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 2015: This year’s daytime speaker will be Jean Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP. She will present on current issues in school-based speech-language pathology with her workshop titled 10 Critical Steps for Reframing Your SLP Program: This practical workshop brings a fresh approach to school-based service delivery. Ten critical steps for transforming services are defined and discussed. Participants consider each step from the perspective of their own role, organization, population, services, and goals. Participants take away tools, strategies, and an action pan for re-framing and improving their own programs.

1. Define characteristics of effective school-based services.

2. Implement efficient methods for tracking and reporting student outcomes.

3. Administer 5 tools for evaluating student’s classroom performance, determining

impact of teacher’s instructional communication and recommending key

modification strategies.

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

The NDSLHA speaker on the evening of March 26, 2015 will be Dr. Terry Eckmann, professor at Minot State University and author of the book 101 Brain Boosters. Dr. Eckmann's engaging workshop titled Brain Boosters will give you the knowledge and tools you need to implement research-based brain boosters in your classroom and in your personal life. Learn how you and your clients can grow dendrites and neurons with 16 weeks of easy-to-use research-based Brain Booster “Minute Movers” and “Minute Minders.” You will teach your students how to live a brain healthy lifestyle, while providing them with easy to remember brain facts. These Brain Boosters are simple to integrate into your daily therapy schedule to engage your students and get them in “ready to learn” mode.

1. Identify key lifestyle choices that affect the brain.

2. Increase understanding of the physiology of the brain on exercise.

3. Explore brain and learning research and put it into practice.

4. Find multiple ways to incorporate Minute Movers and Minute Minders into your

therapy and every day life.

Registration forms for the 2015 NDSLHA conference are now available (scroll down for the link).

A block of rooms is reserved at Minot’s Grand Hotel, available until March 11, 2015. 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, 2015 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 regarding registration and 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, 2015.

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, 2015

Active and Associate Members                     $75

Non-Members                                                $120

Students                                                         $25                          

On-Site Registration Fees                                                                        

Active and Associate Members                     $100

Non-Members                                                $145                 

Students                                                         $35


NDSLHA Membership and Registration Form


2. NSSLHA Conference Rates:

Spring 2015 registration and information

Early bird registration is $75 (must be received by March 1, 2015).

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 sent to registered participans who provided email contacts. If you registered and did not receive the handouts, please contact Brittany Diegel, the NDSLHA Executive Secretary at ndslha@gmail.com

NDSLHA 2015 Conference Speaker Bios:

Thursday Morning/Afternoon Speaker Bio

Thursday Morning/Afternoon Speaker

Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, EdD

Jean Blosser is passionate about creating systems in our schools that ensure therapists and special educators are providing high quality, outcomes-based services for children with disabilities. To Jean, collaboration is essential! Throughout her career she has mentored hundreds of aspiring school-based SLPs, OTs, and PTs, encouraging them to be innovative, to coach and collaborate with their education partners and families, and to make their services educationally relevant and meaningful to children so they can participate and succeed in their classrooms. As President of Creative Strategies for Special Education sheprovides consulting services nationally to schools, universities, health care agencies, and professional associations. Jean has developed a unique, systematic approach for planning and delivering collaborative therapy services and improving student outcomes. Jean has published many resources for clinicians, educators, and parents including:School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery; Outcomes Matter in School Service Delivery; Speech Remediation: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Helping; Let’s Talk and Listen Today: Calendars of Daily Activities for Teaching Talking and Listening Skills;andIntegratingtheCore Curriculum into Service Delivery.

Thursday Evening Speaker

Terry Ferebee Eckmann, PhD

Dr. Eckmann is a professor at Minot State University. Terry presents internationally and writes for a variety of health/fitness publications. Her book “Brain Boosters” was published in May 2013. She has been active in the fitness industry for 30 years. Terry worked as a speech-langauge pathologist for five years. She has received the NDAHPERD Honors Award, HDAHPERD University Instructor of the Year Award, MSU Regents Award for Research and Scholarship, ND Picture of Health Award, IDEA Make Fitness Happen Award, and the Industry Enhancement Award from Club Industry. Eckmann serves on the advisory board of the International Council on Active Aging. She hosts KXMC TV Eye of Fitness, a fitness segment on the noon show for the Minot viewing region.


Friday Morning and Afternoon NSSLHA Speaker Bio -

Update in progress - will be available as soon as possible.