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24th NSSLHA spring conference focusing on school-age stuttering therapy

Minot State University's chapter of the National Students Speech Language Hearing Association is holding its 2017 spring conference Friday (March 31) in the Conference Center (Student Center, third floor) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

“The MSU chapter of NSSLHA has held conferences for more than 20 years. The students plan, organize and execute a nationally renowned conference, which is attended not only by MSU students, faculty and staff, but also by practicing speech-language pathologists from Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” said Lesley Magnus, communication disorders professor. “Practitioners count on this conference as one of their continuing education opportunities for the year and have never been disappointed in the quality, content or skills. This year’s conference is no exception.”

This year, the theme is “School-age Stuttering Therapy: What do we ALL need?” The morning’s sessions are: “Needs Assessment for Stakeholders/Framework of Therapy,” “Assessment Overview” and “Skills: Setting up for Success Education.” The afternoon’s topics are “Getting Started Cognitive/Affective components of Therapy Speech Management Technique: How to Start” and “Integrated Speech Management Techniques.” The conference, focused on the whole child, will provide information for everyone involved in the process of creating successful outcomes for school-age children who stutter.

The keynote speaker is Nina Reeves, a speech-language pathologist, who is a staff fluency specialist for Frisco Independent School District, Dallas, and a fluency specialist consultant for San Diego ISD. She specializes in facilitating private practice stuttering therapy services to children and adolescents who stutter. A published author, Reeves is a nationally recognized presenter is the area of fluency disorders, and she serves on state and national level committees.

 “We students learn from textbooks and our professors in classrooms, but it’s so exciting to have such a renowned professional come to Minot State,” said Miranda Lessmeister, conference co-chair. “Nina Reeves has published and presented nationally.” 

This conference is intended for speech-language pathologists, educators, university faculty and students as well as other interested people. On-site registration is $100. All communication disorders majors and graduate students must attend the conference with pre-approval from all professors. The conference is free to all MSU students, faculty and staff.

For a registration form, visit www.minotstateu.edu/ndslha/pdf/NSSLHAbrochure_000.pdf.

For questions, contact Lessmeister and her co-chairs, Christina Beck and Johanna Nolin at misunsslhaconference@gmail.com.

Published: 03/27/17



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