September/October 2017 | MSHA eNews | View Online

A message from MSHA

In this Issue:

» From the President

» Upcoming: SLP/Interpreter Collaborative Workshop

»  Future Professional Committee

»  MSHA Meetups

» Upcoming Workshop

» UM-TC Thanks Two Scholars and Friends for Decades of Service

»  Job Well Done

From the President

Greetings and Happy Autumn!

Just as the leaves changing color bring on a new season, MSHA is planning exciting changes that will bring benefits to our members.

Rebranding and reimaging: We are working with our new association management company to design a new logo that captures in image and colorswhat MSHA means to speech-language pathologists (SLPs), audiologists and communication disorders students across our state.

New website: In January, we will roll out a new website. Our contract with our current website host expires in December, so we are taking this opportunity to work with our new association management company’s in-house web designer to reorganize our website (a marked fiscal savings to the Association with better products for our members). This will also make the website information more accessible and manageable on portable platforms (i.e. cell phones and tablets).

New strategic plan: For a day and a half in October, the Executive Council (EC), Policy Council (PC) chair and co-chair, student representatives and Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) co-chairs will meet with our American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) liaison, Janet Deppe, to develop a new strategic plan. Janet will guide us in the development of a new vision and mission, but more importantly, steps in a strategic plan. These goals will guide all our EC meetings for updates on how our Association is progressing with its dreams, and be the achievable objectives for MSHA’s core purposes. BUT IT WILL TAKE PEOPLE TO HELP US ACHIEVE IT. Please consider participating actively on a phone committee conference call, MSHA Meetup or other activity. We cannot achieve our dreams without the many hands working to give them life and action.

Membership process change: We will begin a move to an annual membership renewal date for all members that is the same (rather than the current system of annual renewal across the full year based on whenever you initiated your membership). You will renew your current membership when it is due and groups of people will be moved over to the annual date shared by all members, with a prorated rate being paid in the next year until all members have the same renewal date. The reason for this is for more financial predictability and stability in our membership numbers. Watch for your email to renew your membership. Contact the MSHA Office with questions at

Hard copy communications: Look for at least twice a year paper (yes, paper) communications from MSHA in the form of membership renewal and/or newsletters. With the onslaught of electronic communications we all endure, it will be nice to have a solid piece of information to say “thank you, we appreciate you as a member, and please share this by leaving it for a non-member to see.”

Legislative advocacy: Even though the legislature isn’t in session, your Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) co-chairs have been in consistent contact with our lobbyist getting ready for the next session. They are identifying authors and supporters to present the SLPA licensure bill. A group of MSHA members met with a stakeholders group in August, and then recently with some Board of Teaching members and other related service professional organization representatives to discuss the rule wording for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the new Tiered Licensure for education. With this representation, education professionals outside of the field of speech-language pathology gained a perspective of the knowledge, training, code of ethics and wide scope of practice of SLPs working in education.

So MSHA did not take a summer vacation. We continue to work hard on identifying needs of SLPs and audiologists in all work sectors across the state, and to provide support and resources for those needs. Partnerships with other agencies and organizations continue to develop and strengthen. So when you ask “what benefit do I get from being a member,” know that the benefits can’t always be put into words; but you can find them in action by participating in a committee phone call, coming to a workshop or sharing this newsletter.

Kindest regards and as always, it is my honor to be your president. I couldn’t represent a stronger, more committed group of people anywhere!

Cindy McInroy
MSHA President

REGISTER TODAY! Dynamic Duos - Interpreters and Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Minnesota Department of Education,
    Conference Room A, 1500 MN Hwy, Roseville, MN 55113


As an expansion of last year’s speech-language pathologist and interpreter collaborative workshop, the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) and the Interpreting Stakeholders Group (ISG) are partnering to offer more detailed discussion along with practice of interactions between speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and interpreters. To ensure positive outcomes for the clients, interpreters and SLPs need to successfully collaborate during assessment and treatment sessions for individuals with communication or swallowing disorders.

SLP-interpreter teams will demonstrate procedures that are commonly used to evaluate and identify communication disorders, including a variety of strategies to gather information on how clients speak and express themselves in their native language. There will be a demonstration of a pre-encounter briefing, in which the SLP and interpreter discuss the purpose of the session and strategize on how the interpreter will be involved, and a post-encounter debriefing, in which the SLP reviews the information gathered about the client’s use of their native language.

In the second portion of the workshop, there will be small group discussions using dynamic learning groups (DLGs) of common challenges that are faced by SLPs and interpreters. Groups will identify solutions that can be put into practice. Topics for discussion will include terminology and cultural differences that hinder communication; meeting client needs while maintaining ethical standards; interpreting for individuals with disabilities that impair communication and challenges that are unique to medical and educational settings.

The workshop will culminate with all participants participating in the summary of solutions and processes that the DLGs have formulated.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify three challenges that interpreter-SLP dyads face when SLPs are conducting bilingual evaluations and therapy.
  2.  Attendees will be able to generate three solutions to common challenges faced by interpreter-SLP dyads when SLPs are conducting bilingual evaluations and therapy.
  3.  Attendees will be able to explain three techniques for improving inter-professional communication between the fields of SLP and interpretation.

Time-Ordered Agenda:

8:00 am - 8:30 am:        Registration
8:30 am - 8:45 am:        Welcome
8:45 am - 9:45 am:        SLP and interpreter team demonstrations of
                                       common practice situations
9:45 am - 10:00 am:      Break
10:00 am - 11:30 am:    Dynamic learning groups
11:30 am – 12:00 pm:   Recap of suggestions and solutions from DLG

Register Today!

Future Professional Committee

We are thrilled to have officially added a new committee to MSHA! Our first cohort of student representatives and committee members have started their year-long term as part of the Future Professionals Committee. This new committee is comprised of one advisor and one selected student from each of Minnesota's speech-language pathology, speech and hearing sciences, audiology, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and/or communication disorders programs. These individuals will be liaisons between MSHA and their respective programs, serve as the student voice within MSHA, and assist in student-related policy and decision making, projects and social media within MSHA. We are excited to introduce our first Future Professionals Committee student representatives:

  • Maria Schmidt, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Emily Anger, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Meghan Gavin, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Jenna Frink, Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • Elizabeth Jackson, St. Cloud State University
  • Kayla Polasek, Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Kaci Muecke, MS, CCC-SLP, Committee Advisor

Kaci Muecke
MSHA Membership Committee Chair


MSHA Meetups

One of MSHA's goals is to give all communication sciences and disorders (CSD) providers (audiologists, speech-language pathologists and all assistants) the opportunity to network and socialize with other CSD providers in their area. We had seven people come to the first ever MSHA Meetup on Thursday, September 14, at Glam Doll Donuts Northeast location in Minneapolis.

The second MSHA Meetups was hosted on October 12, at Steel Toe Brewery (Steel Toe Brewing, 4848 W 35th St, St Louis Park, MN 55416). Join us for our next get together and on November 9, at Pryes Brewing Company (Pryes Brewing Company, 1401 West River Rd N, Minneapolis, MN 55411).  

You do not need to be a MSHA member to attend. There is no fee or ticket needed to attend. You just need to show up! You are responsible for any food or drinks you choose to purchase. You can come and go as you please. Bring your business cards if you have them. Let's have fun! Please pass this along to all your fellow colleagues as everyone is invited.  

MSHA is also working on organizing meetups in other parts of the state. Watch for details on MSHA’s Facebook page and emails.

Judy Gelderman
VP of Professional Development

Upcoming Workshop

From School and Home Again:
Executive Function Skills Across the Day

by Sara Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8:30 am to 4:10 pm
Minnetonka, MN

Target Audience: Educators, speech and language therapists, learning specialists, psychologists, social workers, tutors, parents, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) coaches.  

Session Topics:

  • Executive function (EF) skills defined, executive dysfunction
  •  Situational awareness, task initiation and transitions
  • Teaching forethought and planning skills
  • The Get Ready *DO* Done model for classroom, homework and therapeutic interventions
  • Treatment strategies to increase time management
  • Long term projects strategies with emphasis on written expression projects
  • Closing the homework circle

Click here for More Information and to Register

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department Thanks Two Scholars and Friends for Decades of Service

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UM-TC) Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (SLHS) Department acknowledged a bittersweet transition as two cherished colleagues retired this summer: Professor Joe Reichle, in the department since 1981, and Dr. Edward Carney, on staff since 1994. 

Joe is an internationally recognized scholar in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for learners with developmental disabilities. He and his many master’s and doctoral students present frequently at MSHA and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) conventions and conferences. Joe has been a principal investigator on special education projects both with Minnesota's Department of Education and in various school districts statewide, influencing and improving approaches to language development, challenging behavior and alternative communication strategies for these learners. 

Edward’s work as a departmental research associate advanced clinical investigations across many areas ranging from hearing science to language acquisition, speech perception, AAC and traumatic brain injury. In collaboration with faculty and students, Edward created specialized computer programs, statistical models and other technical innovations to promote clinical and basic research.  

Both Joe and Edward asked that any gifts made in honor of their retirements be directed to UM-TC’s Leslie Glaze Graduate Fellowship, a fund that provides essential scholarships for highly talented SLHS students who advance clinical research in speech, language and hearing. Already, members of our faculty, community colleagues and friends have donated to launch this worthy effort. Moreover, from now until December 31, 2017, any gift to the Glaze Fellowship will be matched dollar-for-dollar with additional support from Leslie and Richard Glaze.  

MSHA members who wish to honor Joe and Edward for their decades of service to our state and our profession may do so by making a gift to the Glaze Graduate Fellowship here:

Bert Schlauch, professor and department chair
Leslie Glaze, MSHA member


Job Well Done

Thanks to Heidi Wenger for her work over the past year in bringing Jill Senner and Matt Baud to present Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom. Almost 40 speech-language pathologists, augmentative communication specialists, occupational therapists, paraprofessionals and autism spectrum disorders teachers benefited from this hands-on workshop (and enjoyed yummy s'mores as a learning tool). The workshop was co-sponsored by the Bloomington Public Schools Special Education Department.

Submitted by Cindy McInroy


MSHA is now managed by a new organization: Craven Management Associates. We owe a debt of gratitude to a committee comprised of our past and present leaders. They devoted time and organizational expertise in a selection process of extraordinary challenges.

We are grateful to:


In our attempt to identify a management company that understands our professions, and will help to bring MSHA financial viability, develop opportunities and grow our membership, Craven was the company that surpassed all others. Thank you, colleagues, for placing MSHA in good hands!



About MSHA

Founded in 1936, the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is a nonprofit professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists that promotes the welfare of individuals with communication disorders and represents the professionals who serve them. Renew your membership today!

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