2015 State Convention News:

2015 North Dakota Speech-Language Hearing Association Spring Convention

Save the date: Thursday, March 26, 2015

The annual North Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association (NDSLHA) conference will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 on the campus of Minot State University.

Guest Speaker NDSLHA 2014: This year’s daytime speaker will be Jean Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP. She will present on current issues in school-based speech-language pathology.

*The evening speaker (to fulfill hours needed for CEU credit):

The NDSLHA speaker on the evening of March 26, 2014 will be Dr. Terry Eckmann, professor at Minot State University and author of the book 101 Brain Boosters. Dr. Eckmann stated she will “explore current research on the effects of lifestyle choices on the brain. Participate in a variety of research brain-based brain boosters.” These brain boosters can be applied to everyday life, as well as classrooms.

Registration forms will be available soon!

A block of rooms is reserved at Minot’s Grand Hotel, available until March 11. To reserve your room, call (701) 852-3161. Reserve your room soon and specify you are with the NDSLHA conference to get the conference rate. The deadline for room reservations and rates will be forthcoming.

***The 21st Annual National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) conference will be held the following day, Friday, March 27, 2014 on the campus of Minot State University. The NDSLHA conference was scheduled in conjunction with the NSSLHA conference to offer continuing education credtis (CEUs). The NSSLHA conference will focus on dysphagia. Information on the topic and speaker will be forthcoming.


Please reserve March 26 and 27, 2015 for the combined conferences and CEU opportunities.


2015 Convention News/Information:

The 2015 NDSLHA Spring Convention will be held in conjunction with the 21st Annual MSU - NSSLHA Spring Conference to offer continuing education credits (CEUs) on March 26 & 27, 2014

NDSLHA looks forward to seeing you in April 2015!


2015 Registration Forms and Fee Information:

Registration forms for both conferences will be available soon check back regularly.


1. NDSLHA Conference Rates:

Pre-registration Fees * To receive pre-registration discount, the pre-registration form must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2014

Active and Associate Members                     $75

Non-Members                                                $120

Students                                                         $25                          

On-Site Registration Fees                                                                        

Active and Associate Members                     $100

Non-Members                                                $145                 

Students                                                         $35


2. NSSLHA Conference Rates:

Early bird registration is $75 (must be received by March 7, 2014).

Onsite registration $100.

NSSLHA Registration Form

2015 Presentation Handouts/Outlines: (Please click on the presentation link to open and print the handouts for the presentation you choose).

2015 Presentation Handouts will be posted as they become available. Please check the website frequently two weeks prior to the 2015 convention.

NDSLHA 2014 Conference Speaker Bios: 2015 Bios will be updated soon!

Thursday Morning/Afternoon Speaker Bio

Judy K. Montgomery, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor, CSD Program Director, Chapman University, Orange, CA.  Former President of ASHA; Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language; Editor-in-Chief of Communication Disorders Quarterly journal. She has 24 years experience in public schools as a Speech Language Pathologist, Principal, and Director of Special Education.  She has authored 13 books and over 30 articles on evidence-based interventions for students with communication, language and reading disabilities; response to intervention models in K-12, and vocabulary acquisition and assessment.  She is the author of a standardized vocabulary test,  Montgomery Assessment of Vocabulary Acquisition (MAVA). She was the recipient of the Annie Glen Award for Leadership in School-based SLP Services in 2008, and received the HONORS of ASHA in 2010.


Thursday Evening Session Speaker Bio -

Kelly Drevecky, OT R/L, is an Occupation Therapist specializing in pediatrics.  His specialized training background includes education in oral-motor and feeding issues, sensory processing disorder theory, assessment, and treatment, and completion of the eight week Bobath neurodevelopmental training for children with cerebral palsy.  Kelly participated in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities program as a trainee and later as a participant in the Autism enhancement tract.  He has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities in hospital, school, NICU, residential, early intervention program and outpatient settings.  Kelly is currently in private practice as the owner of Prairie Therapy in Minot and is an early interventionist and consultant with the Minot Infant Development Program.  He is a team member of The Great Plains Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment Program (GPAST), The Great Plains Interdisciplinary Autism Diagnostic Clinic (GPIC), and the ND Autism Waiver diagnostic team.  He is also a team member of the Minot Child Disability Clinic.

Friday Morning and Afternoon Speaker Bio -

Anne Whitney is a speech-language pathologist and special educator who is a member of the clinical and teaching faculties at the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus. Dr. Whitney has extensive clinical and teaching expertise in language learning disabilities in children, adolescents, and adults, with particular expertise in dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. Dr. Whitney has taught numerous university courses and has clinically trained graduate students in methods for assessment and intervention of children and adults with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities. She has worked extensively in a public school setting, teaching in regular classrooms and in special education classes with an emphasis on language learning disabilities.

Prior to rejoining the University of Colorado team, Dr. Whitney served as the Executive Director of LANGUAGE!, a literacy intervention curriculum, at Sopris West Education Services. She maintains her membership in the National Council of LANGUAGE! Trainers and has trained thousands of teachers and special educators in the implementation of the LANGUAGE! curriculum across the United States. She is the coauthor of Games and Activities for Readers and Spellers and the Instructional Resource Guide for Teachers, components of the LANGUAGE! curriculum.