Thursday’s Program

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Session 1 - Advocacy, Leadership and Empowerment: Strategies for Member Success in Missouri

Theresa Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, EdS (LD), SLP, Consulting Services

This session will focus on skill development in advocacy, leadership and volunteerism related to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. ASHA’s 2020 President will discuss strategies for successful advocacy and ways to become involved at various levels. Issues in ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda (PPA) including health care, schools, professional practice and workforce topics, will be highlighted. Mechanisms for utilization of ASHA resources to achieve favorable outcomes for members and consumers in Missouri will also be delineated.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
• Delineate three legislative and/or regulatory advocacy issues important to audiologists and speech-language pathologists
• Describe one method members can use to instantly take action on issues using the ASHA website as well as one additional advocacy strategy
• Discuss three components of the Practice Portal

Track: Multi-Interest Level: Introductory

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Session 2 - Ask MSHA

This session will utilize a panel discussion format comprised of MSHA Executive Board members and ASHA Advisory Council to focus on issues and trends impacting the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology including reimbursement, legislation at state and federal levels, graduate level training programs, state licensure requirements and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) implementer model. Panel members will detail how these issues directly impact the practices of speech-language pathologists and audiologists and will provide information as to how actions at the local, state and national levels can influence change. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute to the discussion.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
• Restate two main points from the presenter’s ideas or research
• Cite two resources for further research on the topics presented
• Articulate one way they could apply this new research or clinical practice in their work setting.

Track: Multi-Interest Level: Introductory

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Session 3 - Round Robin

This informal session will allow presenters and attendees to converse and interact on topics related to research or clinical practice in speech-language pathology or audiology. Presenters will speak for 10-15 minutes on a research or clinical topic within their scope of expertise and allow 5-10 minutes of discussion and questions among the attendees.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
• Describe the history of Missouri licensure and certification requirements related to the schools.
• Identify at least three issues impacting service delivery.
• List pending legislation impacting our professions at both a state and national level.

Track: Multi-Interest Level: Introductory