2014 State Convention News:

2014 North Dakota Speech-Language Hearing Association Spring Convention

Save the date: Thursday, April 3, 2013 SAVE THE DATE FLYER

Guest Speaker 2014:

Thursday, April 3, 2013: Judy K. Montgomery, PhD, CCC-SLP

Vocabulary Assessment & Intervention:  Applying the Evidence

Brief Course Description: Poor vocabulary development is a hallmark of communication disabilities and language disorders.  It is also a critical element of learning to read and a common core state standard in every subject area, in every grade level, in every state. Using both direct and indirect methods that are supported by evidence-based practice (EBP) and research, we can make lasting improvements in word learning and comprehension. Specific techniques in vocabulary therapy will be demonstrated for a wide range of students with mild to moderate language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and intellectual disabilities.


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

Kelly Drevecky, Occupational Therapist

Topic: Sensory Processing

The 2014 NDSLHA Spring Convention has been scheduled in conjunction with the 20th Annual MSU – NSSLHA Spring Conference to offer continuing education credits (CEUs). The NSSLHA speaker, Dr. Anne Whitney, Ed. D., CCC-SLP, will present on

 Last Minute, Right on Time! Addressing Adolescent Literacy Needs

Please reserve April 3 & 4, 2014 for the combined conferences and CEU opportunities.

Reserve your room at the Grand International Inn (701-852-3161) in Minot, ND—specify that you are with NDSLHA by March 19, 2014 to get the conference rate ($89.95 + tax).


2014 Convention News/Information:

The 2014 NDSLHA Spring Convention will be held in conjunction with the 21st Annual MSU - NSSLHA Spring Conference to offer continuing education credits (CEUs) on April 3 & 4, 2014.

NDSLHA looks forward to seeing you in April 2014!


2014 Registration Forms and Fee Information:

NDSLHA Conference Registration Form - Thursday

NSSLHA Conference Registration Form - Friday

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

2014 Presentation Handouts/Outlines: (Please click on the presentation link to open and print the handouts for the presentation you choose).

2014 Presentation Handouts will be posted as they become available. Please check the website frequently two weeks prior to the 2014 convention.

NDSLHA 2014 Conference Speaker Bios:

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.