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23th NSSLHA spring conference focusing on children

Minot State University's chapter of the National Students Speech Language Hearing Association is holding its 2016 spring conference April 1 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, associate professor of communication disorders. “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 “Speech Sound Disorders in Infants, Toddlers and School-aged Students.” The morning’s topic is promoting speech development in infants and toddlers. The afternoon’s topic is controversies arising in treating late-acquired consonants (“the late eight”), including the role of speech in school success, the best grade to treat the late eight, and the research-base for non-speech music and oral motor treatment approaches.

The keynote speaker is Ken Bleile, a communication disorders professor at the University of Northern Iowa. Bleile received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon and completed doctoral work at the University of Iowa and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

“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 Morgan Zenner, conference co-chair. “Dr. Bleile has published and presented nationally.” 

Bleile is an American Speech-Language Hearing Association Fellow and twice served as

associate editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. He is a recipient of the

State of Iowa’s Regent’s Scholar Award and ASHA’s Multicultural Board’s Diversity Champion Award. He is also the former chair of ASHA’s International Issues Board and the SLP chair of the 2003 ASHA National Conference.

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

For questions, contact Zenner at or Torri Stanhope, conference co-chair, at




Published: 03/28/16

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