Thursday’s Program

Thursday, April 7, 2022

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Session 1 - Strengthening Your Advocacy Strategies in Missouri

Doanne Ward-Williams, MEd, CCC-SLP, TheraPlay Bilingual Solutions, LLC

This session will focus on skill development in advocacy related to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology as members create their professional legacy. As a member of the ASHA Board of Directors, the presenter will discuss strategies for successful advocacy and ways to get involved. Issues described in ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda (PPA) will be highlighted as well as strategies for how audiologists and speech-language pathologists can get involved in advocacy efforts to ensure favorable outcomes for members and consumers in their state related to issues that are affecting their service delivery.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
• Describe three reasons why it is important to advocate.
• Identify one education priority and one health care priority in the Public Policy Agenda.
• Describe the method that members can use to take action on federal and state issues using the ASHA website.

Level of Learning: Intermediate | Track: Multi-Interest

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 end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
• Identify current legislation at state and federal levels, affecting the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
• Describe reimbursement issues facing audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
• Identify state licensure requirement issues affecting audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Level of Learning: Introductory | Track: Multi-Interest

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 end 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.

Level of Learning: Introductory | Track: Multi-Interest