papers, articles, chapters and booklets on stuttering.

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD, is a research professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science, professor emerita in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, adjunct faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University
of Colorado, Denver and visiting professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Centre for Deaf Studies. She developed the Marion Downs Center in 1996, where her research was instrumental in establishing universal newborn hearing screening programs and early hearing detection and intervention programs globally.

Recorded Sessions


So many sessions, so little time won’t be a problem this year as MSHA will be recording select sessions for viewing after the Convention. You can purchase all four sessions for just $35 and add to the continuing education credits you are able to earn for the Convention – even when it is over! Buy the package, watch the recording within the designated time period and learn more, earn more. It does not get any easier than that to maximize your earning potential.

  • Session 22Instructional Techniques to Increase Early Literacy Skills in Young Students
    Mindy Bridges, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Session 30Best Treatment for Phonological Disorder
    Julie Hoffmann, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Session 37How to Finally Clean Up That Pesky Lisp!
    Julie Hoffmann, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Session 45 Interesting Audiology Cases: Bridging the Gap Between Audiologists and Speech Pathologists
    Wafaa Kaf, AuD, CCC-A; Jennifer Baird, MA, CCC-A; Whitney Hayden, AUD, CCC-A

Convention Hoteltan

Tan-Tar-A Resort is excited to be part of MSHA's 60th Convention and has been working hard with our Convention Planning Team to make this Convention something special. As you enjoy the MSHA Convention educational opportunities, make time to take advantage of the may recreational or relaxing amenities Tan-Tar-A has to offer.

Make your reservations now! Reservations must be received by March 5, 2019, and before the group reservations block is filled to ensure your room accommodations.

Special Discounted Rates for Convention Goers

Single $119
Double $119
Triple $119
Quad $119
One Bedroom Suite $168
Two Bedroom Suite $246

Two Methods to Make A Reservation

Online - Group Access Code: SPCH

Call -1-800-TAN-TAR-A (800-826-8272)

MSHA Cares 2019 Recipient

American Parkinson Disease Association
Parkinson’s Foundation

Gwen Nolan, Special Projects Chair

The MSHA Cares Project recipients of this year’s fundraising efforts will be American Parkinson Disease Association and Parkinson’s Foundation. Gwen Nolan, our special projects chair, is planning various opportunities for members to support these worthy causes.

Continuing Education and Disclosure

ASHA Continuing Education


This course is offered for up to 2.55 ASHA CEUs (Various levels, Professional area)

AAA Continuing Education

The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.6 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Disclosure Statements

Volunteer at Convention

volunteerConventions are successful due to the generous donation of time from members who served as volunteers. The 2019 MSHA Convention Planning Team is asking you to consider donating your time. Sign up online here.



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